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.


Those seeking an enlightened, volunteering adventure, who want to experience true island life amongst Australia’s most pristine wilderness and wild life.

To keep the wheel of Dharma turning we have projects aplenty to suit the hearts of all. Current projects needing completing so, so so so so so so so so so so so many people can enjoy include -:

Prayer wheel House completing the roof structure and roof sheeting, rendering of the walls inside and laying the floor

Decking sand and oil decking to maintain for many aeons to come… so many people can sit and enjoy

General carpentry – including installing door handles, erecting gates

General maintenance redirecting roof rain water to water tanks, installing solar panels, general maintenance to retreat houses

Garden hands/cooks –  for feeding both volunteers and those in retreat. A full-time job in itself with acres of already prepared, irrigated sites to be maintained and propagated

Whether staying a week, month or year. The opportunity to thrive and enjoy life within a most precious gem on a pristine island is truly beyond words. There is something for everyone of all ages and skills.

Plus lets not forget the grand GROUP RETREAT FACILITY which will be needing many hands in the not to distant future…as work looks to recommence in November, 2017.

Prayer wheel, seeking completion

Prayer wheel and decking looking for some love

Annual Calm Abiding Meditation Retreat

Thursday, 13 April – Monday, 17 April 2017

We are excited to announced that Geshe Konchog Kyab from Buddha House will lead our annual Calm Abiding Meditation Retreat over Easter weekend in 2017 at De-Tong Ling Retreat Centre on Kangaroo Island. Please visit our Group Retreats page for more information.

Another Successful 10-Day Lam Rim Meditation Retreat at DTL!


This year’s 10-Day Lam Rim Meditation Retreat took place from 1 Oct to 12 Oct and was led by the wonderful Thubten Gyatso. It was a powerful retreat with a dynamic group of harmonious, happy, well-fed retreatants. The centre rejoices and dedicates all the merits to the benefit of all sentient beings. May compassion and wisdom prevail!

Construction of Group Retreat Facility to Resume

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


Will 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.

  • Help us raise a further $13,534 for our large prayer wheel!

    Help us raise a further $13,534 for our large prayer wheel!

    To date, the campaign has been wonderfully supported with $43,766 raised. To learn more about the project, please visit the Large Prayer Wheel page under the Projects tab.

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    PO Box 16
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