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).  The separate FPMT Australia website is available here.

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.

2016 Calm Abiding Meditation Retreat

2016 Easter Retreat

Join us for Afternoon Tea on Sat 20 Feb, 2016!

DTLing AfternoonTea2

Group Retreat Centre Build starting in January 2016

After many years of planning De-Tong Ling is finally in a position to commence the building of the Group Retreat Facility.  Set in a pristine wilderness environment at the western end of Kangaroo Island, this facility will be a wonderful addition to the individual retreat houses already built there.  Retreat spaces of this quality are extremely rare in the world.

When completed the facility will accommodate up to 40 people, allowing the centre to host many retreats of varying lengths over the coming years.

LZR at GRF Site




The photo shows Lama Zopa Rinpoche inspecting the Group Retreat Facility site during his visit to the centre in May 2015.


Skilled and unskilled workers needed. 

We are looking for volunteers to come to De-Tong Ling and help for as long as they would like with the building of the Group Retreat Facility.  The work involved includes: multiple building trades, general labourers, cooks/bakers, cleaners, chai/tea makers, vegetable and landscape gardeners and many more.

To register your interest and find out more about this unique and rare opportunity, please go to the Contact Us page on this website, select ‘Building Coordinator’ from the options listed below Who are you after? and complete the email details.

GRF Helpers

Large Prayer Wheel Update

Prayer WheelIn early May De-Tong Ling launched a campaign to raise funds for the 1.5 diameter x 1.8 metre high prayer wheel that will be installed between the Stupa and lake.

To date the campaign has been wonderfully supported but we still need to raise a further $11,000.

The prayer wheel is being constructed from copper in Kathmandu and the beautiful house to accommodate it is also under construction on site using locally sourced stone.

Part of the natural lighting of the wheel house will be from eight stained glass windows (offered by a student) depicting the Eight Auspicious Symbols.

Once the wheel is installed all the pieces of advice on holy objects given by Rinpoche will be completed. –Will Abram, Director

prayer wheel house & stupa


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