The Permaculture Podcast

    Episode 1423: A Different Permaculture Course Tuition / Pricing Model


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    This conversation was recorded live with Ben Weiss of The Rewilding School about the pricing model he and his co-teacher, Wilson Alvarez, developed to insure that permaculture education and training could remain affordable while the instructors and organizers can still make a living doing what they love.

    Listen to what Ben shares and then you can check out the following sample budgets to illustrate what this looks like when preparing for a class.

    Sample Intensive PDC Budget
    Sample Non-Residential PDC Budget

    For anyone wanting to use this model, Ben and Wilson include this statement in their registration information. I left the numbers as examples only.

    We have a set budget for this class, and if we do not meet the budget we cannot offer the class. When you register, you will be asked what the maximum amount you are willing to pay based on the table above. The class will be official when the appropriate number of registrants is willing to pay the tuition that correlates with that number (example: 12 registrants each willing to pay $584).

    We’ll keep you updated on the registration status via the Facebook page for the class.

    To register, each student must make a $350 deposit (the minimum tuition). Any remaining tuition (dependent upon number of registrants) is due on the day of the first class. This deposit will be refunded if we do not meet our budgetary requirements and have to cancel the course, or if the number of students registered does not bring the tuition level down to what a registrant is willing to pay, and they decide not to take the class.

    Do you have more thoughts or questions about this model?

    Email Ben:

    And I will always do my best to assist you.

    Phone: 717-827-6266
    Twitter: @permaculturecst

    Postal Mail:

    The Permaculture Podcast
    P.O. Box 16
    Dauphin, PA 17018

    (Episode: PDC-Tuition)

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    1. Michael CommonsMichael Commons
      April 10, 2014    

      This is a great concept that I intend to try in my context. It is for me an innovative form of doing fair trade. Thanks for sharing.

    2. June 30, 2016    

      This is a thoughtful structure that responds to one of the most egregious errors in teaching permaculture – many people who want to learn simple cannot afford it. It also acknowledges that the organizers and teachers deserve fair compensation for their time – putting up a PDC is a lot of work. Thank you Ben!

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