What kind of work?

  • Work-trade is available in exchange for class attendance. Usually the task is garden work or trail maintenance in the botanical sanctuary.
  • Social Media work-trade is available for 1 student.  This student will take pictures and prepare social media output for Old Ways Herbal, because I just don’t have time in the summer!  Please specify if this sounds like something you’d be interested in, and send along pictures/samples of your previous social media output.

When is work-trade?

  • Work-trade must be completed in full before the class you plan to apply it to, or a clear plan in place for completion of work-trade in a timely fashion. 
  • We have monthly work -trade and volunteer days throughout the season to make it easy for work-traders to schedule their time.  It is usually a Thursday or Friday, as I teach most weekends. 
  • Students are also welcome to volunteer for extra work-trade days and bank their time for future class attendance–I always need garden help!

Exceptions to work-trade

  • If you are a BIPOC, please only consider work-trade if it feels like something you really want to do.  Do not feel that you must perform work for your education: far too much is owed in exchange for POC labor already.  I have scholarships available specifically for BIPOC, check out the relevant menu option.
  • If you are unable to perform traditional work-trade due to the way your body works, please be in touch directly to discuss what you are able to do.

How much work?

  • Workshops: To attend a workshop free of charge, the exchange is 4 hours of work.
  • Intensives: work-trade can cover half the cost of an intensive.  The exchange is 4 hours of work.
  • Courses: Work-trade is accepted to cover half the cost of a course.  For 4 class courses, the exchange is 16 hours of work (2 days).  For 5 class courses, the exchange is 20 hours of work (2.5 days).

This practice allows more people to do work-trade and keep their costs down.  In very special circumstances, we may allow someone to do full work-trade for an intensive or course.

Please contact us to RSVP and set up a work day. We set aside a few spots in every class for people who want to do work-trade, but they fill up quickly so please contact us early. If the spots are already filled you will be added to a cancellation list and contacted if a spot becomes available.

Please don’t RSVP unless you’re sure you can make it.  Work-traders who cancel within 1 week of the class will not be able to do work-trade in the future. This is necessary because we do not have time to offer the work-trade to someone else.


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