Welcome to KDOL



Kunzang Dechen Osel Ling is KKC’s beautiful retreat centre nestled in the forrest on Mt. Twam, Salt Spring Island, BC Canada. Our retreat centre accommodate groups and individuals seeking solace in a relaxing environment. KDOL also offers group and individual meditation retreats that are guided buy our resident Tibetan monk Lama Tenzin.

You can reach KDOL at: (250) 380-8610



What to bring

We do our best to accommodate everyones needs and considering that KDOL is located in the wilderness some preparation is advised. Temperatures vary greatly depending on the time of year so please bring clothing that is appropriate for the current season.

Here is a checklist of suggested items to bring:

  • Comfortable walking footwear, if you wish to hike.
  • Slip-on footwear for indoors (shoes are removed at the door)
  • Flashlight.
  • Sleeping bag.
  • Warm and/or waterproof clothing to suit the season.
  • Personal hygiene items (toothbrush, towel etc).
  • Alarm clock.

Getting to KDOL

There are two ferries from the Vancouver Tsawwassen Terminal sailing to Salt Spring Island. We recommend taking 'Swartz Bay' ferry and transfer to a second ferry at Swartz Bay sailing to Fulford Harbour on Salt Spring Island. The complete journey takes approximately 1 hour 30 minutes with the connecting ferry taking approximately 30 minutes. When purchasing your ticket inform them that your final destination is Fulford Harbour and you need a "thru fare".

KDOL Shuttle:

We strongly suggest walking on the ferries and taking the shuttle from Fulford Harbour to KDOL. Make sure to contact us in advance to make arrangements for us to meet you at the ferry and it will be smooth sailing. 

General Information:

Directions to BC Ferries Tsawwassen Terminal click here 

More information at www.bcferries.com

If you are driving:

We suggest that you reserve your ferry ticket in advance online at www.bcferries.com. The website only allows bookings to Swartz Bay. When checking in and paying for your fare they will adjust your ticket price after telling them that you need a "thru fare to Fulford Harbour". They will also provide instructions for the "loop" and how to exit the ferry terminal at Swartz Bay and re-enter for boarding the connecting ferry sailing to Fulford Harbour. You must checkin no later than 30 minutes prior to departure. 

Drivers Note: The drive up Mt. Twam to KDOL takes about a 30 minutes. Be aware that it is easy to get lost, and cars have difficulty with the rough and unpaved terrain. You can follow the Google map directions and look for the blue arrows nailed to trees at all road forks. 

Booking a retreat

For Retreat bookings contact the Administrator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or 250-380-8610

A 20% deposit is required for all retreats.

Cancellation policy: We require 14 days notice prior to the first day of the retreat. Otherwise we will charge a 20% cancellation fee.


Accommodation 1 Night 2 Weeks 4 Weeks
Main Building, Room $28 $345 $655
Main Building, Room w/Meals $40 $490 $935
One Room Cabin $32 $395 $745
One Room Cabin w/Meals $44 $540 $1,025
Cabin with Kitchen $42 $520 $980
Cabin with Kitchen w/Meals $54 $665 $1,260



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