True North: Leading from Within

Everything can begin with you. You are the foundation of any change that will happen in your society.

Thich Nhat Hanh

The purpose of learning at Springhouse is cultural renewal. Cultural renewal happens when we learn how to live our lives fully and create the conditions for others to do the same.

Springhouse supports adults in their development by providing opportunities to develop a deeper connection with themselves and offering support as they practice bringing more vitality to a world that needs it. When adults have a strong sense of self and a willingness to continue to know themselves wholly, they live and lead from a sense of security that comes from within. From this place, these leaders can listen more deeply for the ways they are called to offer their unique gifts to the world.

It takes consistent practice, a community of support, and mentorship to follow the call amidst the many challenges we face in our world today.

“Visions, dreams, and ideologies of what a culture could look and feel like have been offered in books I’ve eaten up and short-term retreats I’ve participated in; Springhouse is the living breathing possibilities of creating cultural change in practice. The Springhouse community is, at the individual level and collective level, designing and experiencing cultural change.”

Anna K.

True North Program

True North is an 8-month low-residency program for adults who want to practice fostering vitality in the world, starting with themselves. True North is informed by Sourced Design and Sourced Education and supports adults as they learn how to creatively and courageously lead from within. Participating in this program requires a deep dedication to personal growth, as well as a commitment to practice creating the conditions for all life to thrive. This program takes place online and on the Springhouse campus.

Primary Program Components:

Find more detailed descriptions for each component below. Out-of-town participants, please see our travel document for Springhouse Visitors.

In-Person Intensives 

The purpose of these intensives, held at Springhouse in the fall and spring, is to bring participants together in-person to begin and end the year in a meaningful way. Participants will be invited to ground themselves in the power of Life through practices like meditation, dance, and singing; have courageous conversations about themselves, our current cultural challenges, and their cultural work; and build a vital container for learning for the coming year.


In one-to-one mentoring sessions, participants will work closely with one of the program facilitators, both of whom are experienced mentors and have either led or facilitated this program in its various forms in the past. Participants will be asked courageous questions, and the mentor will serve as a mirror, allowing each participant to know themselves more fully and access new perspectives.

Course Work

Courses will include various methods of learning including the creative arts, community dialogue, book discussions, delivery of new information, and more. Each trimester ends with a Reflection on Learning, during which each participant has space to creatively integrate their learnings from the course.

Independent Project

Participants will complete a comprehensive independent project to reflect how they have integrated their learning throughout the program. Through the project, they will apply what they have learned in their lives and communities. They will study the context of their communities and place and develop a plan to foster vitality through Sourced Design.

“The most recent embodied lesson I have gained through my time working with Springhouse and the Sourced Design principles is around what it means to be committed, to practice, and to surrender. For me, these work in a cycle. It has been an invigorating and terrifying process to build the awareness, courage, skills, and strength needed to do this and to consciously make the choice to live a more vital life.”

Heather K.

Is This Program For You?

To determine whether or not this program might be for you, please consider these questions:

  • Do you want to know yourself more deeply?

  • Do you long for a clearer sense of purpose and direction in life?

  • Would you like to learn skills for navigating vulnerability, transformation, complexity, and the unknown?

  • Are you willing to be honest with yourself and others?

  • Are you called to practice fostering vitality in a world that needs it?

  • Are you ready to be part of a community with a long-term vision to live in a world where all life thrives and a mission to fundamentally transform the purpose and practice of education?

If you answered yes to all these questions, review the next steps below.

You have gifts.

The world needs your gifts.

You must deliver them.

The world may not know it is starving,

but the hungry know,

and they will find you

when you discover your cargo

and start to give it away.

Greg Kimura

Next Steps

This program has rolling admissions with the application and letter of intent due by August 3rd. If you are interested in taking the next steps, please complete this short form and submit a letter of intent that responds to the following questions:

What calls you to this program at this time in your life?

Describe a time when you surrendered to a power greater than yourself.

Do you have any spiritual or personal development practices? If so, what are they?

What questions do you have about yourself and your life right now?

What troubles you? What are you struggling with right now?

What are your dreams or the visions you hold for your life?

Are there ways you currently foster vitality in your community and/or through your work in the world?

Please email your letters of intent to Carolyn Reilly. Once we receive your application and letter, we will contact you to schedule an interview.


There are set tuition rates for the True North program, and we remain committed to ensuring that no one is turned away due to a lack of funds (learn more about our economic approach).

We have three tuition rates for this program:

  1. Pay-It-Forward Rate: $5,000 (Default payment schedule is $625/mo for 8 months, October – May)

  2. Sustaining Rate: $3,500 (Default payment schedule is $437.50/mo for 8 months, October – May)

  3. Supported Rate: We remain committed to accessibility, and no one is turned away due to a lack of funds. If you cannot afford either of the rates above, please review our Supported Rate Packet and prepare for a tuition meeting with Chris.

True North Program Facilitator

Carolyn Reilly (she/her)

Development Director

Carolyn is a courageous lifelong learner, wife, and mother of four who has worked in the nonprofit arena for over two decades. Her work has spanned church communications and worship design, teaching step aerobics and pilates at the YMCA, as well as community organizing to protect the natural environment. Carolyn also has experience in co-creating an intergenerational family farm focused on regenerative practices and connecting people to nourishing, whole food. On staff at Springhouse since August 2019, she serves full-time, showing up wholeheartedly in the growth and development of the organization. Carolyn has a huge heart for community, specifically in connecting and empowering people to cultivate wholeness and deepen their relationships - with themselves, each other, the earth, and the divine.