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Self-Care, we hear that word a lot. But we don't always know what that means. For me, it means carving out the time to put myself first. To find peace and clarity in a world so full of chaos. That's why I started doing women's retreats. I wanted to provide a space for women to come together and exist in an environment where they could be unapologetically themselves. I wanted to create a container for all of the heavy emotions we carry with us in our day to day lives and teach women how to work through those emotions and then release them once they no longer serve us. And I did. I created a beautiful community of women, who love and support one another. We come together and celebrate each other without jealousy, insecurity, or fear. What's more beautiful than that?

So join us! We have so much to share with you. 

 - Amber Smith

Erstwhile's 2nd Annual Women's Retreat

October 19th - October 22nd

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Stay in a luxurious 4,500 sq ft cabin, nestled in the gorgeous Blackhills area of South Dakota. 

  • 6 Private King Suites

  • 6 Roomy & Affordable Bunk Beds

  • 5 Full Baths

  • 2 Half Baths

  • 2 Hot Tubs

  • 2 Refrigerators

  • Fully Stocked Kitchen

  • 2 Living Areas

  • Expansive Deck & Patio

Enjoy the freedom and convenience of a partially catered food freedom retreat! Erstwhile will provide dinner each night of your stay. The other meal times are completely up to you. Fresh fruit and snack items will be made available. Feel free to bring your favorite foods and snacks or shop in town before heading to the cabin. This is a body neutrality retreat. There will be zero meal structure outside of dinner being served at 6:30pm. Feel free to eat what you want, when you want. 

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We'll come together for a special Wild Woman Project Circle, led by Amber Smith, Owner of Erstwhile Studios. The WILD

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.

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

Start each morning with a body positive yoga practice with Amber! We'll move our bodies through a slow, loving flow, designed to bring us back to our breath. Rekindle your connection and communication with your body through this intentional flow. 

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We will spend an evening being kind to ourselves through a good old fashioned self care practice. Erstwhile will provide face masks, under eye masks, and a detoxifying foot soak. 

Jessica Brewer, Owner of Zenspire-Me will be joining us at this year's retreat to facilitate a beautiful Sound Bath experience. Jessica believes in the power of sound and the healing effects it can have on the body. Join her as she leads you through setting your intentions and as she bathes each of your intentions with sound.  

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If you've ever had a reading with Amber than you already know what an exciting addition this will be to our retreat. We will circle up as a community as Amber facilitates a group reading. This is a powerful yet effective way for the house to bond and have a bit of fun as well. One on one readings will depend on the number of attendees. 

You will be given 8 hours of uninterrupted free time to roam the Blackhills, check out historic Deadwood, and shop til you drop. There's so much beauty and history to see in this area. We want you to have time to fully take it all in. You're also welcome to stay at the cabin and just enjoy yourself. Maybe soak in the hot tub while the other girls are out. This is your retreat, there's no pressure here. 

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In addition to a the preplanned meditations, sound bath, and Wild Woman Circle, Amber will also be releasing journal prompts leading up to and during the retreat. All designed to help you get the most out of your experience. Take the ones that call to you and leave the rest. No one will be graded on their participation level. This is for you and you alone. 

Reiki healing sessions are a great way to clear out energetic blockages, decrease stress, promote relaxation, and help boost the body's natural ability to heal itself. 


Amber Smith, Reiki Master Teacher

Tracy Roberts, Reiki Master Teacher

Jessica Brewer, Reiki Master

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Don't forget the swag bag from Erstwhile! Each attendee will receive a goodie bag filled with essentials for your ultimate retreat experience! 

Items Included:

  • Retreat Journal

  • Pen

  • Crystals (handpicked by Amber)

  • Ear Plugs

  • Sleep Mask

  • Shhh... it's a surprise!

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