Erica Wheeler: inspiring connections between people and place

Every place has a story.

Your stories are a part of that story.

As Wendell Berry says, “If you don’t know where you are, you don’t know who are.”  Your connection to a place is like finding a direct doorway to help you make more sense of your life. Past, present and future.

The best part: you can uncover a deep sense of self, place, and belonging anywhere, anytime.
I have created some tools and resources that can help.

Places have a language, if you listen.
And when you inhale those languages, let them seep into your bones and bring about change, you’ll find you’re finally able to exhale. Grounded. Centered. Whole. That feeling of connection that we’re yearning for, but don’t even know how to name.

This work gives you the language. And better yet, you don’t need to be a “creative” type to find those words. You already have the connection. You don’t need to be a scientific researcher, PhD,  historian, or a even a storyteller. You just have to be open to listening to the language of place.

How can I help?
I'm a sense of place educator, speaker and performer. In addition to my career as an award-winning songwriter, for the past decade I've worked with organizations, state and federal agencies, learning centers and public venues across the country, offering sense of place keynotes and performances + hands-on, participatory trainings, seminars and workshops. These programs transform lives and enrich communities.

Ways to get rooted in nature,

heritage and your sense of self:

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 drawing out your sense of self, place and purpose. Or just soak up some place-based music here.

Where are you from?

That simple question carries less weight today than it once did. (Hint: It’s more than your sports team or regional cuisine.)

Our lives are so fast-paced now, and we move around so much, places sometimes feel like just another stop along the way, instead of where we can put down roots. (And for a lot of us, our roots have never taken hold anywhere at all.)

Our personal bond with places have gone missing.

That’s a Travesty.

The truth is, places need us and we need places. And yet the disconnect between who people are and where they are is main reason why many places aren’t getting the protection, preservation and restoration they so desperately deserve (and need).

For better or worse, we have feelings about places. And we have choices. Stay. Go. Protect. Use. Ignore. Cherish. Love.

Stories + connections to places can’t change all the hard realities of the world we live in today.

But they can help us thrive. And build our capacity to guide us going forward. They’re the charm in your pocket no matter what comes your way.

Let’s look for ways to listen.

Watch my TEDx talk here:

updated: 5 days ago