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, ethnicities, faiths and backgrounds, offering modest yet comfortable amenities in a wilderness setting. 

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Artist Residency

The Artist Residency in Community, Ecology, and Spirituality awards three artists the opportunity to work and live for six weeks, February 23rd until April 6th, 2015, at Holden Village. Room, board, and work space are included. Residents become part of our dynamic winter community, participating in the common rhythms of the Village, sharing vision and creativity. Artists selected may be at any stage in their career and work in any media. Applications are due December 1.

What’s New

NEXT DIRECTORS CHOSEN: (September 19, 2014) It is with excitement and enthusiasm that the Holden Board announces that the next directors of Holden Village will be Chuck Hoffman and Peg Carlson-Hoffman, of Overland Park, Kansas. Read the announcement that was made at Holden Village on Friday, September 19 at 6pm by Board President, Karl Anderson, and Josh Post, Vice President.

BLESSING OF THE DATABASE: Over the years, the departments of Holden Village have created different systems to get their jobs done. In an effort to streamline, our beloved IT department is hard at work on the issue. Last Wednesday, as several J-term registrations were officially entered into the new system, we held a “Blessing of the Database” ceremony. Funny songs were performed, along with readings from “Lamentations of the Registrar’s Office with selected verses from Lamentations of the Staffing Office, as well as a verse or two from Lamentations of Contributions and Program Offices.” Finally, there was a laying on of hands as the IT Coordinator pushed the button to officially enter the records. 

THANKSGIVING: In addition to plenty of amazing food, prepared by our ESS friends in the kitchen, Thanksgiving in Holden was a fun and celebratory event! The morning began with the Turkey Trot, a running/sledding fun-run including obstacles and challenges. The Copper Bowl in the afternoon, complete with running commentary and hilarious staff-made commercials at half-time, pitted "Saints" against "Sinners" in a sloppy, slushy game of touch football.

WORK WEEK: Amid our constant gratitude, this Thanksgiving Holden is especially thankful for our Work Week volunteers and our Mavericks! Volunteers are cleaning out lodges, replacing the carpet in Koinonia, and helping build mechanical rooms in chalet basements. The Mavericks are the amazing bunch who move furniture, shovel and stomp down paths, hang storm windows, and remove rotting jack-o-lanterns from our porches… They are all awesome!

FIRST SNOW: Snow! The traffic on Chalet Hill increased dramatically this weekend as the Village was blessed with the first real snow of the season! Over a foot of snow has fallen in the last several days, and sledders young and young-at-heart are wasting no time smoothing out the runs.

Holden NetWorks

By joining Holden NetWorks, you can ensure we have accurate and up-to-date information. You can set your communication preferences, register for events and track your giving. We never share your information with other entities. Click the button below to create your account or sign in. 
*Please be patient. Accessing this site routes you to the Village and back, which slows your high-speed internet to more of a Holden pace.


Winter Guest Opportunities

Registration is open for winter guest season! As remediation and renewal season comes to a close, you have the opportunity to return to the Village as a guest. Between December 21 and April 6, you can visit Holden Village and experience all that it has to offer. Visit the Reservations page for the more information.

Audio Archive

Listen to recordings of teaching sessions, discussions and seminars.


Holden Voices

Business Manager Scott Slaba reflects on the introvert's nightmare that is Holden Village worship, and a beautiful moment when he was spiritually touched and restored.
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Coming Events

December 1: Artist Residency application deadline

December 21: Guests welcomed back into the Village

January 5–30: J-term

February 6–9: Women’s Retreat

February 16–23: Snowdance Film Festival

March 6–9: Compassionate Voices Retreat

March 20–23: Holden Folk Festival

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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