It’s Thanksgiving here in Canada, and what better way to celebrate than by gifting one lucky woman with a personalized signed copy of the award-winning book, ‘East of Mecca’ by WMF 2018 Say Si Speaker, Dr. Sheila Flaherty!

This moving and unforgettable novel, East of Mecca, tells a timely, harrowing, and heartbreaking story of love and betrayal, the transcendent power of sisterhood, and the ultimate price of oppression. Told with riveting authenticity and exquisite detail, East of Mecca explores gender apartheid through the abuse of absolute power with an elegant balance of cultural nuance and moral inquiry. Long after you have turned the last page, you will be haunted by the vivid characters and powerful scenes illuminating this tour de force.

At WMF 2018, East of Mecca author, Dr. Sheila Flaherty, will take the floor to talk about her experience living in Saudi Arabia, and share her insights into what it is like to be a woman living in a country governed by sharia law.

Don’t miss out on this give-away – enter your name & email address now (or no later than today, Monday, October 9 by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time), and your name will be entered into the draw!


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WMF just learned that 8 more rooms are available at a 20% discount for WMF registrants at Hotel Berny. The first 20 have filled, and by looking at the price you’ll see why:

1 room for 1 person = $ 1,247.12 pesos, which is approximately $72 USD
1 room for 2 people = $ 1,247.12 pesos, which is approximately $72 USD total, and $36 USD per person
1 room for 3 people = $ 1,508.92 pesos, which is approximately $86 USD total, and $29 USD per person
1 room for 4 people = $ 1,770.72 pesos, which is approximately $102 USD total, and $26 USD per person

IMPORTANT: Hotel Berny is a small hotel with a limited number of rooms, and March is high season on Isla. If you wish to reserve one of the last 8 rooms at Hotel Berny, do so NOW or VERY SOON.

To book your room at Hotel Berny:

  • Visit to get a feel for the hotel.
  • Contact the manager Adriana Castrejon by email:
  • Inform Adriana of your name, and the dates you would like a room, number of people staying in the room. Be sure to request the We Move Forward 20% discount.
  • Let Adriana know if you are open to sharing your room with another conference registrant looking to stay at the hotel, as this can be arranged to accommodate more women at the hotel, and to lessen your cost of a room.
  • If you would like further assistance with arranging a room at Hotel Berny, email: penny@wemoveforward and Penny will gladly help you.


Casitas del Mar is a GOLD sponsor of We Move Forward.  Nestled mid-island in the friendly neighborhood of La Gloria, the Casitas (suites) are owned and operated by We Move Forward 2014 speaker Joyce Urzada and her husband, Bob Sylvestre.  Casitas del Mar is an “adults only” facility that is ideal for singles or couples.  Each casita has an ocean view, is tastefully decorated with a Mexican flair and equipped with everything you need to make you feel at home during your stay on Isla. For more info visit Casitas del Mar.

Isla Beckons Vacation Property Rentals is once again working with We Move Forward to assist conference participants in finding the perfect place for their stay on beautiful Isla Mujeres.  Meaghan St. Louis, a Canadian business woman whose family has operated Isla Beckons for many years is happy to assist you in in finding accommodation that best suits your needs and fits your budget. Isla Beckons represents a wide range of properties from cozy, economical standard rooms and studios to luxury villas. Meaghan has arranged for discounts for We Move Forward participants at some of the Island’s best hotels. Here is the link to Isla Beckons website, and Meaghan’s email: