Please read our Covid-19 Policy before visiting DDL.

Winter Retreat Opportunities

Dorje Denma Ling is pleased to offer individual winter retreat opportunities in the Gyatso Lodge for the Winter of 2021/22.

Retreatants are required to bring their own food which can be prepared using the hot plate or microwave provided. DDL staff will support retreatants with supplemental shopping as needed.

You can learn more and book retreats here. 


(October 22, 2021)

Travellers from all provinces are exempt from self-isolation and testing requirements if you have been fully vaccinated (2 doses of COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before arriving in Nova Scotia). If you meet those vaccine requirements, you can come directly to Dorje Denma Ling to attend a program. You DO need to complete the Safe Check-in Form (NOTE: select location “The Falls”) and bring proof of vaccines and ID.

Fully vaccinated U.S. and other foreign nationals who meet the requirements of a fully vaccinated traveller can come to Canada without self-isolating. To meet the “fully vaccinated” criteria, you must have two Canada-approved vaccines at least 14 days before arriving.

To enter Canada you will need to:

  1. Get an app called ArriveCAN. Fill out this form 72 hours before coming. You then receive a specific number which you’ll show from your phone at the airport.  Without this you could get turned away at the border.
  2. Get a PCR covid test within 72 hours of entering Canada and be able to show proof of a negative result. (Must be a PCR test.)
  3. Make sure you have your passport, and if you are a dual citizen, you will need both your U.S. and Canadian Passports.
  4. Bring proof of vaccination status.
  5. Complete the Nova Scotia Safe Check-in Form (NOTE: select location “The Falls”). (Download, fill it out and can take a picture for your phone. They want your address in NS for quarantine IF necessary, but this will not be necessary with double vaccination and a negative PCR test.)
  6. You will not need to self-isolate or provide further testing results after entry to Canada. Voluntary testing is available.

You could be subject to fines or forced self-isolation if you do not complete all of these steps.

Anyone who is not fully vaccinated is still subject to varying self-isolation and testing procedures.

Nova Scotia is now in a modified Stage 5 of its Reopening Plan. This phase removes inside gathering limits, but masking requirements remain in place indoors. Also note that the N.S. government is restricting attendance at indoor, non-essential activities (e.g., restaurants, classes, sports events, etc.) to fully vaccinated individuals until community spread of the 4th wave of the covid virus is contained.

If you are coming to Dorje Denma Ling, please review the current Covid-19 health and safety guidelines before coming.

Explore the Magic: Dorje Denma Ling

Dorje Denma Ling is Canada’s only Shambhala International residential program centre. It was founded in 1992 under the auspices of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and his son and heir, the Sakyong, Mipham Rinpoche.





Help Us Weather the Storm

These are indeed challenging times. Your gifts to Dorje Denma Ling make it possible for us to caretake this place as a resource for all who seek refuge and retreat. No gift is too small.

May we continue to offer that in the years ahead!


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