About Christie

"Creativity happens when we connect what is with what could be." -C.H.S.

AUTHOR AND RETREAT DIRECTOR

Christie Havey Smith is an author specializing in narrative nonfiction literature. Since she was a child, she has been fascinated with books and films that ask difficult questions and inspire positive change. Christie studied television and film writing, and her first manuscripts were screenplays. She worked in story development for film companies such as Castle Rock and Dreamworks for several years, but her interest in character struggle did not stay tied to the screen.

Since 2007, Christie has been creating and facilitating workshops and retreats in the Los Angeles area that foster awareness, creativity, healing, and personal development. She earned a masters in theology from Loyola Marymount University, conducting extensive research in human suffering, liberation theologies, and the impact of contemplative thought and awareness practices on personal well-being and social change. She went on to study meditation at The Chopra Center and complete The Power of Awareness training at The University of California, Berkeley. 

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, a journal guiding readers to write their way into deeper awareness and cycle through personal discoveries (coming Summer 2018).

Christie is originally from Chicago and now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children.

 

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