We acknowledge this land beneath us forms part of the traditional lands of Australian Aboriginal people. We stand here with respect for the spiritual ancestors of this island, for the Aboriginal women brought here from mainland South Australia and Tasmania, and their descendants. May all hurts be healed, may all sufferings cease and may all be at ease.

De-Tong Ling Retreat Centre (DTL) is a Buddhist retreat centre at the north-western end of Kangaroo Island in South Australia. We offer individual retreat accommodation in five self-contained earth-walled houses and hold two annual group meditation retreats, 4 days over Easter and 10 days in October.

The centre is under the spiritual guidance of Kyabje Thubten Zopa Rinpoche and is affiliated to the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT).  Please click here to access the FPMT Australia website.

De-Tong Ling is located on 1300 acres of wilderness, 3 kms from the coast and with long views out to sea. The pure air and water of its pristine environment, and the deep silence of its remote location, provide ideal conditions for retreat.

We welcome retreat applications from all Buddhist traditions and other contemplative faiths.  Experience in isolated meditation practice and willingness to abide by the centre’s protocols are essential.

If you are considering retreat at De-Tong Ling please read all the information on our web site under Retreating before contacting the Individual Retreat Coordinator Katrin Rehder by phone on 83701193 or by email. To send a message please go to the Contact Us page on this website, select ‘Individual Retreat’ from the options listed below Who are you after? and complete the email details.


Calm Abiding & Mindfulness

Friday April 3 to Monday April 6

The 2015 Easter Retreat will focus on developing the ability to calm and concentrate the mind in meditation and on applying mindfulness to all activities during the break times.

This retreat will be led by Venerable Thubten Dondrub, who has been a monk for over 30 years and is one of FPMT’s most senior teachers.  He has led many of the famous Lam Rim courses at Kopan in Nepal as well as several retreats with Lama Zopa Rinpoche.  Currently he is the resident teacher of Buddha House in Adelaide, South Australia.

The costs below include ferry to & from Kangaroo Island, transport to the centre, accommodation & vegetarian meals.

Twin Shared:        $470Statue and Stupa
Dormitory:           $395
Camping:             $350

The retreat commences at 5pm on Friday April 3, which gives people adequate time to travel to Kangaroo Island and on to the centre.
The retreat finishes at mid-day on Monday April 6 and the afternoon is dedicated to returning to Adelaide.

For bookings and inquiries please go to the Contact Us page on this website, select ‘Easter Retreat’ from the options listed below Who are you after? and complete the email details, including the tag “Easter Retreat”.  Or phone 0448 822 725.


We are delighted to announce that finally we have received confirmation that Lama Zopa Rinpoche will be visiting De-Tong Ling in late May.  His last (and only) visit was in 1991 when the land was offered to be used as a dedicated Retreat Centre within the FPMT organisation.
It is anticipated that Rinpoche will consecrate the Enlightenment Stupa during his short visit.
Much work needs to be done before his arrival, hence a dedicated work session is planned for Saturday 14th to Sunday 29th March, with tasks including:
 Painting the entire Stupa along with minor maintenance.
 Polishing prayer wheels and all the copper-work on the Stupa itself.
 Painting the deck between the Stupa and lake.
 Laying the timber floor in the Gompa.
 Beautifying the Gompa e.g. hanging Thankas.
 Collecting rocks for the Large Prayer Wheel house that is being constructed.
 Plus many more associated jobs.
PLEASE consider coming over to DTL and contributing to this effort to make the centre as beautiful an offering as possible to Rinpoche upon his arrival.  This is our LAST chance and we have collectively worked for so many years to get this far and achieve so much.  Come for a couple of days or longer.  All are welcome.  We are arranging shared transport to keep the costs as low as possible for anyone wishing to come.
For further information please use this website’s Contact page or phone Will Abram on 0417 891 921.

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