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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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.

PRESIDENT'S DAY WEEKEND: The Village was bursting with energy and smiles this President's Day weekend! On Saturday, Beanie's Coffee Cart hosted a Valentine's Day craft fair, and the kitchen served a delicious chocolate torte with cherries jubilee after Vespers. Sunday's brunch feast featured Kitchen Coordinator Stuffi's homemade cinnamon rolls, and sunshine throughout the day offered many outdoor opportunities. From sledding races to puzzling on the loading dock, everyone found a way to make the most of this lively weekend.

FATHER JIM AND THE SPINNING SISTERS: Pastor Jim Christianson and the Spinning Sisters (Sister Monika, her sister Katie, and friends) were here at Holden for a week of spiritual direction and fiber crafts. The sisters set up several portable wheels in the living room area of the Dining Hall, and Villagers of all ages stopped by for instruction on spinning raw wool into yarn. Several new spinners proudly took their yarn with them to knit hats and scarves.

WOMEN'S RETREAT: The Village recently hosted its annual Women's Retreat. We were joined by Washington State Poet Laureate Elizabeth Austen and musician Linda Breitag, as well as next Directors Chuck and Peg Carlson-Hoffman, for sessions exploring this year's theme: "Creating a Space for Sacred Imagination." The retreat focused on nurturing the inner artist, and left plenty of time for knitting, chatting and laughing together!

Coming Events

February 16–23: Snowdance Film Festival

March 6–9: Compassionate Voices Retreat

March 11-13: Naturalization Ceremony

March 20–23: Holden Folk Festival

March 29-April 6: Holy Week

May 1: Construction Season 2015 Begins

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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

Village Pastor Kent Narum brings us into this season of Lent with a reflection on the liminality (the in-between or transitional nature) of our lives.
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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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