We had the good fortune of connecting with Jonathan Denning and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jonathan, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
The intent has been to generate a community of people interested in wellness that we all want to see win and leave feeling empowered. We could all work together simply in this system of generosity. And that’s really where all this came from, and we’re thriving. We’re seeing that when the system grows, everybody grows, and that’s what drives us and keeps me going.

The thought process was systematic, though, was to do it the right way and build something that lasts with friends to work together and do something that will truly transform the way bespoke wellness service is delivered.

And do it together. So yeah, the thought was to create an impact for others so they can’t help but share it with others they know. We learned that to do that required special skills, people with the highest levels of honesty, awareness, and compassion. The South is rich in these amazing people, so it makes sense for us to start here.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
It’s been a challenge, but it’s been such a blessing to be here in Houston because it’s just a hotbed for creativity. And so, I always feel supported by the community and free to kind of put things out as I have something to say. I have always been quite creative, so when I came up to start designing spaces built for wellness, I jumped at the opportunity.

So many creative and artistic paths have aligned with my previous careers, so my approach has been like playing connect the dots with experiences to make sense of the journey. Still, then when everything comes together for these transformative moments with clients that impact large populations, you’re just very humbled.

And so this is one of those times, right, where you get to work with others who are just very humbling because they’re masters in their field, and they’re looking to you for answers; they’re looking to you for the next thing to create the paycheck. That’s, that’s just a very humbling place. And it’s a fascinating place to be in, so I enjoy where, you know, I get to work because everyone around me likes to stay in the service of transformation.

And that can be kind of unsettling for some people on the outside. And that’s sort of the artist’s struggle, right? The creativity, the battle of producing, and doing, yet ‘doing’ with stability from a place of peace. So that’s another little side benefit, right? I get to be around all of these excellent health and wellness practitioners and benefit from their knowledge.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
<dt clubs, midtown bars for the first night> crash

<workout in the morning Memorial, brunch at breakfast club, tour urban winery, dinner brenners on the bayou, drinks at the 4 seasons bar> crash

<orange theory morning, galleria and waterwall + coffee and photo sesh, turns into running around 5th ward for mural walls to Instagram and leads to a hilarious but predictable traffic debacle on 45 sometime after 2pm. we hit up the neil’s bahr area just to duck out of the bustle and end up video gaming for longer than expected. Off to dinner at la griglia to talk anything but politics over chicken. Drinks at Heights House if we’re up to it.> crash

<We research some of the hottest chefs (or just call up Jonathan’s) for this evening or concert tickets and made reservations, so its about pampering at the spa today, manis/pedis local, Restoration for the massages and facials. Around noon we’ll hit Menil and the Samadhi Temple for meditation and blessing. Back to our place to get ready for fancy evening of dinner or concert — no further out than smart financial, preferably dan electros+lei low.> crash

<Bellaire Breakfast in asian food morning. We may even eat our way through bellarie and do some shopping. Decide to take a post brunch hike at Terry Hershey Park. We brought up the space center but everyone wanted to go to the outlet malls instead. Back to Bellaire after shopping for Ethiopian cuisine for dinner. Drinks at the Anvil.>

<Sleep in, hit Mercer Arboretum or Houston Zoo, catch a movie and complain about the weather and traffic. BBQ by BBVA Stadium, lightrail to white oak music hall for concert. Find group at concert and bar hop downtown>

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Dan and Cristina Houston and Prayala Yoga, Chris Bishop at Transformation Nation Wellness, the Cortiva Institute and its instructors, RWL Services, Greystar Properties, and Geremy Greens have made this possible.

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