Sourced Design

“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost.” ~ Martha Graham

Sourced Design emerged from seven years of experimentation at Springhouse and provides five vitality-centered principles to guide and support educators and culture creators.

Our commitment:

We listen deeply to the wisdom of the moment and respond by creating an emergent living design that awakens and sustains vitality in young people and their communities. Through the Sourced Design Lab we share what we are learning from the design while also learning from others in the process.

Sourced Design Lab

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” ~Martin Luther King Jr.

The Sourced Design Lab supports those seeking to radically redefine, and redesign, education from its core. At Springhouse, we understand education as the way we create culture. Education is a relationship where we decide what is important enough to preserve and pass down to our youth and our communities. Education is not just what happens in schools. It is what happens between us, wherever we are. This relationship must include the Earth and how we relate to this very life source.

Sourced Design Lab is a place where participants can experiment together and support one another in building cultural design by redefining what education means. We take care of and foster life, starting with ourselves, and then together we seek to create designs that do the same in our communities.

The Lab happens three times a year at Springhouse (fall, winter, and summer) and consists of three 2-hour virtual workshops:

~Let it Begin with Me: Applying Sourced Design Principles to Self
~Awakening and Sharing Vitality: Applying Sourced Design Principles to Community and Place
~Sustaining Change: Creating Networks for Creativity and Courage

Immersive learning experiences at Springhouse, peer mentoring, time for dialogue with Springhouse staff and learners, and an online Sourced Design resource catalog allow for the participant’s continued learning in-between Labs.  Participants must sign up for the entirety of the Lab, since each workshop builds upon the others.

If you are interested in participating in the Sourced Design Lab and joining the Sourced Design Network, 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 investment information
4) Participation in the Sourced Design Lab is a requirement for becoming a part of the Sourced Design Network and for participating in the Sourced Design Immersion

Sourced Design Immersion

This program is for adults looking to stay close to the mysteries of nature and soul in their lives and to practice delivery systems, or work in the world, that takes care of and fosters vitality in a culture that needs more life.

This immersion is 8 months, from October to May, and includes the following:

~ Participate in one Sourced Design Lab (ideally before, but also could be during the immersion)

~ Mentoring 1x per month with Dr. Jenny Finn focused on strengthening one’s connection to soul and how to be of clearer, more creative, courageous, and compassionate service to the world

~ Peer mentoring with another person in the immersion

~ Meet 2x a month to study the five principles of Sourced Design as they apply to one’s personal life and to one’s work in the world

~ A commitment to a soul-centered practice of one’s choosing over the course of 8 months , which could include participating in a Springhouse soul-centered adult program (Sacred Dance, yoga, embodied writing, The Well shadow work, and more)

~ Capstone Project that further incorporates the design principles into one’s life and work over the course of the immersion

~ Two Springhouse visits (optional, if desired)

           – October 20th-24th (including the Fall Sacred Dance Retreat)

           – May 25th- 29th (including the Sourced Design Network gathering on May 28th)

Space is limited to 6 participants (local and global) for the 2021-2022 year. REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.

The Five Vitality-Centered Principles

These five practices protect, foster, and make useful the vitality that lives within, and around, us. We have learned that when a learning community engages these practices in ways that are authentic to their place, vitality grows in each person, in the community itself, and in connection with the Earth and its wisdom.



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


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.


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.


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.


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.