Seasonal Collective

Sliding Scale Policy

RECIPROCITY & INTERDEPENDENCE

Financial resources should not be the determining factor in whether we can access services, care, and community.

Our seasonal collectives must be reciprocal, regenerative, collaborative, and responsive to changes in earth, society and our community.

 

Otherwise – we risk becoming that which we’re working to resist and dismantle.

 

This sliding scale policy adapted shared and adapted with permission from Worts & Cunning. Our policy is designed to adapt to our community needs and may change without notice.

REGENERATIVE COLLABORATION

What Your Enrollment Fees Cover

I do not receive outside funding to supplement sliding scale discounts, so the full price is what I am able to offer and still be able to support my family.

The full enrollment fee covers a basic wage for my labor creating, preparing, delivering, and facilitating our seasonal collectives, in addition to the expenses to run the collective.

Because so much of the work I provide beyond the collectives is free and undercompensated, I cannot offer full scholarships.

Full Cost

The highest dollar cost reflects the true cost of facilitating our collective. It is the cost that I would change if all members 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.

If you are able to pay for "wants" and spend little time worried about securing necessities in your life, you have economic privilege and power in our community. This price is for you.

If every member paid the full cost for enrollment, this work would be regenerative - I could work with the security of knowing my family costs are covered and continue to expand these services and resources beyond the collective.

Middle Cost

The middle cost reflects our acknowledgement that paying the full cost would prevent some folks from being able to join us, but who do not honestly find themselves reflected in either descriptions for the highest cost or the lowest.

If you are struggling to conquer debt or build savings or move away from paycheck to paycheck living but have access to steady income and are not spending most of your time thinking about meeting basic needs such as food, shelter, medical care, child care, etc., you belong here.

If you, however, can ask others for financial support, such as family members, partners, or friends, please consider using those personal resources before tapping into the limited resources of this sliding scale, as this limits opportunities for others and does not compensate me for my labor.

Hardship Cost

The bottom cost reflects our acknowledgement that some of our members who experience economic hardship may be prevented from working together if I am not willing to make a sacrifice in order for you to access services at a cost that is reflective of your economic reality.

If you struggle to maintain access to needs such as health care, housing, food, child care, and are living paycheck to paycheck or are in significant debt, you belong here. You deserve a community that honors your insight, perspective, and collaboration just as much as those who can afford the highest tier.

This rate is calculated on a fraction of my out-of-pocket costs to host an individual in our a 6-week collective, and does not cover my labor or living expenses.

Sliding Scale Qualifiers

Please be mindful that if you purchase a price at the lowest end of the scale when you can truthfully afford the higher ticket prices, you are limiting access to those who truly need the gift of financial flexibility.

When I am paid fairly, I am able to invest more time and resources to free and lower cost offerings.

I do not ask for income verification. I trust you to consider the needs of the communit and contribute what you can to keep this work sustainable.

Full
Minimum Hardship
$14006 Week Collective
Middle
Moderate Hardship
$8006 Week Collective
Lowest
Severe Hardship
$4006 Week Collective
Sacrifice vs. Hardship

Defining 'basic needs'

If paying for a class, product, or service would be difficult, but not detrimental, it qualifies as a sacrifice.

You might have to cut back on other spending in your life (such as going out to dinner, buying coffee, or a new outfit), but this will not have a long term harmful impact on your life.

It is an honorable sacrifice to support the work of those who help you create the world you're working toward.

If, however, paying for a class, product, or service would lead to a harmful impact on your life, such as not being able to feed your kids, pay rent, or pay for your transportation to get to work, then you are dealing with hardship.

BASIC NEEDS* includes food, housing, and transportation to work.

EXPENDABLE INCOME** means that you have money to go out for coffee, to the movies, or buy new clothes, books, or similar items without harming your ability to pay for your basic needs.

Payment Policies

Payments

Payments can be made online using a credit card and online checkout.

I don't offer payment plans at this time.

 

 

 

Refunds

If the material and way we engage doesn’t work for you after you’ve actually tried doing the work, I’ll give you your money back within 24 hours of completing the program.

Since the digital material I provide can’t be returned and is intended to be used at your own pace, I can’t provide refunds if you simply haven’t engaged with it.

Read the full Returns & Refunds policy here.

Never-Asked-But-Anticipated Questions & Concerns

FAQs & What-Ifs

Brave space guidelines, reciprocity, how we do things differently here

 

Yup. Check out my refund policy. 

 

TL;DR: if you show up and do the work, but it’s still not working for you, get a refund so long as you let me know by the end of the program.

I use a payment processor (Stripe) to process payments. It only accepts major credit cards. I don’t have access to your credit card information.

 

You’ll have online access to the portal for a whole year – that means access to the live hangout recordings, scaffolding resources, and reflection activities so you can enjoy them at your own pace.

 

And if you want to download digital material to save forever, go for it!

 

Just please don’t share our resources outside the collective, ’cause enrollment fees are how I feed those kids I’m always yammering about.

 

 

Our live hangouts are deeply interactive and not designed for passive consumption. We have to max out each collective at 6 members to build strong, interdependent relationships between the group. 

 

I tailor the resources for each collective to be accessible for every member’s accessibility needs and individual goals.

 

We grow through developing relationships and building trust – so it’s vital each member has ample time to share and show up for each other in our live hangouts.

 

 

Collective members get:

 

> 5 weekly video messages to kick off reflection & action

 

> 6 Interactive action discovery workbooks

 

> Asynchronous voice, text, and video chat room to connect with members, share ideas, and ask questions

 

> 6 Guided live hangouts to reflect, process, and break down integrating activism and parenting easy steps

 

> 1-on-1 live collaboration & session with me (Ashia) to streamline & simplify your commitments and help you convert intention into action.

 

> 3 months access to our habit-stacking accountability challenge

 

> 1-month, 3-month, and 6-month accountability check in after the accelerator wraps up

 

> A certificate of badassery after following through on the commitments you create for yourself.

 

> Free access to the Luminary Brain Trust for 3 months.

 

> Year-long access to all the Summer Accelerator resources in our online portal.

 

Because so much of the work I do is provided for free and often undercompensated, I can’t afford to provide completely free enrollment plans or scholarships at this time.

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