Work Weeks

a week of work, community and recreation

Join us for a week of work and relaxation, transitioning our remote community from one season to the next! Whether this is your first visit or your fiftieth, Holden invites you to lend your time and talents for community projects and summer or winter preparations.

Note: All arrivals will be on Sunday with departures on Saturday with no exceptions.
Space is limited, so please apply early.

2021 Work Weeks

After three work weeks missed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are excited to invite volunteers back into our community this fall to help us prepare for winter! Apply to join us for one or both of our work weeks, listed below: 

Week 1: Sunday, October 10th, 2021-Saturday, October 16th, 2021 

Week 2: Sunday, October 17th, 2021-Saturday, October 23rd, 2021 


Holden Village has carefully followed national, state, and local guidance for maintaining health and wellness throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. All guests, staff, and volunteers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before arriving and masks must be worn indoors in the Village. Please read more about our Community Health Protocols and Practices.

What is 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.

Room & Board: Holden offers communal housing and three meals a day to work week volunteers.


Age:  Work Week volunteers must be at least 18 years of age20171016_ChaletWindows2_HannahLauber.jpg

Cost:  There is no cost for this volunteer opportunity, however, donations are also greatly appreciated.

Transportation:  Volunteers must plan their own transportation to and from the Village. Free parking is provided at Fields Point. 

Technology:  As a place apart, Holden encourages volunteers and staff to enjoy community life without handheld technology. Internet access is not available and we request that use of electronic devices (aside from cameras) be limited to your room. 

Worship: Holden invites all volunteers to participate in the rhythms of the Village by attending nightly Vespers services. Though rooted in Lutheran practice, these services are welcoming to people of all spiritual backgrounds.

Questions about Work Weeks? Contact Staffing.