Whirling Dervish Retreat Center

Welcome to the
Dervish Retreat Center

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 25 - June 2, 2019

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

A Day of Sufi Whirling, Mystical Practices and Teachings
Sunday, June 16, 10am–5:30pm
New York Open Center

With Sheikha Khadija Radin

  • Sufi meditation and mystical practices, including the use of rarely taught breathing techniques, posture, and visual images.
  • The day will also include sohbet, zikr and traditional and freestyle whirling.
  • Members: $120 / Nonmembers: $150
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New York Open Center
22 E 30th St
New York, New York
(212) 219-2527
Sheikha Khadija turning in 1982
Khadija turning, 1982

Sheikha Khadija turning
Khadija turning, 2005
Photo: Lee Guthrie
"Ride the breeze of dawn into eternity, becoming dust under the hoof of the horse of a Dervish!"

Jelal'uddin Rumi

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.