Dervish Retreat Center


2018 Annual Silent Women's Hermit Retreat
May 26 - June 3, 2018

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.


Saturday, 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

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

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


  • A registration of $50 received by May 15 will get the early discount of the rates below. For a registration received after that rates will be 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 3
  • Total cost $900 - 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)

    Full time participants will have the option of reserving a select room 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 30 - June 3 (second half participants may arrive after 9:30am on May 30)
  • Total cost $485 - private room with a bathroom
  • Total cost $375 - shared room (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)

    Please note:
    • To hold a space a $50 deposit is required, which is non-refundable after May 15. 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 Collegetown Cab Company 607-588-8888. As of today, the fee is $33.50 from the airport or $22.50 from the downtown bus station. Uber is $13-$17 from the 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 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