You may have noticed that I charge for some classes, and I offer other classes freely. This may perplex you. If you’ve been taught that ‘personal gain’ or ‘money changing hands’ is wrong, you may be doubly perplexed.
Well, I respect that opinion, but I don’t share it.
The reason I charge for (some) Witchcraft classes/workshops is that, if I never charged, I would not be able to do half as much. I work full time and have a family; there is only so much time I can dedicate to a hobby, you know what I mean?
My time is valuable, and keep in mind that I do have to put time into preparing these classes: planning the lesson, looking for visual aids, designing the slides, writing guided meditations for you, designing the advertisement so you can hear about it, as well as the actual presentation. Keep also in mind that it takes me time to keep a website, write blog posts, answer tons of questions (both on my mailbag posts, on my articles, and in private emails that you’ll never even know about).
On top of this, I have a degree in education and experience teaching, and 25+ years worth of studying, researching and learning Witchcraft. I have paid for many, many resources over the year myself. I’ve paid for many supplies to practice and improve my skill.
I don’t believe it is immoral to take money for time, work and effort. I believe it is wrong to con people out of their money; to take without providing a valuable good or service in return is clearly wrong. But if you have something of value to offer, I see nothing wrong in asking for something in return. Life is a give and take– there’s nothing wrong with a fair exchange, IMO. Witchcraft is a learned skill, and just as one might expect to pay to take a cooking class, a yoga class or a class to learn a new language, I don’t see why anyone would not expect to ever pay for a Witchcraft class.
Basically, it comes down to this: if you don’t feel that what I have to teach has any value to you, then that’s fair enough; don’t pay to take my classes. I have plenty of articles and videos I offer for free, and there are plenty of other people offering free resources. I’m not going to lie and say I have secrets that you can’t find elsewhere. I personally believe that my time, effort, and knowledge are worth something, though. I believe that I put the lessons in a convenient and understandable package that some students find useful. I enjoy sharing what I know– but it can’t be all give, or there would be so much less I could afford to give. A fair exchange simply allows me to offer more.
I’ve written an article on my perspective on this that goes into much more detail (and, don’t worry, it’s free!): Is It Wrong for People to Accept Money for Wicca, Witchcraft or Spiritual Services?
You may notice I don’t charge for Wicca workshops.
Again, in some cases, I don’t see anything wrong with charging for a service (books, speaking engagements, etc.). But since Wicca is my religion, I have chosen not to charge money (with the exception of reimbursement for expenses, if applicable). I offer things that were freely offered to me, so it’s a ‘pay it forward’ kind of thing.
The only thing I charge for regarding Wicca is my published book (another on the way soon!).
Hope that clears it up!