“How did you know you were supposed to quit your job to start TWLOHA?”
“What was the hardest part? What’s been the best part?”
“Were you always comfortable being vulnerable, or was it a process?”
“I don’t have a big platform and I don’t have a lot of money. How can I make an impact?”
“How do I find my purpose?”
Since 2006 and especially in recent years, i’ve spent a lot of time answering questions. It’s become one of my favorite parts of what i get to do. Whether it’s a speaking event at a university or a book event at a bookstore, Q&A tends to be the highlight. Sometimes it’s a quiet night at home, i’ll end up on Twitter and simply ask if anyone has questions. It feels important to be available and to share whatever i can, and it's always a two-way street. Hearing from other people helps me believe i'm not alone. To quote Donald Miller, i'm reminded that "other people exist." Other people have feelings and questions and struggles and dreams. Other people are living their stories while i'm living mine.
People ask about mental health. People ask about writing. People ask about starting a non-profit. People ask about the highs and lows of everything that’s happened since TWLOHA began in 2006, and people ask about the days before TWLOHA as well.
i really enjoy being able to connect with people, and my hope is that folks walk away feeling encouraged. The challenge tends to be time. It can be difficult to give a question the answer it deserves in one minute or two tweets. There’s almost always a line of people or a curfew or a plane to catch.
HEART CAMP was basically born from this idea: What if instead of one minute we had two days?
What would it look like to get a small group of people together, to share everything i’ve learned and everything i’m passionate about?
What if folks were invited deep inside my work and deep inside my story, into not only the successes but the failures as well? Could i provide language and framework and ideas to help people start movements and chase dreams?
In a room of 40 individuals with common ground between them, could people also leave with one or two or ten new friends?
Welcome to HEART CAMP. We hope to see you soon!
PS: i'm excited to announce two special guests. Tonya Ingram is a six-time poetry slam finalist. Her focus is on the intersectionality of art as healing and art as awareness in the understanding of mental and physical health. Tonya's first full-length book of poetry, Another Black Girl Miracle, is available now. Denny Kolsch is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and the co-founder of Peace Club, a community-driven Opioid treatment center in Cocoa Beach, FL. For the past 10 years, Denny has shared his story of recovery from heroin addiction. He has dedicated his life to bringing healing to families and communities affected by the American Opioid Crisis. Tonya and Denny are both friends of mine and i'm thrilled that they will be joining us for HEART CAMP.
HEART CAMP is a two-day workshop led by Jamie Tworkowski. Jamie is the founder of To Write Love on Her Arms and the New York Times bestselling author of If You Feel Too Much. Each HEART CAMP gathering will be a group of 42 people, with Jamie sharing stories, experiences, and passions. Topics will include mental health, authenticity, writing, starting something that matters, and bringing your heart to work. Attendees will be invited to help shape HEART CAMP by giving input on the topics they hope to hear about.
Have you been inspired by Jamie's work over the years? Are you passionate about mental health? Are you a writer or a speaker? Are you curious about using words to bring encouragement and hope to people? Do you dream of starting an organization or a brand, or are you in the process of starting something? Are you interested in bringing your heart to work and creating positive change? If you answered YES to any of these questions, then we would love to have you at HEART CAMP!
Yes! Tonya Ingram is a six-time poetry slam finalist. Her focus is on the intersectionality of art as healing and art as awareness in the understanding of mental and physical health. She is a New York University alumna, a Cincinnati native, and a Bronx-bred introvert now living in Los Angeles. Tonya's first full-length book of poetry, Another Black Girl Miracle, is available now.
Denny Kolsch is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and the co-founder of Peace Club, a community-driven Opioid treatment center in Cocoa Beach, Florida. For the past 10 years, Denny has shared the story of his recovery from heroin addiction. He has dedicated his life to bringing healing to families and communities affected by the American Opioid Crisis.
We want to be sure that HEART CAMP is a healthy environment for everyone who attends. While mental health will be discussed, we will not be providing professional mental health care at this event. If you're currently struggling with mental health issues, our hope is that you will seek professional help. There will be other opportunities to attend HEART CAMP.
HEART CAMP LOS ANGELES will take place April 27 & 28.
On Friday, April 27th, we'll start at 2pm. A special dinner will be served outside, with a session back inside after dinner. Saturday, April 28th, will be a full day. We'll wrap up by 6pm.
HEART CAMP LOS ANGELES will take place at Sportsmen's Lodge in Studio City.
12825 Ventura Blvd
Studio City, CA 91604
LAX is 22 miles away.
Burbank Airport (BUR) is 7 miles away.
We recommend you stay at Sportsmen's Lodge, where HEART CAMP is taking place. We've negotiated a special rate of $175 per night for HEART CAMP attendees. HEART CAMP will wrap up by 6pm on Saturday, April 28th. If you want to arrive earlier or extend your stay, you're welcome to take advantage of the $175 room rate. Travel and lodging are not included in workshop cost.
We will be providing coffee and snacks throughout both days, as well as a special dinner in the hotel's Secret Garden on Friday night.
The hotel has a restaurant and also offers room service. There is a Starbucks and a grocery store across the street. It's L.A. so there are plenty of options when it comes to food.
Whatever you want! We're guessing there will be a few TWLOHA shirts in the room. The event will be inside but Friday's dinner will be served outside, so warm clothes might be a good idea for that. If you run out of clothes or need something warmer, we'll have HEART CAMP merch for sale.
Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.