“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!
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. Each HEART CAMP workshop features two guest speakers; one mental health expert and one spoken word poet or musician. Previous guest speakers include: Miles Adcox & Cindy Westcott of Onsite Workshops, Denny Kolsch of Peace Club, spoken word poet Sierra DeMulder, spoken word poet Tonya Ingram, and singer/songwriter Matt Wertz. Special guests for February are TBA.
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 will take place May 4 & 5, 2019.
This is a Saturday & Sunday. We’ll start at 2pm on Saturday 5/4 and we’ll wrap up by 6pm on Sunday 5/5.
HEART CAMP is happening in Indialantic, Florida.
Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront
2605 N Hwy A1A
indialantic, FL 32903
Melbourne International Airport (MLB) is 8 miles away. The hotel offers a shuttle to and from the airport.
Orlando International Airport (MCO) is 63 miles away and roughly a one-hour drive.
Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront
2605 N. Hwy A1A
Melbourne, FL 32903
Room rates are $169 for standard room / $188 for coastal room. You are of course welcome to share a room with another attendee.
We’ll start at 2pm on Sunday 2/17 and we’ll wrap up by 6pm on Monday 2/18. You're welcome to arrive earlier or stay later (at Crowne Plaza), and the same room rate will apply. We imagine a lot of people will want to arrive on Saturday, February 16.
We will be providing coffee and snacks throughout both days, as well as a special dinner on Sunday night.
More details coming soon.
Whatever you want! We're guessing there will be a few TWLOHA shirts in the room.
Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.