Sense of Place Consulting helps organizations, groups and individuals cultivate meaningful connections between people and place to increase caring and inspire stewardship. Through thought provoking trainings, keynotes, academic programs, and community events Erica helps people of all ages and experience discover and celebrate their sense of place.

Specializing in working with the staff of parks, museums and historic sites helping them improve their tours and visitor services, Erica also works directly with the public, inspiring communities, students and youth to discover their sense of place connections. 

Why Inspire Sense of Place Connections?

Results include:
Stronger tours and visitor engagement.
Boosted creativity.
Increased skills in story-crafting, communication and team-building.
Greater individual and collective well-being.
Deeper sense of appreciation,caring and engagement in stewardship.

The Soulful Stewardship Method is a tested framework that evokes personal sense-of-place stories. These stories are key to sparking meaningful connections that cultivate caring and lead to stewardship.


How can this framework help?

Staff Training for oRGANizations that work with the Public

For organizations that offer visitor programs through staff, volunteers or partners, the Soulful Stewardship framework helps you: 

  • Boost creative thinking
  • Gain new skills and learn fresh techniques to improve program delivery
  • Increase capacity to engage diverse visitors
  • Team-build and mitigate burnout

National and Regional Events

For events such as conference keynotes to annual meetings, the Soulful Stewardship framework helps to:

  • Evoke sense of place stories
  • See the familiar through fresh eyes
  • Gain ideas for inspiring caring and connections in others
  • Leave with a recharged passion for their personal or professional work.

individuals and community members

For individuals who want to connect to themselves, their community and their place, the Soulful Stewardship framework helps to provide a journey of discovery to:

  • Inspire creativity
  • Uncover personal sense of place stories
  • Experience connections with others through shared stories of place
  • Discover your authentic way to make a difference in the world

A Sense of Place Discovery Process is infused into all of Erica's offerings.


Erica Wheeler is a sense of place consultant, visitor experience specialist and performing artist who has helped thousands of individuals find and share their sense-of-place stories through her Soulful Stewardship Method programs.

Originally attending college to become a wildlife biologist, she went on to become an award-winning singer/songwriter with songs that were rooted in a sense of place. Today, she combines her background in natural and cultural history and her experience in the performing arts to offer inspiring and educational programs that deeply connect people and place.

Over the past decade she has worked extensively with the staff of parks, museums and heritage sites, including dozens of National Parks across the country.

Her most recent CD "Good Summer Rain" was sponsored in part by the Trust for Public Land. The CD was the winner of the 2008 National Association for Interpretation Media Awards for "Best Interpretive Music." She has six recordings to her credit.

Erica's Soulful Stewardship Method can be applied to working with all ages and group sizes to inspire the personal sense of place stories that lead to caring and ultimately stewardship. Her proven practices can be applied to all kinds of sites, from urban to historic, and from military to wilderness. Her simple, yet powerful approach helps people discover their sense of place connections no matter where they are. 

Erica grew up in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC and is a graduate of Hampshire College (Amherst, MA.) She is based in the hills of western Massachusetts where she and her spouse live beside a rushing brook in a 100 year old cottage, surrounded by dairy and sugar maple farms.