Holden Youth Weekends


Holden Youth Weekends

The Holden Youth Weekends are a series of weekend high school youth retreats held in May at Holden Village, a Lutheran retreat center nestled in the mountains above Lake Chelan.

Update on the Holden Youth Weekends

The event has been postponed while Holden Village’s programming is affected by a major mine remediation project (completion unknown) and the massive Wolverine Fire (summer 2015). Accordingly, no event is planned for 2016.

Any events beyond summer 2016 will be announced upon mutual agreement between Trinity Lutheran College and Holden Village, who remain committed to working together on the future of these and other youth-oriented programs.

What are the Holden Youth Weekends?

The Holden Youth Weekends are retreat events for high school youth groups and their leaders, held at beautiful Holden Village, nestled in the beautiful Cascade Mountains. The program includes large group sessions (often involving a guest speaker and/or music leader), small group conversations, a service project, and free time activities. There are opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, including an afternoon hike to see a high mountain lake, mountains, and wildlife. Holden also has a recreation center, ice cream parlor, and plenty of space to sit and enjoy the beauty of God’s creation!

The Holden Youth Weekends are sponsored by Trinity Lutheran College, in partnership with Holden Village.

What and where is Holden Village?

Holden Village is nestled in a remote area of the Cascade Mountains in north-central Washington above Lake Chelan. Once a mining village, Holden is now a year-round Lutheran retreat center, surrounded by snow-capped mountain peaks and a rushing stream. Part of the Holden experience is traveling there on a beautiful boat ride up Lake Chelan from Field’s Point Landing to Lucerne, where buses meet the boat and transport participants 11 miles up the mountain to the village. At Holden, you will find yourself in a beautiful place “set apart,” free of telephones, televisions, and fast food restaurants. It’s a perfect place for youth to slow down and enjoy God’s creation! Information about the Village, including driving directions can be found on their website: www.holdenvillage.org.

Who can participate?

This event is designed for high school youth in grades 9-12. All registrations must be made with a congregational youth group. Churches must send one adult (age 21+) per seven youth.

Cost and registration

In the past, the cost of the event has been $150-170. The registration fee covers boat transportation to Holden Village, lodging (two nights), meals while at Holden, program costs, and materials. Participants are responsible for their transportation to and from Chelan.

Registration materials are posted on this page when events are announced.

For more information

For more information or questions about this event, contact Rev. Dave Ellingson, Professor of Children, Youth & Family Studies at Trinity Lutheran College, at 425.249.4722 or david.ellingson@tlc.edu.