Work Weeks

a week of work, community and recreation

Join us for a week of work, relaxation and worship. 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.

2020 Work Weeks

As of Friday April 10th, Holden’s board of directors and executive director team have made the decision to keep Holden closed through the August 31st due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This was a challenging decision given all the hopes we (and so many others) had for this summer season, but Holden must prioritize the health & safety of this community and the broader world. As of August 2020, the Holden Board and executive directors opted to keep the Village closed to guests and large groups of staff the end of October. 

Thus, both Spring and Fall Work Weeks are cancelled. We hope you consider applying for our 2021 Work Weeks  We will post updates, and applications, on the website once we have more information regarding 2021. 

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.