I’ve been asked the same questions over and over again about Wildmind’s new meditation initiative, and so I thought I’d put all the questions and answers in one place.
What is the Initiative?
Wildmind is a community-supported meditation initiative. Almost 750 supporters sponsor our “community shares,” which gives Wildmind financial stability so that we can focus on teaching. In return, our initiative gives our sponsors access to a wide range of meditation materials and membership of a community of practitioners.
What are the benefits?
As a sponsor, you’ll receive:
- Access to my online courses. This includes those I’ve developed in the past and any new courses I develop in the future through Wildmind.
- A monthly newsletter that’s just for sponsors.
- A monthly guided meditation download.
- An exclusive monthly article on our blog that isn’t accessible to regular blog visitors.
- Membership of an online community of meditation practitioners from around the world, in a special community website.
- Coming shortly: Access to community meditation sessions on Zoom.
- If you’re on our mailing list, no more of promotional emails about the Initiative! ?
What’s a Community Share?
By sponsoring a share you’re making a monthly contribution to Wildmind. It’s not the same as buying a share in a company, where you own part of the company. It’s a share in Wildmind’s output, similar to how with community-supported agriculture you purchase a share of a farm’s output.
How much are community shares?
One share is just $4 a month. For as long as you continue to sponsor at least one share, you’ll benefit from our initiative.
Is there any benefit to sponsoring more than one share?
Yes and no! The average person sponsors two shares, but several people have sponsored five or ten, and one person sponsors 20 shares.
We don’t offer different levels of benefits to people who sponsor multiple shares. But knowing that you’re helping to support your meditation teacher is something that will, I hope, bring you some happiness. Karma (depending on your definition of that word) is real!
How do I pay?
Most sponsors use PayPal, which is very simple to use. You can subscribe here.
Can I use a credit or debit card instead?
Yes! We prefer PayPal, but if you’d rather use a card we’re happy to accommodate you. Just download this form, complete it, and return it to us.
How do I access the benefits?
As a sponsor, you’ll receive a monthly Community Newsletter. That newsletter contains links to meditation courses, a guided meditation download, and an exclusive article, which is on our blog but only available to subscribers.
Is there any extra cost for the courses?
No, there aren’t any extra charges for the courses or anything else.
How can you make all those benefits available for as little as $4 a month?
We’ve chosen to be supported by lots of people paying a relatively small amount each month. This provides us enough to cover our costs, while making our meditation teaching available to as many people as possible.
Do I get access to all the courses as soon as I sign up?
What we do is make two to three courses available each month. You can do more than once course at a time, but I’d recommend doing only one. Meditation is about quality, not quantity. It’s not possible to make all the courses available at the same time because each includes an element of personal guidance.
Can I cancel anytime I want?
Of course! If you subscribe using PayPal you can simply log in to your account and cancel any time you want. Or you can write to us and we’ll take care of that for you.
I live outside the US. Are there foreign currency conversion fees?
With a credit or debit card there may be a foreign transaction fee. Check with your bank! With PayPal there are no extra fees.
Is the Bodhi Mind App included?
The Bodhi Mind app, which is for iPhone only, gives access to a large library of my guided meditations. It’s only available through the iTunes app store, and at the moment it isn’t included in the initiative. If you’re interested in this app, you can download it here.
How do I become a sponsor?
You can subscribe by PayPal using this form:
If you’d prefer not to use PayPal, you can download a credit card billing authorization form. You can complete this on-screen, then print, sign, and return it to us by mail or email.