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.
2013-14: 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, but winter guests are welcome, Dec. 20, 2013-April 21, 2014. Volunteer staff continue to live at the Village year-round, and skilled trades professionals are sought to help with Holden's infrastructure updates.
REFRESH, RENEW, REJOICE! Volunteer Lorrie Franson of Eau Claire, Wis., added some Holden winter flair to the “Refresh, Renew, Rejoice!” capital fund-raising campaign by donating 22 hand-knit hats to the village bookstore. Proceeds from hat sales are going to the $4.8 million effort to fund village renewal projects. The hats flew off the shelf, but at $30 a hat, Lorrie will have to knit 159,978 more to reach the goal. Or, you could join the effort by making your pledge here.
TEACHING POSITIONS COMING AVAILABLE: The Holden School will have two openings for state certificated teachers for the 2014-15 school year. A secondary teacher is needed for all subjects, grades 7-12, with strengths in secondary math and science preferred. At the elementary level, the teacher may be required to teach all subjects, kindergarten through sixth grade. Teachers are employed by the Lake Chelan School District and are also members of the Holden staff. More information is available from the district.
IN TUNE: The breathlessly awaited Holden Guitar (limited edition GS Mini by Taylor Guitars) is now available. Villagers around the country, who have been waiting since November, began receiving their guitars this month. Excitement has been mounting not only in the Holden community. A discussion on the Acoustic Guitar Forum has drawn more than 21,000 views. The guitar’s sound board is of rare Engelmann spruce that was salvaged from mine remediation logging. Taylor is donating proceeds from guitar sales to global clean water projects. Learn more.
IN ANTICIPATION OF LEADERSHIP changes in 2015, the Holden Village board of directors has issued a call for a new executive director or director team. Read more.