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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Call For Tradespeople!

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Mine remediation workers are not the only ones who are gearing up for our final season of heavy construction. In the Village, we’ll be busy with several capital improvement projects. Your trade skills will make a difference in the effort to reach the finish line. We need:

> Electricians and experienced electrical workers
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Carpenters and framers
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Plumbers
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Heavy Equipment Operators.
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Concrete workers
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Dry stack rock wall builders
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Sawyer to operate our Timber King band sawmill
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Peeled Pole Carpenters
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Project Managers and Project Leads to help lead work teams or manage all of the above projects

Construction season starts in May and goes through November. Please email staffing@holdenvillage.org to let us know your skills and availability.

What’s New

LET THERE BE LIGHT: One of the major Village renewal projects during these years of construction has been transferring Holden electricity underground. A safety and aesthetic improvement, the new system runs power through underground rather than overhead lines. The Capital Projects Team tirelessly trenched, ran conduit and pulled cable last summer, to pave the way for launching the new electrical design this year. A few weeks ago, Lodge 3, the Hotel and the Sauna were hooked up to the new system, accompanied by a "blessing of the electricity" ceremony; the overhead power lines behind the Hotel were taken down, leaving an unobstructed view of Dumbell Mountain; and yesterday, Agape was hooked up to the new system as well, with more buildings on the way.

PORCH CRAWL: The Village hosted a porch crawl on Chalet Hill. Sort of like a Holden block party, the "crawl" gave mine remediation workers and Villagers the chance to socialize, and festivities included community mural painting, Twister and bean bag toss, a Pearl Jam-themed birthday party, bacon-wrapped Reese's, and so much more.

KILN FIRING: Village potters Sam and Daniele recently completed a successful kiln firing! Since the outcomes of glazes can be unpredictable, each piece pulled from the kiln was a delightful surprise. From flower pots to fruit bowls, the community's creativity shines in these beautiful works of pottery.

OUTDOOR VESPERS: The Worship Team has introduced a new pattern of outdoor Vespers. Once a week throughout the summer, Villagers will gather for worship outside to be refreshed by the beautiful wilderness of Railroad Creek Valley. For week one, the community walked the labyrinth together in a silent meditation that encouraged deep inward focus and, at the same time, outward consideration of our place among the towering mountains.


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Hiking For Holden

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Map illustration by Elizabeth Person

Holden Board Member James Nagel is hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in honor of Holden Village this season! Click below for more information, to track James' progress, or to contribute to his campaign.

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Holden Voices

For a Vespers service titled "Signs of Hope," Carpenter Bill Posey reflected on the people and places who have shaped him into the present moment.
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Coming Events

May 1: Construction season officially begins

May 15-16: Minneapolis Area Synod Assembly

May 15-16: NW Washington Synod Assembly

May 15-16: SW Washington Synod Assembly

May 30: Holden School Prom

June 6: Holden School Graduation

June 26-July 1: Holden Village Board of Directors meets in the Village

June 27: Installation of next Directors

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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