Showing Up and Building a Community

As I considered what to write about in this blog submission, a plethora of ideas all flooded my mind. I am a board member at Springhouse and a parent of a currently enrolled student, and I have taken both a shadow class and a teen parenting class at the school. So I certainly could write about a number of different things, but I think I will simply share a recent story about my son. I am the parent of an amazing, incredibly bright, super creative, and impulsive soon-to-be 14-year-old boy. He has always possessed certain qualities since he was born, and it has been fascinating and exhausting to watch how his high levels of energy and needs for stimulation have evolved over the years. Afte

Project-Based Learning at Springhouse

Springhouse Community School fosters emotional well being, stability, and confidence in students through a teaching methodology that promotes learning by doing. Project-Based Learning empowers students to learn through making projects that may combine language arts, math, science, history, and research skills. These projects will often apply to solving real world challenges and culminate with the student having to share their projects to a public audience. It is an innovative approach that is fun, engaging, and sparks a lifelong passion and love for learning. Students are encouraged to creatively collaborate with each other and to reach out into the community for mentorship on projects they

Being Prepared after High School

What does it mean to be prepared upon leaving high school? Over the past several years, the leadership team at Springhouse has worked hard to create a program that prepares students for life after high school. But what does it actually mean to be prepared for this next stage of life? This question has been a north star for us as we have created, delivered, and evolved our curriculum. In fact, we have built our program around it. In the process, we have identified three main areas in which we strive to prepare students - knowledge, skills, and dispositions. Knowledge Unlike most conventional schools, we do not expect our students to memorize a set body of knowledge. In an era in which mo

Why We Dance at Springhouse

We have come to be danced not the pretty dance not the pretty pretty, pick me, pick me dance but the claw our way back into the belly of the sacred, sensual animal dance the unhinged, unplugged, cat is out of its box dance the holding the precious moment in the palms of our hands and feet dance ~Jewel Mathieson Dance is an integral part of the Springhouse community. We dance twice a week as a school and Springhouse offers an evening dance class for adults. Dean of students, Jenny Finn, introduced dance at Springhouse. Her training is largely based upon Gabrielle Roth’s 5 Rhythms dance practice. People often ask why we dance at Springhouse. I struggle to find a way to respond. How

Invitations for Presence: Reflections on the Well Program at Springhouse

This past term of The Well program was my first immersion in the Springhouse community. I feel a deep sense of gratitude for this journey we shared and the many opportunities we had for emotions to be looked at and tenderly held, to sit and whisper our heart’s desire to the land, and to dance in our wildness. I was invited to show up in our circle each week in ways that were sometimes new and different, and always insightful once surrendered to. The invitations to explore different aspects of my awareness and to share my personal experience with a group of warm hearts and open ears holding space for this exploration brought me into a vulnerable place each time we came together. This practice

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