About The Guild

The Guild at Loudoun Field Center is an innovative approach to education where Students, Parents, Mentors, and the community are brought together in the cause of a genuine search for Wisdom and Good in the world. In the process, we seek to prepare young people to hit the ground running on that fateful day: when they turn 18.

The Guild @ LFC


Founded in 2021, the Guild at LFC is designed to:

Escape: … from the draining and twisted hustle and bustle of resume building and “self-image” management.
Equip: Provide what is needed for young adults to thrive in the real-world.
Empower: Ensure students’ acceptance of self-agency — Authority with Responsibility.
Engage: Create and foster opportunities to explore one’s capabilities and leverage failure into expanding abilities.


We see our young adults intentionally taking on the challenges of the modern world with clear purpose and meaning.

Core Values

  • In a society which defines us by how we make our living, we seek a life well-lived. 
  • In a world dominated by information and “image,” we are on a life-long pursuit of happiness, wisdom and truth.
  • We develop our entire self — mind, body and spirit — and use our agency responsibly.
  • In order to be connected to the community we engage with it and pursue good within and through it.
  • While striving to be great in our endeavors, we yearn most for what is good, just and meaningful.

Meet our team.

The Guild is designed and maintained by a group of people dedicated to improving the communication skills, character, and intellectual acuity of the youth in our community.

Butch Porter

Guild Director

Developer of MicroSchools through Independent Education (IndED), in Leesburg, VA. He has a Physics Degree from LSU and a passion for Great Ideas education.

Paul Gernhardt

Loudoun Field Center Executive Director

Long-time change agent and consultant, Paul adds a lifetime of wisdom on how to gain success in personal, business, and spiritual endeavors.

My kids loved the stimulation they received at IndED. Not a regurgitation of information but actually learning how to learn and critically think through a process from beginning to end. Wonderful instruction and great outcomes!


IndED Mom

Our daughter’s experience with IndED was wonderful! The small class size meant that she could really engage with the instructors to explore different subjects. Also, we appreciated the ability to tailor her learning experience to cover core subjects important to us (her parents) while allowing her to get more immersive in the areas she was really passionate about. Highly recommended for anyone who wants their child to have a unique and rewarding learning experience!


IndED Dad

The questions that drive us:

When we are trying to figure out what the best alternatives are for school, the questions are not about what classes we should take, what grades we can show in math, what our “extracurricular activities” will look like on a resume or transcript. The questions we should be asking are much more important.

What is the meaning of “success”?

In lieu of fame and fortune, should we be pursuing happiness, meaning… and joy.

How do we find wisdom and truth?

In a world of unlimited information and knowledge, the first step is to seek what is beyond it.

What is considered a “life well lived”?

Are we replacing our virtues with mere images of virtue? What about love and beauty?

Does greatness come from power or virtue?

It’s possible that our power and influence is less important than what we can do to support others.

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Freedom Center

“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is Freedom.”

Retreat. Camp. School.

Great Conversations

“Philosophy is food for the soul”

Good people exploring Great Ideas, through Love and Conversation.

Get to know us!

We’d love to hear more about your student and your family’s educational goals.