Sourced Design

The source is within you.

And this whole world is springing up from it.


Sourced Design: The Five Principles

Take Care of Vulnerability

Four elements: a place - a community - new practices - a mentor

Cultivate Personhood

Three practices: get to know your body - get to know the sacred - grow self-awareness

Build Beloved Community

Three practices: respect individuality - foster unity - take care of relationships

Learn from the Earth

Three practices: build an example - share the message - sustain through a strong network

Love and Serve Others

Three practices: accept reality - follow your call - keep going

Springhouse is the home of Sourced Design. Sourced Design guides us as we practice taking better care of Life, starting with our own. Teens and adults practice these principles in our school community, and we share the principles through Sourced Press and the Sourced Design Lab.

Life pushes back against a story that excludes it

Meg Wheatley

Sourced Design invites Life back in where it has been excluded – in a person, a community, or place. This design is older than the Earth and has been practiced for centuries by people who have no choice but to rely on the power of Life in a world that continues to exclude them from it. They show us that when Life is excluded, we can choose to include it. We just need to be more courageous and intentional with the design.
Life sustains us and heals us. Life is the only thing that can ultimately transform us. To live better, we must intentionally partner with Life. Sourced Design guides us to take better care of life in a person, a community, and beyond.

Sourced Design Lab

The Sourced Design Lab is a two-month virtual program for those who want to learn more about Sourced Design. The Lab happens three times a year (fall, winter, and summer) and consists of three two-hour virtual workshops that explore the need for these principles in our culture today, what it means to start with ourselves when it comes to this design, and how this design supports culture-building. The Lab is an introduction for those who are curious and want to learn more about Sourced Design.

Upcoming Labs:

  • Summer 2023 – June 10th, July 8th, August 12th
  • Fall 2023 – October 14th, November 11th, December 9th
  • Spring 2024 – February 24th, March 23rd, April 20th
  • Summer 2024 – June 15th, July 13th, August 10th

**The Lab is a prerequisite for the Sourced Design Program for adults

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 15-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.