Erica Wheeler: inspiring connections between people and place

Every place has a story.

Your stories are a part of that story.

And getting to know a place is like finding a direct doorway for how to make more sense of your life and
the world: past, present and future.

As Wendell Berry says, “If you don’t know where you are, you don’t know who are.”
Connecting to places is a doorway to help
you learn more about both who you are, and where you are.

How I Help:

I offer creative experiences, from performances to professional development trainings, that jumpstart creative thinking (even for "non-creative types"), and inspire heartfelt stewardship, even in challenging settings.

I am sense-of-place speaker, educator/trainer and an award-winning songwriter, with 30 years of experience working with the sense-of place-concept, I have created some powerful, practical tools, programs and resources to help guide your way.

Ways to get rooted in nature &

heritage and find your sense of 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.

Where are you from?


Today, our lives are so fast-paced and we move around so much, places sometimes feel like just another stop along the way, instead of a place 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.

Because places need us and we need places. And yet the disconnect between and place is main reason why must-see, flock-to-them spaces 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.

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.

You gain a feeling of connection you'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.



Watch my TEDx Talk here





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