Refunds, Payment Plans and Worktrade

*We have revised our refund policy in response to the global coronavirus pandemic – see below*

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 need 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.

Coronavirus Refund Policy

Updated March 30, 2020

We acknowledge that the spread of coronavirus and COVID-19 are serious and can feel scary, and as a result we’ve amended our refund policy accordingly.  We hope these changes will accommodate the needs of our students during this crisis.  

Any classes that are not able to run safely will be rescheduled and/or taught in an online format. Registrations after March 30th will not be eligible for refunds. 

We’re currently offering free transfers to future classes for those who cannot attend now due to concerns about coronavirus and COVID-19, or because your class was postponed for safety reasons. 

We have a budget for a small number of refunds (minus processing fees) for April classes based on need. If you are in danger of losing your housing, need medical assistance, etc, please let us know using this form, and we will consider a refund. Please understand that we cannot provide refunds to everyone – it would literally put us out of business. 

We understand that everyone is touched by this epidemic and challenged uniquely. As a result, our aim is to engage in respectful and compassionate dialogue about your particular situation. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this difficult time.

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 a 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.

Payment plans for partial worktrades incur a $50 payment plan fee (see “Payment Plans” for our rationale for the fee).

Is Worktrade Right for You?

Please carefully consider the following information as you decide whether or not to register for the worktrade program. Our work days are only on Wednesdays from 11am – 3pm onsite at Wild Abundance. We only recommend worktrade to locals with reliable transportation since it requires weekly commuting. Additionally, you cannot complete your worktrade hours during class. Our class days are long, comprehensive, and can be intense. Not only will there be little time to complete work trade during class, but you will want to focus on your learning experience! We occasionally accept special work trades if you have high value skills that you can consistently contribute to the worktrade program (e.g. massage, woodworking, marketing, photography, teaching, etc). If you have a proposal for a special worktrade, please email to see if we have a place for your skills at Wild Abundance.

Required Worktrade Hours, Fees, and Deposits

Please note that worktrade is not available for all classes or sessions.

Class Name Full Tuition Range Partial WT Hours Partial WT Tuition Full WT Hours Administrative Fee
Refundable Deposit
Earthskills & Permaculture Immersion $3500-$4990 189 $2,000 n/a n/a n/a
Permaculture Design Course $979-$1449 45 $625 73 $200 $500
Advanced Permaculture Course $400-$800 20 $200 27 $100 $100
Wildcrafting & Medicine Making $425-$900 22.5 $262.50 33 $100 $200
Women’s Rewilding Weekend $400-$900 22.5 $250 33 $100 $200
Survival Skills Intensive $450-$900 20 $200 27 $100 $100
Hide Tanning $400-$800 20 $200 27 $100 $100
Women’s Basic Carpentry $600-$1000 25 $325 38 $125 $200
Advanced Women’s Carpentry $600-$1000 25 $325 38 $125 $200
Combined Women’s Carpentry $1100-$1900 48 $575 70 $250 $450
Tiny House & Natural Building Intensive $1000-$1700 44 $525 67 $200 $500

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