Tonglen Mountain Retreat

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ABOUT

Tonglen Retreat Centre is situated just outside of Dullstroom. It is a rustic venue with all of the necessary luxuries but none of the frills that distract us. This venue was lovingly hand-built over a period of 20 years by the owner, and this care and attention to detail is evident in the unique accommodation

What Makes Us Unique 

Our philosophy is to give people the space to heal in which ever manner they seek to utilise. Our remote off the grid location is the perfect space to create & hold the energy of your specific retreat.  Utilising our Dharma Centre situated uniquely on top of a mountain, the privacy and immersion into nature is the true essence of Tonglen.


When clinical psychologist Antony Tarboton bought this beautiful remote piece of land in the middle of nowhere 20 years ago, there was nothing but the rocky remains of a sandstone and granite kraal that had stood there since the 1800s.  Among the towering trees and rolling green and rocky vistas, he envisioned Tonglen to be a place that others could come for healing, a place to be present in the now.

 

This Is Tonglen.

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Dharma Centre
 

The Dharma Centre is the space that holds our practices of healing and connecting. Whether it be yoga, breath-work, healing ceremonies, the spaces within its walls caters to all. 

 

Our Accommodation
Note: In total we can accommodate 13 people, this number can be increased by discussion
For instructors we have an additional 3 beds at a lower rate

Retreat Rates

Apply to:

  • 3 nights stay or longer

  • 8 plus people

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Khayas
   

  • R638 per person per night. (Inclusive of VAT)

  • There are two beds per khaya, thus accommodating two people.

  • Two khayas include a double bed and can accommodate three people each.


Each khaya has a bathroom with donkey-heated shower.

Private Rates

  • R750 per person per night. (Inclusive of VAT)

  • There is a double bed and four singles, allowing six people to be accommodated.

Includes a kitchen, bathroom with gas-heated bath and outdoor donkey-heated shower.

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Cottage
  

  • R587 per person per night. (Inclusive of VAT)

  • There is a double bed and four singles, allowing six people to be accommodated.

Includes a kitchen, bathroom with gas-heated bath and outdoor donkey-heated shower.

Private Rates

Private rates apply to:

  • 1 or 2 nights stay

  • Less than 8 people staying

  • R690 per person per night. (Inclusive of VAT)

  • There is a double bed and four singles, allowing six people to be accommodated.

Includes a kitchen, bathroom with gas-heated bath and outdoor donkey-heated shower.

 

OUR SERVICES

Accommodation Space

We offer you the space to use as needed

Self-catering

Self-catering venue, catering can be arranged if required

Daily Housekeeping

 

For R250 a day, We have a cleaner that will do all cleaning required.

 

GALLERY

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Labyrinth
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THINGS TO DO

Dharma Centre

 

Use the spacious Dharma Centre for relaxation and meditation

Hikes & Trail Running

Hike alongside steep drops or down into a secluded high-walled valley

Labyrinth

 

Meditative labyrinth walks in the beautifully designed labyrinth on the edge of the cliff facing the eastern sunrise

Ancient Ruins

 

Enjoy magical hikes between ancient ruins that will give you chills

Fire-Boma

 

Make use of our magical fire-boma on chilly nights or any other uses that you may require from it

 

Important information

  • A 4x4 is needed to drive up to the farm and takes approximately 45 minutes. It is a rough drive - we encourage you to embrace this as part of the fun and adventure, and enjoy the view along the way. There is a 4x4 shuttle available, it can take 9 guests at a time.

  • We offer 2 shuttles up and 2 shuttles down in the rates, thereafter a shuttle is charged at R400 a trip.

  • There is no electricity on the property. We run a lister engine that provides lights and plug points to charge cell phones                from 8 – 10 am and from 7 – 9 pm. If you have a battery pack please bring it along, as you’ll want to take lots of photos of the beautiful property.

  • Showers are heated by donkeys (a fire-heated geyser.) The donkeys will be heated at a specific time for you to have a hot shower.

  • Please be mindful of the fact that this is a pristine and remote location, and all garbage has to be removed by the staff. Reduce your waste where possible.

  • Tonglen is a very special place and we would love for you to experience it in all its beauty - unplug from the pace of your daily life, switch off from the constant connection to social media and embrace the close-to-nature ethos of Tonglen.

 

Travelling To Tonglen

Regarding Directions & Travel

  • A location pin will be provided

  • The drive from Johannesburg is about 3.5 to 4 hours, depending on speed and traffic.

From the bottom of the hill to the retreat centre is a 7km drive up the hill. It can only be driven by a 4x4 vehicle and takes about 30min

 

Extra Information

Food options and Cooking Facility

  • The centre is a self-catering venue.

  • If requested a chef can be arranged for the period of your stay.

  • The centre has a fully functional communal kitchen, which is stocked with all basic cooking and serving equipment.

 

Use of Paraffin Lamps and Candles

  • When paraffin lamps are lit, the wick must be kept low (especially when left unattended).

  • Candles must always be blown out when leaving the room in order to prevent fires.

  • A demonstration will be given as to how to use the paraffin lamps upon arrival.

Regarding the Environment

  • The region is experiencing a drought, so guests are asked to please use water sparingly.

  • Tonglen Retreat Centre is an eco-friendly environment, so waste is to be kept to a minimum.

  • The area can be very windy, so windows must be hooked at all times