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, races, faiths and backgrounds, offering modest yet comfortable amenities in a wilderness setting.
2013-14: 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, but winter guests are welcome, Dec. 20, 2013-April 21, 2014. Volunteer staff continue to live at the Village year-round.
ICE ALERT FOR PEOPLE PLANNING TO VISIT HOLDEN: (Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 - 6 p.m.) Holden Village is experiencing unusual weather conditions with very little snow.For the past two days the surfaces around the Village (including paths and walkways) have been covered in a thick sheet of ice. Mavericks and operations staff are doing what they can to mitigate this, but all paths are very slippery. Although conditions can change quickly, incoming guests should be prepared for this extreme slipperiness. There have been several falls in the past 24 hours. Our medical staff consists of First Aid trained personnel; we have no nurse on staff at the current time. If you feel that a fall would seriously compromise your health, and it would be unwise to come, you will receive a full refund. Safety must be our number one concern.
REFRESH, RENEW, REJOICE! The Village has launched a three-year capital campaign with a goal of raising $4.8 million toward upgrading and in some instances replacing infrastructure and facilities. What's the need? Read more.
IN ANTICIPATION OF LEADERSHIP changes in 2015, the Holden Village board of directors has issued a call for a new executive director or director team. Read more.
IT'S THE HOLDEN GUITAR - almost! David Olson, who initiated the Holden guitar project, and Holden board member Anthony Titus show the prototype of the Taylor GS Mini Guitar with a top of Engelmann spruce. The Engelmann, prized for its musical properties, was logged as part of the Holden mine remediation. The first guitars in a limited edition are scheduled for shipment in February 2014, but you can order a guitar now as a Christmas gift, and we'll send you a little something to put under the tree. The guitar is part of a story about cleaning waters worldwide. Read the story here, listen to the guitar here and reserve yours here.
VILLAGE VOICE, Holden's quarterly magazine is available on-line here.