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Flourishing in the Field

September 11, 2023 - September 15, 2023


Artist-activists, educators, and faith leaders Paul Vasile, Maren Haynes Marchesini, and Leah Silvieus will facilitate this five-day retreat exploring topics of collaboration, connection, joy, purpose, rest, and repair. This retreat will be enriching for those seeking ways to incorporate creativity and play into everyday life, those leading or participating in organizations seeking to build communities, and those hoping to recover their sense of purpose and excitement. You can read more on Flourishing in the Field’s blog and Music That Makes Community’s website.

You are invited to arrive on Sunday, September 10th or Monday, September 11th, with retreat programming beginning on the 11th.

About the Faculty

Paul Vasile (He/Him) is a church musician, consultant, composer, and teacher who finds his greatest joy in collaborative and community-centered ministry. Committed to modeling expansive, imaginative, and hospitable experiences of music-making wherever he goes, Paul’s leadership builds trust, invites spaces of creativity, vulnerability, and play, and supports practices of reflection and holistic learning. He is currently Executive Director of Music that Makes Community.

Dr. Maren Haynes-Marchesini (She/Her) serves as Director of Worship & Music at Hope Lutheran Church in Bozeman, Montana. Maren is a choral director, cellist, vocalist, composer and scholar with broad-ranging musical interests. She holds a PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of Washington where she focused on megachurches, gender, and ritual, and she continues scholarly work in Christian music, ethics, and community, including a current research project at Holden Village.

Leah Silvieus (she/her) is the author most recently of the poetry collection Arabilis and is the co-editor of The World I Leave You: Asian American Poets on Faith and Spirit. She holds degrees from Whitworth University, the University of Miami, and Yale Divinity School.

How to Sign-Up

On the Visit Holden page, scroll down to Visit in the Spring, Autumn, or Winter and click on Make a Reservation under the trio of photos.

You’ll see a calendar where you can select an arrival date (Sunday, September 10th or Monday, September 11th) and ending date (September 15th). The reservation system will calculate your rate. Your completed reservation serves as the registration fee for the retreat! A scholarship fund is available. You are encouraged to fill out this form to request tuition support.

Also, be sure to book your travel by boat uplake to Holden Village (on the Lady of the Lake) and downlake to Chelan or Field’s Point (on the Lady of the Lake, Lady Express, or the Stehekin Ferry).

If you have questions about the program, contact Paul Vasile at paul@musicthatmakescommunity.org.


September 11, 2023
September 15, 2023


Holden Village is a community where your questions are valued and encouraged. Most programs led by visiting teaching faculty occur during the summer months. However, Holden also invites faculty to teach sessions for special events and retreats throughout the rest of the year.
Check out a list of the 2024 Summer Faculty.