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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Unique Opportunity: 
Thanksgiving Work Week

work_week_pic.pngFrom Sunday, November 23 to Sunday, November 30, 2014 Holden needs approximately 30 volunteers to help the Village prepare for winter. Volunteers will clean and polish, pound nails and climb ladders, and carry bundles up and down Chalet Hill. Of course, Thanksgiving will be a day of Holden Hilarity and Hospitality, including a Thanksgiving feast. Visit our Volunteer / Work page for more information, and CLICK HERE to download the application.

Artist Residency

The Artist Residency in Community, Ecology, and Spirituality awards three artists the opportunity to work and live for six weeks during February and March at Holden Village. Room, board, and work space are included. Residents become part of our dynamic winter community, participating in the common rhythms of the Village, sharing vision and creativity. Artists selected may be at any stage in their career and work in any media. Applications are due December 1.

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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What’s New

NEXT DIRECTORS CHOSEN: (September 19, 2014) It is with excitement and enthusiasm that the Holden Board announces that the next directors of Holden Village will be Chuck Hoffman and Peg Carlson-Hoffman, of Overland Park, Kansas. Read the announcement that was made at Holden Village on Friday, September 19 at 6pm by Board President, Karl Anderson, and Josh Post, Vice President.

HAUNTED VILLAGE: Halloween at Holden was a day-long festival of fun! Kids in creative costumes carved pumpkins, trick-or-treated around the Village, and enjoyed a light scare in the haunted Village Center. The haunted trail—not for the faint of heart!—was a real scream. Everyone danced the night away at the Monster Mash after Vespers.

WINTER GUESTS: November 15 at 8am, registration opens for winter guest season! As remediation and renewal season comes to a close, you will once again have the opportunity to return to the Village as a guest. Between December 21 and April 6, you can visit Holden Village and experience all that it has to offer. Visit the Reservations page on our website for the most up-to-date information.

HOLDEN VILLAGE GS MINI: Will you join Holden Village, Taylor Guitars, and our partners to bring clean water to families in need? Taylor is now offering a free strap with every purchase of the Holden Village GS Mini guitar. Over $150 per guitar will fund clean water projects in Central America led by charity partners, El Porvenir and Living Waters for the World.

HATS, HATS, HATS!: Holden Village has been challenged! Veteran and amateur knitters are rallying together to knit 50 hats this winter. When completed, the tuques will be donated to a shelter in Wenatchee.

CALL FOR PARAEDUCATOR: Lake Chelan School District has an opening for a one-on-one paraeducator for up to 6 hours per day at Holden Village beginning immediately. This is a 1 year only position and hours may fluctuate based on student population.

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Winter Guest Opportunities

Registration is open for winter guest season! As remediation and renewal season comes to a close, you have the opportunity to return to the Village as a guest. Between December 21 and April 6, you can visit Holden Village and experience all that it has to offer. Visit the Reservations page for the more information.

Audio Archive

Listen to recordings of teaching sessions, discussions and seminars.


Holden Voices

Riley, Holden's current Garbologist, considers the Village's grossly unsustainable nature in the context of a core value: "ecology."
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Coming Events

May-December: 2014 Construction Season

November 23–30: Thanksgiving Work Week

December 1: Artist Residency application deadline

December 21: Guests welcomed back into the Village

January 5–30: J-term

February 6–9: Women’s Retreat

February 16–23: Snowdance Film Festival

March 6–9: Compassionate Voices Retreat

March 20–23: Holden Folk Festival