Principles and Values

Our Guiding Principles


Take Care of Vulnerability

Welcoming vulnerability leads to authentic relationships and a deeper intimacy with ourselves, each other, and the Earth.


Cultivate Personhood

Personhood becomes a gift to the world when it is strengthened in body, heart, and mind and given opportunities to express itself fully and courageously.


Build Beloved Community

The greatest currency we have is community. The principles of beloved community guide relationships within the learning community and in the larger communities in which they are embedded.


Respect the Ways the Earth Works

The wisdom in the living system of the Earth is at the heart of vitality-centered design. When practiced, it can lead to more vital and interdependent learning communities.


Love and Serve Others

Learning communities that practice these principles are prepared to serve the world with the courage, creativity, clarity, and compassion needed to meet the current challenges we face.

Our Values


    • We value connection with self, each other, and the Earth. We care for ourselves so that we can be of greater service to our community and committed stewards of the Earth.


    • We value complexity and see individuality and diversity as a part of life. We see each person as unique with a gift to offer this world, and we understand that the acceptance and inclusion of difference leads to authentic expression and a stronger community.


    • We value the innate creativity and possibility for transformation in all that is living. We invite curiosity through hands-on learning, adventure, and asking questions, and understand that this openness to newness is the foundation of creativity.


    • We value the courage it takes to move toward challenge as an opportunity for learning and growth, and we understand the importance of learning skills to navigate difficulty and vulnerability.


    • We value the integrity that comes from being honest with oneself and with each other. We understand that we are responsible for ourselves and cultivate the discipline it takes to tend to our personal growth and serve the world around us accordingly.


    • We value the unknown and have faith in our human potential. We understand that, for what is true to emerge in any context, we must trust ourselves, each other, and the journey itself.