Financial Aid Options

Dorje Denma Ling endeavours to assist anyone who needs financial support in order to attend a program. The donations of our sangha and participants make this possible.

Please make use of the financial assistance options listed below. We can work together: by combining more than one of these options below, costs could be much more manageable for you.

1. Payment Plans – (Interest Free)

  • Payments can be made by an automatic charge to your credit card, or post-dated cheques.
  • Payments can begin before the program. 
  • Payment plans are for 6, 9 or 12 months (maximum).

2. Volunteer Program Credit

  • Consider helping us out, donating your time, in exchange for program credit. As of spring 2024, we are offering program credit on a 1:1 basis: 1 weekend volunteering=1 weekend program, 1 week volunteering=1 week program, etc. 
  • We also offer free room and board plus Program Credit. To come as a volunteer for a week or more, please fill out this form.
  • Volunteer time must be offered and earned before attending a retreat, so plan ahead.

3. Matching Scholarships

  • We match scholarships provided by local Shambhala Centers to their members. If you receive a scholarship from your local Center, have someone from the Center contact our Finance Director in advance of the program to let us know.
  • Contact the Finance Director via email at [email protected], or phone (902) 657-9085, ext. 15.

3. Staff a Program

  • For large retreats, discounts are available in varying amounts to those taking on program staffing roles. Availability of opportunities is announced, and those interested are invited to complete an application form. Positions are assigned based on availability, skills and interests. 
  • For smaller retreats we need Coordinators, and sometimes Meditation Instructors. All expenses are covered for these roles. However Meditation Instructors must have specific training and authorizations; Coordinators are expected to have experience managing a similar type of program.
  • To view and apply for currently available program staff positions, please visit this page of our website.

4. Monastic Discounts

  • In support of our monastic tradition, Dorje Denma Ling is pleased to offer Shambhala Monastics an 80% discount on their program tuition. Meals and accommodations are not covered.

5. Dorje Denma Ling Scholarships & Pay What You Can

  • Dorje Denma Ling has a limited pool of funds earmarked for individuals experiencing exceptional financial needs.
  • Changes to our registration system are underway that will allow guests the option to pay the suggested amount immediately or on a payment plan, or to pay an amount of their choosing.
  • For the time being, if you are in financial need and require full or partial coverage for the costs of attending a program, please write to us at [email protected].