This is a place where I will discuss matters like pricing, accessibility, justice work, and why these things matter in general, and to me specifically.
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You may notice that my pricing is a little ideosyncratic. That's because I'm currently experimenting with what makes sense to me.
The pricing story:
I grew up with a mother who was a first-generation college student that grew up on a dairy farm in the midwest, moved to Pennsylvania on her own at 18, paid her way through college, and found her place in the world as a salesperson and customer service trainer.
I grew up with a father whose parents could not (or would not) afford to support him in his passions, who has a work ethic a mile long, and who started a business with my mother's support (because no one is telling me she wasn't a cofounder, even if she wans't listed as such) as a young man that has thrived and grown and provided for my family.
In short, I come from fairly "new money."
And yet, I grew up with considerable and undeniable financial privilege.
And I'm trying to figure out how the heck to honor that in an ethical way as I learn more about life, and run my business.
I know that reciprocal value exchange can be a beautiful thing,
supply and demand are forces, and all that happy stuff.
I want to value my work, and not contribute to this idea that women's work as carers and helpers, and artists' work as connectors and beauty-makers and question askers ought to be unprofitable and financially and energetically draining.
My goal is to get to a point where I am financially free, so I can work on what feels right and not be stressed out by career and financial concerns. I am still working on a definition of financial freedom that isn't simply a matter of living off of investments like a dragon sitting on a pile of leprechaun gold.
In the spirit of financial accessibility, Begin With The Breath is offered at a sliding scale (if you are unfamiliar with the sliding scale and where you might fall on it be sure to read my quick guide below before purchase). You can purchase Begin With the Breath for as little as $3 and there are also opportunities to pay a bit more and support the lower tiers of enrollment.
For the month of October 50% of sales will be donated to RAICES in solidarity with immigrants and refugees.
A Quick Guide to the Sliding Scale
While I encourage you to read my full thoughts on the sliding scale here is a very brief rundown:
$18 is the actual cost of the class. If you choose a ticket price below the top tier you are receiving a discount.
$12 to $15 is for those who are able to meet their basic needs but have little-to-no expendable income. Paying for this class may qualify as a sacrifice but it would not create hardship.
$3 to $9 is for those who struggle to meet basic needs and paying for this class would still be a significant hardship.
The Pay-It-Forward price is $21 - a few dollars above the actual cost of the class. That extra money goes towards supporting the lower tier of the sliding scale, scholarships, and future free and low-cost classes. Essentially it's an opportunity to not only take your class but also support your fellow community members while you're at it. Sweet!