Heart and Soul
Book Chats & Workshops
The Walking Book Club is good for the mind, body, and soul too!
Heart and Soul book chats are virtual gatherings that have a philanthropic aspect.
We pair authors or books with a humanitarian cause. Instead of bringing a bottle of wine or dessert to a book club gathering, we ask that you make a small donation (if able) to participate.
Together, we can make a difference.
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Our Past Heart and Soul Book Chats included:
Sally Hepworth, author of The Soulmate.
Tara Schuster, author of Glow in the F*cking Dark.
Alka Joshi, author of The Perfumist of Paris.
Jeanine Cummins, author, and Yareli Azrimedi, narrator, for American Dirt for the International Rescue Committee
Maggie Doyne, author of Between the Mountains and the Sky to benefit BlinkNow.
Mindfulness event with Ellen Langer, PhD, author of The Mindful Body.
Sadeqa Johnson, author of The House of Eve to benefit BlinkNow.
Kirsten Chen, author, and Catherine Ho, narrator of Counterfeit to benefit The Ripple Center.
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A book club like yours, that’s potentially diverse, can really promote positive change. Anything that gets people talking and listening outside their own bubble of reality is a really important thing right now, I think. So keep up the great work.”
– Jeanine Cummins, author, American Dirt
This is a time when so many people need connection and a bit of an escape from everyday strife, and you’re reaching out and providing both, plus a reason to get out and walk, another thing that helps us all keep on keeping on.”
– Lisa Wingate, author, The Book of Lost Friends
Connecting to issues through creative work is a fantastic way to engage and create solutions to themes dealt with in the work. Your choice of books and access to the authors is the key to expanding the possibilities and influence of your great idea.”
– Yareli Arizmendi, narrator, American Dirt
What participants have to say
“This was an amazing and insightful discussion! So glad I was able to join. Thank you Julie for setting this up and for all your do for The Walking Book Club.”
“Thank you for this great dialogue in the book chat. I have found it to be very thought-provoking.”
“I loved the book chat, the author, and the charity you chose Julie. I really appreciate you organizing these events!”
“What a wonderful hour! Fascinating and inspiring, thank you.”
“I had tears in my eyes throughout the call.”
“Amazing, enlightening, and inspiring dialogue! Thank you!”
About Julie Kaminski
Julie is the creator of numerous small group training curricula, including The Walking Book Club and Fitness Plus. She has 30+years of experience working in private practice, major corporations, clubs and health centers.
Julie’s areas of expertise include group counseling, dynamic group instruction and the development of creative solutions. She has extensive experience designing custom programs for individuals and groups across all areas of wellness, including fitness, health, nutrition, eating behaviors, stress management, and spiritual fulfillment. Her coaching skills include the application of motivational interviewing, goal setting theory and appreciative inquiry. She completed University of Pennsylvania’s Foundations of Positive Psychology and is the author of The Flourishing Home.