Sonoma Shambhala Center Generosity Policy
The Northern California Shambhala meditation centers have adopted a payment policy for our programs and membership donations. This policy strives to make these teachings available to as many people as possible while at the same time providing flexibility for differences inherent in each community; and it transforms the donation process into a contemplative practice of generosity.
Each of the Northern California Centers survives due to the financial contributions of our program participants, members and friends. Program donations and members’ donations provide our monthly rent, utilities, practice and study materials, teacher expenses, and food for the programs. The fee for each program reflects our costs to offer that program.
For programs, if you can offer the full donation, that is what we request. If it is possible for you to offer the more than the stated amount or even the “Patron Donation,” please consider this, as it allows us to make these programs available to those who may not have the means to afford the full program donation. If, after contemplating this policy, you feel the tuition presents an obstacle to your attending the program, we encourage you to contact the program coordinator at least five (5) days prior to the start of the program, and speak confidentially with her/him to establish another payment amount. No one will ever be turned away due to lack of funds.
For membership, we now offer a tiered approach to monthly giving (instead of a fixed membership level as we’ve had in the past) that allows you to select a category that best fits into your financial plan and generosity goals, as follows:
Tier One (Patron Tier): $120 or more for individuals ($190+ for families)
Tier Two (Standard Tier): $65 – $119 for individual ($100-189 for families)
Tier Three: $40 – $64 for individuals ($65-99 for families)
Tier Four: $20 – $39 for individuals ($30-64 for families)
Based on this, we work with each member to establish a contribution level that they can sustain for the foreseeable future. If conditions change, a new monthly amount can be established.
We ask each member and program participant to help us bring these teachings into the world by offering the most they can give in their current financial circumstances. These offerings allow us to provide these teachings to everyone regardless of their ability to pay. Please contemplate how much you can offer.
Shambhala is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and exist only due to the generosity of donations from people like you. We deeply appreciate your support.