Grünewald Guild

grunewald19003 River Road
Leavenworth, WA 98826
Jim and Vonda Drees, Directors



The mission of the Grünewald Guild is to welcome and inspire all who seek to explore the relationships between art, faith & community.

Core ValuesGrünewald Guild - summer

The Grünewald Guild believes in the transformational power of the arts.  In support of this value, we provide a nurturing environment for creative discovery and artistic expression.

Rooted in the ecumenical Christian tradition, the Grünewald Guild welcomes seekers of all faith backgrounds, and respects the diverse spiritual paths that often lead to our open door.

Life in community is at the heart of the Grünewald Guild – a foundation for inspiration.  Guests, volunteers, and staff alike engage in shared experiences of creative expression, rest, work, play and reflection.

At the Grünewald Guild, our staff and volunteers take pride in offering genuine hospitality; ensuring our guests are cared for in a friendly manner, nourished by healthy food, in a clean, comfortable, welcoming environment.

The Grünewald Guild practices sustainability.  This value is embodied through attention to caring for the earth and her gifts, and through sound financial practices and thoughtful stewardship of the gifts of time, talent and financial resources that are offered by a vast community of love and support.

Grünewald Guild - winterThe Grünewald Guild is an arts education nonprofit retreat center nestled on 14 acres of Cascadian woodland, bordered by the Wenatchee River in the Plain Valley of Washington. Snowcapped peaks, rushing waters and sweet smelling ponderosa pine welcome, inspire, and create an environment in which people come to learn, to grow, and to explore the relationships between art, faith and community.

In order to facilitate and serve as a resource for this exploration, throughout the year the Guild offers art classes and workshops in our studios and contemplative spaces. When there is no scheduled programming, our facilities are available to be booked by groups or individuals for retreats, personal study, workshops, reunions, etc.

Core staff members both live and work at the Guild. This meaningful and ongoing community supports the sacred space for creativity. While rooted in an ecumenical Christian faith, the Guild embraces people of all journeys and traditions, recognizing the rich fullness that comes with hospitality that practices mutual respect, ensures safety and develops trust.

What we increasingly hear from people who come to know life at the Guild is that a place like the Guild is important and greatly needed, especially today.  People need times of rest, respite and reflection. They need spaces in which to experience contemplation, creativity and community. From this nurturing environment emerge new ways of living, being and moving throughout this world.

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Other Information
Some stay to be year-round community; most come for a week or two and return renewed and encouraged to spread new visions of art and faith in their own communities of faith. Throughout the fall, winter and spring, various artists-in-residence programs, retreats, and courses for seminary students are offered. As a result of their time invested at the Guild many are energized to live out their mission in and to the world more authentically than when they arrived.

Open Positions
Grunewald Guild seeks interns in Art Studio Management, Media and Photography and Community and Hospitality.
See CIVA Job Page, or the Grunewald Guild’s Website for details.

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