Workshops, Seminars and Retreats
Discover your “sense of place” stories, unlock your creative voice, and learn Erica Wheeler's three-part writing process that connects your inner and outer landscapes.
Bridge your personal experiences and reflections with nature, history and culture. Gain skills, ideas and writings, useful for both personal and professional work.
Leave inspired and renewed, with fresh ideas to develop further. No experience necessary, suitable for published authors to the perpetually curious.
What you'll experience:
- Learn Erica's unique 3-part writing process
- Gain a toolkit of practices for self-discovery, creativity, reflection
- Explore the connection between your inner and outer landscapes
- Generate fresh writings and ideas for use in your personal or professional work
- Discover how your voice can inspire stewardship and make a difference in the world
- Leave with a renewed sense of place and belonging
"I gained confidence, A sense of community. A feeling of empowerment. Tools to help me focus. A better sense of how to access creativity and inspiration. Hope. A lot of intangibles. It was exactly what I was looking for. I gained new connections and a new direction for activism---one that comes from the heart." Workshop Participant, Murie Center, Moose, WY
Overview:Begins with a presentation of "place-based arts," followed by writing prompts, sharing, discussion and feedback. Additional prompts and 'sense of place' in the field activities, as time and setting allow. You'll take away a toolkit of practices, prompts and writings develop further and a restored sense of self, place and belonging.
Erica has taught her Soulful Landscape process at learning centers, parks, museums and events across the country. She draws on her experience as a songwriter, educator and conservation advocate to cultivate deep, meaningful, personal connections between people and place.
"Erica 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 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 State Forest, MA
Is this a writing workshop?Writing is part of what you'll do, along with other reflective activities. In a welcoming setting you'll receive the inspiration and tools you need to generate ideas. From there, you can use your in-class writings and experiences to create stories, songs poems, essays, newsletter articles and more!
What if I'm not really the creative type?There's something about writing this workshop, and writing about places that matter to you that brings out the creative writer in even the most "non-creative" types!But no, you don't need to be a "creative person" to get alot out of this workshop.
Who is this for?All you need to have a curiosity about what 'sense of place' means and why it matters. And to be open to uncovering meaningful experiences from your past. And learning some new skills that can help you express your story.
Do I need any previous experience?There is no experience needed. These tools offered are an easy doorway for finding the creative voice you never knew you had. A toolkit of ideas and experiences will be provided. And if you ARE a creative type, this workshop will give new spice to the tools you already have.
What if I am an experienced writer?'Sense of place' writing is skill you can use to spice up whatever kind of writing you already do. Erica offers some unique practices and skills that will generate fresh ideas and help you see your work from a fresh perspective.