A Day at Holden

How do we prepare our hearts and minds for our time together? Check out our video above to move through the journey of a day at Holden Village. We hope to see you here in the mountains soon.

While at Holden Village you will have the opportunity to create your own rhythms of each day according to your interests. The program offerings and recreational options vary with the season of your visit. Robust education and programs are offered in the summer with other seasons providing more time for personal reflection and hikes into the surrounding wilderness.

Below is a sample of what your day at Holden might look like:

7:30 - 8:30 AM: Breakfast
A healthy breakfast served in the Dining Hall. As with all three meals of the day, you will dine communally with guests, volunteers, and staff. 

8:30 AM: Youth Programs
Children and youth programs begin. Children’s programs (age 4 through fifth grade) meet in the morning, and youth programs meet at a variety of times throughout the day. Arts and crafts, games, music, and outdoor activities enrich children and young adult time at Holden and allow parents to attend teaching sessions. All programs are optional, so you and your family design your schedule each day.

9:00 AM: Study and Reflect

Join us at "Living Word" for a reflection to start the day.

11:00 AM: Learn and Engage
Teaching sessions begin and continue throughout the day and evening. There is no need to register - simply attend the sessions that interest you. Visiting faculty from around the country share expertise in theology and philosophy, environmental and social sciences, social justice issues, and the arts. View a selected schedule of our summer teaching faculty here.

12:00 - 1:30 PM: Lunch
Another communal meal of simple but wholesome food. We are committed to sustainably sourced ingredients and eating low on the food chain. Our well-known Holden Bread is baked onsite. Learn more about the Holden Food Philosophy.

1:30 - 5:00 PM: Listen, Explore, and Create
Teaching sessions continue, and Holden art studios are open throughout the day for weaving, pottery, and other arts and crafts. Hiking trails for all skill levels lead into the majestic Glacier Peak Wilderness, and our Hike Haus supplies maps and information. Design your own afternoon based on your interests.

5:00 - 6:00 PM: Dinner
We join together for another buffet-style meal and good conversation. Conscious of living at the edge of wilderness, our kitchen practices the art and science of "garbology," sorting all waste for compost and recycling.

7:00 PM: Sacred Space
Core to our rhythms and rooted in our Lutheran tradition, guests, volunteers, and staff gather for a 20-minute worship and prayer service. This daily practice calls us to our purpose and identity as a community. Sunday evening Eucharist is an hour-long serivce. All are welcome to participate and attend no matter your religious beliefs.

7:30 - 10:30 PM: Relax and Play
Evening activities: Teaching Sessions continue and art studios are open and staffed. You can also gather for conversation, head to the Snack Bar for ice cream. Due to our remote location, there is no Wi-Fi or cell phone access for guests, offering opportunities to enjoy time away from computers and television. 

Throughout the day, you can browse and borrow books from our 8,700+ volume Library; bowl at our historic four-lane bowling alley; play ping pong, pool, or foosball; enjoy a snack at the Snack Bar or an espresso drink at Beanie's Coffee Cart; borrow a board game; or relax over a jigsaw puzzle.

Here is what some of our guests have had to say: 

"Holden Village is ideal for families. Our kids were endeared to the Village early on. We could go back and forth from being together and going our separate ways. It gave our kids a sense of new independence. Sometimes we would choose to participate in the planned programming, and sometimes we would go off on hikes."
 Jackie Wecker, frequent Holden Guest

"We see coming to Holden as a vacation. It is a place where we go as a family to remember who we are, take a deep breath as Christians, and take it back into the world."
Cindy Czarnik-Neimeyer, long-term Holden visitor