There's a way of breathing that's a shame and a suffocation and there's another way: a love breath, that allows you to open infinitely.
Money is a complex system in our capitalist society. At it's most basic, it's something you give for services rendered, or give for ownership/temporary ownership of an object. At it's most complex, it encompasses concepts of self-worth, sustainability, survival, indulgence, and value. Our culture is unfortunately not equal in terms of financial resources, with some having to struggle (and/or fail) to meet the most basic needs, while others have financial resources beyond what they could ever need.
We are taught that to discuss money is impolite, to share having a limited budget “whining”, & to confess to having inherited wealth or large amounts of discretionary funds “bragging”. Yet this silence around money is one of the keys to maintaining inequity. Just as I seek to undo sexual & erotic taboos so that we can have a healthier world, I also seek to undo monetary taboos as a means to an equitable distribution of wealth.
Fair Energy Exchange (FEE)
Payment is also a form of energy exchange: the money is a tangible symbol of the energy that you expended acquiring it & you exchange it for the energy I give you during our work together (and the energy I expended acquiring/honing my skills). While I want this work to be as accessible to as many as possible, I also want my practice to be financially sustainable: allowing me to devote my focus to my clients, engage in continuing education, and afford the type of self-care services necessary to be able to continue both physically & emotionally. My fees reflect these desires, being lower than those of a lot of my colleagues, yet higher than other healers offering other equally important forms of transformative work.
Instead of a sliding scale, I've organized my fees into payment tiers. For each tier, I use a different hourly rate to calculate the fees for the sessions, intensives, or programs. It's not a straight equation for all the sessions: the larger your time commitment, the lower the per-minute fee is; these hourly rates are just where I start the process. There is nothing you have to prove to me about your situation, I do not ask for your tax returns or pay stubs. I simply ask that you do some honest reflection about your current financial reality & then choose which tier makes the most sense.
The tiers are named as they are to reflect the amount of “green” you have access to. The Meadow Tier is my “market rate”; Garden Tier is for those for whom market rate would be a hardship; and Savanna Tier is for the "comfortable". Examples are taken from Little Red Botanicals.
You are on a limited or stretched budget. Your sessions are based on a rate of $100/hr.
More than one of the following is true for you:
You have no savings.
You have dependents or significant debt that sometimes prevents you making ends meet.
You receive public assistance.
You are unemployed or underemployed.
Meadow Tier: This is my "market rate".
You can comfortably invest in your own personal growth without negative financial repercussions, even if you have to make some sacrifices here & there (sacrifice is different from hardship). Your sessions are based on a rate of $150/hr.
You have inherited wealth or a large discretionary budget. Your sessions are based on a rate of $220/hr.
More than one of the following is true for you:
You own your own home or rent a high-end property.
You own more than one home.
You have investments, retirement accounts, or inherited money.
You are unemployed or underemployed by choice.
If you have wealth, I ask you to consider paying at the Savanna tier to support this work & the community of folx who desire it. Your payment allows my work to be financially accessible to more people; allows me to offer donation-based sessions at healing justice clinics; and allows me to volunteer my services at community clinics and to support workers & street medics.
Here's a graphic from WortsAndCunning.com that may further clarify which tier you fall under. This was made for sliding scale, but it also fits my Payment Tiers. Savanna Tier would be the left bottle, Meadow Tier would be the middle bottle, & Garden Tier would be a bottle with a level of green somewhere between the one on the right & the middle bottle.
If your circumstances reflect the bottle on the right, there are other ways for us to work together that may be more affordable (workshops, webinars, books), email me about options.
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Barter or Trade
For the Pleasure Programs, I offer a limited number of barter (goods or services in exchange for services) or trade (goods and money in exchange for services) slots. Please contact
me for more information.
I also offer my services pro-bono to 1 client a quarter, client load permitting. Please contact me for more information.