"Creativity happens when we connect what is with what could be." -C.H.S.
AUTHOR AND RETREAT DIRECTOR
Christie Havey Smith, M.A.
Since she was a child, Christie has been fascinated with books and films that ask difficult questions and inspire positive change. For several years, she worked in story development for the film business, but her interest in character struggle did not stay tied to the screen.
In 2007 she received training in spiritual direction under the leadership of Wilkie Au at Loyola Marymount University, where she also earned a masters in theology and conducted her thesis research on the subject of contemplative language transforming suffering. She studied meditation at The Chopra Institute and completed The Power of Awareness training under the leadership of Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield at The University of California, Berkeley.
For the past fifteen years, Christie has been helping others tell their sacred stories. She has created and facilitated nearly twenty different awareness programs and contemplative writing workshops within her community and at Loyola Marymount University. These workshops foster awareness, creativity, healing, and personal development. Her mission is to help others become more self-aware, more spiritually-aware, and discover how we are each being uniquely drawn to create harmony from the inside out. She creatively mentors others in self-expression, bringing light to the role storytelling plays in our evolution and our self-understanding.
Christie is the author of From Three Feet off the Ground, a narrative non-fiction book about the year she dedicated to discovering her children’s view of the world, and GROW, an awareness journal guiding readers to write their way into deeper awareness and cycle through personal discoveries [coming fall 2018].
Christie is originally from Chicago and now lives in Palos Verdes, CA with her husband and three children. Determined to be a perpetual student of life, she continues to find inspiration in film, literature, music, nature, and in the stories of those all around her. With great joy, she remains dedicated to seeking the sacred thread that weaves all our stories together into one beautiful, ever evolving, tapestry.