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Sun, May 14


Erstwhile Studios

For those who should have been Mothers

Not the Mother's Day event you expected to find, but definitely the one you didn't know you needed.

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For those who should have been Mothers
For those who should have been Mothers

Time & Location

May 14, 2023, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Erstwhile Studios, 510 5th St, Sioux City, IA 51101, USA

About the event

I'm writing this one for me.

"I sat down today, trying to decide which event I wanted to add to Erstwhile's list of offerings for May. The most obvious answer was to do a Mother's Day event. Something catered to all of the loving, supportive, beautiful Mothers out there. I started to write it. I put together a beautiful graphic and I even decided on the theme, "Seeing the Woman & Honoring the mother". Then I started to sculpt out the content, trying and failing to connect with it. Drawing on my relationship with my own Mother, who I adore. But something felt hollow in it. I can't sit in a room filled with women who have children and pretend to be able to hold that space for them. I am not a mother. I have never had children. I will likely never have them. So, I set sail in a new direction, with renewed purpose. What class do I need right now? What theme would help heal ME? What space can I hold? So here it is, if this content resonates with you, then I am so incredibly sorry, and I SEE you. If it doesn't, then I'm happy for you, but this is simply not the right event for you, and that's okay. "   - Amber Smith, Owner of Erstwhile Studios

For those who should have been Mothers

Listen, we're probably going to cry. We're probably going to feel so many feelings. I spend each Mother's Day reaching out to all of the mothers in my life and feeling incredibly insecure about the fact that I can't have children. I'm a single 33 year old woman living with PCOS, ADHD, Anxiety, & Depression and I am desperately trying to find my tribe. A community of women who hold space for one another, who support and rally around one another. I want you to have that too. I want you to know that you are not alone and that there is a vast community of wild women who have so much love and so much compassion to give. Let us hold space for each other while we all try to heal the parts that have spent so long being left broken.

This class will involve a guided meditation, created by Amber to heal not only the shame and the guilt tied to not being allowed to be a mother, but also the body. We will dive deep and talk with the parts of our bodies that feel broken and encourage them to heal. Amber will also be using her gifts as a Reiki Master to send healing energy to the areas of the body where healing is needed most. This will be a deeply emotional and healing experience.

This circle is NOT for:

  • Mothers
  • Pregnant Women
  • Those who can have children, but CHOSE not to.

This circle IS for:

  • Those who don't have      children but wanted them.
  • Those who can't have      children and wish they could.
  • Those who are trying to      have children but are struggling.
  • Those who have suffered      miscarriages or the loss of a child.
  • Those undergoing fertility      treatments.

What to Expect from Each WWP Circle:

  • Women supporting women
  • Event theme inspired by      the moon's governing zodiac sign
  • Introductions
  • Guided Meditation(s)
  • Journaling
  • Shares
  • Circle Talk
  • Community
  • Sacred Trust

Learn More!

Please Bring:

  • Pen
  • Journal /Notebook
  • Open Heart
  • Judgement free      understanding for your sisters.


  • Water
  • Blanket
  • Pillow
  • Comfy clothes


$20 per attendee.

Spots limited to 12 Wild Sisters

Sunday, May 14th @ 2:00PM

Doors open at 1:30PM

Low on funds, but passionate about this circle theme? We have scholarship and exchange opportunities!

Message Amber at to inquire.

Each attendee will have the opportunity to join Amber's private Facebook group, "The Wild Woman Project of Siouxland"! This group of women will receive:

  • Priority Access to upcoming WWP Circles at Erstwhile (classes will be posted 1 week before being released to the public.)
  • Monthly WWP content and journal prompts.
  • Insight into upcoming circles and offerings.
  • Special discounts and scholarship /exchange opportunities.

Ritual & Circle Magic Created by Amber Smith, owner of Erstwhile Studios

What is The Wild Woman Project?

The Wild Woman Project is at once a philosophy (an invigorating approach to life as a wondrous, often messy, creative project) & a growing movement of courageous, creative, heart centered (often weird & wonderful) women on a mission to remember, to reimagine what it means to be a woman – untamed.

Founded by: Chris Maddox

What is our Mission?

To awaken women to their most authentic, undomesticated nature, so they may feel like themselves, all the time, no apologies.

The Wild Woman Project


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