Regenerative Cultural Design

Why do you weep?

The source is within you

And this whole world is springing up from it.


Springhouse is a long-term experiment in regenerative cultural design. Through ongoing experience in place over time, Sourced Design emerged as a model of regenerative, life-giving culture.

Sourced Design is a model of regenerative culture. Springhouse is one example of this model in action. To be in service to a regenerative culture is to commit to re-growing and re-building a culture that is connected to and takes care of the vitality in ourselves, one another, and the Earth. To do this, we must have the tools we need to start with ourselves and build a beloved community and a life-giving culture from there.
A regenerative culture takes care of vitality, especially where life is vulnerable. This culture has three essential components that are fostered by three essential practices. In a regenerative culture, vitality-centered development is supported by a vitality-centered educational design; there is a shared generative purpose that binds and guides a community; and culture happens when we commit in place over time. These components of a regenerative culture grow with the following practices: cultivating personhood, building beloved community, and remembering the wisdom of the Earth.

The Lab

A two-month virtual program for those who wish to build regenerative culture, beginning with themselves and their communities

Learn more about the Lab

The Certificate Program

A two-year certificate program for adults to study Regenerative Cultural Design and Practice

Learn more about the Certificate Program

The Practice Group

A virtual program for those who are participating or have participated in the Lab and want continued support and practice with Sourced Design

Learn more about the Practice Group

Sourced Design Lab

The Lab is a program of Springhouse – an example of creating a vital culture through vitality-centered education. This is an opportunity to learn more about the model that was inspired from the ongoing experiment at Springhouse.

The Lab happens three times a year at Springhouse (fall, winter, and summer) and consists of three 2-hour virtual workshops in each series that explore the challenge of degenerative or declining culture; the components and practices of a regenerative culture; and the practice of committing in place over time. This Lab is for those who want to take the first step in learning more about this model of regenerative culture.

Upcoming Labs:

  • Fall 2022 – October 15th, November 12th, December 10th
  • Winter/Spring 2023 – February 11th, March 18th, April 8th
  • Summer 2023 – June 10th, July 8th, August 12th

**The Lab is a prerequisite for the Certificate Program

If you are interested in participating in the Sourced Design Lab, please adhere to the following process:

  1. Fill out this interest form and questionnaire.
  2. Set up a 30-minute follow-up call with H Leopold (they/them), one of the Lab facilitators (instructions will be shared upon completing the interest form).
  3. If it is determined that you would be a good fit for the Lab and that the Lab is something you feel committed to, a registration form will be sent to you, which includes information about financial contribution. Our economic model is regenerative, rooted in trust, transparency, and relationship, where money is not a barrier to participation.

Sourced Design Practice Group

The Sourced Design Practice Group is an opportunity for those who are participating or have participated in the Sourced Design Lab to further develop practices that build regenerative culture and support their vitality-centered development. Practice Group sessions will coincide with each Lab. There will be three 2-hour virtual meetings (1-3pm ET) in each session that allow for individuals to further apply what they are learning about Sourced Design. The program includes the following components:

  • Courageous conversations with regenerative culture builders who are applying Sourced Design principles in their lives and work
  • Opportunities to generate practices that support regenerative culture and vitality-centered development
  • Invitations to apply the practices in your own life with the support of peer mentoring and community
  • Small group reflection that informs your continued development and practice

Upcoming Practice Groups:

  • Fall 2022 – October 19th, November 16th, November 30th
  • Winter/Spring 2023 – February 15th, March 15th, March 29th
  • Summer 2023 – June 28th, July 12th, August 2nd
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The Certificate Program in Regenerative Cultural Design and Practice

Springhouse offers a certificate program for adults to study Regenerative Cultural Design and Practice. This two-year program is for adults who want to build regenerative culture using the Sourced Design model. The program includes the following components of study and practice:

  • Fortification work that supports the practitioner’s vitality-centered development through assessment, reflection, and celebration
  • Courses that explore three areas of study including vitality and human development; cultural models and leverage points; and spiritual ecology and living systems principles
  • Opportunities to practice building regenerative culture in place through a two-year long project
  • Mentorship where participants receive feedback from a loving and committed community

The certificate program is facilitated by Dr. Jenny Finn, Springhouse Executive Director, and Sarah Merfeld, Springhouse Director of Programs.

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2023-2025 Program Application Deadline: May 1st, 2023

Year 1 Dates: September 5th, 2023 – May 24th, 2024
Year 2 Dates: September 3rd, 2024 – May 23rd, 2025

Prerequisite: Sourced Design Lab