Dervish Retreat Center


The Grace of Mevlana
May 29 - June 6, 2021

A nine day retreat with Esin Chelebi Bayru, the 22nd generation granddaughter of Mevlana Jelaludin Rumi

The Dervish Center, in the Finger lakes region of upstate New York

Assisted by Khadija Radin

It is with extreme pleasure the Dervish Center announces this retreat with Esin Chelebi Bayru — the 22nd generation granddaughter of Mevlana Jelaludin Rumi!

The retreat will be guided by Esin Chelebi and assisted by Khadija Radin.

The retreat daily schedule will include 2 whirling classes, dhikr (chanting with movement), morning and evening meditation and sohbet (spiritual dialogue).

The vegetarian meals will be deliciously prepared by Yoshin David Radin from the Ithaca Zen Center.

Daily saunas with a dip in spring fed ponds, and walks on the exquisite grounds, will round off each day.

Because of Mrs. Bayru’s extensive schedule as the Vice President of the International Mevlana Foundation, the opportunity to study with her for nine days almost never happens. She is coming from Konya, Turkey specifically for this retreat!

This program is open to both men and women and those of all levels of experience in these teachings are welcome, as this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to have such personal access to a woman so full of Grace.

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:

  • $1390 for a private room
  • $990 each for a shared room
  • $775 for people attending the retreat but not sleeping here

  • Please arrive between 2 and 5pm on Saturday, May 29.

    People traveling by plane who cannot arrive 5pm may arrive after 7pm the night before for an additional $99.

    Ithaca (ITH) airport

    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.

    Once registered you will receive an email with details of the daily schedule and things to bring.

    For questions please email

    Dervish Center
    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.
    ~ 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