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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Audio Archive

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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.

HOLDEN IN ELLENSBURGIt wasn't exactly Railroad Creek Valley, but Holden on the Road at the Lazy F Camp and Retreat Center in Ellensburg, WA sure felt like Holden. Beautiful scenery included a creek running through and ridges to climb. Holden staff and guests came together for sessions, worship, Narnia kids' activities, crafts, and even a variety show.

FIREWOOD BLITZ DAY: In an effort to get firewood under cover before the rains returned, volunteers throughout the Village turned out on a cool, clear Sunday to chain the wood that will keep us warm this winter into the basements of several chalets and lodges. 

CHIMNEY SWEEPS: With winter creeping towards us, Villagers dream of cozy nights around the fireplace. To prepare for frigid months ahead, the utilities team has been hopping from building to building as a band of chimney sweeps. Steve and Kirsten Olsen, a father-daughter team from Minnesota, worked side by side to clean the Koinonia chimney.

GO GOATS!!!: This fall, 3 Holden School students are part of the Chelan Cross Country Team and travel downlake for competitions. Though the entire village can’t attend the meets, Holdenites sure know how to host a pep rally! Embracing Chelan’s mascot, the Goats, the runners are showered with cheers upon departure and return. We hope the good vibrations can sustain them throughout their journey and echo while they race. 

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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Holden Voices

Kasey Shultz, Holden High School class of '13, blogs for her university about the phrase: "God is the homesickness we can never shake off."
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Coming Events

2014 Construction Season - May 1 into December, 2014


HOTR_LOGO_Final.pngSept. 26-28 - Shores of St. Andrew, New London, Minn.
Oct. 17-19 - Lazy F Camp, Ellensburg, Wash. (Register for the whole weekend or Saturday only)
Oct. 25 - Heartwood, Trego, Wis.