Generative Economic Model

About Our Model

The unique Springhouse economic model emerged as a result of practicing the vitality-centered Sourced Design principles for eight years. In our new model, we aim to dismantle the notion of education as a commodity by radically shifting the way we view money. This economic model is grounded in trust, transparency and relationship.

We trust ourselves, each other, the community and the Mystery to sustain and support Springhouse.
We value transparency as an integral way to grow and heal. We share transparently on the Springhouse budget and financial needs as well as offer invitations to consider supporting our growing community.
We take care of our resources by tending to the Earth, our community, and our own relationship to money.
“The Dead Sea in the Middle East receives fresh water, but it has no outlet, so it doesn’t pass the water out. It receives beautiful water from the rivers, and the water goes dank. I mean, it just goes bad. And that’s why it is the Dead Sea. It receives and does not give. In the end generosity is the best way of becoming more, more, and more joyful.” ― Desmond Tutu

One of the pillars of our economic model is transparency. We value transparency as an integral way to build relationships and trust. We share transparently what Springhouse gives, what Springhouse needs to support our offerings and growing community, as well as our budget.

What Springhouse Gives

Springhouse offers vitality-centered programs for pre-teens, teens, adults, and for those interested specifically in practicing vitality-centered design.

Teens: Tending to the ecocentric development of adolescents through coming of age programs and full time day school. 

  • Coming of Age programs (Tides, Ridgelines, Blue Ridge Passage)
  • Day School (For 12-18 year old learners)

Adults: Tending to the ecocentric development of adults by offering opportunities to explore the mysteries of nature and soul and how to bring this into one’s work in the world.

  • Soul-centered practices
  • The Well
  • Cultural Design Fellowship

Design: Building a vitality-centered design global network of learners and practitioners interested in putting vitality at the front and center of their personal and collective design

  • Sourced Design Lab (3-month course)
  • Sourced Design Immersion (8-month immersion)
  • Sourced Design Network
What Springhouse Needs

Each month Springhouse shares transparently about our resources in terms of the people that support us, the physical resources we have and the money we spend and receive.

People – Relationships
To thrive, Springhouse needs people–teens and adults who are learning together through our programs; people giving of their time to support the life of Springhouse and its network; and people attending community events and receiving various services offered by Springhouse.

Physical Resources- Place-Based 
To thrive, Springhouse needs a place, and physical resources to carry out its mission. This includes our beautiful home on 11-acres of land in the Blue Ridge mountains and resources to support our learning and sharing of that learning with others.

To thrive, Springhouse needs money. Springhouse’s generative economic model is rooted in trust, transparency, and relationship. Education, living and learning, is not a commodity. We ask anyone contributing to Springhouse, to contribute to the whole of Springhouse, not as a transaction.

The Springhouse Budget

Every year our staff and board come together to create our next fiscal year budget. This process is responsive, emergent and needs-based. Each line in the budget is carefully considered with both the program impact and resources in mind. We strive to create a sustainable budget to support Springhouse and its expanding needs.

2021-2022 Fiscal Year Total Income & Expenses: $366k