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Have a photograph to share or a story to tell? We would love to share your stories with the rest of the Holden community. Send your images or letters via email to communications@holdenvillage.org (ATTN: Mailbox) or by post to Holden Village Mailbox: HC 0 Box 2 Chelan, WA 98816

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Spirit in Balance
Paul Unruh (With Lois, Kent, Jeanette, Cory & Kai)
Newton, KS (December 2017)
I have experienced Holden as a place of personal healing, resulting in a re-balancing of my spirit. You and your staff have been successful in enabling the spirit of Holden to continue even when the needs of the people ebb and flow. With appreciation and a grateful heart, Paul Unruh.

J-Termers' Appreciation
Dr. Sergia Hay
Department of Philosophy, Pacific Lutheran University (January 2018)
Thank you so much for the wonderful J-Term experience at Holden! Thank you for all of the ways you included, encouraged, and cared for our PLU group. We were particularly fortunate to be there to celebrate the installation of Bekki & Marcus as pastors. Missing the snow and all of you. With gratitutde, Dr. Sergia Hay.

A Special Thank You
Lois Unruh
Newton, KS (December 2017)
My heat is filled with joy and gratitude for these wonder-filled five days in this beautiful place surrounded by my loved ones and friends. Please pass on my thanks for all the extra work the staff has done to make this week memorable–the special meals, clean sheets, gifts of music and the spoken word, etc., etc. Thanks for all.

Civil Conversation
Rena Connell
Snohomish, Washington (July 2017)
Let it be known that Holden Village–my beloved Holden–continues as a place for civil conversation for my family and me. From 1981 until this past summer it has always been my place of "beginning together." This past summer was no exception.

The Holden Community
Ron Schofield
Clarksville, OH (June 2017)
My favorite memories are of the hikes alone up into rainy and cool mountains, through the snowfields in Copper Basin and Holden Lake. I also enjoyed the "retreat" into the mountains from Ohio, through Seattle, the Bed & Breakfast, and relaxing more and more as my wife and I left our responsibilities behind to spend 10 days with each other and our community at Holden.

Sharing My Favorite Place
Doug Brown
Portland, OR (August 2017)
It was a unique opportunity to share my favorite place in the world with my Guatemalan foster son during Abriendo Caminos–to witness his glimpsing possibilities for his future self in the visages of the wonderful people in community who looked like him and spoke like him.
Thank you for continuing to co-create beloved community, a place of welcome and retreat, a place of aspiration and inspiration.

Replicating our 1976 Hike
Coni & Peter Liljengren
Gig Harbor, WA (August 2017)
Peter and I first came to Holden in 1976 and after our six-month volunteer stint we hiked from Stehekin to HOlden via the Agnus Creek Valley, over Cloudy Pass and into Holden. This year in honor of my 65th birthday my gift was to take that exact hike with my son and his wife and their 9-month-old baby and my daughter and her partner. My second daughter and her family were waiting for us in the Village when we arrived after our three–day hike.


The World Needs Holden
Linda Wenning Portland, OR (2017)
I am so pleased at the way Holden looks and feels. Welcoming, and safe, and ready for the summer visitors. "Passing the bass" for projects well done is a wonderful addition to Holden's traditions. Fun to see familiar faces returning and new ones, too. I am so glad to be invited for short-term staff and glad I came. Holden feeds the soul, at least it feeds my soul. So thank you–for all you are doing to keep Holden special. Just now, the world needs Holden even more. Blessings.

May Youth Weekends
Kathy Fisher and David Deblock Wells (2017)
May Youth Weekend Leaders
Thank you everyone in the village for making the May Youth Weekends a great experience.

Worship, Music Tradition
Paul E. Hoffman
National Lutheran Choir Steering Committee (2017)
Our deepest thanks for your upcoming support of the National Lutheran Choir Concert in Seattle this coming September. We are deeply grateful for your partnership and look forward to a splendid night of music. Holden stands at the very center of the fine worhsip and music tradition that is ours in the Lutheran church. Thank you for affirming that with your generous support.

Thank you, Village Voice
Trish Severin
Franklin, NC (2017)
Our family of six lived in Stehekin from 1998 to 2002 and so much enjoyed when Holden Village would host the Stehekin Community for a November weekend.
Since then I have backpacked through Glacier Peak and often stop at Holden and continue to be inspired! Your spring edition of the Holden Village Voice is excellent. "Building Bridges," "Whose Hand Needs the Holding," "In the Tranches" and "Blessing in the chaos" moved me deeply. Thank you for all the time that goes into producing this heartfelt Voice.
Continue to cover the important issues of our times and challenge each of us to engage in the suffering and joy of the world!

Memories from Summer 2017

Posted by Ron S. on Sep 4th, 2017
My favorite memories are of the hikes alone up into rainy and cool mountains, through the snow fields in Copper Basin and Holden Lake.
I also enjoyed the "retreat" into the mountains from Ohio, through Seattle, the Bed & Breakfast, and relaxing more and more as my wife and I left our responsibilities behind to spend 10 days with each other and our community at Holden.

Posted by Erik on Oct 11th, 2017
Hiking up Martin Ridge! And getting lost on the way down.

Posted by S. Peterson on Oct 11th, 2017
To name just one? Impossible!
Hiking to Holden Lake, amazing speakers, making new friends and being stretched intellectually and spiritually. My favorite vacation destination--ALWAYS! Keep being Holden!

Posted by Rena Connell on Oct 17th, 2017
Let it be known that Holden Village —my beloved Holden—continues as a place for civil conversation for me and my family. From 1981 until this past summer it has always been my place of “beginning together.” This past summer was no exception.

In July I brought my 14-year-old granddaughter and her teenage best friend to finally experience a place that has soothed my soul and given me renewal for the past 36 years of my often tumultuous life. I did not know what this space might hold for the two of them, and yet God and the people who inhabit Holden provided a bit of hope for them as they search for meaning in their young lives.
Holden in my own life has sustained me through a time when I first brought my 15-month old daughter and her father, who had a disability, there from Billings, MT. It gave me hope through a divorce. I met my second husband in the dining hall and married him 30 years ago in front of Lodge 3 in the presence of the Holden community. We brought our two daughters there in every season, and I have been there together and alone numerous times for retreats, youth weekends, work weeks and special events. But this is the first time I have had an opportunity to bring my granddaughter and a friend alone together with me for the Holden experience.

Our “civil conversations” without their parents afforded us time to explore values, hopes and dreams. At the top of the list was that her friend asked to be baptized in our church because she said she did not just want that—she needed to be baptized. Without their cell phones and with time to be both safe and independent, they explored Railroad creek, hiked with me to Monkey Bear Falls and Holden Lake, ate foods that were new and a bit unusual, took selfies, and got the giggles at the silent vesper service. By the end of the week, they were independent and requesting information about how and when they might be able to work on volunteer staff. Holden offered truly civil conversation and sacred moments for all three of us! Another generation “beginning together!”

Posted by Doug Brown on Oct 17th, 2017
It was a unique opportunity to share my favorite place in the world with my Guatemalan foster son during Abriendo Caminos - to witness his glimpsing possibilities for his future self in the visages of the wonderful people in community who looked like him and spoke like him.
Thank you for continuing to co-create beloved community, a place of welcome and retreat, a place of aspiration and inspiration.

Posted by Randall M on Oct 30th, 2017
I was surprised at the speed with which the forest is recovering from the fire.
I do not remember, from my volunteer days in the 70s, that the laundry machines were pre-loaded with quarters.
I am thankful that the Village has survived, and is welcoming to so many of every creed, or non-creed, without judging nor demanding participation.

Posted by Florance M on Oct 30th, 2017
I came before the forest fire, in the winter. One of the teachers was showing her class how to do needle felting. I asked if I could watch and said "of course." I was watching carefully trying to follow instructions, poking my needle in the wool. Then I turned around and what I saw made me laugh. My husband was doing it too! He got hooked on needle felting, we took classes and one Christmas we made a little bird for each of his 7 siblings.