Participant Info

What to Bring

What to Bring

____ Flashlight with extra batteries (for walking between buildings at night)
____ Alarm clock
____ Sleeping-bag or sheets and blankets
(Not needed in Gyatso Lodge)
____ Personal towels
(Not needed in Gyatso Lodge)
____ Personal toiletries
(please bring scent free toiletries)
____ Rain Gear: Raincoat or poncho and Umbrella (optional)
____ Warm jacket — Clothing that can be layered for varied weather conditions
____ Boots or water-resistant shoes (during rainy season, late April through June)
Footwear: Shoes that slip on or off easily for going in and out of the shrine rooms easily, sturdy sandals in hot weather, and, if you have room in your luggage, your dressier shoes as well for feast events.

____ One dressy outfit, sport coat and tie, for special gatherings (please refer to participant letter)

____ Clothing appropriate for duty-rota work, practice and classes, casual work clothes such as jeans and t-shirts

____ Also useful and optional to bring a thermos or thermal mugs. Beverage containers used in the Shrine room must have a leak-proof top.


Dorje Denma Ling offers indoor accommodations during winter months, from October 1 until May 31, for $45 per night, which is added to the program tuition. Gyatso Lodge has double and triple rooms with shared hallway bathrooms.

During summer months, from June 1 until September 30, tent or hut accommodations are available for $20 per night, and lodge accommodations are available for $50 per night. The huts, dorm tents and cabins have 2-6 occupants and share an outdoor bath-house.

Since there are a limited number of indoor beds available, please apply at least 30 days in advance if you need one for health reasons. All lodge accommodations must be confirmed by contacting our registrations desk either by or calling 902 657 9085.

Amenities in Tents, Huts and Cabins:

  • All tents have wooden platforms, One or two single beds with foam mattresses, pillows, and a side table.

  • Since these options do not have electricity, please bring a battery-operated flashlight or lantern.

  • No gas, candle or propane lighting of any kind is permitted.

  • For those staying in the lodge, rooms are provided with two beds, pillows, bottom sheet and pillowcase, lamp and clothes rack.

  • Those with lodging in tents, huts and cabins share enclosed shower houses (men’s and women’s) which have dressing rooms where clothing can be hung and personal toiletries stored.

  • There are a limited number of beds available indoors. If you feel you need one for health reasons, please contact us, prior to 30 days in advance of the program arrival date.

  • The washer and dryer at the centre are available for participants’ use during long programs only, and have limited specified hours at a cost of $2/wash and $2/dry.

  • You are welcome to wash things by hand and hang them to dry on the line.

Environment, Diet and Health Concerns

  • Dorje Denma Ling aspires to be a SCENT-FREE environment for the comfort of all our patrons. Please bring only scent-free personal bathing and grooming products (also available in our gift store).

  • The kitchen staff will try its best to accommodate SPECIAL DIETARY NEEDS, but given the wide range of dietary limitations within the special diet category, we ask you to recognize that we will not be able to satisfy all diet needs. Such needs must be indicated on your on-line registration form.  We typically have gluten free and vegetarian options.

  • If your dietary restrictions are over and above items specified in our on-line registration “Diet” fields, please contact us by e-mail to see if your specific needs can be met.

  • A microwave oven and limited fridge space for supplemental foods is available for participants.

  • If you have physical or health limitations that prevent you from doing certain ROTA tasks, please specify in the “Comment” field so this information can be passed on the program ROTA manager.

  • Please contact us if you have any further heath or dietary concerns.

  • Due to potential allergies and safety concerns, no pets are allowed on the land.

Insurance and Liability

  • If you are coming from outside Canada, we encourage you to have health insurance.

  • All program staff and participants are required to sign a release of liability upon arrival

  • We have a special liability release form for youth participants (under age 18) –download it now by clicking here.

Communication and Mail

  • Cell phone use is not permitted in public areas at Dorje Denma Ling.

  • Public phone available for participants’ use until 20:30.

  • Phone cards and stamps are available for purchase in our gift shop.

  • Messages, if urgent, can be left for you with our office staff by calling 902-657-9085; or faxed to: 902-657-0462.

  • No internet e-mail access is available to participants

  • Office hours are 2:00 – 5:30 Tuesdays to Saturdays.

Rota Details

  • Experienced rota service coordinators and ikebana practitioners are invited to offer their skills as their rota during a program. Please e-mail with a short message if you are interested in offering your assistance.

  • Participants may also offer other special skills that may be helpful to the program (such as medical training.)

  • Your skills will be taken into consideration as we complete the rota planning. Thanks!

General Information

  • Depending on the program, some meals will be taken oryoki style. Oryoki sets may be rented for $25.00, with a $150.00 refundable deposit.

  • Dorje Denma Ling provides rectangular foam meditation cushions (gomdens) and mats (zabutons). If you require other styles of cushions or Zen-style benches, please feel free to bring your own.

Registration Information

  • If possible, please arrive by 4:00 pm in order to have enough time to complete your registration and settle into your accommodations prior to the evening meal.

Financial Assistance

  • All program costs at Dorje Denma Ling are workable. We offer payment plans of up to 6 months for all programs, and we match all scholarships that local Shambhala Centres grant to help their members attend programs. If you have any questions about the financial aid or payment plans, please contact our Finance Manager at 902-657-9085 x13 or via email at at least two weeks before the program begins.  Please note that we cannot arrange tuition discounts at registration.

Dorje Denma Ling Protocol regarding Illegal Substances

  • Anyone possessing and/or using illegal drugs on the Dorje Denma Ling property will be asked to leave immediately.