Welcome to Holden Village

Holden Village is a Lutheran ministry, nestled in a forested valley at 3,200 feet in the North Cascade Mountains of Washington state. The Village welcomes people of all ages, races, faiths and backgrounds, offering modest yet comfortable amenities in a wilderness setting. 

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Now Under Construction

The Village operated as a mining town from 1937-1957. It is now the site of a massive remediation project to clean up environmental problems left from those mining days. During this disruption, village infrastructure and facilities are also being upgraded. Guest visits are not possible during the summer construction season. Volunteer staff continue to live at the Village year-round, and skilled trades professionals are sought to help with Holden's infrastructure updates. 

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What’s New

HEALING SOULS, HEALING A MOUNTAIN: The Desert News of Utah reports on life at Holden VIllage during mine remediation with 38 accompanying photos of both mine remediation and village life during construction. 

MINE REMEDIATION VIDEOWatch the mine clean-up in action (including last year's demolition of the old mill) and listen to an explanation of the work by Dave Cline, project manager for mining company Rio Tinto. 

SUMMER HIKING TRAILS: Forest Service officials are reminding hikers to plan ahead this summer as mine remediation work continues to affect Glacier Peak Wilderness access from Railroad Creek Valley. Details on trails here.

REFRESH, RENEW, REJOICE! Holden has launched a $4.8 million capital fund-raising campaign to pay for upgrades of the Village's 75-year-old facilities and infrastructure. Learn more.

201402_TerryHoldenGuitar_Thompson.jpgTHE HOLDEN GS MINI TAYLOR GUITAR: Premium wood salvaged from mine remediation logging is being used for this limited edition guitar, with proceeds going to global clean water projects. Learn more.

HOLDEN VILLAGE VOICE: The 2014 spring and summer edition of the Village's quarterly magazine is available online.




Holden Voices

     As one of the back-up mine clerks, I am one of the lucky ones who still gets to cross the footbridge on a regular basis. All of us mine-clerk types, led by Abbey, get up early for the 6:30 a.m. "all-hands" meeting led by Rio Tinto and attended by all the remediation contractors. Together, we walk down the road and across the bridge. They walk …
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Holden NetWorks

Sign up to receive Be-Holden, our email newsletter by creating a Holden NetWorks account. You can also register for special events, such as Holden on the Road, update your Village Voice mailing address, and keep track of your donations to Holden, all with Holden NetWorks. Holden NEVER shares your information with other entities.


Audio Archive

Listen to recordings of teaching sessions, discussions and seminars.


Coming Events

2014 Construction Season - May 1 into December, 2014


HOTR_LOGO_Final.pngAug. 7-10 - Lutherwood, Chesire, Ore.
Sept. 14 - Ross Point, Post Falls, Idaho
Sept. 26-28 - Shores of St. Andrew, New London, Minn.
Oct. 17-19 - Lazy F Camp, Ellensburg, Wash.
Oct. 25 - Heartwood, Trego, Wis.