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

HOTR_LOGO_Final.pngHOLDEN ON THE ROAD: Start now to make summer plans for gathering with other Villagers at Holden retreats being held across the country. Here's the list of places and dates. Watch for more information in the Village Voice, which will be in your mailbox in May.

MINE CLEANUP INFORMATION MEETING: If you're in the Chelan area April 30, mining company Rio Tinto invites you to a public meeting from 4-6:30 p.m. at Campbell's Resort Centennial Ballroom. Project manager Dave Cline will make a presentation and answer questions about plans for this second and biggest year of major construction. More information.

SCHOOL SEEKS PARA EDUCATOR: The Chelan School District is looking for a para educator to assist in the Holden School for the 2014-2015 school year. Hours and salary fluctuate basedon student population. More information.

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.

WANT TO GET ON BOARD? If you are vitally interested in the future of Holden as the Village looks toward reemergence from mine remediation and  village upgrades, you may be able to help by serving on the Holden Village board of directors. 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 winter edition of the Village's quarterly magazine is available online.




Holden Voices

 Grace, Peace, and Great joy to you this morning.  Christ is Risen!  He is risen, indeed! Alleluia! How did you do last night? I think it was both the end of a long slog and it was a moment of great dramatic release, wasn’t it? After weeks of Lenten preparation, after the Palm Sunday parade where we found ourselves shouting all kinds of things…H…
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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

Mine Cleanup Information Meeting - April 30, 2014, Chelan

2014 Construction Season - May 1 into December, 2014

Holden On The Road 
May 31 - Lutherwood, Bellingham, Wash.
June 6-12 - Spirit in the Desert, Carefree, Ariz.
June 28 - Carol Joy Holling Conference Center, Ashland, Neb.
Aug. 1-3 - Koinonia, South Haven, Minn.
Aug. 7-10 - Lutherwood, Chesire, Ore.
Aug. 9-11 - Outlaw Ranch, Custer, S.D.
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.