Wolverine Creek Fire


For updates on the Wolverine Creek Fire and how it's impacting Holden Village, please visit our fire update page or our Facebook page. (photo by Lindsey Scheid)

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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Hiking For Holden


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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What’s New

HOLDEN VILLAGE FIELD TRIP: This summer has been filled with relentless hard work. Between public works and facilities projects, the re-landscaping of the grounds, and mine remediation still in full swing, it can be easy to get singularly focused on the tasks at hand. But recently, nearly half the Village took a day off and made its way down to Lucerne for some well-deserved relaxation. It was an afternoon of swimming and lounging that reminded us to be grateful for the beauty all around and to slow down and soak up the sunshine, at least once in a while.


CALLED, EQUIPPED, AND SENT: Thousands of people spend time at Holden Village each year. Some come on long-term staff and stay for years, some for only a weekend around the holidays, but all share one thing in common: they are members of the Holden Community. Eventually, the time comes for each of us to leave this valley. “Called, Equipped, and Sent” is part of an effort to keep members of the Holden Community connected; think of it as a Holden Alumni page. Members of the Holden Community are invited to share updates on major life events outside of Railroad Creek Valley, including births, deaths, marriages, major vocational milestones, and other life events. As space allows, submissions will be shared in the Holden Village Voice and on our website. Please fill out the form here to be included!

WOLVERINE CREEK FIRE: Fires have been in the news lately including our Wolverine Creek Fire, a lightning sparked wildfire that started 3 miles northwest of Lucerne. We know that many of you are concerned about the Village's safety. The fire is not threatening Holden or its structures at this point. The concern is that it could threaten our use of the road. We are currently at EVAC 2, which means we are ready to leave anytime necessary. There are 5 hot shot crews working on the road and in the reachable mountainside, clearing brush and ladder fuels. Holden has taken the responsibility of transporting firefighters in our nifty school buses, which adds a great feeling of cooperation. We've also spent quite a bit of time working closely with Rio Tinto, as we would evacuate together if the time comes. We are in good hands with the Forest Service and firefighters. For daily updates please visit http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4354/. Thank you all for your thoughts and concerns and thanks to the many friends who have offered shelter should we need it.

Coming Events

May 1: Construction season officially begins

August 22: Holden Evening Prayer Around The World


August 26: First Day of School

September 12: Creation Awakes event - Wenatchee, WA

October 3: Creation Awakes event - Kirkland, WA

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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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Holden Voices

Kathy shared this reflection on the geology of Railroad Creek Valley and her travels to other stony places, at Matins during the Board Retreat.
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Audio Archive

Listen to recordings of teaching sessions, discussions and seminars.