Refunds, Payment Plans and Worktrade

Wild Abundance is passionate about sharing skills and knowledge.  We want our classes to be accessible to everyone who has interest in them.  We also want our work to support us so that we can continue teaching and learning ourselves.  


Wild Abundance is a small business and we rely on tuition payments in order to offer our classes and programs.  Often the contribution of just one or two students will put us past the break-even point (we pay guest instructors, purchase materials, etc.).  We hope that you understand we do not issue refunds for tuition payments unless you suffer a serious personal or family emergency that renders you incapable of attending.  

Payment Plans

In some cases we offer a payment plan option so that you can spread the cost of a class out over several weeks or months (depending on the class). We generally ask folks on a payment plan to pay, in total, a “middle” price on the sliding scale. (Or, if the class is a set price, we will add a $75 admin fee to the total).  This is for two reasons.  First, payment plans are “riskier” for us because students may drop out of a class after making only one or two payments.  Second, keeping track of payments made and reminding folks to make payments is more work on our part.


One of the main ways that we make our classes financially accessible is by offering worktrade options.  Some classes have full and partial worktrade options, some just have partial worktrade available.  You will find worktrade applications on the individual pages of each class with details about hours, deposits, etc. There is a fee associated with applying for worktrade so that we can cover our administrative overhead and know that you are serious about taking the class. We also ask worktraders to pay a deposit or furnish some other kind of collateral, which will be returned upon completion of their hours.  Many worktrade activities are not glamorous and may be repetitive and/or strenuous.  We try to match worktrade tasks with interest and ability as best we can.  Worktrade is great help to us.  Managing worktraders (scheduling, tasks, etc.) is also work on our part.  We ask for your patience, understanding and flexibility if you decide to worktrade for a class.  

Required Worktrade Hours, Fees, and Deposits

Class Name Tuition Range Partial WT Tuition Partial WT Hours Admin Fee Refundable Deposit Full WT Hours
Cycles of Life $300 – $600 1/2 of Current Tuition 15 $50 N/A 30
Spring Garden School $700 – $800 1/2 of Current Tuition 35 $100 $350 65
Essentials-Permaculture $2500 – $3000 1/2 of Current Tuition 125 $200 Full WT Unavailable Full WT Unavailable
Permaculture Design Certification $900 – $1500 1/2 of Current Tuition 50 $200 $500 90
Tiny House and Natural Building $850 – $1350 1/2 of Current Tuition 43 $200 $500 75
Women’s Basic Carpentry $400 – $900 1/2 of Current Tuition 25 $100 $300 50
Women’s Advanced Carpentry $400 – $900 1/2 of Current Tuition 25 $100 $300 50
Permaculture for Land Stewards $700 – $900 1/2 of Current Tuition 35 $150 $400 55
Wild Foods Adventure $200 – $500 1/2 of Current Tuition 12 $50 $150 25
Hide Tanning $250 – $500 1/2 of Current Tuition 12 $50 $150 25

If you have any further questions about refunds, payment plans or work-trade please email them to: