When everything is subject to money, then the scarcity of money makes everything scarce, including the basis of human life and happiness.
- Charles Eisenstein
Karma Pay and Gift Economy
I love offering workshops to the community, and I love it even more when everyone who wants to attend can. I am committed to making sure that what I offer independently is not cost prohibitive. Exchange is important for us all to have our needs met. Karma Pay and Gift Economy are available flexible exchange options available for my offerings.
In his book, Sacred Economics, Charles Eisenstein "traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition, and scarcity, destroyed community, and necessitated endless growth.” He advocates for a gift economy so that "we may find great opportunity to transition to a more connected, ecological, and sustainable way of being.” I agree, and I am grateful for Charles Eisenstein's work and his wisdom.
As I navigate how best to bring my offerings to the community I know that I want them to be in line with Charles' wisdom, which to me means: they are accessible to all; supportive of community; and foster connection. When like minds gather to practice, especially in the sacred space of Crow's End Retreat, connection and community happen organically. So, to ensure that my offerings are also accessible to all I've changed the exchange options for my classes to karma pay and gift economy. These are flexible ways to "pay" for programs. Please see my website for details about these options.
Karma Pay - A sliding scale between 50% and 100% of the suggested fee. Feel into your heart and your finances, and choose an amount that works for you.
Gift Economics - You offer something in exchange, such as a service or product, to cover the fee. Consider what you have to offer. It could be money (which we all need and is always useful); a service you provide (massage, cleaning services, house/pet sitting, haircut); a product you make or receive; or a combination of these. I don’t need much in terms of things, but I’ll list below what I can use and would be happy to receive, and I’m always interested in other ideas you may have. When deciding what to exchange, consider my "price" is around $15/hr for group workshops and $75 per hour one-on-one. If you see a series or workshop that I offer and you want to come, let’s make it work!
Food (Produce, Eggs, Milk, bread)
Organic home and body products (home made or purchased)
Art supplies and equipment
And things I haven’t thought of yet
Payment in dollars can be cash, check to Paula Horvath or venmo to @Paula-Horvath-1.