Christie Havey Smith
For 12 years, Christie Havey Smith has been leading workshops throughout Los Angeles that support the growth of awareness, creativity, healing and personal development. She completed studies in holistic and integrative wellness at Loyola Marymount University and in mindfulness and meditation at the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley. She also earned a master’s degree in theology and spiritual direction at LMU with specialized study in Jungian psychology. In August 2020 she opened The Greenhouse, a wellness studio and shop in Palos Verdes that offers yoga classes and workshops.
How did The Greenhouse get its name?
“We are a warm, sunlit studio that is growing more than plants. We are growing holistic health. We are ‘growing well’ as a community.”
What’s new about your business?
“The Greenhouse is celebrating its first anniversary. We opened during the pandemic with a virtual platform and are now live and in person with yoga and workshops. Our class content and community are expanding. We are cultivating incredible connections, healing and personal growth.”
How do you attract the best talent to join your staff?
“I have been incredibly blessed and guided well, but perhaps there is a bit of magic in this too. The familiar sentiment ‘If you build it, they will come’ rings true. I put a lot of thought and care into creating a space that appeals to instructors and allows them to show up and simply teach. The natural light, live plants, serene space and fountain outside create a nurturing atmosphere. We have 12 exceedingly talented instructors currently offering classes at The Greenhouse.”
Where do you find your inspiration?
“I find inspiration in the people who walk through the door. Because we are a small, intimate retreat space, I get to know most of our guests. Their stories, challenges and triumphs truly inspire class content. This fall we are introducing three paths of intention with recommended classes for each: Holistic Reboot, Creative Exploration and Restorative Journey. We anticipate this will be an inspiring season for all.”
What is on your bucket list?
“Nearly every year I go on a wellness retreat and submerge myself in a new experience of self-care, delving into various traditions and gaining insight into new practices. This personal ritual has inspired my professional life. There have been many special places on the list, from Esalen at Big Sur to Blackberry Mountain in Tennessee, as well as destinations as far as New Zealand.
One extraordinary place I’d love to travel to someday is Arctic Bath in Sweden. It has long been a dream of mine to see the northern lights. That said, sometimes the best retreats are the ones we can step into easily, such as the shores of the Pacific. Surf Sundays at our very own RAT Beach are my family’s favorite retreat.”
What are you most looking forward to this season?
“This fall I will be teaching The Story Workshop, a three-part series designed to help participants write their living story in a new, transformative way. We’ll explore archetypes, themes, intentions and how one’s inward path often mirrors their outward journey. We’ll expand perspectives and pen new pages, honoring the power of story and the depth of our creativity.”
Has motherhood made you a better entrepreneur?
“I am absolutely made stronger as a business owner by being a mother. Caring for others continues to bring me so much joy. And if you ask mothers and caretakers how everything gets done in a day, they will likely put up their hands in wonder. There’s always a to-do list that makes it possible for one to move from one day to the next. I have learned to value the small tasks that are often invisible to others but ultimately result in something tremendous. When I put my head on the pillow at the end of the day, I try not to linger on the list but instead ask the only question that really matters: How did I make people feel today? If they felt truly cared for, then it was a meaningful day.”
In what ways are you helping those in need in our community? How can others be of help?
“This is a challenging period in history. In one way or another, we’ve all been impacted and asked to adapt, to assist. At The Greenhouse, we’ve assisted in our own way by offering workshops that provide individuals a safe space to express what they’re going through and feel connected to others. Collectively, we’ve lost family members, jobs and a bit of patience this year, but we’ve also grown friendships, renewed hope and gained wisdom. We are many voices, many experiences, but we are one community. And the support I’ve witnessed is powerful.
What we can all do as we go forward is try to approach each other with compassion. We can do a little extra right now to help others feel safe. We can work as a team and grow well together.”