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Understanding Sliding Scales and Tiered Pricing

So you want to attend a yoga workshop, class or retreat with me and you noticed there is tiered pricing available - what does it mean?

Sliding scale tuitions and tiered ticked pricing are fees for classes, workshops, and retreats that are adjusted depending on an individual's income. They prioritize fairness, equity and accessibility by allowing participants facing income inequality to participate equally. Participants with a higher income are encouraged to pay at tier one, while those earning modest or lower income are offered subsidized rates at tier two and three.

This allows everyone to have access to healing spaces while ensuring I can sustain myself through the services I provide. In addition, tickets can be donated by people in the community who wish to create more equity. So sometimes a limited amount of donated tickets will be available to those with no income on a first come, first served basis.

The descriptions of the tiers below are not hardlines. In fact, you may discover you meet the descriptions in more than one tier. The tiers exist as a guideline to help you figure out which what to pay for an event, class or workshop. The tiers are based on the honour system, so check in with yourself about what feels within your means.


TIER ONE:

  • I am comfortably able to meet all of my basic needs.

  • I may have some debt but it does not prohibit the attainment of basic needs.

  • I own my home or property OR I rent a higher-end property.

  • I own or lease a car. I am employed, my business is successful, or do not need to work to meet my needs.

  • I have regular access to health care.

  • I have access to financial savings. I can afford an annual vacation or take time off.


TIER TWO:

  • I may stress about meeting my basic needs but still regularly achieve them.

  • I may have some debt, but it does not prohibit the attainment of basic needs.

  • I own or lease a car.

  • I rent a place that feels safe and comfortable.

  • I am employed.

  • I have access to healthcare.

  • I have some expendable income.

  • I am able to buy some new items & I thrift others.

  • I can take a vacation annually or every few years without financial burden.


TIER THREE:

  • I frequently stress about meeting basic needs.

  • I have debt and it often prohibits me from meeting my basic needs.

  • I rent lower-end properties or have unstable housing.

  • I do not have a car and/or have limited access to a car but I am not always able to afford fuel or repairs.

  • I am unemployed or underemployed.

  • I qualify for government benefits, such as disability, social assistance (welfare) or am on a limited pension.

  • I live paycheck to paycheck.

  • I rarely buy new items because I am unable to afford them.

  • I cannot afford to take time off without financial burden.


DONATED TICKETS:

  • I am unable to meet my basic needs.

  • I rent unstable housing such as an SRO, live in my car, or am currently unhoused.

  • I do not have a car and/or have limited access to a car but I am not always able to afford fuel or repairs.

  • I often experience hunger from my lack of access to food.

  • I am permanently unemployed or underemployed due to a disability or chronic condition.

  • I qualify for government benefits, such as disability, social assistance (welfare) or am on a limited pension.

  • I have no access to savings.

  • I cannot purchase new items because I am unable to afford them.

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