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ARTE NOIR EDITORIAL

Q+A WITH RAINBOW-RENEE MANIER, SOUL ALCHEMIST

Step into her shop off Rainier Avenue in North Columbia City and find yourself immersed in an upgraded frequency experience. The vibrations emanate from every corner—lovingly selected vintage art and jewelry, energy-infused crystals, and one-of-a-kind adornments, including her in-demand Soul Chains. This is the world of Rainbow-Renee Wyola Manier, a Reiki Master, Jewelry Designer, Soul Alchemist, and Sound Healer.


It's in this space that Rainbow created a profound and uniquely powerful healing practice. Her custom-designed Soul Chains are much loved by high-frequency souls, from celebrities to her local community, and her Soul Journey Ceremonies are always a transformative experience. She is renowned for her spectrum of healing therapies addressing everything from reclaiming the soul, to cleaning, clearing, and letting go. Guests who meet with Rainbow can expect to experience an awakening like no other. We're all in!


Where does your spiritual/cosmic/creative inspiration come from?


My parents were Bohemians hippies. I didn’t choose this life it chose me! It’s in my DNA, I was taught to question and search, to nurture my creative energy. I was born into a pescatarian, Macrobiotic diet. I’ve never had fried chicken, never had a beef burger, much to my Texas relatives' dismay. My first yoga class was back in 1976 when I was five, taught by one of the first women yoga teachers in Seattle. I was a mixed girl named Rainbow who didn’t eat meat and had wildly creative- counter-culture parents.


I was named by my father who was inspired by the Jimi Hendrix song, Rainbow Bridge. I was born into an authentic Bohemian lifestyle, raised by a mixed-race hippie tribe of musicians and artists, who were dedicated to a natural, authentic way of living. I had to find and grow confidence and own my uniqueness at a young age.



What inspired you to open your shop, Ola Wyola, with your mother?


This is actually our second coming of our shop, Ola Wyola. I first opened back in 1991, in Belltown next to my mom’s dance studio, when the neighborhood was an artist’s playground. My mother, Elaine Bonow, has taught Ballet for 40 years and owned various dance studios. She is a living legend, an iconic diva! And yes, she still teaches, 73 and firey!!! In 2019, we saw a spot a few blocks from my Columbia City neighborhood, and we took a chance and followed our intuition to reopen, after a nearly 18 to 20-year hiatus.


A stylish mother and daughter in colorful outfits pose together
Elaine Bonow and Rainbow-Renee at Ola Wyola

Can you tell us more about the process of creating your beloved Soul Chains?


I got the download from the Universe to create my Soul Chains at the same time I received my first Reiki attunement on the island of Kauai. I’ve always loved jewelry. I still have some pieces from the ’80s! My past career as an Interior Designer re-ignited my creativity, it sparked artistic embers in my inner Sacral cauldron. Like the phoenix from the flame, I reinvented my life design to create and heal, after the struggle bus of life tried to tap my flame on multiple occasions. I listened to my authentic SOUL and cleaned the muck from my 3rd eye to really SEE and listen to my quantum future self. And Soul Chains were alchemized into a much loved, empowering culturally significant, sustainable, and super-fly jewelry movement. My clients collect and cherish their chains.


I search high and low for my vintage treasures. I design most of my crystals. I reuse the charms and findings. The vintage beauties are all one of a kind. I create necklaces, earrings, bracelets, body jewelry, and custom pieces. This Fall, my Soul Chains ring line (and more!) will drop!


My creations go through an extensive spiritual clearing process with my spiritual toolbox, my melange of healing modalities, that will clean and empower my potent Soul Chains. They get the same treatment my clients do, from plant smoke to Reiki, they ride the ascension wave of energetic healing. Every Soul Chain is one of a kind. They are POWERFUL spiritual healing tools, created to balance your Chakras, clear your Aura, and protect your Quantum Energy Field. SOUL CHAIN amulets tap into your Superpowers!


INFUSED WITH

Reiki

Sound healing

Smudge

Mantra

Crystals

Sun - Moon


ENERGY MEDICINE

Created with love frequencies and positive affirmations. Collect them and cherish them!


An image of various types of vintage necklace chains with crystals hanging from them in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors
SOUL CHAINS - Vintage chains adorned with energy-infused crystals.

When did you start offering Soul Journeys and what can people expect from signing up for that experience with you?


I started my healing practice in 2018. I’ve always been an Empath. Born a healer.


I am a Reiki Master, Soul Alchemist, and Sound Healer. I offer my popular Soul Journey Ceremonies, Retreats, Reiki, Sound Healing, Crystal Healing, Readings, and more. My clients range from one on one, groups, to corporate events.


Soul Journey Ceremonies, in particular, are a vibrant spectrum of abundance igniting Alchemy awakening—chakra clearing, frequency raising, energy healing will go down! Modalities include Reiki, Crystal Grids and Gem Altars, Somatic Trauma Release, Sound Healing, Hotbox Smoke Clearing, and Cord Cutting, Ancient Alchemical Healing, and Guided Visualization. Align and shine with energy-flowing, heart-chakra-palpitating goodness!


What are some of your favorite memories of growing up in and around the Central District?


I was in the CD, my first home was on 20th and Lane. Jimi Hendrix came over to my folks' house to vibe and share musical frequencies with my pops, Dan Bonow, when I was in utero, and my mama served him Tang. I went to Nova High School on Cherry, across from Garfield, in the 80’s. I would meet my Garfield girlfriends at lunch, and dip over to the discount Dilettante chocolate shop that was on 23rd and Cherry. My oldest child was a CD baby. We lived on 29th and John until he was two! His first barbershop cut was Earls!


Anything else you'd like to share with our readers?


Owning a brick and mortar is not easy, it is a constant grind to raise awareness about our business. We have a healing center in the HOOD! Right on Rainier Ave. We have a Black-owned jewelry shop in the middle of Seattle. We need your community support to thrive! We host fabulously intimate and highly engaging events! We have a crystal shop and my Soul Chains earrings start at only $40 - the perfect gift! Stay tuned for Sound Bath and Meditation events. I’m bringing them back after the Covid hiatus. We are here to serve and lead with love. Flex your Frequency.


A woman in a black hat, hot pink dress, and large funky jewelry sits on a lamb skin rug, conducting a sound bath journey
Rainbow leading a sound bath in the community

Rainbow-Renee's family-owned shop, Ola Wyola, is located in North Columbia City and is open to the public Fridays through Saturdays from 1 to 6 PM and Sundays from 1 to 5 PM. She is always open for Healing and shopping by appointment. Find Rainbow's contact below for more information about her beautiful Soul Chains and to find out more about booking info for her Spiritual Healing Practice.


Her offerings, programs, retreats, and programs (solo and corporate) include:

Soul Journey Ceremonies

Reiki

Sound Baths

Guided Visualization

Breathwork

Team Building

Guided Meditation


Email

Wyoladesign@gmail.com


Website

https://www.olawyola.com


Instagram

@rainbowreneemanier

@soulchainscollection

@olawyola




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