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Welcome to The Abbey of the Hills

How can YOU make an impact today?  Read our 2020 end of year letter by clicking 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. 

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

Upcoming Events




April 29-May 22, 2021

Musical Oddities in Time:
A Piano Exhibit

Steve Misener will host the country's largest interactive exhibit of pianos and other keyboard instruments at the Abbey.  Join us for the Opening Night on April 29th for a 'sneak peek' 4-6PM.  Click HERE for more information. 

May 7-9, 2021
Women's 12-Step Spiritual Retreat

Retreat for women who practice or wish to practice a 12-step program.  Begins Friday May 7th at 1PM and ends Sunday May 9 at 10:30AM. 

Click HERE for more information

May 11, 2021
Day of Recollection

Join Missy Baumberger discussing "The Beauty of the Mass through the Eyes of a Lay Person"

10AM to 3PM
Click HERE for more information


May 21-23, 2021
7th Annual Communion of Hearts Rosary Retreat

Join Fr. Todd Schneider, Pastor of the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Morris MN.  Click HERE for more information 

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




The Abbey of the Hills Inn & Retreat Center

PO Box 38

46561 147th Street

Marvin, SD 57251



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