2017 Spring Work Weeks

 Come to Holden Village for a week of work, relaxation and worship. Whether this will be your first visit or your fiftieth, we invite you to join the community, practice daily rhythms, and help prepare the Village for summer. Volunteers arrive on Sunday and depart on Saturday.  Our focus will be preparing the Village for our first guest season in four years. 

2017 Spring Work Week Dates

Week 1: April 30 - May 6  Opening the Village for Summer 
When not helping to open the Village, work weekers will have the opportunity to participate in two dynamic, engaging sessions by:

  • Rev. Dr. Karen Bloomquist - Living Word- Radicalizing Reformation in a 2017 US, World, and Church
    Currently a theologian-at-large residing in Oakland, Karen has previously been a parish pastor, has taught at different seminaries, directed the early development of social statements in the ELCA, and for over a decade directed global theological work of the Lutheran World Federation (Geneva).  For the past five years, she has been on the coordinating team for the global Radicalizing Reformation initiative.  She has written and edited many articles and books, most recently, Seeing-Remembering-Connecting: Subversive Practices of Being Church (Wipf & Stock, 2016), and the Ecumenical Prayer Cycle of the World Council of Churches.
  • Rev. Michael Poellet - Living Word - Cruciformity: The Heart of Paul's Experience of Christ
    Michael is currently the Pastor of King of Glory Lutheran Church in Saskatoon, SK.  He is also a Professor in the Philosophy Department, St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan.  Michael is married to Rev. Renita Falkenstern, Director of Mission and Spiritual Care, LutherCare Communities in Saskatoon.  They have two adult children.
  • Additional programming will include ice cream nights at the Snack Bar, various art classes, and an end-of-the-week Variety Show, where we will come together and celebrate the gifts of our community.

Week 2: May 7 - May 13  Lawns and Gardens "Blitz"
When not "Blitzing,"  work week participates will have the opportunity to attend sessions by:

  • Rev. Dr. Karen Bloomquist - Living Word- Radicalizing Reformation in a 2017 US, World, and Church
    Currently a theologian-at-large residing in Oakland, Karen has previously been a parish pastor, has taught at different seminaries, directed the early development of social statements in the ELCA, and for over a decade directed global theological work of the Lutheran World Federation (Geneva).  For the past five years, she has been on the coordinating team for the global Radicalizing Reformation intitiative.  She has written and edited many articles and books, mostly recently, Seeing-Remembering-Connecting: Subversive Practices of Being Church (Wipf & Stock, 2016), and the Ecumenical Prayer Cycle of the World Council of Churches.
  • Additional programming during this week includes ice cream nights at the Snack Bar, various art classes, and an end-of-the-week Variety Show, where we will all come together and celebrate our gifts of the community!

Week 3: May 14 - May 20 Painting "Blitz"

  • Please check back soon for programming information for this week! 

*Special Project: The laundry needs a few people with good sewing skills to help out. This can be done on any of the three work weeks.

Note: All arrivals will be on Sunday with departures on Saturday with no exceptions. Space is limited.20161024_WorkWeekWindows_LauraBretheim_cropped.png

What is involved in a Work Week?

Work:  We offer work opportunities for a variety of levels and skill sets in many areas including landscaping, gardening, carpentry, painting, sewing, and general sprucing up. In addition, there will be several Village projects that have particular needs if you have specialized skills. Teaching Staff will be in the Village and programming will be part of our daily rhythm.

Community:  Meet other volunteers through shared meals, daily worship, and entertaining activities.

Recreation:  Spend your time off taking in the beauty of the surrounding wilderness, weaving and pottery in the Art Studios, playing games, or reading and conversing on the Ark.

Housing:  Shared accommodations with community bathrooms.

Age:  18 years old and up

Cost:  Because this is a volunteer opportunity there is no charge, but donations are always welcome.

Transportation:  To limit our exposure on the road and in Lucerne, there will be only a morning transport to Lucerne.

Technology:  Internet access is not available, and we request that use of electronic devices (aside from cameras) be limited to your room. 

Post-Fire Awareness

  • Please be aware that because of possible road closures due to weather, your flexibility with arrival and departure dates is necessary

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Apply to Attend

 Required Documents:

  • Work Week Application
  • Health Form

Click here for the application materials

Please contact staffing@holdenvillage.org if you have any questions. We hope to see you in the Village!