To speak directly with Dominic Watson-Wall (Sustainable Development Manager) or Lennart Krogoll ( Executive Director) about our development and building projects, please call 1-902-657 – 9085.

Creating enlightened society from the Heart of Nova Scotia 

Dorje Denma Ling provides a strong, peaceful container for deep practice and an inspiring environment for training compassionate warriors for societal change. The centre also is a collaboratively engaged contributor in the local communities, honoring ecological and economical responsibility.

Dorje Denma Ling has the energetic qualities of space, gentleness and beauty that nurture and support the mind, body and heart.  We serve as a local centre for the residents of the area, a regional centre for the Atlantic Provinces and, as an international centre, we welcome practitioners from around the world.

When you come here you experience the elemental nature of the environment itself: the spacious sky, surrounding forests, rolling rugged landscape and the distant horizon of the Northumberland Straight and Prince Edward Island. The simple, open and direct quality of the land naturally supports meditation practice and the personal life journey.

Our Building principles

  • We build only what we can afford.
  • We build incrementally over time, to manage and serve an organic integrated growth.
  • We aim to build to the highest standards of ecological responsibility, durability, energy efficiency and elegance.
  • We honor energetic sensitivity and the natural land-forms, views and drala, and work with feng shui and sacred architecture principles.
  • Our building projects contribute to the local economy, using as much as possible local materials and labor.

For more details on any of our development projects and how to get involved or support these, please contact our development manager Dominic Watson-Wall at or the director at (902) 657 9085

Building in progress

We are about to finish construction on the first of a series of staff housing buildings.


This pilot building is the first cement free hemp house and opened up numerous opportunities for DDL to engage and contribute more actively in working with other Nova Scotians and creating a more sane society and economy.

Just to mention a few points:

The Halifax University architecture department visited and is keen to include future DDL building projects as part of their teaching.

A number of media reports and radio interviews resulted from the project, the first fully licensed hemp house.

We held a hemp masonry ecological building workshop, taught by the chair of the international hemp board, training many construction workers from the region.

We gathered valuable research, material sources, and expertise as well as the necessary equipment, opening opportunities for future economical activities and lower development costs.

We started talking with local farmers and the agricultural departments about growing industrial hemp.

A young lady from NY, who is a solar technician, upon hearing about the hemp building, drove to DDL, donated 3 solar panels, and spend a week here installing these and practicing with us.

This project has a large list of ecological and health benefits:

1. Carbon Neutral

2. Primarily Agricultural

3. Potentially Local

4. Highly Insulating

5. Fire, Vermin and Mould


6. Breathable yet Airtight

7. Easy to Work With

8. Long Lasting

9. Beautiful!


Building plans

The next staff house as part of our staff village.

New, more elegant summer housing for programs.

A root-cellar allowing us to serve more organic, local produce through the winter.

Upgrading the energetic and ceremonial, central spot of our core complex.

Year round residence lodge for programs opposite of our current lodge.

Further build out of the central core complex with year round, multipurpose practice and study facilities and a front building to house welcoming gathering spaces, tea room, shop, registration and administration, dining, kitchen, as well as a meditation hall.


To speak directly with Dominic Watson-Wall (Sustainable Development Manager) or Lennart Krogoll ( Executive Director) about our development and building projects, please call 1-902-657 – 9085.