Women's Retreat

Women's Retreat

Women's Retreat 2019: February 8-11

Join us in the Village for Holden’s annual celebration of sisterhood. Focused on holistic renewal, Women’s Retreat is a space for women to step back, put busy lives on pause, try something new, and, most importantly, to renew the bonds of womanhood with one another. Through intentional conversation, art, music, and reflection we are equipped with good courage for life beyond this “place apart.”

Registration for Women's Retreat 2019 is now FULL.

Holden Village will lead small group sessions relating to the arts, pottery, cross country skiing (snow permitting), snowshoe hike and nature throughout the Women's Retreat Weekend.

Elizabeth Austen

AustenKUOWSMALL.jpgElizabeth Austen, former Washington state poet laureate, is the author of Every Dress a Decision (Blue Begonia) and two chapbooks. She celebrated World Poetry Day 2018 reading at UNESCO in Paris alongside a dozen poets from around the world. She’s currently working on a poetry manuscript titled States of Emergency.

Elly McHan

McHan_Elly.jpgElly grew up practicing music and faith at (what often felt like) all times and in all places. She loves delving into theology, unpacking text in community, being changed and shaped by worship, and learning–about anything and everything, from anyone and everyone. Elly currently serves as Campus Pastor at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. She also exercises her musician-elly skills as a member of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony (mostly viola, sometimes violin). Over the years, she has practiced living, learning, worshipping, serving, and making music in Palestine, Norway, Austria, and Canada (which is home).

Melinda Pupillo


Mylinda Baits

Mylinda_2017-5SMALL.jpgMylinda Baits brings her experience working across cultures both in the United States and internationally. Having worked alongside beautifully diverse populations throughout the world for almost two decades, she values and honors the deep wisdom, creative expression and resilient healing resources that can be shared through the arts. She currently travels throughout the globe with International Ministries ABC-USA as a Global Consultant for Training using the Restorative Arts.  

Mylinda finds joy watching diverse communities come together through collaborative art making, storytelling and contextual worship. By designing creative, practical and skills-based learning opportunities, she facilitates group formation and connection through participatory and experiential practices, weaving metaphor and meaning through accessible and culturally sensitive processes. Mylinda has facilitation certification from the Buttry Training for Conflict Transformation Trainers, Training for Change, a nonviolent social change organization using a direct education approach, Build A Bridge International, a non-profit arts organization whose mission is to engage creative people and the transformative power of art making to bring hope and healing, and is a certified trainer for First Aid Arts. The trainings are informed by neurological and psychological research that supports the use of arts-based psychosocial resources to promote resilience and reduce the symptoms of post-traumatic stress.

Mylinda holds a BA in Behavioral Science, a Masters of Divinity and is currently preparing for her PhD in Expressive Arts Therapy and Social Change. She has been an ordained American Baptist clergywoman for over 28 years. In her family, she is surrounded by school teachers, her husband and 2 adult children teach her new things daily. She enjoys exploring different cultures through their food, the spicier the better, doing collaborative mosaic making with upcycled windows and salvaged stained glass and is an avid Pickleball player.



Thank you for your continued support of Holden Village. We hope to see you in February!