Transformation and Adulthood: The Emergence of Self

There is in all visible things an invisible fecundity, a dimmed light, a meek namelessness, a hidden wholeness. This mysterious Unity and Integrity is Wisdom, the mother of all, natura naturans. ~Thomas Merton What does it take to step into something new? How do we learn to embrace change and open to possibility? This is a delicate process, as letting go of old ways of being can be disturbing, and unsettling. Out of fear of the unknown, we often simply resort to the comfortable. As adults, we can become more, and more, comfortable with past ways of knowing. The difference with adult learners, it seems, is that we have just had a longer period of time to turn old ideas into patterns of li

The World is Our Classroom

At Springhouse, we envision a culture of lifelong learning where people feel true belonging to themselves, their community, and the Earth. We are reimagining what school looks like. Taking education outside the classroom and beyond the walls of the school is the only way we can build real connections with our community and the natural world. As a staff, we value the Earth as a teacher, a healer, and a source of inspiration, but there is also research demonstrating quantitative educational benefits of time spent outdoors. In 2010, the National Wildlife Foundation published a comprehensive report examining research that looks at the impact of time spent outside the classroom and in the outdoor

Continuing the Conversation: Recovering the Sacred in Education

Education becomes spiritual whenever a lesson - irrespective of the subject being taught - moves beyond a mundane level to grapple with issues surrounding the fundamental meaning and purpose of life. ~ Andrew Wright Learning When my son was in elementary school, one morning he said, “I don’t want to go to school. I hate learning.” This is from a child who held bees in his hand, knew how to weld, knitted scarves, and was a third-grader reading at the fifth or even sixth grade level. My son did not hate to learn. He did not want to learn in transmissive ways, where he is considered empty and needs to be filled with knowledge. He loved to learn in the backyard, where he set traps and wai

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