Dorje Ling Retreat Centre is situated in an isolated Tasmanian valley approximately 1 hour's drive from the nearest town. The centre is owned and operated by the Tashi Choling Dharma Foundation Inc. (TCDF) which is based in Hobart.
Dorje Ling has been set up and is run for the sole purpose of providing supportive facilities for meditation courses and retreats, both group and individual, and we welcome all enquiries for use of its facilities for that purpose. Please note that we do not have a regular teaching program on site, and there is no resident meditation teacher or cook.
Dorje Ling is available, subject to other bookings, for hire for group retreats as well as providing opportunity for individual retreatants to undertake solo retreats. All enquiries should be directed in the first instance through our contact form.
Availability of self-contained cabins for individual retreat will always be subject to what else is occurring at the centre at the time. If you are interested in undertaking personal retreat, please enquire and we will do our best to accommodate you.
If you are wanting to undertake a solo retreat of longer than two weeks, we ask that you provide us, as part of your enquiry, with some information about yourself, your intended practice, and what kind of support or instruction you will be receiving or have received to do that retreat from your teacher. Since many issues may come up during long solo retreats, it is required that you have some such support from a recognised teacher.
Please Note: Dorje Ling does not provide opportunities for volunteering in return for staying at the centre. ALSO, Dorje Ling Retreat Centre is not yet set up for potential retreatants with disabilities.
Fire protocol. All participants need to keep in mind that if we are given an extreme fire danger warning, relocation out of the valley may be a possibility. More information is in our Terms and Conditions of Hire document.
First Aid. Groups are responsible for providing their own first aid kit and officer. More information about first aid is in our Terms and Conditions of Hire document.
GROUP BOOKINGS. If you are wanting to book the centre for your group, there are a couple of important things to bear in mind.
Cooking. There is a commercial kitchen at the Centre but there are no live-in cooks. If you wish your retreat to be catered, you will need to arrange for, and pay, your own cooks, and factor this into your costing. More information is in the two documents above.
Transport. There is no public transport into Lorinna. Transport co-ordination is the responsibility of the organiser of the retreat. We have a caretaker on site however he is needed to remain on the property and cannot normally help with transport. The best option is for retreat organisers to organise car pooling among their students. Another suggestion would be to hire a bus to transport students. Please see the "Getting There" tab.
Dorje Ling Retreat Centre uses the five basic precepts as the fundamental rules of operation, and all retreatants or participants in courses there, are expected to abide by those guidelines during their stay.
These precepts are:
To abstain from taking the life of any living being
To abstain from taking that which is not given
To abstain from sensual misconduct
To abstain from unskilful speech
To abstain from taking substances which cause intoxication to the point of heedlessness
On site caretaker looks after the property and welcome visitors to the centre. His/her role is to welcome visitors and retreatants, prepare cabins, ensure that there are adequate supplies of wood and gas, and keep supporting systems such as solar power and water running. He/she may sometimes be able to support solo retreatants through sourcing food and other supplies, but this must be negotiated ahead of time as part of organizing your retreat. He/she may also be available to provide the names of individuals who may be available to assist with cooking.
Food is not provided for either group hirers or individuals, and it is an important part of your retreat organization that you organize your own food supply ahead of time, or organize arrangements for it to be replenished and fresh food supplied as your retreat progresses. Similarly, all hirers are responsible for their own transport to and from the Centre.
It is traditional that retreatants, whether group or individual, contribute an hour a day’s dana (generous service) to the land as a part of any retreat. The caretaker can provide you with a list of simple activities which could be done during a retreat, which might support your need for some physical activity and also support the ongoing maintenance of the centre.
Site Fee. Individuals: $30 per night, or $130 per week; members $110 per week, groups $30 per person per night. Families: Adults and children over 16 $25 per night, children under 16 $5 per night (Family: 2 adults 2 children or more) This cost covers use of facilities, gas, water, wood, basic supplies such as toilet paper and dishwashing liquid etc. It does not include food. In winter, there may be an extra weekly surcharge of $50 to cover fuel.
Costs are kept low so as to enable people to use the centre for retreats and to provide some support for the ongoing upkeep of this beautiful retreat facility. Our minimum fee is non-negotiable. The above fee is calculated for camping. While there are some huts/bedrooms on the property, these are normally allocated on a needs basis, and therefore they do not attract a higher charge.
Please be aware that the retreat centre is situated in a remote area and the closest shopping facilities are an hour’s drive away. The centre has limited power facilities so please do not expect to be able to charge e.g. phones/cameras/iPods/electric toothbrushes or shaving equipment.
We recommend you bring the following items with you to help make your stay as safe, enjoyable and comfortable as possible:
Torch (battery operated. Candles are only allowed in Gompa.)
Wet weather gear (raincoat/umbrella)
Any personal medications, remedies or supplements you might require (a well-stocked first aid kit is kept on-site as well)
Warm clothing (nights especially can be cool here even in summer)
Loose comfortable clothing that is easy to move in and not constrictive
Footwear that is easy to take on and off (all buildings are shoes off)
Meditation cushions/stool – there are some available here but if you have your own it is a good idea to bring them with you
Bedding (sleeping bag/doona/blankets, sheet, pillow, and pillow case). Mattresses are provided.
A battery operated alarm clock (if you’re not used to waking early)
Dana (cash/cheque) for the teacher in group retreats and courses
For movement based retreats: A yoga mat, or similar, and blanket to cover it with
For fire protocol: Strong shoes, torch, woollen blanket/rug and water container.
Dorje Ling is home to abundant wildlife. For this reason, no pets are to be brought onto the property.
From Hobart or Launceston, you can get a bus to Devonport or Deloraine, from where lifts may occasionally be possible, but only by prior arrangement. It is however strongly advised for you to arrange your own transport. If available, the cost for a lift from Launceston is $80, and from Devonport $60 each way.