Labs Sliding Scale Policy

At Wayfinding we believe that diverse backgrounds and perspectives are not simply ideal, but critical to our programs, the broader movement and the students we serve. With this in mind, we strive to make our Labs as accessible as possible, while also being realistic about the costs associated with running this program and attempting to compensate our instructors fairly for their labor. 

That’s why we’ve created a privilege-based sliding-scale fee for community members seeking to participate in our 12-hour Wayfinding Labs. 

Our sliding scale is broken into three tiers as follows and all fees are split 50/50 with our instructors.: 

  • Low - $90 ($7.50 per hour of instruction)

  • Mid - $120 ($10 per hour of instruction)

  • High - $180 ($15 per hour of instruction)

When deciding which price point to pay, please take into account the factors below. We will not quiz you or ask you to prove anything, but trust you to have authority of your own complicated needs.

If you are not able to afford the low end of the scale, please reach out to the Labs coordinator directly at ariaj@wayfindingacademy.org. We would be happy to work with you to make taking a Lab at Wayfinding more accessible!


Consider paying less on the scale if you:

• are an unpaid community organizer

• are a sex worker who experiences occupational discrimination (personal or legislative)

• are a returning citizen who has been denied work due to incarceration history

• are supporting children or have other dependents

• are an elder with limited financial support

• have medical expenses not covered by insurance

• have medical expenses, been denied work, or experience discrimination related to ableism

• are a person who experiences racism directed at you, or via systemic oppression

• are a black, brown, indigenous, or otherwise non-white person

• are transgender and experience trans related discrimination and/or violence regularly

• are gay/queer and experience related discrimination and/or violence regularly

• are eligible for public assistance

• have immigration-related expenses


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, gender privilege, racial privilege, class background, etc. Even if you are not currently exercising your earning power, we ask you to recognize this as a choice.

 
 

Other Things to Consider

When I pay more, I know that I am helping support the mission and vision of Wayfinding Academy and the instructors we work with. When I pay in the middle, I know I am helping the organization cover costs. And when I pay at the bottom, I know I am letting my community hold me and support me. All of these are acceptable ways of participating. 

This privilege-based sliding scale model was adapted from Valley Tattoo, Dura Mater Wellness, Little Red Bird Botanicals, and Pronia Coaching.