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Dear woman,

This is an invitation to a special women's retreat in the Italian mountains: THE FEMININE WISDOM RETREAT (from July 19th to 24th, 2024). The first of its kind at Mandali Retreat Centre in Italy.

I am writing this letter on behalf of myself, Haydi Moustafa, and the talented women who will join me to share their knowledge and love: Azucena Cuijpers (women’s doctor & yoga teacher), Nadia Scherpenhuijzen (doula, masseuse & yoga teacher), Carlijn van de Laar (breath & body therapist), and Elena Teixidor (sound & energy healer).

Those who know me are aware that my life has undergone significant changes in recent years. The depth of this process began about eight years ago when I was going through a tough time in all areas of my life.

At that time, my friends were involved in the establishment of Mandali. A beautiful retreat center in the Italian mountains, built with the intention of being a beacon of light for people on their inner journey towards self-discovery. The undeniable magic and energy of this place were a crucial key in my own healing process.


It is with immense gratitude and joy that I invite you to this special FEMININE WISDOM RETREAT in this magical place.

When I first became a mother, a whole new world opened up for me. My expedition to rediscover what it means to be a woman began. I learned (and continue to learn) about ancient rituals, our bodies, our connection to the earth, our sexual energy, and everything that contributes to this understanding. It enriched my life, making me happier, healthier, and much more content with who I am.

In 2023, the first PREGNANCY WISDOM RETREAT took place, inspired by my late son Nour. It was a great success. Almost all the women have since given birth, and I have had the privilege of witnessing their transformation process, to which the retreat has made a significant contribution. However, what I discovered was that almost all the exercises and topics were new to the women. Information and embodiment that I wish every woman could deeply feel and experience. From this insight, the FEMININE WISDOM RETREAT was born.

Together, we delve into the world of womanhood and feminine energy. This is in stark contrast to our fast-paced world, where we are collectively encouraged to be constantly active and suppress our true selves. In our work, in our rhythms, in our emotions, in every facet of our lives. Fortunately, there is another way that honors our feminine cyclic nature and its qualities. This is what we will explore and bring to the surface together. When we can reconnect with this part of ourselves, our feminine sensitivity and creativity naturally emerge, and we reclaim the center of our being. By creating space to deepen the connection with yourself and nature, you not only help yourself but also your loved ones and everyone around you. We often say that everything you do to heal and break through for yourself, you do for seven generations before and after yourself. How powerful is that?

During our time together in Italy, the question "What does it mean for me to be a woman?" will be central. We will then seek inspiration to shape our lives in such a way that we can nourish, live, and allow this woman to flourish. 


The program is designed to be suitable for every woman, regardless of the stage of life you are in. Whether you are young and just starting menstruation, have a desire for children, are pregnant, a mother, grandmother, or are going through menopause. Whether you are looking for the feminine wisdom within yourself or simply need rest, support, and love around you to land again. You are welcome.



During our 6 days together, under the guidance of professional and talented women with various expertise, we will focus on a wide spectrum of femininity.


Through a range of exercises and rituals, we will focus on topics such as: our bodies, nourishment in every form, feminine values, initiation (the three most significant being menstruation, motherhood, menopause), connection with the earth and elements, motherhood (whether of children or not) and our sexual energy.

Think of activities such as self-examination, breathwork, yoga, meditation, dance, energy work, activation of sexual energy, music, ceremony, rituals, and more.

A day during the retreat would look something like this:

  • Morning session 

  • Silent breakfast

  • Free time

  • Session 

  • Lunch

  • Free time

  • 1 or 2 sessions

  • Dinner

  • Evening session

It is appreciated if you can attend as many sessions as possible. In between, there is ample opportunity to enjoy the surroundings, write, be in silence, walk, use the pool, steam room, sauna, jacuzzi with magical views, and optional book massages.


  • The retreat takes place at Mandali, Italy from July 19th to 24th, 2024.

  • Prices vary depending on the type of room you choose. View the different room types here. Retreat prices below:

        Single garden view: € 1599,-

        Single lake view: € 1689,-

        Premium twin: € 1599,-

        (2 persons, price per person)

        Premium single: € 1864,-

        Shared: € 1434,-

        Hermitage 2: € 1814,-

        (2 persons, price per person)

        Hermitage 3: € 1490,-

        (3 persons, price per person)

  • The price includes the program, accommodation, organic and vegetarian meals, snacks, and drinks.

  • The price excludes your flight and transportation to and from Mandali.

  • Milan Malpensa Airport is the nearest. The transfer takes about 1.5 hours from there. Most people fly with Easy Jet from Amsterdam, in the morning and return at the end of the day.

  • You can rent a car yourself, or arrange for us to organize your transfer. Costs depend on the airport and whether you arrive and depart with others. There will be shared transfers to and from Malpensa in any case. Expect around EU 100,- for a shared transfer (return).

  • You can book by e-mailing The retreat will be available for public booking on February 6th. It is the first women's retreat available for booking to the public in Mandali. Given that about 85% of visitors are women, it could fill up quickly. If you want to secure a spot, let us know before February 6th via

  • Within a few weeks of your booking, you will receive a form to fill in. Shortly after, you will receive a payment link for 35%. The remainder is to be paid 6 weeks before arrival. You can also pay in full at once.

We sincerely hope to welcome you to this unique women's retreat at Mandali.


Haydi, Carlijn, Nadia, Azucena, and Elena

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