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 the Individual Retreat page 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, select ‘Individual Retreat Coordinator’ from the options listed below Who are you after? and complete the email details.


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Gourmet cooking demonstration with professional cook Natalie Playford from Cooking Up A Storm to raise funds for our large prayer wheel!

Registration essential. Please contact Helen Manos on 0406 037 568. For more information, please visit our Events page.

Come join us in eating good food and learning a good skill for a good cause!


10-Day Lam Rim Meditation Retreat

Saturday, 1 October – Wednesday, 12 October 2016


We are delighted to announce that Thubten Gyatso will lead this year’s annual Lam Rim Meditation Retreat at De-Tong Ling Retreat Centre!

Thubten Gyatso has been a monk for forty years and is one of the most experienced and longest serving western Dharma teachers in the FPMT. He is the instrumental driving force in the construction of Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastary at Atisha Centre in Bendigo.

For more information, please visit our Group Retreats page. Please make your bookings early to avoid disappointment as this retreat fills up quickly.

This retreat fulfills the requirements of the Discovering Buddhism Programme and is the Official FPMT National Lam Rim Retreat in Australia.

For bookings and enquiries, please contact Dani Guo, the Retreat Manager, via the Contact Us page.
If you would like to help with the retreat cooking, please feel free to contact us for more information.

Construction of Group Retreat Facility to Resume After a Much-Deserved Winter Break

To read more, please go to the Group Retreat Facility page.

IMG_2927Will and Tim on the last day of the concrete pour of the season and looking forward to taking a break from concrete, mud, and rain.

Volunteering Opportunity

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 after the winter months.  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 Has Arrived from Nepal

Prayer WheelThe 1.5 diameter x 1.8 metre high prayer wheel has arrived from Nepal. It will be installed between the Stupa and lake.

To date the campaign has been wonderfully supported but we still need to raise a further $18,000.

Please visit our Large Prayer Wheel page to learn more.

  • Help us raise $18,000 for our large prayer wheel.

    Help us raise $18,000 for our large prayer wheel.

    To learn more about the project, please visit the Large Prayer Wheel page under the Projects tab.

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    De-Tong Ling Retreat Centre
    PO Box 16
    SA 5065