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Lifelong Learning


Holden Village is a community where questions are valued and encouraged.

Holden Village invites teaching faculty from around the globe to engage in conversations about visual and performing arts, the sciences, theology, diversity, inclusion and racial justice, global and domestic social issues, and more. 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.

Teaching Faculty applications for the 2023 summer season have closed. The 2024 faculty application cycle will open this upcoming fall. Looking for a list of the 2023 Summer Faculty? Hover over the “Program” tab at the top of your screen for a drop down menu. 

Summer Programming

Join us this summer and engage your body, mind, and spirit through artistic expression, embodied practices, and teaching sessions surrounding the most salient issues of our time with our acclaimed 2023 summer teaching faculty.

Teaching sessions are scheduled Monday-Thursday as part of our Cohort Model. 

Arts Programming

The Arts have played an integral role in Holden’s mission throughout the Village’s history. From music, to writing, to visual art, Holden has a rich tradition of fostering artistry in both professional and everyday artists.

Holden’s Art Studios are staffed year-round and offer opportunities for weaving, pottery, and more. Open studio time is available, and classes for beginners are held often, especially during the summer months.

Environmental Learning

Holden offers environmental learning sessions led by the Village Naturalist. There are educational sessions during the summer months and occasional sessions throughout the year. Past sessions have included fire ecology hikes, mine remediation walks, plant identification walks, and observations of macroinvertebrates in Railroad Creek.

Children and Youth Programs

Holden Village is committed to providing fun, educational, and appropriate programming for children and youth.

During the summer months, Holden offers educational programs for children and youth ages 4 – 17. Children ages 4 -11 are invited to attend children’s programs, which occur each weekday in the summer from 8:30 am – 12:00 pm. Programs for children include nature walks, time for music, crafts, games, and more. Youth programs are available in the afternoons and some evenings for ages 12 – 17.

Holden will not offer programming for children ages 0-3 for summer 2022. If programming is offered for children ages 0-3,  parents or guardians will need to be present.

All programs aim to increase knowledge of the self and others, and aim to provide plenty of opportunities for hilarity. Children and youth are welcome to visit Holden with their families and friends between September and May, but Holden does not provide any structured programs for children and youth during this time due to staff and space constraints.

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A Village Renewed

Throughout our history, Holden Village has depended on both the hard work of volunteers and the generous financial support of thousands of individuals who are passionate about our mission, vision, and values.

Because it is expensive to operate a remote mountain Village, guest fees cover only 60% of the cost of a visit. When you donate to Holden Village, your gift makes up the difference and sustains this unique place in the wilderness. Your support helps us expand welcome to those who have yet to visit.

Your gift helps people build and practice community both within the Village and in the greater world. Thank you!