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Being here always makes me feel grateful for life.

– Wildflowers Participant

REGISTRATION AND TUITION

EARLY BIRD DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 6
SCHOLARSHIP APP DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 6

All groups are limited to 6 participants. If you are on a waiting list or you have submitted a scholarship application you will hear back from us by SEPTEMBER 9.

Please see our Refund Policy

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Payment plans are available within registration. Initial $350 deposit required and the remaining balance is debited in equal amounts on the 5th of each month through Jan 5, 2021.

OUR TUITION TIERS EXPLAINED

How the Cost of our Programs Tends our Soil To Support the Growth of Vibrant Young People

The support that families offer financially is essential to having a solid ground and nutritious soil underneath us so we can grow the best possible programs for your children. When families pay our actual or standard tuition options, it enables us to more generously offer scholarships. We are also committed to providing as much assistance as possible for families who are in need.

Actual Cost

This tuition level is what it truly costs to run our programs and keep the organization vital and healthy. If everyone paid this amount, Gaia Passages would not have to do any fundraising. People in higher income brackets can likely afford this tuition option. We recognize that this cost is prohibitive for many, but if it is possible for you, please choose this option.

Median Tuition

This tuition level covers 80% of the cost it takes to run a program. We believe this tuition level is reasonable to ask people in an average middle to upper class family to pay, and is competitive with other local programs that offer a similar amount and depth of programming. We ask everyone in this economic class to do their very best to pay this, even if it means stretching a bit, recognizing that Gaia Passages will still need to fundraise a reasonable amount above this.

Standard Tuition

This tuition level covers 70% of the cost it takes to run a program. We believe this tuition level is reasonable to ask people in an average middle to upper class family to pay, and is competitive with other local programs that offer a similar amount and depth of programming. We ask everyone in this economic class to do their very best to pay this, even if it means stretching a bit, recognizing that Gaia Passages will still need to fundraise a reasonable amount above this.

Scholarship Tuition

If your family cannot stretch to pay the Standard Tuition, and there is no one else in your family or community who can supplement, then please apply for work-trade or a scholarship. Our goal is to turn no one away for lack of funds, so please do reach out if you truly need it.

Think about how you can stretch, work with our payment plans, or find other creative ways of raising money for your program, before requesting a scholarship. Offering financial resources to the best of your ability is supporting your child’s well-being now, but the influence of deep connection, supportive mentoring and community can last for the rest of their life. In addition, you are supporting your child’s mentors to be paid a living wage, and a movement that is creating widespread connection, confidence, courage, and care-taking of our planet, whose ripples will have positive effects far and wide.

How To Apply For A Scholarship

We offer scholarships and work trade for participants with financial need prioritizing BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and LGBTQIA+ youth or families.  Limited scholarships+work trade are available and we do our best to not turn anyone away.   If you would like to apply please fill out the standard registration form for your program and there will be an option to apply through the online form. 

If you would like to apply for a scholarship beyond $100 for Wildflowers and $200 for Rite of Passage please complete our Scholarship Application Form.

Fall 2020 application deadline is September 6th. 

 

More on why our programs cost what they do

In order for us to bring the depth and scope of programming that we do, from wilderness skills to social emotional skills, from kindergarteners to highschoolers, parent programs, camp trips, summer camps, and more, it takes a lot of behind the scenes scheming and dreaming. This includes curriculum design, staff training, infrastructure management, legal and financial upkeep, parent communication, and so much more. We also value having very low staff:student ratios, with 6:1 in our older programs and 5:1 in our younger programs, and offering meetings and gatherings for adult caregivers outside of our kid programs to create community and support for families. In order to give our time, expertise, and resources to create something of precious value for your child and family, our staff need to be paid a living wage (for the crazy expensive Bay Area) so that we can stick around to be long term mentors for your youth. We know that people local to the Bay Area are struggling to keep up with the rising cost of living. It is putting tension on you, the consumer, and us, the provider. So – our goal is to be as transparent with our finances as possible so that we – together – can be the team that supports Gaia Passages to thrive for your child and for many more who need this support into the future.

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