Inspire Sense of Place Connections

Sense of Place Consulting helps organizations, groups and individuals increase meaningful connections between people and place through trainings, keynotes, academic programs, and community events.

Specializing in serving parks, museums, historic and other sites, as well as place-centered events, communities and individuals, results include greater individual and collective well-being, stronger programs and public engagement, and increased skills in creativity, story-crafting, communication and team-building.

The Soulful Stewardship Method is a tested framework that evokes personal sense-of-place stories, which are key to helping to create connections, cultivate caring, and spark stewardship for places.

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The Soulful Stewardship Method is infused into all of Erica's offerings.


For oRGANizations

For organizations that offer visitor programs with staff, volunteers and partners, this framework helps you boost creative thinking, gain new skills and fresh techniques for program delivery, team build, and increase capacity to engage diverse visitors.

For Events

For events such as conference keynotes to annual meetings, this framework inspires your attendees to find their own sense of place stories, gain ideas to inspire caring in others and leave with a recharged passion for their personal or professional work, and their place.

For individuals and community members

For individuals who want to connect to themselves, their community and their place, this framework takes you on a journey of discovery to boost creativity, uncover stories, and build connections with others through shared stories of place.

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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. 

As a sense of place consultant, Erica works 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.

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." 

Erica is based in the hills of western Massachusetts where she lives beside a brook in a 100 year old cottage, surrounded by dairy and sugar maple farms.