How can YOU make an impact today?  You can help the Abbey with our Tuckpointing Campaign "Strengthening the Foundation of Faith".  For more information click here.

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.

*This monthly day-retreat is a freewill offering. 

Upcoming Events



Sing Noel -

Sounds of Christmas at the Abbey

December 4, 2021

Join the Northern State University Chamber Singers directed by Dr. Timothy Woods for a night of Christmas in the Hills at the Abbey.  Seating is limited so call the Abbey for more information.  Click HERE for details. 

Mistletoe & Holly Shopping at The Abbey

December 9, 2021 - 10AM

Join us in our Abbey Gift Shop for a morning of shopping for last minute gift items, Abbey Spirits, Jams, Jellies and much more.  We will be serving goodies, hot chocolate, hot apple cider to keep you warm while you shop. 

Day of Recollection

December 14, 2021 10AM-3PM

Join Fr. Denis Meier for a day of talks, Mass, Confession and Adoration.  The title of his talk is "The Gospel According to St. Paul".

Click HERE for more information.

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

or call 605-398-9200

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 $10 per person (or minimum of $100.)  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 Abbey Secretary Cindi Tramonte if you are interested:




Find out about our upcoming events!


The Abbey of the Hills Inn & Retreat Center

PO Box 38

46561 147th Street

Marvin, SD 57251