Our Team

Sonja Henderson- Founder, E.D., Artist

Aniki Shani- Horticultural Therapist

Janice Bond- Program Manager

Julie & Stefanie Norvaisas- Project/Fiscal Support

Smiling Mountain LLC- Fiscal Agent



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About Us

Mothers Healing Circle Inception

Sonja Henderson founded Mothers Healing Circle (MHC) in January 2020 to help  Chicago Mothers heal from trauma due to the violent loss of their children. Together, through rejuvenating workshops, storytelling, legacy projects and meditative-arts, the Mothers have a sacred space to heal and disrupt cycles of pain and suffering. MHC  provides a safe in-person and virtual space for gathering, sisterhood, camaraderie, rejuvenation  and therapeutic modalities. 


Mothers Healing Circle provides comfort during weekly communal  woman-centered and art-based healing workshops.  Focusing on women and high vibration art practices, MHC offers emotional and physical relief to Mothers who have limited resources to food and water security, herbal and ancestral medicines, self-care tools, tech and school supplies. MHC seeks to rejuvenate Mothers and rebuild their surviving families by introducing wellness practices like: Horticultural Therapy, plant-based nutrition, massage therapy, movement and yoga. Healing our Mothers is the first step in healing  family, community and nation.


Our artists facilitate weekly healing through:

Guided Meditations for relaxation and connection to self.

Horticultural Therapy to teach self-care through the care and connection to plants and nature.

Movement and Yoga to ground the body and release tension.

Meditative Visual Arts to connect to spirit and heal trauma by focusing the mind and body.

Song and Storytelling to raise the overall vibration.

MHC directly impacts multi-generational BIPOC Mothers and families with weekly in-person or online healing workshops, rejuvenating Self-Care packages, fresh produce box deliveries to food deserts, water purification and filtration systems, direct deposits and more.




Smiling Mountain LLC

2233 S. Throop St. #614,

Chicago, IL 60608

United States

MHC heals Mothers through meditative art practices like: sewing, weaving, yoga, journaling and printmaking.

MHC creates and distributes healing Self-Care Packages for those experiencing trauma.

MHC believes that healing trauma is a holistic endeavor using gardening and nutrition for wellness.

MHC uses singing, movement and the communion with nature to heal trauma and depression.

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