Erin Williams

Senior Facilitator

Country of origin: USA

Date started with Soliya: 2009

Field of work: In college, I studied religion as well as media studies. For several years, I worked at non-profits that focus on interfaith cooperation. As a freelancer, I now work with people around the world on projects ranging from storytelling to conservation, youth leadership to cross-cultural relations, and more. I specialize in dialogue facilitation, outreach and engagement, program management, documentary filmmaking, and media training.

One accomplishment you're proud of: In 2015, calling ourselves the Slow Travel Girls, my friend Ged and I walked approximately 300 miles through Wales and England, including walking along the Thames Path. I live with a chronic illness called fibromyalgia, so the walk was difficult, but it was also a wonderful adventure and incredibly meaningful to me. In 2018, Ged and I are going to walk approximately 300 miles through Scotland.

What about Soliya inspires/motivates you to be involved? This quote from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie reflects part of why I think Soliya is so important: "When we reject the single story – when we realize there is never a single story about any place – we regain a kind of paradise."

What can you be found doing when not working/facilitating/training? I love long walks, whether in cities or the countryside. While there, you can often find me taking photos. I also enjoy traveling, being outdoors, roaming around bookstores, watching films and listening to audio stories, finding the best coffee shop in each city I visit, reading or otherwise trying to soak in knowledge, and spending time with family and friends across the globe.