Teen Education

Education can’t save us. We have to save education.

Dr. Bettina Love

Education itself creates culture. It is how we embody, pass down, and share wisdom. Springhouse practices vitality-centered educational design. The purpose of this design is to grow and maintain vitality to create a more vital culture. This design intentionally takes care of and fosters vitality in a person, community, and place, eventually growing a culture that thrives.

Education is not school. Education occurs constantly; it is how we learn and live. “School” is a particular context where education occurs. We all go through “school” in some form as we go through childhood, adolescence, and, for some, even further, which means that education is the greatest cultural leverage point we have to create regenerative culture.

At Springhouse, school is the place where we support the vitality-centered development of an individual and a community. It is where we learn how to be builders of regenerative culture.

There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique, and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium; and be lost. The world will not have it.

Martha Graham

Day School Program

Education, or living and learning, in ways that bring us alive is what creates a vital, regenerative culture over time. Springhouse is creating and sharing a model of regenerative culture that includes vitality-centered educational design.

Vitality-centered educational design:

  • Centers vitality and starts with the adults designing the curriculum who commit to their own personal vitality-centered development and to intentionally taking care of the relationships within the team;
  • Supports vitality-centered human development in the various stages of human life;
  • Strengthens eight generative qualities needed to build and live in regenerative culture, including being present, curious, creative, and introspective;
  • Includes four essential design components: Knowledge, Fortification, Practice, and Reflection.

Blue Ridge Passage

The Blue Ridge Passage (BRP) is a Coming-of-Age program for adolescents that consists of a 5-day co-ed backpacking trip, typically in the beautiful backcountry of the Shenandoah National Park. This program focuses on personal growth and building authentic connections through strenuous hiking, solo time in the wilderness, ritual, and group work.

We know that spending time in the wild is an essential component of becoming fully human. This trip builds resiliency in teens through a week of primitive camping, hiking nearly 40 miles, carrying a heavy pack, and exposure to the elements in the context of natural beauty and intimate community. Our hope is that this trip supports adolescents to grow into authentic adults, inspired and empowered to meet the world’s emerging needs.

Next Trip: July 6th-10th, 2023