Event Calendar

January
Did you know The Abbey can often times host multiple retreats and events at once? With our variety of spaces and 100,000 sq. foot building, we welcome you to connect with us and see if space is available — even if you see an event posted below listed on your desired date. Send us a note: events@abbeyofthehills.org
Please note our cancellation policy:
Any retreat guest reservations/registrations cancelled within one week of the event are subject to a $25 cancellation fee in order to cover any costs associated with food orders.
Should a guest decide to leave during an event, or an organization cancels an event within 2 weeks of event date or cuts the event short due to illness, there will not be any refunds issued.
 
Please click here to see a copy of our COVID-19 Guest Safety Preparedness Plan.

Please be aware that due to COVID-19, all events are subject to change due to the changing circumstances in our area. We hope to make the best decisions to ensure the safety of both our staff and our guests. If you have registered for an upcoming event we will contact you regarding any changes made.  Thank you for your understanding.  
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Day of Recollection
March 9, 2021

"A Journey to Forgiveness"

Join Fr. Thomas Hartman, Pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Groton SD. 

In this conference, Fr. Tom shares his journey of being forgiven and the grace given by God to also forgive.  The church teaches that in the sacrament of confession that our relationship to God is restored, our relationship to the church is restored, and we are healed/restored.  Often times, we have the greatest difficulty in forgiving ourselves, we believe that God cannot forgive us.  Fr. Tom's journey will hopefully inspire you to embrace this gift of healing and forgiveness that God wants to give to each of us.  As we experience the gift of God's forgiveness, so too we will find it easier to forgive

 

The day will begin at 10:00 a.m. and end at 3:00p.m. This day long retreat will consist of two conferences and Mass as well as built in time for adoration and an opportunity for the sacrament of Reconciliation. Lunch is provided.

 

COST:

The Abbey of the Hills is sustained in large part by the donations of the retreatants. For those who can give, your donation will help “pay the gift of peace” forward to help those with limited means.

 

REGISTRATION:

Registration is required for meal planning purposes.

 

To register

 


Masks are encouraged – social distancing will be in place

Friday, March 12, 2021

This is a private event. 

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HARVESTING HOPE:

A Non-Denominational Farmer & Spouse Retreat

March 19-20, 2021

We invite all farm couples to leave your worries and concerns behind and enjoy one night away!

Come rediscover peace from the often-stressful life on the farm.  This is a ‘couples only’ retreat – no children please.

This ecumenical retreat will focus on:
1. Hope
2. Faith
3. Communication with spouse
4. Reduction of stress
5. Humor

TIME:
Begins Friday, March 19, 5PM with tour followed by 6:30PM Supper
Concludes Saturday, March 20, 3:30PM

COST:
Free will offering.  No one will be turned away for inability to pay.

REGISTER:
Advanced registration is required. 
Please visit our website at www.abbeyofthehills.org or call
(605) 398-9200. 

Presenters:
Ted Matthews: A mental health practitioner with over 30 years of experience in counseling in rural areas.  His focus for the past 2 decades has been farmer mental health support.  He has been the director of mental services during 5 natural disasters.

Tim Holtquist: Tim has been a farm management consultant for over 40 years working with farm families by helping them set family, individual and career/financial goals.

Brent Olson:  Local author & humorous speaker who farms in Big Stone County, MN.

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WOMEN'S LENTEN RETREAT

March 19-21, 2021

As you consider your heart this Lent, do you find yourself anxious or worried?  True peace and joy can seem very elusive. 

The Women’s Lenten Retreat focuses on calming the heart and quieting the mind allowing the Holy Spirit to lead us to the loving embrace of Jesus. By practicing surrender, we grow to trust the Lord and abandon our cares to Him.  

 

DATES

  •   Friday March 19, 7PM no supper served

  •   Sunday, March 21 with Lunch

 

COSTS:

  • Freewill offering retreat with non-refundable $25 deposit to reserve your place.  

    No one will be turned away for inability to pay. 

The Abbey of the Hills is sustained in large part by

the donations of the retreatants.


For those who can give, a suggested donation of $200 will help “pay the gift of peace” forward to help those with limited means.

 

For more information contact Cindi Tramonte events@abbeyofthehills.com or
call (605)398-9200. 

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Mixed 12-Step Retreat

March 26-28, 2021

The mixed retreat men and women is for those who practice or wish to practice a 12-step program.  Since 1974, retreats here have been a place for fellowship, reflection, revelation and growth.  The Abbey provides the perfect setting for powerful healing and inspiration on your spiritual journey. 

Come join us as we trudge the road of Happy Destiny!

SCHEDULE: 

Check in - Friday after 1PM

First Meeting at 4:30PM

Concludes - Sunday 10:30AM

COST:

  • $170 per person single occupancy

  • $155 per person double occupancy

  • $75 no lodging

Includes: Main meals & lodging

No meal Friday evening-Please eat before arriving. Bring snacks, pop and water for breaks. 

Click on the register button below to begin registration. 

For more information email Cindi at events@abbeyofthehills.com or call (605) 2

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Day of Recollection
April 13, 2021

"Learning to Paddle Upstream:

Missionary Discipleship in a
Secular Age

The Abbey of the Hills Inn and Retreat Center will be offering a Day of Recollection.

 

Father Scott Traynor, Vicar of Lay and Clergy Formation for the Diocese of Sioux Falls, will be presenting on how every believer can make a big impact and help the faith grow even in the face of our aggressively secular culture.  Come to be encouraged and inspiring to respond to God’s call in your life to grow in Lifelong Catholic Missionary Discipleship through God’s Love. 

 

The day will begin at 10:00 a.m. and end at 3:00p.m. This day long retreat will consist of two conferences and Mass as well as built in time for adoration and an opportunity for the sacrament of Reconciliation. Lunch is provided.

 

COST:

The Abbey of the Hills is sustained in large part by the donations of the retreatants. For those who can give, your donation will help “pay the gift of peace” forward to help those with limited means.

 

REGISTRATION:

Registration is required for meal planning purposes.

 

To register please visit our website at

http://www.abbeyofthehills.org

or call 605-398-9200.


Masks are encouraged – social distancing will be in place

Fr. Scott Traynor, J.C.L., is a priest of the Diocese of Sioux Falls.  He is the Vicar for Lay and Clergy Formation and the Director of Broom Tree Retreat Center. 

He received his STB from the Pontifical Gregorian University and his Licentiate in Canon Law from Catholic University of America.  Since his ordination in June of 2000, Father Scott has served as a pastor, a college chaplain, a seminary formator and Rector, and as a judge for the Sioux Falls marriage tribunal.  In 2013 Father Traynor published “The Parish as a School of Prayer: Foundations for the New Evangelization” in conjunction with the Institute for Priestly Formation.  Father Scott is an experienced retreat master and spiritual director for priests, seminarians and lay people alike.  He loves to help people learn how to pray—to cultivate a real, effective and deeply intimate relationship with the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

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