Dervish Retreat Center


2017 Annual Silent Women's Hermit Retreat
May 26 - June 4, 2017

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

The Hermit Retreat will again include a daily schedule of Yoga, Cognitive Kinesiology, two turn classes, sauna with the invigorating cold plunge in our crystal clear pond and morning and evening meditation with a talk.


Friday, May 26
  • 2 to 4pm Arrival (Sauna will be available during that time)
  • 4:30 Meditative Turn
  • 6:00 Dinner (after which silence begins)
  • 7:30 Meditation & Talk

    Saturday through Saturday
  • 6:45am Tea
  • 7:00 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
  • 2:30 Sauna
  • 4:15 Inspirational Turn
  • 6:00 Dinner
  • 7:30 Meditation & talk

  • 6:45am Tea
  • 7:00 Meditation & Closing
  • 8:00 Breakfast
  • 8:45 Chores (Cleaning your room)
  • 10:00 Cognitive Kinesiology & Meditative Turn
  • 11:00 Ayin I Gem  Inspirational Turn Ceremony
  • 12:00 Lunch


  • A non-refundable registration of $100 received by May 15 will get the early discount of the rates below. Registration received after that is an additional 10%.
  • First reserved will have the best available accommodations unless specifically requested for an additional fee by May 15.

    Full time May 26 - June 4
  • Total cost $950 - private room with a bathroom
  • Total cost $600 each - shared room with a bath (only if there is another person to share the room or $750 for the last person to request a shared room receiving a private room)
  • Total cost $700 - private room without a private bathroom (only 3 available)

    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 participants may reserve a specific room for $40 after May 15.

    Half time
    May 26-30 8:00pm or May 31 - June 5 (second half participants may arrive after dinner on May 30)
  • Total cost $485 - private room with a bathroom
  • Total cost $375 - shared room or a private room without a bathroom (only if there is another person to share the room or $435 for the last person to request a shared room receiving a private room)

    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 $575 ($300 half time)

    Please note:
    • To hold a space a $100 deposit is required, all of which is non-refundable. Balances are due upon arrival.
    • People arriving by plane from the West Coast or abroad may arrive after 7pm the night before, for an additional $70. Breakfast and lunch are included.
    • Free airport or bus pickups will be between 7am and 10pm. If you need transportation before or after these times, please call ASAP Cab Company 607-588-8888. As of today, the fee is $39 from the airport or $22 from the downtown bus station.

    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. There may be a transfer fee which you would have to include.

    To insure a place in the retreat, please register early.

    I look forward to this once a year opportunity to be in a retreat which supports silence, health, meditation, yoga, Cognitive Kinesiology, gardening, and turning with you!


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

    Exuberant is existence, time a husk.
    When the moment cracks open, ecstasy leaps out and devours space;
    love goes mad with the blessings, like my words give.

    Why lay yourself on the torturer's rack of the past and future?
    The mind that tries to shape tomorrow beyond its capacities
    will find no rest.

    Be kind to yourself, dear--to our innocent follies.
    Forget any sounds or touch you knew that did not help you dance.
    You will come to see that all evolves us.
    ~ Rumi

  • 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