Holden Village is a Christian renewal center set in the pristine wilderness of the Cascade Mountain Range near Lake Chelan, Washington. Holden is a unique place where people from all walks of life come together to live in community and be called, equipped, and sent by God—all while having lots of fun along the way. Volunteer opportunities range widely, and include just about any position necessary to the self-sufficient function of a remote wilderness worshiping community. These positions include utility maintenance, “garbology,” laundry, housekeeping, trails crew, and grounds as well as positions that more directly serve the visitors to the village such as craft coordinators, cooks, medics, and musicians.
Holden is run entirely by volunteers, and is always in need of short-term volunteers (3 weeks to 6 months) and long-term staff (1 year commitment). The majority of short-term volunteers are needed between April and October, when the Village swells to a size of around 500 people. Applications for the summer season are accepted after January 1st. Volunteers are also needed during winter, when the village population shrinks to around 100. Applications for long-term positions are accepted throughout the year. The minimum amount of time from receipt of all your materials to the time when a decision will be made is about 3-4 weeks, but the process sometimes takes a few months.
Luther has often offered J-term courses at Holden on Environmental Ethics with professors Jim Martin-Schramm and Jon Jensen. Many Luther students have come to know and love Holden through these trips and through other summer visits and volunteering.