Erica Wheeler: inspiring connections between people and place

"If you don't know where you are,
you don't know who you are."
Wendell Berry

Having a sense-of-place can heal your life.

A sense of place is something that is deeply needed in our fast paced, mobile, transitory world today. That "knowing" Wendell talks about might something are yearning for without even knowing what to call it.

I call it soulfully connecting to place. It's a connection that can be discovered, evoked and restored, no matter where you are or your level of expereince. I can help.


I am a sense-of-place speaker, educator, performer. My work is grounded in the philosophy that our personal, emotional connections to place create the bonds that lead to stewardship. Information alone cannot create that bond. Learn about my Soulful Stewardship Philosophy here.

Work with me

I can help you discover your unique sense-of-place stories, memories and connections. Learn about my ideas though my writings and videos on this website. You can also attend a live event, or bring me to your community or organization so I can work with you.

I offer public events, academic programs and professional development programs that are entertaining, life enriching and inspirational.
Come enjoy a concert or keynote, or experience a hands-on workshop, seminar and training.

Each program is carefully researched to enrich your local and regional and personal sense-of-place and evoke your stories. My approach works equally well in an urban or rural setting, and are customized for all ages and levels of experience.

I specialize in working with parks, conservation organizations, learning centers and others whose work involves connecting people and place.


Learn more about my programs here.

Start Now! Get Soulfully Connected to Place.

Download my free e-book  "Seven Soulful Ways to Connect to Place" Seven powerful practices to connect you with your sense-of-place, no matter where you are.

Next Steps.

  • Hear songs rooted in a sense-of-place on my CD pages. Also available for purchase/download.
  • Explore the writings and videos on this site.
  • Attend a workshop, training or retreat. View Calendar.
  • Inquire about bringing me to speak, teach or present at your event.
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Watch my TEDx Talk : To Know Who You Are, Know Where You Are




Watch more Introductory Videos here!

Partial Client List

  • National Association of State Park Volunteer Coordinators
  • National Park Service
  • National Association of State Park Directors
  • National Association for Interpretation
  • Land Trust Alliance
  • National Religious Partnership for the Environment
  • American Horticultural Youth and Garden Symposium
  • Social Venture Network
  • Teton Science School
  • Antioch Graduate School
  • The Thoreau Institute

updated: 4 days ago