Teaching Faculty

Desta Goehner

Desta is a lifelong Los Angeles -area Lutheran. She accompanies people at the intersections of contemplative activism, co-creating a culture of ‘Beloved Community’ grounded in love, curiosity, and meaning-making, in a space where everybody is free. She has served for over 25 years in Lutheran outdoor ministry, congregational youth ministry, and at California Lutheran University. She currently serves as Director of Seminary Relations and Leadership Formation at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. Desta is married to an ELCA pastor with three kids. She creates brave sacred space to explore where and how God/Spirit/Divine shows up. She brings deep listening skills, silence, chimes, music, contemplative + spiritual practices, meditation, guided imagery, sacred readings, and Scripture as guides on the journey.

  • July 29 - August 1
    • Personal Growth
    • Racial Justice
    • Spirituality


      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.