Winter Term 2013-2014 at Holden Village, WA
Forget what is. Discover what might be.
Holden Term is a domestic "foreign term" going to a Lutheran wilderness retreat center near North Cascades National Park, WA. What's so foreign about Holden Term? Well, for the weeks we are at Holden, you won't be checking email-there is no internet access. At Holden, there are no phones, no TVs, no radios. Holden Village is so remote people can only get there by boat. There are no paved roads, no automobiles, no strip malls, no rush hour commutes.
No rush hour: that's why people go to Holden Village. Holden attracts people who live in the modern world and are looking for something better. In the winter, the Village fills with people of all kinds who are attracted to what Holden offers. Like fast food (homemade bread available 24/7!). Like coffee and tea (better than Starbucks!). Like how everything slows down when people get around on foot (except for sledding, which seriously speeds up!). Everyone enjoys a community life marked by friendship, merriment, and work that really matters. Night time entertainments are lots of fun, too, played out under a vault of twinkling stars.
If Holden Village sounds like a portal to the past, we suspect it's really a window on the future. In the search for a sustainable future on this planet, we think there are lessons to be learned from places like Holden Village.
Holden in Brief
The Courses: 3 + 1
History 334 (Lendol Calder): Social & Cultural History of America (PP)
Communication Studies 410 (Sharon Varallo): Communication, Time and Technology (PS)
Religion 325 (Laura Hartman): Environmental Ethics
Holden 300 (Lendol Calder): 1-credit Learning Community
5 Weeks on Campus, 5 Weeks at Holden: Students will enroll in all three courses as well as the 1-credit seminar. Courses will begin on campus in November/December and will move with the group to Holden Village in early January, where the remainder of the program will take place. Students will travel to and from Washington by train, bus, and ferry boat. At Holden Village the line between class and social time, chores and learning will be blurred as Holden Termers will be expected to live by a covenant of shared responsibilities to the group and the village itself.
Everyone welcome: Holden Term is open to all sophomores, juniors and seniors regardless of major. Courses offered cover several graduation requirements and Holden Term carries an LC (Learning Community) designation. Students enrolling in this program may also enroll in other December courses. Holden Village welcomes all people as God's children regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age or political opinion.
The tentative program fee for the Winter Term at Holden Village Program is $13,000, roughly $1,750 below the cost of Winter Term on campus. This fee includes tuition, transportation, lodging and meals. It does not include room & board on campus for the first half of Winter Term.
The next Holden Term program is anticipated for Winter 2015-2016.