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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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.

J-TERM GOODBYES: This week marks the end of J-term, as students from visiting colleges and seminaries who've been with us for the last few weeks are sent back down the mountain. In addition to taking classes, these students have participated in Village life through their commitment to worship (from leading Matins to supporting each other at Prayer Around the Cross), their hours of valuable volunteering, and the energy they've stirred in the entire community. Thank you J-term-ers, for giving us the gift of your presence in this valley!

IRV'S DINER IN THE HOTEL: The Holden kitchen recently hosted 50s night at "Irv's Diner," complete with burgers, fries and malts served over the counter. After dinner, the room came alive with swing-dancing greasers, dolls and daddy-O's.

PEG AND CHUCK IN THE VILLAGE: "One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish; we are glad that you are here-ish!" exclaimed the Holden School students, when the Village was transformed into Dr. Seuss' Whoville for the arrival of our next Directors. As they stepped off the bus, Chuck and Peg were greeted with an onrush of holy hilarity, including "Chuck 1 and Chuck 2" and a chorus of kazoos. Then staff and J-termers alike, donning bows and high ponytails, surrounded them in a welcoming circle of Whoville caroling. Chuck and Peg are back on the road to visit with the larger Holden community, but will return in February for a longer stay.

Coming Events

December 21-present: 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 11-13: Naturalization Ceremony

March 20–23: Holden Folk Festival


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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.

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Holden Voices

Josh, a member of the kitchen staff, looks back on the history of copper and its implications in the world. How can the choices made in this valley over the last century inform the way we live today?
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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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