“Imagination may be the most essential, uniquely human capacity -
creating both the dead-end crises of our time and the doorway through them.“
- Bill Plotkin


Springhouse Community School is a living laboratory, a place to develop and practice, a new educational design. A 'springhouse' is a structure that protects, contains, and makes useful the source, which in the case of a 'springhouse' is water. The educational design that Springhouse is an example of provides structure that ultimately encourages and supports adolescents to be engaged, creative, and empathetic citizens at a time when they are desperately needed. 


The educational design at Springhouse is rooted in living systems principles or in other words, principles that are rooted in the way the Earth lives. The Earth (including humans!) is creative, cyclical, and whole. It is part of a much larger universal system and works in cooperation with it. Educational design rooted in this wisdom leads to creative, committed, and cooperative people–people living into their potential to be of service to the whole. 


For those looking to reimagine education by designing structures that support creative and healthier ways of being in the world, Springhouse Community School is a living laboratory to experience a new educational design in action. Though new, this design is rooted in principles that are universal and ancient in their wisdom.


For more information, please visit www.springhousecommunityschool.org, or better yet, come visit us! You can learn more about how to do that below. 

Visit the School

One-Day and Multi-Day Visits

Come and visit the school for a day or more. During your visit, you will:

  • Observe courses that incorporate phenomena- and project-based learning where learners learn in integrated and holistic ways

  • Meet with the Springhouse team to learn about the Springhouse curricular and pedagogical structure

  • Talk with learners about the gifts and challenges of learning in an environment that orients around possibility

  • Observe the Community Internship and Apprenticeship Program and talk with the local organizations about how a school can strengthen community

  • Learn about adolescent development, Rites of Passage, and the importance of mentoring in learning and growing


Please contact our Head of Curriculum Design, H Leopold, for more information or to schedule your visit!


Do any of the following questions apply to you?

  • Are you a college or university professor looking to expand your internship or practicum options for students?

  • Are you a student looking for a new and challenging placement in education, counseling, social work, or any discipline connected to creating healthy culture?

  • Are you looking for Gap Year opportunities in a community of lifelong learners committed to creating healthy and connected culture?

  • Are you looking to apprentice in Rites of Passage work with adolescents and young adults?


A Springhouse internship might be the thing for you! Please contact Sarah Merfeld, our Director of Sustainability and Community Programs, to learn more about this program.

Sourced Design

Immersive Learning Lab

The Immersive Learning Lab gives those who wish to boldly redesign education the support they need by offering principles to guide them, and a design community to learn from, and create with. The Lab happens every trimester at Springhouse (fall, winter, and summer) and consists of three 2-hour workshops (described below), practice work, and peer mentoring in between workshops. Participants must sign up for the whole series as they are progressive in nature. Though workshops will be recorded, it is strongly encouraged to attend in person virtually.


All labs will be held from 10am-12pm EST

Cohort 1, Fall 2020 Dates:

October 10, November 14, December 12

Visit the Sourced Design website and learn more about Sourced and the Immersive Learning Lab!

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Springhouse Community School is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. It is also a community of people with respect for diversity. The school emphasizes the dignity and equality common to all persons and adheres to a strict nondiscrimination policy regarding the treatment of individual faculty, staff, students, family members, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors. Springhouse is an equal opportunity employer. In accord with federal law and applicable Virginia statutes, the school does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, disability, or status as a veteran in employment or in any program or activity offered or sponsored by the school.

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144 Silver Maple Lane, Pilot, VA 24138

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