Holden Village Pilgrimage 2021

September 12-17, 2021

Which journey are you on? Holden Village has become a pilgrimage destination of sorts for generations of seekers, with many making special journeys to Holden Village to disconnect from day-to-day life and experience the rest and spiritual renewal that the Cascade Mountains and the Village community have to offer. Now you can make the journey with a guided pilgrimage experience customizable to your own personal journey. Join fellow Villagers for a week of intentional pilgrimage as we allow the wilderness to guide us to the wilds of our soul, forming a community of seekers and discerning where we are on our individual journeys and where God might be leading next.

While it’s traditional for visitors to Holden Village to participate in their own choice of activities during their visit, this pilgrimage experience is slightly different, operating more like a planned retreat. Those interested in this pilgrimage should be ready to commit to participating in each session listed below for both personal and group benefit. We will be a small group of 8-12, enhancing the intimacy of the experience as we journey together.


To register for this event please visit Holden's Fall Registration page. Under "Desired Arrival and Departure Dates" there will be a box you can check that says "I am registering for the Holden Village Pilgrimage (September 12-17)."  The rate is $99/night and $594 for the Pilgrimage. The rate includes lodging, food and all programming. If you have questions please contact educationprogram@holdenvillage.org.


SUNDAY - Crossing Thresholds (Arrival)
The pilgrimage begins with a day of travel before arrival at our destination: Holden Village. The unique journey to Holden Village offers an opportunity to contemplate what it means to cross the threshold into another world, each layer of the journey deepening the experience. Prompts will be given beforehand to accompany this transition. Once you arrive at Holden Village, the afternoon and evening are yours to settle in. Following dinner and before Vespers, there will be an introductory pilgrimage meeting open to all in the Village.

MONDAY - Longing
After breakfast, Living Word, and a coffee break, morning sessions will be spent with our pilgrim community as we journey alongside one another. In our first session, you’ll explore what made you say "yes" to this pilgrimage, naming the longings that brought you here, revisiting the call, and determining the questions that will guide you throughout the week.

Each afternoon will be yours to live into what you explored in the morning, with options for area hikes, creative exploration, and peer-led group spiritual direction in the afternoon.

TUESDAY - Intention
The morning begins after breakfast with Word and a coffee break before gathering together for our second session. Today, you’ll take your guiding question and from it determine your personal “quest” for the week—the theme of your pilgrimage and a way of intentionally engaging the journey at hand.

WEDNESDAY - Engagement
In our third session, you’ll explore going deeper with your quest, including ways to engage your quest through spiritual practice, reflection, and holding space for the movement of God.

THURSDAY - Encounter
Having spent a few days working with your quest, in our fourth session you’ll explore discerning the movement of God during the quest and following the Divine's lead.

FRIDAY - Gathering Sacred Wisdom (Departure)
As we begin to turn toward the end of our time together, the fifth and final session will focus on gathering wisdom and gleaning insight from the journey thus far and how what you’ve received on the journey might also be offered as a gift to others. Then you will begin your homeward journey, retracing the steps that led you to Holden Village, with additional prompts for reflection to accompany you along the way and practical tools to help you integrate your pilgrimage into everyday life.

The Holden Village Pilgrimage will be led by Lacy Clark Ellman
LacyClarkEllman_web.jpgLacy Clark Ellman holds a Master’s degree in Theology and Culture and a certificate in Spiritual Direction, was selected as a New Contemplative by Spiritual Directors International in 2015, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry with an emphasis in Transforming Spirituality. Professionally, she is a spiritual director, maker, and facilitator who speaks the language of pilgrimage and is always ready for the next adventure, having traveled to over twenty countries on four continents. Personally, she is a lover of food, books, spirituality, growing and making things, far-off places and lovely spaces. While traveling, you’ll find her wandering museums and markets, exploring cities by foot, and sampling local fare. At home in Seattle, WA, she loves to garden, take walks in the nearby forest, and go on armchair journeys through her favorite shows from across the pond. Learn more about Lacy's work at asacredjourney.net.

Cover Photo by Hannah Lauber