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How do I know how much to pay?

Why am I doing this? I know that this can be life-transforming work and I feel strongly that it should be accessible to anyone who wants it. ​

Knowing how to rate your capacity requires a moment of honest self-assessment. A complex web of income, wealth, class, race and other factors make up the realities of our ability to pay. In the best case everyone pays within their ability, with those paying higher prices supporting those paying at the lower end.


I invite you to follow these guidelines in choosing your price:

Consider paying more on the scale if you:

  • own the home you live in

  • have investments, retirement accounts, or inherited money

  • travel recreationally

  • have access to family money and resources in times of need

  • work part time by choice

  • have a relatively high degree of earning power due to level of education (or gender and racial privilege, class background, etc.) Even if you are not currently exercising your earning power, I ask you to recognise this as a choice

  • Are dedicated to supporting others’ access to this type of personal development therapy

Consider paying less on the scale if you:

  • are supporting children or have other dependents

  • have significant debt

  • have medical expenses not covered by insurance

  • receive public assistance

  • have immigration-related expenses

  • are a senior citizen with a fixed income

The scale is intended to be a map, inviting each of us to take inventory of our financial resources and look deeper at our levels of privilege. It is a way to challenge the classist and capitalist society we live in and work towards economic justice on a local level. While I ask you to take these factors into consideration, please don’t stress about it. Pay what feels right.


Thank you for your participation. I ask you to assess yourself sincerely. I also thank you for taking the time to read this and for your contribution to a community-based economic paradigm.


I am grateful to the Tamera CommunityHammerstone School and Ride Free Fearless Money for the inspiration taken from their sliding scale models and articles.

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