PEACE Program Sliding Scale Tuition Options

Financial Sustainability and Social Justice

The mission of the PEACE program is “to offer experiential, transformative education that empowers people to create a more peaceful, sustainable, and socially just world.”  To that end, one of our goals is to make the program itself financially sustainable and socially just.

What does that mean?  A financially sustainable and socially just program fulfills the following criteria:

·      The program generates enough income to cover all the costs of running the program, including paying the workers a living wage and bringing quality educators to our program.

·      The program is what generates most of the income, rather than relying on grants and donations.

·      The price of the program reflects the actual cost and value of the program.

·      The program is accessible to people of diverse social and economic backgrounds.

These four criteria shape the PEACE Program budget and sliding scale tuition options.

 

PEACE Program Budget

Here’s how the money will be spent:

 

 

 

PEACE Program Size

We need at least 6 people to commit to the whole program and 10 additional people to commit to each individual workshop to make the program financially viable. If we do not have sufficient enrollment in the full program by May 1, we may decide to scale back and offer a reduced program on a “pay as you go” basis.

We want to note that the size of our program fits the size of our facility. The maximum number of participants we can accommodate is 20.  A major benefit of our small size is that it provides a more intimate environment for practicing the skills of close-knit community building. 

 

Sliding Scale Tuition Options

The tuition for the whole PEACE program is a sliding scale of $1,500 - $3,000.  The purpose of the sliding scale is to make the program more accessible to people who have fewer economic resources.  People who pay at the higher end of the sliding scale support the opportunity to experience learning with a more socially and economically diverse group.  We trust that everyone will determine the appropriate amount to contribute in light of their personal financial situation and the value of this information and experience.

Below is a breakdown of the various components of the program and the portion of tuition that will go towards each component at the low, middle and high ends of the sliding scale.  In addition, we are offering an early bird discount to people who apply for the program by April 20, 2014.  We would like to note that PEACE program participants will receive lodging in exchange for the 20 hours/week of farming or carpentry work they will do as an intern.  We hope that our tuition options will help you to feel comfortable with our pricing structure.  

 

Component

 Low with Early Bird Discount

 Low

 Middle

 High

Consensus & Facilitation Tuition

 $50.00

 $65.00

 $100.00

 $125.00

Introduction to Ecovillage Education Tuition

 $225.00

 $250.00

 $375.00

 $500.00

Intro to Permaculture Design Tuition

 $225.00

 $250.00

 $375.00

 $500.00

Community Skills Tuition

 $225.00

 $250.00

 $375.00

 $500.00

Nature Awareness Tuition

 $110.00

 $125.00

 $190.00

 $250.00

Yoga Tuition (4 1-hr sessions)

 $40.00

 $40.00

 $40.00

 $40.00

Food

 $220.00

 $220.00

 $220.00

 $220.00

Program Administration, Coordination, Marketing, Evening Activities, Mentoring, etc.

 $300.00

 $300.00

 $575.00

 $865.00

Total

 $1,395.00

 $1,500.00

 $2,250.00

 $3,000.00

 

Barter, Work Exchange, Scholarships and “Pay as You Go”

If you really want to attend the full program but you can’t afford the low end of the sliding scale, please contact us to discuss options. We may be open to some work exchange and/or barter depending on what goods and/or services you have to offer.  There is also a slight possibility that we will get donations that will enable us to offer scholarships.

If you can’t find a way to finance your participation in the whole program, you could do a basic internship without taking the workshops.  Our basic internship option is 20 hours/week of work in exchange for lodging.  Interns pay $220/month for food.   Interns can also participate in individual workshops and activities on a “pay as you go” basis.

The community may offer internships of 30 hours/week in exchange for lodging and food to interns who successfully complete the first month of their internship.  However, this is contingent on the good performance of the intern and the availability of projects, supervisory labor, and funding.

 

Contact Us

Please contact us at 410-357-9523 or education@heathcote.org if you have questions about any of the above information and options.