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How can YOU make an impact today?  Please consider giving to the Abbey.  For more information click here.


Abbey Window Campaign
Click HERE to donate


Rediscover Peace

…and so much more at The Abbey of the Hills Inn & Retreat Center. A former monastery, The Abbey is a non-profit retreat and event center located among the lakes and prairie hills of northeastern South Dakota. The Abbey offers hosted retreats and interactive experiences that reflect the peace sustained by Benedictine monks for more than 60 years. If you like to write, hike, pray or play – regardless of your faith – there is a unique experience waiting for you at The Abbey. Come visit us– as a guest, volunteer or simply take a tour – and Rediscover Peace at The Abbey.

Day of Recollection

Come to The Abbey on the 2nd Tuesday of every month for a day of peace and recollection. Every month has a new theme that you'll explore as you rejuvenate your soul. The day begins at 10 a.m. and concludes at 3 p.m. with lunch provided.

For more information email or call 605.398.9200. 

*This monthly day-retreat is a freewill offering. 

Luncheon Tours

Looking for a great group activity?  Interested in learning more about The Abbey?  Contact us to arrange for a delicious homemade lunch followed by a presentation and tour.  Cost is $11 per person (or minimum of $110.)  Bring your church group, study club, men’s group, coffee group, mystery tour, etc.  Call today to get on our calendar.  Lots of week-day opportunities still available!  Email

or call 605.398.9200


Friends of The Abbey have been very generous - and creative - as they 'adopt' once-simple rooms to make them over with a bed-and-breakfast feel.  Contact Cindi Tramonte if you are interested:



Upcoming ABBEY Events

​​12-Step Retreats at the Abbey

The Abbey is proud to be a sponsor Men, Women and Mixed 12-Step retreats for those who practice this program. 

Click HERE for dates and details for our events for 2023. 

July 21-23, 2023
Mixed 12-Step Summer Retreat

September 22-24, 2023
Mixed 12-Step Fall Retreat

December 8-10, 2023

Mixed 12-Step Winter Retreat




June 6, 2023

Speaker:  Fr. Michael Peterson

July 11, 2023
Fr. Brendan Rolling

August 8, 2023
Fr. Jeff Norfolk

Join us for a day of interesting and informative talks, mass, lunch and reconciliation.  Click HERE for more information and to register.



Abbey Hog Roast Fundraiser
Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Bring your family and friends for an evening of outdoor fun and food!  Serving begins at 4:30pm.  Click HERE for more information. 



September 30, 2023

"Never Alone" Confirmation Retreat

Begins Saturday at 10AM.  Retreat for any youth preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation.  Click HERE or call the Abbey



For more information on all our upcoming events visit our Events Page or email

or call 605-398-9200


Upcoming Private Events at The Abbey

If you are interested in booking a private event at the Abbey, call Renee Marzahn to make your reservation.  We can host your family reunion, personnel meetings, private retreat or private gatherings.  Call 605.398.9200 or email

​January 2023
Jan 20-21 - Central Methodist Confirmation Retreat
Jan 22-29 - St. Paul Seminary - Pre Theology & Theology II

February 2023
Feb 28-Mar 1 - Regional Deacon Director Meeting

March 2023
Mar 11-12 - Sacred Heart/St. Mary Confirmation Retreat
Mar 31-Apr 2 - Going Deeper Retreat

April 2023
Apr 18-20 - Region 8 Youth Directors Spring Meeting
Apr 21-23 - Prairie Fiber Arts Guild
Apr 24-27 - Episcopal Diocese of South Dakota Retreat

April 30-May 2 - Women's Methodist Clergy Retreat

May 2023
May 2-4 - Catholic Family Life Ministers Region 8
May 4-5 - BST Lea
dership Summit
May 17 - Roncalli Work Day

May 19-21 - South Dakota Ornithologists Union Spring Meeting

June 2023

June 9-11 - McClintic Family Reunion
June 12-16 - SF Diocese Priest Retreat
June 12-15 - Jesus Caritas Retreat
June 18-21 - Dakotas United Methdist Local Pastor Licensing School
June 22-25 - St. Cloud's Diocese Deacon Retreat
June 26-30 - St. Thomas Diaconate Formation Retreat

July 2023
June 30-July 3 - Vanorny Family Reunion
July 5-8 - Spaans Family Reunion
July 14-16 - Bachmann Class & Family Reunions
July 24-27 - East River Grazing School

August 2023
July 31-Aug 4 - Youth Vocations Camp

Aug 11-13 - Westphal Family Reunion

Aug 15-17 - NDSU Student Leader Retreat
Aug 21-23
- Joint DK/MN Cabinets Retreat

Aug 25-27 - New Ulm Deacons Retreat

September 2023
Sept - 3-6 - SF Diocese Labor of Love Retreat
Sept 7-10 - Rock Valley Prayer Group

Sept 15-17 - Prunty Family Reunion

Sept 20 - Senior Day Retreat

Sept 27 - Hands Across the Lake Quilting



Find out about our upcoming events!


The Abbey of the Hills Inn & Retreat Center

PO Box 38

46561 147th Street

Marvin, SD 57251



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