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'Holden on the Road' Comes to Trinity Lutheran Seminary in July 2013

Holden Village is launching a new program this summer to allow people across the country a chance to sample what daily life is like at the remote, Lutheran retreat center, located high in the North Cascade Mountains of Washington state.

“Holden on the Road” – up to a week of Holden-style program and worship – will be held in partnership with a variety of sites in California, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Oregon and South Dakota.

Thousands of people from around the world visit Holden Village annually. Visiting the village requires a boat ride up Lake Chelan – the third deepest lake in the country – and then an 11-mile bus ride up a steep and winding mountain road.

Originally a mining town, the village is being impacted by a massive, federally mandated cleanup of pollution on adjacent land – the legacy of long-ago mining operations. Because of heavy construction, the village will be able to host only volunteer workers and staff for the next two summers. “Holden on the Road” was developed to provide a Holden-style experience for previous visitors – members of the Holden community – as well as those who have never been to the village.

Partnering sites vary from spectacular natural settings to dynamic urban neighborhoods. In all cases, organizers are developing programming that will be diverse and stimulating, open to groups, families and individuals. As at Holden, there will be options for outdoor recreation, arts and crafts, Bible study and communal daily worship.

“Holden on the Road” venues and dates are: ARC Retreat Center, Stanchfield, Minn., June 21-23 and 28-30; Camp House, Brimson, Minn., June 23-28; Mt. Cross Camp, Ben Lomond, Calif., June 30-July 5; Koinonia NY, Highland Lake, NY, July 15-21; Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio, July 21-24, 2013; Koinonia Retreat Center, South Haven, Minn., July 26-28; Camp Lutherwood Oregon, Cheshire, Ore., Aug. 11-16; Outlaw Ranch, Custer, S.D., Aug. 12-18.

Teaching staff coordinators at each site are recruiting presenters for sessions on topics that may include science, holistic health, theology, social justice, arts and literature. Sessions about Holden will also be scheduled with information about the village’s mission and values and its emphasis on environmental stewardship during the disruption of mine remediation.

More information is available on the Holden website,

Download the Holden on the Road at Trinity Lutheran Seminary flyer below:

Holden On The Road at Trinity Lutheran Seminary


Cost to register is $175 for adults, $100 for youth 17 and under. $500 family maximum. If housing is needed, cost is an additional $100 per room.

Please direct any inquiries to Sara Cogsil at 1-866-610-8571 during the office hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Inquiries are also welcomed through email at Registration will be open until May 31st, but early registration is recommended due to limited space.