Sliding Scale Tuition
All the 300 Hour modules, whether you are enrolled in the 300 hour program or are simply taking the modules ad hoc as Master Classes, are available on Sliding Scale pricing.
As the 300 Hour program is run “virtually”, in that it runs within the city of Ottawa with my presence as the consistent thread, I have the freedom of offering the modules at a Sliding Scale price.
I want to teach a sustainable yoga practice: one that offers exploration and paths to wellness and spiritual experience without undue burden on practitioners or myself. My hope is that through Sliding Scale pricing, those who value the teachings and cannot access them without burden will not need to absent themselves.
The sliding scale represents the idea that financial resources should not be the only determining factor in whether or not someone can access services/care/etc.
For a sliding scale to work it relies on the principles of truthfulness (satya), not taking what is not freely given (asteya), and generousity (aparigraha). I trust you to be honest, and these prices are freely given for all of the modules, if you need, or for the times modules land during a time of need. The generousity piece is the investment in my offerings and experience, as the model needs to be sustainable for both of us, since teachers deserve to be paid sustainably.
Please note: there is a small quantity of the 50% tuition rate. If everyone were to choose this rate, it would not be sustainable for me to rent space and devote time to running the modules.
Here is a general guideline to reflect on the model and choosing your tuition:
· Upper End: The price the practitioner would charge all students in the absence of a sliding scale. If you have access to financial security, own property or have personal savings, you would not traditionally qualify for sliding scale services.
· Middle: 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. While vacation time should be afforded to everyone, if you are purchasing many wants 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.
· Lower: The Lower tuition represents an honest acknowledgment by the teacher and practitioner that there are folks whose economic circumstances would prevent them from being a part of classes if there was not a deliberate opportunity made for them to access services at a cost reflective of their economic realities. If you struggle to maintain access to needs such as housing, food, child care, living extremely frugally by necessity, or are in significant debt, this program acknowledges that you should still have access to these teachings and that your contribution is equal to those of higher income brackets.
If the Lower bracket is still more than you can afford without undue burden, please contact me so we can work it out together.
The model and illustration is inspired by the excellent writeup by Alexis J. Cunningfolk, a healer at Worts and Cunning. I highly recommend the whole read if you are interested in class economics and participation in the economy.