Dervish Retreat Center


2015 Annual Silent Women's Hermit Retreat
May 8 - 17, 2015

A unique opportunity for silence and reflection
The Dervish Center
In the Finger lakes region of upstate New York
Led by Khadija Radin

It will again include a daily schedule of Yoga, two turn classes, sauna with the invigorating cold plunge in our crystal clear ponds and morning and evening meditation with a talk.
We are adding (by popular demand) some of the Cognitive Kinesiology floor and standing work and a class on the Tarot!


Friday, May 8
  • 2 to 4pm Arrival (Sauna will be available during that time)
  • 5:30 Dinner (after which silence begins)
  • 7:00 Meditative Turn
  • 8:00 Meditation

    Saturday through Saturday
  • 7:00am Tea
  • 7:15 Meditation
  • 8:00 Breakfast
  • 8:45 Chores
  • 9:45 Yoga
  • 10:45 Cognitive Kinesiology floor & standing exercises
  • 11:15 Meditative Turn
  • 11:45 Turn
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 2:00 Tarot
  • 3:00 Sauna
  • 4:15 Inspirational Turn
  • 6:00 Dinner
  • 7:30 Meditation & talk
  • 8:30 Tea

  • 7:00am Tea
  • 7:15 Meditation & Closing
  • 8:00 Breakfast
  • 8:45 Chores (Cleaning your room)
  • 10:00 Cognitive Kinesiology & Meditative Turn
  • 11:00 Ayin I GemĀ  Inspirational Turn Ceremony
  • 12:00 Lunch


    Full time May 8-17
  • Total cost $900 - private room with a bathroom
  • Total cost $700 - shared room or a private room without a bathroom

    Full time participants will have the option of reserving a select available room (with or without a private bathroom) for an additional $80.

    Half time
    May 8-12 8:00pm or May 13-17 (second half participants may arrive after dinner on May 12)
  • Total cost $485 - private room with a bathroom
  • Total cost $385 - shared room or a private room without a bathroom

    We will offer a limited number of private unheated bungalows near the heated campground bath house for those who want to brave the cold night air with a hot water bottle! The total cost is $625 ($325 half time)

    Please note:
    • To hold a space a $50 deposit is required, all of which is non-refundable. Balances are due upon arrival.
    • Changing from a full time to half time reservation will be possible as space permits. However, a person wanting a full time retreat on the waiting list would have priority for the room. The above refund policy would apply if there was not an available half time space.
    • People arriving by plane from the West Coast or abroad may arrive after 7pm the night before,. Including meals, the fee is an additional $70.
    • Ithaca (ITH) Airport or bus pickups will be between 7am and 10pm. If you need transportation before or after these times, please call ASAP Cab Company 607-532-2727. As of today, the fee is $27 from the airport or $17 from the downtown bus station.
    • Facials, colonics, massage and Thai massage sessions will also be offered for $75.

    Please make a check or money order out to the Dervish Center and mail it to: Dervish Center 56 Lieb Road Spencer, NY 14883.

    You may also transfer the money from a bank or with a credit card via PayPal to Marcia Radin at this email address. If it is not a bank transfer, Paypal will charge an additional 3.75% fee for a credit card. Note that you are "transferring" and not "paying" the funds.

    For more information:
    Email Khadija at or call (607) 272-0694.

  • There is a way between voice and presence
    where information flows.
    In disciplined silence it opens.
    With wandering talk it closes
    -- Rumi

    A little while alone in your room will prove more valuable than anything else that could ever be given you.
    -- Mevlana Rumi

    Wisdom is attained in solitude.
    -- Hazrat Inayat Khan

    This aloneness is worth more than a thousand lives.
    This freedom is worth more than all the lands on earth.
    To be one with the truth for just a moment,
    Is worth more than the world and life itself. 
    -- Rumi

    'The Hermit' tarot card