Check out Shaun Johnson + The Big Band Experience:  Click HERE for more information

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

Check our Summer 2022 Newsletter. 
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.

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 $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:



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 2022.  Next Retreat,
December 9-11, 2022 MEN'S Retreat



September 18, 2022
The Abbey Presents:

Shaun Johnson + The Big Band Experience

Join us for a Sunday afternoon concert at the Abbey filled with music and fun.  Click HERE for more information - no registration needed.

September 22, 2022

Tailgating at the Abbey
Go TEAM!  Wear your favorite team colors and join us at the Abbey for a night of cheering your favorite team to a WIN and enjoying a delicious supper prepared by the Abbey kitchen!

For more information click HERE or call the Abbey.

October 11, 2022
Day of Recollection 10AM-3PM
Speaker: Very Reverend Gregory Tschakert

"And my soul shall be healed"
Join us for a day of interesting and informative talks, mass, lunch and reconciliation.  Click HERE for more information. 



A Weekend of Silence
November 4-6, 2022

A non-denominational retreat for women.  Registration is limited to 30 attendees.  Click HERE to register and get more information. 

Marriage Retreat
"Do Everything in Love" -
1 Cointhians 16:14
November 11-13, 2022

Could of all faiths are encourages to attend this uplifting weekend.
Click HERE for more information and to register. 

Women's Fall Retreat

"Life of Life"

November 18-20, 2022
Join us at the Abbey of the Hills for a Catholic women’s retreat anticipating Advent and the celebration of Christ’s birth.  Come into the “Light of Life,” experiencing God’s mercy and grace as we contemplate making room for Christ in our lives. Click HERE for more information and to register. 

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

or call 605-398-9200

Abbey Banquet October 26, 2022

Sponsorships and tickets are on sale now.  Click HERE for more information and to register for this event. 

Fr. Thomas Hillenbrand, OSB

Former Blue Cloud Abbey Monk


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



Sep 19-22 - CHI Health Mission Leader Retreat

Sep 23-25 - Spirit of Carmel
Sep 23-24 - BST New Hire Summit
Sep 25 - Staff Retreat/Picnic

Sep 26-28 - Region 8 Youth Directors Mtg.
Sep 30-Oct 2 - 7th Day Adventist Dakota Conference

Oct 3-6 - Artist Retreat
Oct 7-9 - Family Reunion

October 9 - Lutheran Church Potluck Lunch

Oct 10-12 - LCWR Regional Conference

Oct 21-23 - Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Women's Retreat


Find out about our upcoming events!


The Abbey of the Hills Inn & Retreat Center

PO Box 38

46561 147th Street

Marvin, SD 57251