St. Peter’s College is an off-campus, affiliated college of the University of Saskatchewan. The venue is located on 500 acres of mixed forest and farmlands in East Central Saskatchewan, on Highway 5 in the quiet village of Muenster, SK.
Muenster is 120km east of Saskatoon and 230km north of Regina, and only 9 km from the City of Humboldt. Humboldt offers a fair number of restaurants and shops, from liquor stores to pharmacies. Should you want a brief reprieve from writing, Sage Hill staff can drive those without vehicles into Humboldt for supplies.
The facility has the following amenities:
- Your own private room with ensuite bathroom
- Writing desk and chair in your room
- Space for 1-on-1 instruction and workshops
- Comfortable lounge areas
- Access to kitchenette with fridge
- Coffee and tea station available at all hours
- Laundry facilities
- Games Room
- Book table provides the opportunity to sell your works and to buy the works of others
- Wi-Fi access
- Treed grounds, walking trails, gardens
- Access to fitness centre with the latest professional quality equipment
- Outdoor soccer pitch
Sage Hill’s in-person Spring and Summer programs take place at St. Peter’s Abbey. St. Peter’s is a Benedictine monastery that provides quiet and relaxing workspaces for university classes and writing retreats. The monastery is surrounded by a serene prairie landscape and is a short walk from the village of Muenster. Participants enjoy walking freely on the monastery and college grounds.
ROOMS: Participants stay in Severin Hall. Severin Hall bedrooms have a single bed, desk, and chair, and an ensuite bathroom, containing a toilet, sink, and shower. There is a kitchen and lounge on each level of Severin Hall, and a meeting area on the lower level.
MEALS: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided and run on a schedule. Each meal is served buffet-style with a set menu and the connecting dining hall provides a place for participants to eat together. The kitchen provides a variety of options with fresh vegetables, salad, fruit, and home-baked breads.
Sage Hill will inform the kitchen of food allergies and sensitivities. However, a gluten-free or dairy-free diet cannot be guaranteed as the kitchen has limited staff members and time. If you have questions about dietary accommodation, please contact us!
OTHER AMENITIES: Wireless internet is available in all guest rooms and lounges. Bedding, towels and pillows are provided. Participants have access to free laundry facilities as well as a fitness complex. There are books available in the Lower Severin lounge specifically designed for writers and visual artists. Participants also have access to the St. Peter’s College library onsite.
ACCESSIBILITY: Not all spaces at St. Peter’s Abbey are wheelchair accessible, which may mean changes to a participant’s accommodations due to a requirement for navigating stairs. Participants are encouraged to inform Sage Hill of their mobility or accessibility needs, as well as their food allergies/restrictions, so we can request accommodation and aim to ensure a comfortable retreat atmosphere.
GETTING HERE: Participants can either find their own transportation to St. Peter’s Abbey, i.e., by car, or can reserve a seat on Sage Hill’s chartered bus. Those booking transport with Sage Hill meet at the Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker International Airport to to be taken to the venue on the first day of the program. Muenster does not have any public transport available.
Sage Hill’s Executive Director and Program Manager will share more information with participants once they are accepted into the program. We are always happy to answer any questions about the accommodations or the programs!