Sliding Scale Pricing

Sliding Scale Philosophy

Please refer to promotional materials for sliding scale range for individual events/workshops/community classes

The following structure applies for any community classes, workshops and special events taught by Jason & Jessica. For classes affiliated with Cave of the Heart, please see the Cave website for pricing.

What is a sliding-scale?

The sliding scale represents the idea that financial resources, including income, are not and should not be the only determining factor in whether or not someone can access services/care/etc.

For a sliding scale to work it relies on the principles of truthfulness, respect for complexity, and accountability. We do not ask for income verification. We trust in the honesty of our students (satya). Community thrives when accountability is a central value, because that is where trust grows and depth work can be done. Teachers deserve to get paid and students deserve classes which recognize the multiple realities of economic access and privilege that exist.

Where do you fit on the sliding-scale?

The highest dollar cost reflects the true cost of the class or service. It is the cost that the practitioner would charge all students in the absence of a sliding scale. If you have access to financial security, you would not traditionally qualify for sliding scale services. If you are able to pay for "wants" and spend little time worrying about securing necessities in your life, you have economic privilege and power in our community. This price is for you. If you would like to pay more than the highest amount listed, your generosity will help cover the cost for those who cannot afford it.

The middle cost reflects our acknowledgement that paying the full cost would prevent some folks from being able to attend. 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, child care, etc., you belong here.

The lowest cost represents an honest acknowledgment by the teacher and practitioner that there are folks whose economic circumstances would prevent them from being a part of classes if there was not a deliberate opportunity made for them to access classes at a cost that is reflective of their economic realities. If you struggle to maintain access to needs such as housing, food, child care, and are living paycheck to paycheck or are in significant debt, you probably belong here and you deserve a community that honours your price as equal to an economic offering as the person who can pay the highest tier.

  • Note: If you are a full-time student, please pay only what you can, if you can. You are at a point in your life where these practices can be particularly needed, and we acknowledge that the economic costs of education can be a source of anxiety. Please practice with us without any worry about the cost.

Please be mindful that if you purchase a price at the lowest end of the scale when you can truthfully afford a higher price, you are limiting access to those who truly need the gift of financial flexibility. Being honest with yourself and your financial situation when engaging with sliding scale practices grows strong and sustainable communities. It also respects the work of teachers and creators.


Inspired by and adapted from The Sliding Scale: A Tool for Economic Justice & used with permission of gwi-seok for iydc's What Is “Community Gift” Classes.