Sliding Scale Guidelines
We believe it is of utmost important to acknowledge that different people have very different levels of access to resources in our communities, and so we choose to keep all of our offerings available on a sliding scale to remain accessible to the widest range of folks possible. This model of offering only works when all are thoughtful and honest about where they fit at any given time. The sliding scale is not income based! Please read the guidelines below to see where you land before registering.
supporting: The price the practitioner would charge all members in the absence of a sliding scale. This is level is for you if you have access to financial security on your own or through your family, own property, have personal savings, comfortably meet your basic needs through your employment or can comfortably not work. Choosing this level also supplements those who struggle to meet their basic needs and can only participate at the lower levels.
standard: Those who do not honestly find themselves reflected in either descriptions for the highest cost or the lowest, and it is not a time of being able to pay the full price for the tuition. If you are able to dine out for fun, go out for coffees or drinks, or purchase non-essential items for fun throughout the year, consider making full tuition one of your wants, saving Middle tuition for those struggling in this category and for the sustainability of the program.
supported: The Lower tuition is for those who have the desire to access and contribute toward a leisure item like an art or wellness class, but for whom it is a strain to maintain access to basic needs such as housing, food, healthcare, and child care. This program acknowledges that those with fewer resources should still have dignified access to the community and content of the course.
If you comfortably maintain access to basic needs and would like to pay a supporting or basic tier in installments for budgeting purposes, feel free to reach out to arrange a payment plan. Additional / full scholarships are available for BIPOC and disabled members.
Thanks to all for using the sliding scale ethically and appropriately so we can continue to offer discounted programming for those in need of support in order to join. To maintain our sliding scale for the future, we must stress that it is not appropriate for those with higher accumulative degrees of societal privilege, members of the owning class (owning land / property), or folks practicing voluntary simplicity who don't work or are low income but are able to comfortably meet their basic needs, for example, to pay lower tiers of the sliding scale.