Dervish Retreat Center


Friday, October 16, 3pm - Sunday, October 18, 3pm

With Mr. Faruk Hemdem Çelebi (22nd grandson of Mevlana Rumi and the current Maqam Çelebi) and Esin Çelebi Bayru (22nd granddaughter of Mevlana Rumi)

The Dervish Center
In the Finger lakes region of upstate New York

The retreat will include morning meditation and zikr, a turn class with Sheikh Nadir Karnibuyukley and oud, ney, bendir or singing instruction. Sohbet (spiritual dialogue) will be with the International Mevlana Foundation President Mr. Faruk Hemdem Çelebi, and Vice President Mrs. Esin Çelebi Bayru. The afternoon will include a wood fired, pond-side sauna and a whirling class with Mrs. Esin Çelebi Bayru and Khadija Radin. After dinner on Friday, October 16 we will caravan to The Skybarn, on the Syracuse University campus, and on Saturday evening to the Anderson Center for Performing Arts, on the Binghamton University campus to enjoy the evening presentations of our distinguished guests including lectures and the Sema ceremony. International gourmet food, an intimate atmosphere, and the exquisite autumn beauty of the Dervish Center's acres of ponds, gardens and peaceful forests will compliment this unprecedented occasion.

The retreat with a shared room accommodation is $325 per person for the weekend. A private room is an additional $150 (if available.) For people not staying at the center, tuition, including meals, is $250. Due to the limited accommodations (the Konya caravan is twenty-four Dervishes), registration is on a first reserved basis and includes a 50% deposit which is non-refundable

To Register:
Email Khadija at

Remote Events:

Friday, October 16, 7:30pm: The Skybarn, Syracuse University

Saturday, October 17th, time TBA: Anderson Center for Performing Arts, Binghamton University

Sunday, October 18th, 7:00pm: Miller Performing Arts Center, Alfred University

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