Erica Wheeler: inspiring connections between people and place

A Sense of Place and Belonging
Imagine:
Feeling rooted and connected to a place for a moment, or a lifetime, no matter where you are, or where you are from.

Being able to see, read and understand the layers of time, nature and history of a place that is new or familiar to you.

Finding your creative voice and personal stories through your connection to places.

Making a difference in the world, using your voice in your own way.


How I help:

I’m a sense of place educator, speaker and performer with over 30 years of experience working with the sense of place concept.

I bring my background in natural and cultural history,  my career as an award-winning songwriter, and over a decade of experience working with conservation, preservation and cultural organizations across the country, from  the Land Trust Alliance to the National Park Service, offering keynotes and professional development trainings.

I'd love to share with you some tools, techniques, programs and resources I've develpped that help connect people and place. My passion is offering creative, engaging, educational programs that deeply connect people and place, and inspire stewardship.

Find yourself rooted in nature, history, story and place.

Work With Me

From keynotes and concerts, to trainings, workshops and seminars,  you'll experience a creative journey that sparks that personal connection to place, and find the stories inside you, and the stories in your surroundings.

Get the Freebie

7 Soulful Ways to Connect to Place. You’ll get a completely straightforward map for  beginning to create that relationship between who you are, and where you are.

Get Inspired

Open your eyes to see the world through a “sense of place” lens. Read personal stories and tips I share on my blog and newsletter. Gain ideas and then  start sussing out your sense of self, place and purpose. Or just soak up some place-based music here.


Because everyone has sense of place stories.

They may never have called them that, but  everyone has stories of place and belonging waiting be evoked and remembered.

Giving voice to these stories is crucial for the future of the places we love, as well of those that need our care and attention. And it's crucial for our personal and collective sense of well being.

Discovering your sense of place is like finding a doorway into your creativity and soul. It's a way to make sense of your life and your surroundings. It helps make life more meaningful, wherever you are, and gives you the foundation to take action and make a difference in the world.


Watch my TEDx talk here:

Partial Client List

  • National Park Service
  • National Association of State Park Directors
  • National Association of State Park Volunteer Coordinators
  • National Association for Interpretation
  • Land Trust Alliance
  • National Religious Partnership for the Environment
  • American Horticultural Youth and Garden Symposium
  • Social Venture Network
  • Teton Science School
  • Antioch Graduate School
  • The Thoreau Institute

updated: 2 months ago

updated: 6 months ago