Arts in the Cascades


Below is a description of the Arts in the Cascades event that is offered during a typical year. Holden Village hopes to offer this event again in the future!

March 27–30, 2020

Come and join us for Arts in the Cascades, March 27-30, 2020.

We are always forming and reforming our relationship with the earth with one another, with ourselves and with the holy. Conscious forming and reforming takes time and intention.  We invite you into a weekend of attention, process, and creating alongside others. This immersive weekend includes opportunities to be in nature, group activities, guided reflective practice, studio time, access to art media, and optional one-on-one conversations with staff. There is room for 20 participants. 

Together we will look at spiritual symbolism and explore global artists who are tending to expressions of relationship: informing and transforming culture through art. 

We know our relationship to the earth plays a vital role in our expression and understanding of the self. Through understanding we respond to the call to heal and care for the earth and all of her resources. This deep spiritual work will be an informant for expression over the course of the weekend.

The focal points for the weekend will be:

  • Experience: Through sound, nature, observation, and interaction.
  • Encounter: Instruction and conversation around spiritual symbolism and relationships.
  • Expression: Access to art media and support from our staff in creative process.

“Knowing that you love the earth changes you, activates you to defend and protect and celebrate. But when you feel that the earth loves you in return, that feeling transforms the relationship from a one-way street into a sacred bond.” –Robin Wall Kimmerer

To register for Arts in the Cascades, please visit the Registration page and select the dates March 27-30, 2020.


2020 Instructors

Kelly Mork

Kelly Mork has been the Art Studio Coordinator since June 2019 and has been exploring and teaching a variety of crafts during that time. Her focus has been primarily on weaving both on looms and basket weaving, knitting, and drawing. With a background in architecture and sustainability, she is interested in how we can create as a practice of study, as something to better understand the spaces we inhabit, the materials we use, and how we approach that study both playfully and responsibly.

Katie Engelmann

Katie was an ecological consultant for 5 years before coming to Holden Village, where she now serves as Naturalist. She teaches sessions on ecology, ethno-botany, mine remediation, and climate change. She believes in placed-based learning and integrating themes of ecology, contemplative practice and environmental justice. Katie has a MS in Geography & Geographic Information Science from the University of North Dakota.

More bios coming soon!

Cover Photo by Hannah Lauber