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 Tibetan 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 is helpful 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 us.

DTL is registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC). The centre has tax-deductible gift recipient (TDGR) status endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). Donations to De-Tong Ling Retreat Centre are tax-deductible in Australia.

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    De-Tong Ling Retreat Centre
    RSD 418
    Kingscote
    SA 5223
    Australia

  • De-Tong Ling Retreat Centre is an affiliate of the FPMT (Foundation for
    the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition).