What is the Soulful Stewardship
The Soulful Stewardship Method a framework for helping people and places thrive. It is grounded the philosophy that personal sense-of-place stories create connections, which can increase caring and inspire stewardship. It is based on the ideas that the key to activating these personal stories of connection is discovering your sense of place.
What is a Sense of Place?
Your sense of place is as unique as you are. It will also evolve and change over time, as your personal experiences and knowledge increases. Erica defines sense of place as that "sweet spot" where what you know, your factual knowledge about a place; research, data, and information, intersects with what you feel, your personal experience; feelings, story and memory. Your sense of place is unique and personal.
Personal Knowledge + Experience = Sense of Place
Finding your sense of place can be a lifelong discovery process. As you grow and experience more, your sense of place grows too. You can cultivate your sense of place whenever you feel the urge to make more sense of your life or the world.
Why it Matters
In the not so distant past, knowing the nature and history of a place was key to our ancestor's survival and identity. Who people were individually and collectively was firmly rooted in place.
Today, in our fast paced mobile lives, we may live far from our ancestral home and far from where we grew up. We may know little about the place that surrounds us and have a longing to feel more rooted to a place. Or we may be unclear of how the histories of others relates to us personally. We may no idea to even start developing a connection to a place.
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.
How it Works : The Sense of Place Discovery Process
The Soulful Stewardship Method uses a 7 step Sense of Place Discovery Process that evokes personal connections that foster caring and inspire action. This 7 step journey guides participants to discover, explore and share sense of place connections.
This approach has been honed and refined through more than a decade of working with groups across the country and can help you in your personal or professional work.
This process offers tools and techniques for discovering stories, making meaning and finding ways to take action in your life and the world.
The 7 steps of this process will lead you on journey to:
Discover your sense of place stories
Uncover meaning and connections
Boost story-crafting and delivery skills
Explore actions you can take in your life and the world
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
For Visitor Services/Professional Development
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
For Organizations/National, Regional and Community 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
For Youth Leadership and Academic Programs
Integrate academic knowledge with personal experience.
Discover a sense of place and belonging anywhere.
Explore how a sense of place inspires stewardship and sustainability.