Q. Do I have to be a Buddhist to apply to do a solitary meditation retreat at De-Tong Ling?
A. No, there is no requirement that you be a Buddhist to apply to do a solitary retreat at DTL, however the retreat centre has been specifically developed for meditation and contemplation. People in retreat at DTL sign an agreement to keep the 5 Buddhist precepts while in retreat. These are:
1. Not to kill any living being;
2. Not to steal or take anything of value not offered to you;
3. Not to lie;
4. Not to engage in any sexual activity while in retreat;
5. Not to take any intoxicants including tobacco.
For further information regarding requirements for solitary retreat at DTL, please contact the Retreat Centre Manager via the Contact Us page. To send a message, select ‘Retreat Centre Manager’ from the options listed below Who are you after? and complete the email details. Also, please read the Solitary Retreat Application Form carefully as you consider whether De-Tong Ling Retreat Centre suits your needs.
Q. What is the best way to travel to Kangaroo Island?
A. By Sea.
SeaLink operates Sealion 2000 and Spirit of Kangaroo Island – two large, luxurious vehicle and passenger/car ferries – between Cape Jervis and Penneshaw. There are four departures daily, with additional services during peak times. Bookings are necessary. Travelling time is a comfortable 45 minutes. Mainland coach connections are available between Adelaide and Cape Jervis. Island coach connections are available between Penneshaw and Kingscote.
Reservations: Ph. 13 13 01
Regional Express (REX) operates a 30-minute flight from the main terminal at Adelaide Airport to Kingscote Airport (KGC). The airport is located 13km from the island’s capital, Kingscote.
Reservations: Ph. 13 17 13 or (08) 8553 2938
Airport Shuttle Service
A shuttle bus operates between Kingscote Airport and the main town of Kingscote. Bookings are preferred but there is usually room on the bus when you arrive.
Kangaroo Island Transfers: Ph: 0427 887 575
Q. Can I arrange transport to the retreat centre before I arrive in Kingscote?
A. Yes, the centre is 85 km from Kingscote and you will need to make arrangements for transport if you do not have a vehicle as there are no buses or taxis on the island. Transport to De-Tong Ling can be arranged via the Retreat Centre Manager. We ask that you cover the cost of the petrol for the trip and also for the return journey.
Q. Do I need to bring food with me?
A. All food shopping will be done fortnightly whilst you are in solitary retreat, however we will make arrangements with you to shop for yourself in Kingscote when you first arrive before transport to the retreat centre. There is a $7 surcharge per fortnight while you are in retreat to help cover the cost of fuel, which is added to your food cost.
Q. Are meals provided?
A. No. People in solitary retreat are responsible for their own cooking. Each individual retreat house has a kitchen.
Q. Do I need to bring my own bedding with me?
A. No, the centre provides towels, bedding and kitchenware.
Q. What is the best time of the year to do retreat at De-Tong Ling?
A. Any time of the year is a good time to do retreat at DTL as all the retreat houses are extremely well insulated with thick earth walls and wood burning stoves. However if you like to walk outside during your breaks then spring and summer would be the best times.
Q. Can I use my mobile phone and/or laptop while I am in retreat?
A. Mobile phone coverage is very poor at the retreat centre and then only available via the Telstra network. There is no internet connection in the retreat houses and mobile internet devices do not work due to the isolation. We do trust however, that people will honour the purpose of retreat and keep communications with the ‘outside’ to a minimum.