Seasonal Collective

Sliding Scale Policy

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.


It is an honorable sacrifice to support the work of those who create good change.

If paying for to participate would be difficult, but not detrimental, it qualifies as a sacrifice. You may have to cut back on other spending (going out to dinner, buying coffee, or a new outfit), but this will not have a long term harmful impact on your life.

If paying to participate would lead to long-term harm - 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.

Which cost should I choose?

The cost of your membership supports the free resources we share beyond our membership spaces.

Full Cost


Choose the full cost if you are able to pay for "wants" and don't spend much time worrying about necessities such as food, shelter, health care, and child care.

If you have economic privilege and power in our community. This price is for you.

Middle Cost


Choose the middle cost if you live paycheck to paycheck - but have access to steady income and don't struggle to afford basic needs such as food, shelter, medical care, and child care.

Please consider accessing other sources of financial support, such as family members, partners, or friends - before tapping into this resource, as it limits opportunities for others.

Hardship Cost


Choose this cost if you struggle to maintain access to needs such as health care, housing, food, child care, live paycheck to paycheck, or struggle with significant debt.

You deserve a community that honors your insight, perspective, and collaboration just as much as those who can afford to pay full cost.

What Cost Do I Qualify For?

Minimum Hardship
Moderate Hardship
Severe Hardship

If you purchase a price at a lower end of the scale when you can truthfully afford the higher scale, you are limiting access to those who truly need the gift of financial flexibility and not compensating me for my labor.

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

*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.


Seasonal Parent Activist Collectives

Includes lifetime access to the season's our community and resources, plus first-dibs invitations to join us for following years and other seasonal collectives.

Membership is not transferable between the Winter Incubator and Summer Accelerator.

Jump to: What cost do I qualify for?


Luminary Brain Trust

Middle cost
hardship cost

Pay it forward: Apply code CONSPIRATOR in the ‘discount‘ box during registration.

Your monthly $50 membership will provide access for members who need sliding scale support.


Illuminati Workshops

Workshops are billed hourly based on the length of the community presentation. This fee inclusive a limited-use license for recording and internal distribution, a free organizer pre-consultation, a customized slide deck & PDF, and a follow-up resource guide for audience participants in addition to my labor and expertise.


Pay it forward:

Increasing your rate to $1900/hour will provide a workshop for organizations who need sliding scale support.

Payment Policies


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

I don't offer payment plans at this time.





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, I can send you a refund for your last payment period.
  • 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.
  • If this is inaccessible for you and you’d rather pay via Venmo, Paypal, or a check, contact me directly.
  • Space is limited in our seasonal collectives since they’re so deeply interactive and not designed for passive consumption. We have to max out each collective at a small number of members to build strong, interdependent relationships between the group. 
  • Each season’s resources are tailored to meet every individual 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.
  • Because of this, we can’t hold space for potential members who haven’t registered and submitted the enrollment fee.
  • But we DO have a free wait list for when enrollment opens each season. Members on our wait list get early enrollment notifications and first dibs when enrollment opens each year.
  • Join the Winter Incubator wait list
  • Join the Summer Accelerator wait list
  • 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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