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.


Another work session is scheduled for the stupa after Christmas this year – from Sunday the 28th of December to Sunday the 4th of January.
The session won’t involve skilled tradesmen, but will instead focus on further landscaping and beautification of the area around the stupa, including the creation of a Zen garden on the stupa’s western side, next to the new deck.  There is also some painting to be done.
This work session is for anyone who would like to offer some volunteer time to the stupa and enjoy some time on KI and at De-Tong Ling without feeling too pressured.  If you’d like to take some time off for sight-seeing that’s fine.  There’ll be different kinds of work to suit everyone – kids, grandmas … they’re all welcome.
Attending involves staying in a tent, although there are a few spots inside… and some are very comfortable. First in, first served!
If you’re interested, please contact us from the website or ring Will on 0417 891 921.
Note: a daily payment of $13 is requested.  This covers breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as morning and afternoon tea breaks, gas and accommodation.


  • Find Us

    De-Tong Ling Retreat Centre
    PO Box 16

    Ph. 0417 891 921 (Will Abram)

  • Video

    De Tong Ling Video