It’s Bodhipaksa here, and I want to tell you (more) about…
My Big Idea!
A few months ago, realizing that offering our online meditation courses by donation was no longer viable, I came up with the idea of turning Wildmind into a Community-Supported Meditation Initiative.
The idea was that we’d have 1,500 shares available for sponsorship. When people like you sponsored these shares, for just $6 a month, they’d get access to the body of online meditation courses that I’d created over the years, along with some other perks. This would also give me the financial stability to continue to teach meditation. It’s a win/win proposition!
The Big Question: Would It Work?
I have to say that early on, I wondered if I was insane. I really started to doubt whether there were enough people who would step up and take advantage of this initiative. Fortunately it turns out that I wasn’t crazy after all!
We’ve had incredibly steady growth. I’d feared that we might have some initial rapid growth, followed by a plateau, but so far, three months in, that hasn’t happened.
How You Benefit
We’re now approaching 600 sponsors, because the benefits are so great! More about those in a moment.
On average each subscriber is sponsoring two shares, even though they’d get the same benefits for sponsoring just one, at $6 a month. Why are they doing that? Because they appreciate what’s going on here, and want to support it. So there’s the benefit of knowing you’re supporting something that changes lives.
But there are, of course, other benefits as well.
As a sponsor, you’ll receive a monthly community newsletter. In that newsletter is a link to an exclusive article. There’s also a link to a free guided meditation download.
Here’s the biggest benefit: In each newsletter there’s a link to at least one meditation course that you can enroll in at no extra charge. These are the same courses that we used to offer in the range of $40 to $120. Plus I’m adding new courses. In fact the next new course starts later this month. More about that in a second.
And of course there’s an online community you can join, where you can discuss your practice and, if you’re participating in one of the online courses, chat with me and other participants about how it’s going, and have your questions answered.
Sitting With Bodhi Course: Launches July 15
Soon I’m launching a brand new meditation course. It offers meditation guidance in the form of 28 guided meditations that you can work your way through at your own pace. The meditations, which you can stream or download, are delivered by email.
The only way to participate in this course is to become a sponsor.
Now Is the Time
At the time of writing, over 70% of the shares have already been sponsored.
Once the other shares have been taken up, this opportunity may not again come for a while, and we’ll certainly be increasing the cost of shares—perhaps quite soon.
This really is an amazing opportunity, and I hope you want to join us. If you want to find out more, please use the form below!
Really happy to see the steady growth. I was also fearful that there would be a fall off after the usual suspects had stepped up at the beginning. Glad I was way off the mark. Funny for me as well because I circulated a similar graph at work to show bosses and colleagues that their claims about completing a project on time were just magical thinking. I am not a very popular person around the office these days.
I love that these much needed courses are available online. A lot of folks are unable to attend meditation classes or live in areas where they just don’t exist. I appreciate this and wish you the best of luck with it in the future.