Inspire A Sense of Place
Erica partners with organizations, learning centers and other sites whose mission includes offering programs that deeply connect people and place help attendees take to heart the mission of your work, and the impact that can be made when people come together to make a difference in the world. Her community events are entertaining, heartwarming and thought provoking.
Engage your Community...
✓ Engage community around the theme of sense of place
✓ Encourage youth leadership & development
✓ Inspire commitment to stewardship
✓ Ignite sense of place storytelling
Designed to powerfully engage both community members and stakeholders to discover their authentic personal connection with places, these programs help to people take to heart the mission of your work. From annual meetings to festivals.
As a performing artist, Erica is known for her poetic, visually-inspired lyrics, which have been described as 'cinema-graphic' due to their descriptive quality. Her music style is folk/Americana. She also known for wry sense of humor and hilarious stage patter. She is an award-winning songwriter with six CD's to her credit.
In addition to her songs, she will skillfully weave together a customized program of story and reflection that will evoke your sense of place no matter where you are.
Choose from the following performance options:
A) Enrich Your Sense of Place: A journey across the American landscape through story, song and reflection, customized to enrich your sense of place. From special events and festivals to annual meetings.
B) The Soulful Campfire: An informal style performance that includes a curated selection of seasonal songs and readings and sing-a-longs. From the stage to a living room, this can also be a private event with family and friends for personal celebration or milestone.
Workshops & Seminars
2.Workshops & Seminars
Designed to powerfully engage both community members and stakeholders to discover their authentic personal connection with places, these programs help to people take to heart the mission of your work.
Choose from the following hands-on learning sessions
A) Sense of Place Discovery and Reflection: Discover your personal sense of place stories. Gain a creative practice and generate fresh ideas. Leave inspired and with a deep sense of place.
B) Sense of Place and Stewardship: Reboot your creativity and gain tools and techniques develop and craft your stories. Explore how to use your strengths to make a difference in the world.
See places through new eyes on this guided experience where Erica shares creative ways to soulfully connect to place.
4. Package Ideas
A) Sense of Place Festival: Performance, Workshop, Guided Walk
B) Academic Residency: Teacher Training, Student Programs, Community Performance
C) Community Residency: Community Event, Staff Training, School Program
"When Erica Wheeler comes to town, her passion to give voice to this land and to stretch our hearts wide open is beyond inspiring. I believe we all come away craving an even deeper relationship with, and a renewed passion for our wilderness home. Erica is blessed with a life purpose that encourages us all to strengthen and "step up" our commitment to place. I know that after I've been with her, I am more keen, more grateful and more enlivened on my path as a proper steward of the land."
Laurie Shepherd Brown, Life Coach and Integrative Health Consultant, Jackson, WY
"Erica's music takes the audience on a trip through space and time. The concert took me from the foothills of the Adirondacks to the Rocky Mountains where the aspens turn their golden color each Fall. When she paints a landscape with song, she strikes a chord that resonates at a deep emotional level. This powerful food for the soul moves people to question the conventions we use to value property – and to value themselves as stewards.”
Baltimore Woods Nature Center, Marcellus, NY
"Erica's Soulful Campfire added magic to our 60th Birthday celebration. Her pre-party, insightful questions about the birthday girl helped her customize a concert to honor her. It was the highlight of the party for everyone in attendance."
Diana Eastty, www.WellOrderedSpaces.com
"In the hour she spoke and sang for us, she had all of us in the room reconnected to the land, to our special memories, and to our passion for the work."
Lee Hayes, Vice President, Sippican Land Trust, MA
"Particularly well suited for land trusts and other conservation organizations, as her art is intimately tied to the landscape and the sense of identity people derive from their surroundings."
Leigh Youngblood, Executive Director, Mount Grace Land Trust, MA
"We invited Erica out for a week to help celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Big Sur Land Trust with a variety of events. Her positive impact reverberated throughout our community and continues to this day. Erica's ability to connect people and place beautifully aligned with our mission to strengthen communities and inspire stewardship"
Bill Leahy, Executive Director, Big Sur Land Trust, CA
"If I had one word to describe Erica Wheeler's Soulful Landscape workshop, it would be 'magical.' The workshop was a big 'ah-ha' moment. I am a conservation professional, and although I hadn't put my finger on it until the workshop, I had been struggling with a sense of loss regarding my connection to nature that first inspired me to work in this field. The workshop rekindled that connection. I left with the tools and resolve to more intentionally tap into the power of place as well as the inspiration to help others do the same."
Claire Dacey, Naturalist, Artist, Historian, MA
"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