Springhouse Community School is a living laboratory for reimagining education. Daily, we strive to be an environment that allows for the emergent by creating structures that invite and cultivate possibility. In our multi-generational learning community, we engage daily with questions that are rooted in our values, such as: 

  • How do we create a culture that is oriented around connection, and at the same time, respects individuality? 

  • How do we cultivate the trust and resiliency needed to allow for possibility to emerge? 

  • What are the skills needed to to be truly creative?

  • How do we live in ways that honor our deepest gifts and, at the same time, serve the communities that we live with? 

Albert Einstein wrote, “Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.” In a culture that fosters the myth of disconnection and separation, Springhouse is seeking to grow a new (but ancient) possibility – one that reminds us that we are connected. We do belong. We are not alone. We are a born with a purpose; with unique gifts that the world needs. There is meaning in this life and we can trust that. This is rigorous daily work that requires risk, self awareness, humility, and working together. 

If you look up the Latin root for the word emerge, it means to “bring forth, to bring into the light.” Interestingly, the Latin root of educate means to “bring out, or to lead forth.” They sure sound similar, don’t they? The educational experience many of us have had included filling our heads with content that is then memorized and tested. So much research today tells us that we need much more than that if we are to face and transform our ecological challenges. The world needs the gifts we are born with, and those gifts remain hidden, until they are invited forth into the light.

In this LIVING LABORATORY you will explore:



Learning skills to navigate ambiguity by cultivating patience, trust, and the ability to be present.



Learning how to care for, and cultivate, newly emerging ideas or ways of being as well as cultivating new ways of knowing and seeing.



Learning how to be bold, courageous, and empathetic as we write a new (ancient) story of connection and care in our culture.

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, Haley 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.

Well Residency

This is an option to dive straight into our living laboratory for a year. You will join us as not only an observer, but an active learner, contributing daily to creating a structure that invites and cultivates possibility. In this residency, you will:

  • Learn about mentoring, be mentored yourself, and also mentor youth in our program

  • Be a part of the curriculum planning process with the Springhouse team

  • Facilitate courses that you are passionate about in one of the Six Fields of Study

  • Participate in adult programming

  • Study emergence, transformative education, and psycho-spiritual development

  • And much, much more!


Please contact Head of School, Jenny Finn, if you are interested in learning more about this transformative residency program or click here.

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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

(540) 651-4673