Writing and Creative Retreat Aswan

NEW - A writing and creative retreat in a Nubian village close to Aswan, in the peaceful ambiance of the west bank of the Nile.

From February 10th to February 17th 2018

We will stay in a beautiful traditional built villa with a magnificent view on the Nile. The retreat is open to 7 participants.

How we work

We start the day with our yoga and meditation practice. After breakfast there is time to focus on your (work) project. 

In the afternoon we will organize trips, exploring the little islands in the Nile with our felucca,  visiting picturesque Nubian villages and walking through the deserts and sand dunes home to ancient tombs and temples. Joining these trips is optional. You can also stay in the house or garden to continue writing or creating.

Before dinner we will offer another (active) meditation session. 
In the evening we gather around a delicious meal, have fun, discuss topics that matter, give input on inspirational and creative work or we facilitate a council-evening.

On request we can organise day-trips. For example to visit Abu Simbel temple. (cost price)

In February the average daily temperature is around 25 degrees celsius and a day counts 11 hours of sunshine.

Who is this retreat for

Are you looking for new inspiration or an inviting and exotic setting for your writing / art ? Do you like to have a winterbreak, let yourself be energized with sun, stay with like-minded people and enjoy the great Egyptian-Nubian hospitality? Do you want to give a boost to your (creative) work? Then this retreat is for you.

You will go home with:

  • fresh inspiration
  • work being done
  • rejuvenated and relaxed
  • new experiences
  • international connections/ friendship
  • insights into your creative process


The retreat will be hosted by Celeste Neelen, co-founder and managing director of all Artisa retreats.


We stay at a beautiful traditional house at the river the Nile. The Nubian House has an expansive private roof terrace with stunning views over the village, fields and the Nile and a private garden. The house itself is beautiful with high domed ceilings in traditional Nubian style, a large group space and dining room. Each of its air-conditioned rooms comes with free Wi-Fi and either a private bathroom. The house is situated only a few minutes walk to the ferry to the East bank  and just 5 minutes’ walk from Tomb of the Nobles.

Info and registration

For more info or booking send us a mail or give us a call.
Celeste +31 611 387147 or +30 647570690
Click here for our overview of prices.

How to get there

You have to fly to Cairo and then change to a domestic flight to Aswan. Egypt air offers daily flights from Cairo to aswan at 12.00h and at 22.15h. Aswan Airport is a 20-minute drive away from the house.We will organise a pick-up transfer for you.
Upon arrival at the airport you can buy your visum.(€ 25,-)

It is also possible to travel by train from Cairo to Aswan. If you have time you could spend a few days in Luxor, visiting the Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Karnak. Our contact person in Egypt can help organising these trips for you. Just let us know


If you would like to stay informed about our activities

Nubian House Aswan
View on the river the Nile
View on the Nile from roof terrace