about love offerings
Maybe that’s something I’m growing toward. Maybe that’s something I recall doing from another lifetime. Maybe it comes from studying about and feeling immensely drawn toward how, in various traditions, teachers are provided for by their students and their communities, freeing them up to do their heart’s work.
But by-and-large, we don’t have that here in the states, and as much as it would thrill me to gift my coaching, I have bills to pay like everyone else, and need to be paid for my work. So I work for love offerings.
My ability to work for love offerings really depends on a generosity of spirit on your part. It requires you to pay what you can afford, as generously as possible. It’s not meant to be a way for you to get coaching “cheap” so you can use your money to pay other professionals for other things. That’s not generous–in spirit or in any other way.
On the flip side of that, I don’t believe it’s loving or generous for me to expect you to pay so much that you suffer as a result. This is partly why I no longer charge the way I used to, or what I used to. In case it’s helpful to you in some way, when I did charge a more “traditional” fee, private coaching was $800/month, and on-the-spot coaching was $150 for 30 minutes.
Because this model isn’t common, and because I’ve found people really struggle to figure out what’s appropriate, here’s a guide you can use in considering whether you can be appropriately generous with me:
For 1:1 private coaching I expect that your generosity will extend, at a minimum level, to $180 per month. I also expect that you’ll make an offering on time, by the last day of any month in which we work together.
For on-the-spot coaching I expect that your generosity will extend, at a minimum level, to $1/minute for the time we spend together. I also expect that you’ll be able to make your love offering within two business days of the day we coach.
If you can be appropriately generous as mentioned above, that’s a good start. In all cases, if you can afford more, please offer more. “More” can be money, of course, and most often is, but if you genuinely don’t have a way to be more generous with money, it might also be in the form of gifts. One woman gave me beautiful stationery that she’d made. Another gave me tomatoes from her garden. I’ve received skill-based gifts as well—maybe you know how to do something that would be useful to me.
There are many ways to be generous with me. Trust your heart to know what to offer, and trust me to be delighted. ♥