Thursday, 14 March 2013

2 Places Available!!! 'Dreams & Writing' - a 3 day Residential Creative Writing Holiday in Bahareya

2 places have become available on this course! 
Please contact me as soon as possible on: 
to arrange your booking.  
Registration closes in a few days.

 'Dreams & Writing'
a 3 day residential creative writing holiday with Linda Cleary
in Bahareya oasis and desert
April 12 – 14, 2013

Your Leap to Inspiration

This is your perfect experience!

  We want you to experience a true time out from busy Cairo, where you find relaxation, enjoy the scenery, expand your horizon, and most importantly take the time out to WRITE!


Dreams & Writing Course
The residential writing course will look at how to use the alchemy of our own dream tapestry to weave into our creative writing. We can use our dreams to work on theme, characters and archetypes, dramatic structure and plot. We will also look at how Jung dealt with dreams and drama. And importantly given the fabulous natural environment we will be in we will look at Dreamtime totems and the dreaming of landscape.

Over the course of 3 days you will receive 9 hours of writing tuition (one 3 hour class per day) as well as experience the inspiration and beauty of the landscape with tours into both the Black Desert and White Desert and other areas of significance.

It is a fantastic itinerary of writing class, desert camp and tours, exclusive hotel, meals and all transport included.

Only 12 people maximum on the course, so register soon to ensure your place.


Short Biography of the Tutor
Linda Cleary is a poet - writer – performer, originally from UK with a theatre background and Diploma in LAMDA Speech and Drama. As well as her own work as a writer, actor and performer she has been delivering workshops in creative writing, theatre and related arts for many years; working in Holland, Czech Republic, Australia, UK and Egypt and currently provides courses at Diwan and El Mesaha Arts & Culture Center in Cairo, Egypt. She is also Director of The Writers' Centre.


Tour itinerary, travel & accommodation arranged by CRESCO. CRESCO means: to grow, to expand, to spring in Latin. CRESCO help bring vision to reality by offering a bespoke service towards creativity and expression in unique settings; for Writers, Photographers and Artists through CrescoArtist. Begin your CrescoLife!



One Night at the White Desert is located between the Bahariya and the Farafra oasis.
One Night in Bahareya’s most exclusive Qasr Al Bawity Eco Lodge

Bahariya Oasis is set in a depression of 2000 square kilometers, surrounded by black hills. Bahariya is known for its hot spring wells and incredible monuments.

About Qasr El Bawity
Qasr El Bawity is an ecolodge set in the middle of a lush palm grove in the heart of El Bawity, the capital of Bahareya Oasis. Built and decorated in the traditional style of the oasis.

About the White Desert
The White Desert covers an area of about 6,000 square kilometers on the southwest of Cairo. It is known for its white sands and strange shaped large rock formations. The considerably high chalk-colored hills make it look like an Arctic landscape contrasting with the deep blue sky. It is an open museum for geographical phenomena, fossils, and wild life and a natural reserve not only for its white sands, but also for being the land of rare plants, acacia trees, calcified trees, and springs. The White Desert is the home for many animals on the verge of extinction; there you can see Egyptian gazelles, white gazelles and rams. It also hosts monuments that go back to the era before Christ and the Roman era and is a location for rare caves, graveyards, as well as mummies and carved inscriptions.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
08:00 Leave Cairo and drive to Bahareya oasis (350km)
12:30 to13:30 Arrive Qasr El Bawity eco lodge, welcome drink, check-in, and lunch
13:30 Take backpacks and head to the Black Desert
14:15 to16:00 Trekking in the Black Desert
16:00 to16:30 Leave Black Desert and arrive at the White Desert camping site, checking the ancient spring on the way
17:00 to 20:30 Dreams & Writing 1st Session with Linda Cleary
21:00 BBQ Dinner (any allergies should be specified)
Night Camping in the Desert

Day 2
07:00 to 08:00 Wake up and breakfast
08:00 to 10:00 Visit Crystal Mountain on way to hotel
10:00 to 11:00 Arrive Qasr El Bawity eco lodge
11:00 to 13:00 Golden Mummies
13:00 to14:00 Settle in rooms at the hotel
14:00 to15:00 Lunch
15:00 to 18:30 Dreams & Writing 2nd session with Linda Cleary (including sunset at the mountain at18:20)
19:00 to 20:00 Dinner, relax, hang out around the fireplace

Day 3
08:00 to 09:00 Breakfast
09:00 to 10:00 Walk to the mountain by the lodge with views of Bahareya plateau
10:00 to13:30 Dreams & Writing 3rd session with Linda Cleary
13:30 to14:30 Time at the hotel and collect bags
14:30 to19:00 Drive to Cairo (lunch box in car)

The above mentioned tour includes:
Transportation from and to Cairo by Coaster bus
Jeeps when in Bahareya (Toyota Land Cruisers)
Meal plan as mentioned in the program – tea and coffee during session times
Accommodation 1st night White Desert camping, including all camping gear
Accommodation 2nd night at Bahareya – Qasr El Bawity
Satellite phone, and GPS
First aid kit
Mineral water during the camping days
Professional desert Guide /Driver

The above mentioned tour excludes:
Drinks at hotel or restaurant
Personal expenses and extras at the hotels or tour
Alcoholic drinks
Any other item non-mentioned above

Practical information:
Insurance: All cars and participants joining our tours are insured against accidents.

Participants should bring:
Hats, sun glasses, sun cream, prescription medicine
Passports/ IDs and copies
Sandals, bathing suits, sweatshirts and trousers for night time
Shorts and t-shirts for mornings, scarf, flash light
Paper and pen in case your laptop runs out of battery in the desert
Your dreams!

Payments and rates
Full cost per student inclusive of all stated above = LE 1,690

Payable in full on registration (cash only). To arrange your booking please contact Linda Cleary at:

  “The desert smiles and there is no place worth living but the desert”

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