“Places come to exist in our imaginations because of stories, and so do we. When we reach for a ‘sense of place,’ we posit an intimate relationship to a set of stories connected to a particular location... Having ‘a sense of self’ means possessing a set of stories about who we are and with whom and why.”
Erica Wheeler is a visitor experience specialist, speaker, educator and award-winning songwriter. Her Soulful Stewardship Method approach provides a framework for finding personal stories and connections to place. Her proven tools and techniques can be applied to your personal or professional work. Learn more about her philosophy and approach.
Find your sense of place stories.
Boost creative thinking.
Gain fresh tools & techniques.
Uncover authentic ways you can make a difference.
Empower your Staff
Proven tools and techniques that help both new and long-term staff gain a fresh approach to interpretation, program design, audience engagement and team-building. Helps to provide the best visitor experiences possible.
Inspire your Attendees
An unforgettable journey across the American landscape and the lives lived there through story, song, reflection, humor and conversation that evokes personal stories, inspires ideas and recharges passion for connecting people and place.
Nurture the Next Generation
Cultivate leaders through integrative learning. Helps to bridge academic knowledge with personal experience, empower creativity, and find a sense of place and belonging, no matter where they are.
Engage your Community
Sense of place performances, workshops and tours, customized to engage youth, families and adults. Help people to enjoy and appreciate places more, discover their personal stories and find their own authentic ways to make a difference.