“If you don’t know where you are, you don’t know who you are.” Wendell Berry

Find your sense of place.


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What is the Soulful Stewardship Method?

The Soulful Stewardship Method is grounded the philosophy that personal sense-of-place stories create connections, which can increase caring and inspire stewardship. Key to activating these personal stories of connection is discovering your sense of place.


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What is a Sense of Place?

Your sense of place exists at the "sweet spot" where what you know about a place and what you feel about a place intersect.

Your factual knowledge (research, data, and information) combined with with your personal experiences; (feelings, story and memory) creates your sense of place.

Unique and personal, your sense of place will evolve and grow as your knowledge and experiences increase. Personal Knowledge + Personal Experience = Your Sense of Place


Sense of Place Discovery Retreat, Murie Center, Moose, WY

Sense of Place Discovery Retreat, Murie Center, Moose, WY

Why it Matters

For our ancestors, knowing a place intimately was key to both their survival and their identity. Today, many of us may live far from where we grew up and may know little about the places we live, work or play. Many of us may even be unaware of where our ancestors are actually from. We might be unclear how the histories of others relates to us personally.

Lacking a sense of place can lead us to have a longing or yearning we can’t even name or put our finger on. Some identify this experience as wanting to feel more rooted, more connected, more at home.

We may have no idea how to even start developing a connection to a place. We may not think we can feel a sense of belonging towards place we’re not from. We may be too caught up in the day to day to notice.

The good news is your connection to a place can be discovered, evoked and restored, no matter where you are. You can gain a sense of place and belonging that is deeply needed in the world today through some simple, yet powerful tools and practices.


Youth Leadership Training for New Bedford National Historic Park,New Bedford, MA

Youth Leadership Training for New Bedford National Historic Park,New Bedford, MA

How it Works

Erica’s Sense of Place Discovery Process process has been honed and refined through more than a decade of working with groups across the country. It can help you in your personal or professional work

It will provide you with a path to discover, explore and share your sense of place connections.

It will give you powerful tools and techniques for discovering stories, making meaning and finding ways to take action in your life and the world.

To learn more, request a discovery map from Erica. Reach out with any questions.


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Tourism and Planning:
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For Individuals:
Ebook: 7 Soulful Ways to Connect to Place
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Who is this for?

For individuals

  • Boost creativity

  • Generate fresh ideas for use in personal or professional work

  • Reflect and make more sense of your life and the world

  • Increase sense of belonging, community and connection (no matter where you are)

  • Discover how to use your authentic passions to make a difference

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For Interpreters/Visitor Services

  • Generate fresh ideas

  • Gain skills and practice techniques to improve program content and delivery

  • Learn how to engage diverse visitors

  • Give the best tours and visitor experiences possible

  • Team-build, collaborate and increase capacity to mitigate burnout

Next step: Learn More about Erica's Professional Development Training


FOr Community Engagement Events

  • Inspire sense of place stories

  • Increase caring and support for the
    work you do

  • Connect diverse audiences to diverse places

  • Boost partnerships, collaboration and alliances through shared stories of place

  • Recharge your passion for your work


Next step:
Learn more about Erica's Community Engagement Programs


For Youth Leadership and Academic Programs

  • Empower self-expression

  • Integrate academic knowledge with personal experience.

  • Discover a sense of place and belonging anywhere.

  • Explore how a sense of place inspires stewardship and sustainability.

Next step: Learn more about Erica's Youth and Academic Programs