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 15 years by the owner, and this care and attention to detail is evident in the unique accommodation

 

Our Rooms

Note: In total we can accommodate 13 people, this number can be increased by discussion, there are also an additional 3 beds for instructors at a lower rate

Retreat Rates

Note- Retreat rates apply to:

  • 3 nights stay or longer

  • 8 plus people

Khayas

   

  • R635 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.

  • If  there is financial strain, rates can be discussed.


Each khaya has a bathroom with donkey-heated shower.

Cottage

  

  • R575 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

Note - Private rates apply to:

  • 1 or 2 nights stay

  • Less than 8 people staying

Khayas

  • R750 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.

  • If  there is financial strain, rates can be discussed.


Each khaya has a bathroom with donkey-heated shower.

Cottage

  • 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

Daily Housekeeping

 

For R200 a day, We have a cleaner that will do all cleaning required.

Self-catering

It is a self-catering venue, but catering can be arranged if required

Accommodation Space

We offer you the space to use as needed

 

GALLERY

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THINGS TO DO

Dharma Centre

 

Use the spacious Dharma Centre for relaxation and meditation

Hikes

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 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 center 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

 

CONTACT US

Cel : +27 84 327 4138 - Wian

         

Dullstroom, South Africa

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