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Sense of Place Festival at Upton State Forest
How: This program was a day long event created in partnership with Massachusetts State Parks, the Massachusetts Cultural Council and Friends of Upton State Forest. Cost for this program was split between these three groups. All events were free and open to the public.
What: The day included an hour-long concert with an interactive "crowd sourced" song with visitors, a hour long walk and a 90 minute creative workshop.
When: This program was the first in a series of 5 public programs with Erica Wheeler offer though Massachusetts State Parks in 2012.
"I loved Erica Wheeler's workshop in the woods, "Discover Your Personal Sense of Place Through Writing and Reflection." She created a safe and supportive environment for participants to write about the places that move them, that make them feel human, that anchor them in time and space. At the end of the 3- part writing prompt, I had enough material to write several powerful essays as well as a new idea for an inspirational card deck. If that wasn't enough, Erica listened to what I wrote and in less than a minute had whipped up a terrific song. If anyone can rally the preservation troops to get "a sense of place" off the endangered species list, it's Erica Wheeler." Giulietta Julie Nardone, Participant, Upton Forest State Park, MA