Velkommen til DanebodGet to know the community at Danebod
WHO WE ARE
Just before the rolling hills of the Buffalo Ridge in southwestern Minnesota lies Danebod, a place nestled in the history of a community and the heart of the prairie.
Visit Danebod and experience firsthand a tranquil setting where tradition of fellowship and learning have sustained and enriched a community for more than 100 years. It’s an ideal environment for families, groups and private retreats.
We’re a faith community of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
The Reverend Gena Maria Koeberl
Folk School Caretaker
Danebod is the ideal setting for your group retreat. We welcome you to enjoy the expansive prairie and endless skies of Southwestern Minnesota. We’re on the National Register of Historic Places, and heritage comes to life at Danebod.
Has your family outgrown your house at holiday time? Consider lodging guests at the beautiful and historic Folk School or brand new Lodge facing. Enjoy cozy sleeping quarters, a charming library and study, a fully equipped kitchen, and dining facilities for up to 150 people. Wedding guests and family reunions are also graciously accommodated. Call us!
Retreat alone, with a friend, or family member. You don’t have to come to a program or be with a group to enjoy Danebod hospitality. Visiting friends and family in the area? Looking for a quiet place to get away? A private retreat on the beautiful prairie can replenish the spirit and clear the mind.
Danebod Folk School
Early settlers of the colony founded a residential school in the Danish tradition of folk High Schools and fostered the concept of “learning for living,” by which individuals sought to become enlightened and thoughtful citizens. The Folk School Building stands as a testament to these values, and continues to serve as a place for fellowship and life-long learning. Each charming dormitory style room is unique in plan and decoration. A large kitchen and dining area provide a perfect setting for group meals and activities. A lecture hall and several classrooms allow ample space for programming.
A multi-purpose, cozy shelter to escape from the summer sun or sit and visit with old friends.
A recent gift of the summer Family Campers, the Pavilion provides a lovely screened space from which to enjoy the fleeting warmth of Minnesota summers and the beautiful months of early autumn.
An unofficial museum housing a collection of photographs, publication and objects important to the history of Danebod, the Stone Hall is also an intimate venue for activities and small lectures or discussion groups.
The Gym Hall was originally built as a space for Danish gymnastics, folk dancing, music and theatrical performances, large social gatherings, and even worship before a church was built. The congregation at Danebod Lutheran Church upholds the Danish tradition of dancing around the Christmas tree each December, a magical memory held dear by every child who has grown up at Danebod. The basement of the Gym Hall is commonly used for crafts such as stained glass and woodworking.
The grounds at Danebod are spacious and shady. A playground, volleyball court, camping hook-ups, and fire pit provide ample opportunities for fun. The view of the landscape to the south of Danebod is the ideal subject of a quick sketch or a pastoral watercolor.