HeartCamp begins with registration at 8:00 a.m. followed by 45-minute concurrent sessions with a lunch break. Tickets are $40 and include morning coffee plus a hot buffet lunch and other goodies offered by sponsors, plus 2 x 1 drinks at the after party. Registration is required.
After a highly successful and joyful first run in 2012, HeartCamp speakers and participants will gather at Hotel Urbano Brickell during American Heart Month. They’ll discuss the physical, emotional, spiritual and creative aspects of the heart, with a focus on relationships of all kinds — relationship to the heart, body, self, others and soul. Topics include heart health, nutrition, sex, romance, career, parenting and many more.
Speakers come from all walks of life — from individuals who have an inspiring story to share — to medical professionals who will address the intricacies of the organ that gives us life. Also on the roster are relationship coaches, neuroscientists, yoga teachers, literary authors, musicians and more.
HeartCamp is modeled after the technology-focused BarCamp, operating in different cities worldwide since 2005. As described in the Wiki, the ad-hoc style was born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. Speakers present in an informal fashion, followed by a question-and-answer opportunity for the audience.
At HeartCamp, a closing open-mic session invites everyone to share. And in 2013, this will take place after participants learn about drumming and heartbeat.
This year’s event also features two moderated panels: one on heartbreak and the other on pregnancy. Two different workshops will focus on heart healthy breathing and meditation for releasing blocks to love. During the day, participants will also receive free mini-relationship coaching sessions from Heart’s Desire International.
A first of its kind in terms of topic, HeartCamp South Florida 2012 pioneered what could be many similar ‘camps’ around the world. Award-winning Miami-based writer and social media influencer Maria de los Angeles, the visionary behind HeartCamp, was inspired by local BarCamp events and her own troubles dealing with severe anxiety disorder to create this unique unconference.
“After my own experience, in what felt like a near-death moment after being injected twice in a an ambulance with adenosine — a chemical defibrillator — I swore that if I made it through those scary moments, I would give back in gratitude and build a new community,” she said. “I thought I’d bring people together who care about matters of the heart but don’t typically meet under the same roof — doctors, sex therapists, novelists, relationship coaches, healers, nutritionists, yoga teachers, storytellers and so on . No one speaker lords it over here. We’re all participants. The audience will be encouraged to share, especially at the closing plenary session.”
Under Maria’s direction, HeartCamp is a grassroots, no-profit effort and a labor of love rooted in community support. To date, 2013 sponsors include Ford, Life Extension, Florida Heart Research Institute, Latina Bloggers Connect, Hotel Urbano and over two dozen devoted service providers, media sponsors, in-kind donors, angel donors and volunteers.