Holly Makimaa

Holly Makimaa has been facilitating journaling classes and workshops for 13 years and currently maintains a private holistic healing practice in East Lansing, Michigan. Passionate about the power of writing to heal, Holly is pleased to incorporate journaling exercises with the energetic healing and spiritual counseling work she does with clients. Holly holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Michigan State University (with a minor in journalism) and a graduate certificate in theological studies from Washington Theological Union. She has taken graduate courses in pastoral studies and pastoral counseling and is certified as a Reiki and Esoteric Healing practitioner. She teaches meditation for individuals and educational institutions through her holistic healing business. Holly is an instructor at Lansing Community College where she teaches Journaling for Wellness and Memoir Writing. Holly began journaling at the age of 15 and is thrilled to teach others about the benefits of personal writing anytime, anywhere.

Classes Taught with the Therapeutic Writing Institute:

Writing and Mindfulness

Education:

B.A. Michigan State University, Psychology Major, Journalism Minor
Graduate Certificate, Washington Theological Union, Theological Studies
Graduate Studies, Loyola College of Maryland, Pastoral Counseling

Licensures and Certifications:

Reiki, Levels I and II, Esoteric Healing Levels I-VI

Books:

Currently writing a workbook focused on mind-body-spirit healing techniques (including journaling) for those with health challenges.

Classes taught elsewhere:
  • “Writing for Wholeness,” a holistic journaling course for participants seeking to blend journaling with spiritual growth and consciousness, Unity of the Keys, Key West, FL, February 6, 2011
  • Various memoir workshops and courses, Lansing Community College, East Lansing, MI
  • “Writing Through Change,” a holistic journaling class using writing to bring presence to experiences of change, Oasis Health and Wellness, East Lansing, MI, April, 2010
  • “Writing Through Change,” a holistic journaling class for women using writing to bring presence to experiences of change, Everybody Reads, Lansing, MI, March, 2010
  • “Healing Together,” a holistic healing class utilizing writing, guided visualizations and sharing for people with chronic conditions, Lansing, MI, February-March, 2010
  • “The Body’s Sacred Journey,” a holistic writing and guided imagery class, Coyote Wisdom Books, Lansing, MI, January, 2008
  • “Write Your Way into the New Year,” a holistic journaling and guided imagery workshop, Coyote Wisdom Books, Lansing, MI, January, 2008
  • “Chronicling Your Body’s History,” a holistic journaling and guided imagery workshop, Creative Wellness, East Lansing, November, 2007
  • “Reflections Life Writing for Seniors,” The Heatherwood Assisted Living, Southfield, MI, October, 2007
  • “Stories of Love, Stories of Forgiveness,” Carlton Plaza Assisted Living, Sacramento, CA, April, 2007
  • “Reflections Life Writing for Seniors,” Eskaton Monroe Logde, Sacramento, CA, April, 2007
  • “Reflections Life Writing for Seniors,” Oakdale Heights, Roseville, CA, April, 2007
  • “Contemplative Prayer,” Edgewood United Church, February, 2006
  • “Celebrating your Soul Strengths: A Life Story Workshop for Seniors,” Carlton Plaza Assisted Living, Sacramento, CA, May 2006
  • “Celebrating your Soul Strengths,” Fellowship for Today, East Lansing, MI, April, 2006
  • “Holistic Journaling,” Creative Wellness, East Lansing, MI, November, 2006
  • “Reflective Writing for Teachers,” Lansing Community College, October, 2006
  • “Reflections Life Writing for Seniors,” Carlton Plaza Assisted Living, Sacramento, CA, November, 2005
  • “Creating a Peaceful Holiday from the Inside-Out: Self-care Strategies for the Holidays,” Fellowship for Today, December, 2004
  • “Writing your Life Stories,” Okemos Community Education, Okemos, MI, May, 2005
  • “Reflections Life Writing for Seniors,” Genesee Gardens Independent Living, Flint, MI, November, 2004
  • “Life Writing and Journaling,” Inner Wisdom, Okemos, MI, October, 2004
  • “Reflections Life Writing for Seniors,” Ingham Regional Assisted Living, Lansing, MI, August, 2004
  • “Reflections Life Writing for Seniors and Families,” Independence Village, Grand Ledge, MI, September, 2004
  • “Reflections Life Writing for Seniors,” Burcham Hills Retirement Community, East Lansing, MI, September, 2004
  • “Reflections Life Writing for Seniors (in Spanish),” Cristo Rey Church, Lansing, MI, July, 2004
  • “Journaling for Spiritual and Personal Growth,” Metaphysical Church of Christ, Lansing, MI, 2000
  • “Finding the Sacred in the Everyday: A Writing Workshop,” Washington Theological Union, April, 1998
  • “Healthy Boundaries and 12-Step Spirituality,” St. David’s Church, Lansing, MI, Summer, 1997