The Dervish Retreat Center is located on sixty acres of beautiful meadows, forests, trails, streams, gardens, waterfalls and ponds bordering a state park. The center was founded by Khadija Radin, a Sheikha in the Mevlevi Order of America (sometimes known as the Whirling Dervishes) and the Sufi Ruhaniat International. Sufi studies, meditation and Dervish whirling are taught regularly. The Center is closed to the public except for our posted classes and events.
Video: View interviews and Khadija turning
Upcoming Events & Performances
Annual Silent Women's Hermit Retreat
May 30 - June 7, 2020
With Khadija Radin
- Turn, meditation, yoga, sauna, and cognitive kinesiology
- $600-900 - Full time tuition, lodging, and meals
- $375-485 - Half time, all inclusive
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Dervish Retreat Center
56 Lieb Road
Spencer, NY 14883
Khadija turning, 1982
Khadija turning, 2005
Photo: Lee Guthrie
"Ride the breeze of dawn into eternity, becoming dust under the hoof of the horse of a Dervish!"
All poems on this site are interpretations of Mevlana Jelal'uddin Rumi's poetry since it is difficult to translate precisely the subtlety of meaning and flow of his verse.