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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2013-14: 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, but winter guests are welcome, Dec. 20, 2013-April 21, 2014. 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

Evening-Prayer.jpgHOLDEN EVENING PRAYER AROUND THE WORLD: Gather a group at your church or home to sing Marty Haugen's "Vespers '86," more commonly known as Holden Evening Prayer on Saturday, April 5. Learn more, register your event or find events near you here.

U.S. FOREST SERVICE NEWS RELEASE (March 13, 2014): 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.

TEACHERS NEEDED NEXT YEAR: The Holden School will have two openings for state certificated teachers for the 2014-15 school year. More information is available from the Lake Chelan School District.

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.

IN ANTICIPATION OF LEADERSHIP changes in 2015, the Holden Village board of directors has issued a call for a new executive director or director team. Read more.



Holden Voices

"And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit." -Matthew 27:50. Jesus' final prayer was as he took his last breath. After forty-nine years of hearing this story, it still brings goose bumps each year as it is shared again during Holy Week. Each year it brings reflection to this gift of life Jesus gives us all through h…
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Audio Archive

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Up Coming Events

Winter Guest Season - Dec. 20, 2013, to April 21, 2014

Artist Residency in Community, Ecology and Spirituality - Feb. 26-April 9, 2014

Folk Festival - March 28-31, 2014

Holden Evening Prayer Around the World - April 5, 2014

Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Easter - April 13-20, 2014

2014 Construction Season - May 1 into December