Exploring the Placeless Abode
May 27 - June 4, 2023
Led by Esin Chelebi Bayru
& Khadija Radin
Esin Celebi Bayru is Vice President of the International Mevlana Foundation. Esin is also Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi’s granddaughter from the 22nd generation, a descendent of Sultan Veled.
Khadija Radin has been teaching the Mevlevi Turn and tradition for over forty years.
The Hermit Retreat will again include a daily schedule of Yoga, Cognitive Kinesiology, turn classes, sauna with the invigorating cold plunge in our crystal clear pond and morning and evening meditation with a talk.
Saturday, May 27
2:00 to 5:00pm Arrival (Sauna will be available 2:30 - 5:00)
5:30 Dinner, followed by a talk
Sunday through Saturday
7:00 Morning tea, meditation & a talk
10:45 Cognitive Kinesiology
11:15 Turn Class
4:00 Free Turn Class and Sema (aini jem) class
6:45-8:00 Sobhet (Spiritual talk with Esin Chelebi)
7:00 Tea, Meditation & a talk
9:00 Packing & Room Cleaning
10:15 Aini Jem preparation
10:45 Aini Jem & Closing ceremony
This is an opportunity to study with one of the finest teachers of the Mevlevi tradition in the world and avail yourself of contemplating and practicing subtleties of the Sufi tradition.
This is a silent retreat. All classes are optional. You can make this your own hermit retreat in any way you wish as long as it does not disturb others and does not exceed sauna times.
Vegetarian meals will be deliciously prepared.
Daily saunas with a dip in spring fed ponds, and walks on the exquisite grounds, will round off the retreat experience
This program is open to all persons over fifteen years of age and those of all levels of experience (or new) in these teachings are welcome.
Spaces in the retreat are very limited so please register early (details below).
Tuition & Accommodations
Accommodations are comfortable with private bathrooms and no more than two people per room.
With the Covid - 19 situation, guests who wish to share an accommodation must make that arrangement on their own. We will not put roommates together.
Tuition is as follows:
$1365 for a private room
$1025 each for a shared room
$775 for people just attending the retreat without a room
People traveling by plane who cannot arrive 5pm may arrive after 7pm the night by before for an additional $99.
Pickups will be made at the Ithaca (ITH) airport and Ithaca bus stop.
Registration must be accompanied by a 50% deposit which is refundable until May 20 less a $99 fee.
Please make checks payable to Dervish Center or you may send tuition via PayPal (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a 3% processing fee
Once registered you will receive an email with details of the daily schedule and things to bring.
For questions please email email@example.com
56 Lieb Road
Spencer, NY 14883
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.