Work Groups

Work Groups

Looking for the perfect mission trip? Each year Holden welcomes several groups of 15-40 people into the Village to work on special projects in exchange for reduced rates and special programming.

What projects are available?

Projects in the Village change with the seasons and are flexible based on the skill sets of your crew. Jobs that Holden often needs help with include: carpentry, maintenance cleaning, plumbing, electrical work, and painting.

Who may participate?

Youth Groups: Holden is an adult and family renewal center with a very busy and well-attended summer program and activity schedule. We typically do not, therefore, accommodate youth groups during the summer season (June 10 – September 1). Instead, Holden can welcome youth groups for special service events during school breaks (eg Spring Break), during the spring (eg May Youth Weekend program) and during the fall (eg Let Justice Roll social ministry program).
Adult Groups: Participants in work groups must be at least 18 years old and in good health. While Holden welcomes visitors of all ability, for groups participating in physical labor it is important that individuals be comfortable walking and carrying equipment on terrain that is rocky, hilly, and possibly covered in snow or ice as many of the work project season (October through May). For your safety, each participant must complete a health form that will be reviewed by the Holden Medic. Spouses and partners of work group participants are expected to work projects, but may also choose to visit Holden as a paying guest as space allows.

What is the cost?

*Rates for 2018 will be announced on November 15th.

What can we do in our spare time?

Holden is a unique place for groups to experience intentional community. Whether your group is into hiking, the Arts, handcrafts, or just wants to sit and chat around a fire, you can do it here. With the Glacier Peak Wilderness just outside your doorstep, Holden offers outstanding vistas and a stocked hike haus to support your journey into the outdoors. Our extensive weaving and pottery studios are open to beginners as well as experts with Art sessions offered requently. And, as always, visitors are welcome and encouraged to participate in the rhythms of the Village which include formal teaching sessions, daily worship, and work of the Village.

CAN I BRING MY children?

Yes, children of all ages are welcome in the Village. However, please keep in mind that Holden is not able to provide childcare. A member of the your work group will need to be designated for fulltime childcare.

What should we bring?

Tools: Holden will provide all tools needed for the your project. If you prefer to bring your own tools please check with the project coordinator for help with logistics. Any personal gear over 75 lbs. is subject to a modest additional charge by the Lake Chelan Boat Company.

Clothing: Holden prides itself on having one of the most casual dress codes on the planet. Bring your grubbiest and warmest work clothes, heavy work boots, and tennis shoes.

Other: Flashlight, water bottle

When can we come?

Work Groups are most needed during the months between October and May. We have natural block-out periods which include the summer months, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter. If possible, please submit several options for arrival and departure so that we can best match the skills and preferences of your group with available work projects and Village capacity.

Where do we leave our vehicles?

Your vehicle can be parked at Field’s Point Landing, 19 miles from Chelan. Holden will provide you with parking passes for no charge.

For additional information and resources for bringing your Work Group to Holden,
please contact the Staffing Coordinator.