South Dakota Attractions May 02, 2018
There’s A Monastery Hidden In The Hills In South Dakota And You’ll Want To Visit
Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of your daily life? If you’re looking for a quiet place to get away from it all, you might consider a retreat at this beautiful monastery.
This abbey was originally built in 1950 as a Benedictine monastery.
40 monks founded the abbey, but over the years, their numbers dwindled until just 14 monks were left. The monastery closed in August, 2012, but in December, 2013 it was reopened with a similar vision as The Abbey of the Hills Inn and Retreat Center.
The abbey offers many unique opportunities for visitors.
It's the perfect place for group retreats, personal retreats, family reunions, and even business workshops. The mission statement at The Abbey in the Hills is to foster the rediscovery of peace.
You'll find many quiet places for reflection and solitude here.
From the Church Sanctuary to the peaceful grounds surrounding the abbey, you're certain to find plenty of spaces where you can escape the stress of your everyday life and reflect on the beauty that surrounds you.
The property around the abbey includes 80 acres, some of which is used for agriculture.
You'll find an apple orchard, bee hives, a herd of cattle and vegetable gardens as you walk around the grounds. This agricultural bounty will remind you of your connection to nature and the land.
The abbey offers 62 rooms for overnight stays or retreats.
You don't have to be on retreat to enjoy an overnight stay at this beautiful place. The rooms are furnished with comfortable beds, fresh towels, and private or shared baths. Some rooms have Internet and air-conditioning, but none have televisions, in the hope that you'll enjoy some time away from your electronic devices.
You can also stay in one of the hermitage cabins during summer months.
The rustic little cabins are perfect if you want more privacy and they offer a little more solitude. They're outfitted with single beds, heating and air-conditioning, a min-refrigerator, sink and sitting area.
At this sanctuary, you can spend your days relaxing and reflecting, or participate in several activities.
Activities at the abbey include swimming, canoeing, paddleboating, fishing, hiking and bird watching.
At night, the stars come out, and you can gaze at the heavens above
Whether you're looking for a spiritual retreat or just a break from the everyday stresses of life, The Abbey of the Hills is the place to be. You'll find The Abbey of the Hills in northeastern South Dakota. The address here is 46561 147th St., Marvin, SD.
For more information, visit
The Abbey of the Hills’ website. Have you ever taken a retreat at a monastery?
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