Holden Village is a place to ask questions. We invite educational faculty from around the globe to spend time at Holden to teach on the topics of art, theology, justice, peacemaking, ecology, music, and more. Our educational mission is central to our work as a remote wilderness retreat center rooted in faith.
Holden offers educational programs year-round, but our most robust programming occurs during the summer months. Programs include sessions from visiting teaching faculty; "Living Word" Bible Study with the Village Pastor and/or visiting faculty; artistic opportunities in our Art and Pottery Studios; and environmental programs held through the Hike Haus and interpretive naturalist.
Holden Village invites teaching faculty from around the globe to engage in conversation about theology, justice, peacemaking, ecology, the arts, music, philosophy, the sciences, and more. Most programs lead by visiting teaching faculty occur during the summer months. However, Holden also invites faculty to teach sessions throughout the rest of the year including special events like Women's Retreat and the Spring and Fall Work Weeks.
Holden's Art Studios are staffed year-round and offer opportunities for weaving, pottery, and more. Open studio time is available, and classes for beginners are held often, especially during the summer months. The Art Studio staff often also hold additional classes – past offerings have included star-making, meditative painting, batik, basics of drawing, and more.
Holden offers environmental learning sessions through the Village Naturalist, who leads daily educational sessions during the summer months and occasional sessions throughout the year. Past sessions have included Fire Ecology Hikes, Mine Remediation Walk, and Discussion, Plant Identification walks, observations of macroinvertebrates in Railroad Creek. Additional information about the natural history around Holden is available in The Cabin/Hike Haus.
For more information about the Hike Haus and hiking near Holden, visit the Hiking page.
Child and Youth Programs
During the summer months, Holden offers educational programs for children and youth ages 4 - 17. Children ages 4 -11 are invited to attend children’s programs, which occur each weekday in the summer from 8:30 am - 12 pm. Programs for children include nature walks, time for music, crafts, games, and more. Youth programs are available in the afternoons and some evenings for ages 12 - 17.
Holden Village is shifting the scope of programming for children ages 0-3. Rather than drop-off morning programming, we will offer age-specific programming with parents or guardians present in the afternoons. Holden is committed to providing fun, educational, and appropriate programming for all children and youth.
All programs aim to increase knowledge of the self, the other, and place, and to provide plenty of opportunities for hilarity. Children and youth are welcome to visit Holden with their families and friends between September and May, but Holden does not provide any structured programs for children and youth during this time due to staff and space constraints.