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Welcome to Holden Village

Over the course of 50 years, Holden Village has been transformed from a copper mining town to a vibrant place of education, programming, and worship. Holden invites people of goodwill of all ages to come and experience our rhythms, which inspire and equip travelers for a sustainable life of faith outside the Village.

Holden Village welcomes and embraces people of all races, ethnicities, religious backgrounds, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities. We strive to overcome learned prejudices and develop relationships across difference. We actively seek liberation and transformation through education, relationship, and engagement with the Village’s core values.

From the Holden Village Executive Directors
Chuck Hoffman + Peg Carlson-Hoffman

We (Chuck and Peg) are white and cis-gender. We claim our identity here and the limitation of perspective that accompanies it. We are committed to taking affirmative steps to listen, learn and act.

Now is the time to listen and learn to the lived experience of Black, Indigenous and People of Color. It is also time for Holden to examine its history of privilege. Holden Village is an Educational Retreat Center with ties to the whitest denomination in the U.S., serving an audience that has been predominantly white. It is our responsibility (Holden’s) to bear witness to what is happening in the world, to elevate the voices of Black and Brown people, to change the course of inequities, and to break down structural prejudice in all forms where it exists, within Holden and in white and Christian U.S. culture.

Below you will find more voices well worth contemplation and conversation.

Anti-Racism Resources

Anti-Racism Resources for White People

The Case for Reparations - by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Who Gets to Be Afraid in America? By Ibram X. Kendi

America’s Racial Contract is Showing by Adam Serwer

75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice


Teaching Tolerance: Teaching About Race, Racism and Police Violence

Seattle Public Libraries Race & Social Justice books for kids K-5

New York Times An Antiracist Reading List

Your Kids Aren't Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup

Anti-Defamation League: lessons, table talks, and books:Table Talk: George Floyd, Racism, and Law Enforcement

Middle School Level lessons

100 Race Conscious Things You Can Say to Your Child – Conversation Starters

NPR: How White Parents Can Talk About Race

A Timeline of Events That Led to the 2020 'Fed Up'-rising

How to help Black Lives Matter: 9 things you can do for the George Floyd protesters right now

Redistribute Funds

Black Visions Collective

Reclaim the Block

More Minneapolis Organizations

Two Funds Named for Nina Pop and Tony McDade Will Provide Free Therapy Sessions for Black Transgender Folks

Black Lives Matter Seattle–King County

Black Trans COVID-19 Community Response Grant

COVID-19 Relief Fund

Split a donation between 70+ community bail funds, mutual aid funds, and racial justice organizers


115 Ways to Donate in Support of Black Lives and Communities of Color

Coronavirus Update

Holden Summer ChangeS

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided that we cannot host guests in the Village this summer through August 31, 2020.

The summer will look different than we all expected, HOWEVER, we are energized by innovative ideas as we explore a different kind of Holden experience this summer through BeHolden: All Things New.


Hiker's Notice

HikersNotice_map-web.jpgDue to COVID-19, there are no services available at Holden Village to hikers. This includes transportation, food service, snack bar, laundry, or lodging. Hikers must utilize bypass routing around the Village, in order to minimize exposure to Holden Staff.


Holden Village Names New Executive Directors


The Holden Village Board of Directors is excited to announce the selection of a three-person team of Kathie Caemmerer-Bach, Mark Bach, and Stacy Kitahata to serve as the next Holden Village Executive Directors.

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A Message from the Board of Directors

The Board recently approved the a motion to direct the Nominating Committee, in consultation with the rest of the Holden Village Board, to adopt, for an interim period, a new model to discover new members of diverse voices and bring forward 2 – 4 nominated candidates for approval. This means that our normal process of soliciting applications will not occur this year.

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Holden Bed & Breakfast

The Holden Job Board

Looking for a change of pace, a supportive community, and the opportunity to learn new skills? Check out Holden's Job Board for a complete list of volunteer and employment opportunities now available in the Village.

Cover Photos by Callie Mabry


Stay Connected!


This series, BeHolden: All Things New, will explore in part the conversation originally scheduled for summer. In this new world we all inhabit, may you find sustenance for your journey.


Online Store

The Holden Store is now online! All proceeds from sales support Holden Village. We are grateful for your support during these uncertain times while the Village is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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