NAKED we are stripping it all away. Clothes, stories, identification, attachments – and also the way we view money. That does not mean it’s free. It means it’s self determined.
Many people have said to us: “yeah, ok, it’s a gift, but really, how much do you want?” or “This retreat is worth 2000 – 3000 euro, why don’t you just charge for it?” and then others have argued: “If you really want to make it accessible, you should offer it for free.”
The problem with offering it for free is that people don’t see it as valuable. They’ll sometimes come in with low expectations and low commitment. Furthermore, we want to honour the months that we and the small team that works with us puts into making these retreats the best they can possibly be.
The solution is to let YOU choose the course fee. You can choose an amount that feels right to you given:
- Your financial means
- The value you received after you’ve had the experience
- Similar retreats on the market
- What represents a gesture of gratitude
- Your desire to support our continued work
If your financial means are limited, then you can choose a token amount or even zero. We also offer 1-2 scholarships on each retreat – which means the deposit for room and board will be gifted by us and the community and you can choose what you want to gift at the end. That makes the retreat accessible to everyone. (If you want to know more about this, send us an email)
MESSAGE BEFORE MONEY
In case you feel uncomfortable about paying zero, we want you to know that we hold no negative judgement about that. We welcome everyone regardless of ability to pay.
We know how it felt like, when we were broke and just couldn’t participate in things that were outside of our ability to afford them. We remember the feeling of injustice, and the cynical judgement that these teachers care more about the money than the teaching. If you are in that boat now, please understand that you are sincerely welcome to join us.
What is the right amount for you? We suggest something that represents a commitment to fully engaging this course. Or you might have an amount in mind that, perhaps inexplicably, feels right to you: fair, clean, and honest.
The NAKED community thrives on co-creatorship and the circulation of gifts in many forms. We welcome all gestures and desires to support us to create more in depth-learning journeys like this one.
Dara and Simon
The content of this article is hugely inspired and adapted from the work of Charles Eisenstein – a genius author/speaker/sacred activist of our times.