The gift economy represents a shift from consumption to contribution, transaction to trust, scarcity to abundance and isolation to community.”
Exploring the gift
This is an experiment so please bear with me as I attempt to explain and engage you in the process. Working in the gift economy is about creating a different kind of relationship where we explore something that reaches beyond mere transaction and exchange.
I am interested in the idea that what I have to offer cannot be solely measured by a blanket monetary value based on what others charge, what I believe I am worth or what the market dictates.
What is the gift worth?
In this 3 minute film about Pacific Salmon we discover the worth of salmon not only to the great bears who feast but also to the trees. Who’d have known! This film only just touches on the depth of these relationships but I hope serves as an opening into the interconnectedness operating in our world. These interdependent relationships are repeated the world over. We live inside this gift. It’s a dance of mutuality and inter-being, from which we all benefit.
The gift economy is founded on this understanding. Transactions are not always based on monetary value but in a reciprocity between the parties. There is a silent recognition, a knowing about the interconnectedness of all things, an acknowledgement of value and contribution.
To work in the gift economy, as it’s called, is to recognise these relationships. Instead of placing a fiscal value on my work, I am instead extending an invitation to explore it’s value and worth to you.
The gift I make is not a freebie. Far from it; it is a precious offering, something valuable.
Embedded in the gifts I offer is a whole back story. Like the Salmon I too have been on a long journey to reach this place. What I offer emerges from my own life journey, therapeutic adventures, training and professional experience.
My wellbeing practice is built on the back of over 30 years of professional training, including Psychodynamic Counselling, Life Coaching, EFT, Matrix Reimprinting and META Health. I also incur costs to maintain all this. Professional fees, insurance, online platforms, supervision, CPD and on-going training all have to be covered, before I can even begin to contribute towards my own living expenses, dreams and desires. I share all this to expand understanding of what substance lies behind the gifts I offer.
More details about how gift works in practice can be found below.
Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts.
Working with me
I offer my work as part of the gift economy to make them available to everyone no matter your economic situation. Those with capacity and abundance can gift generously, those with less can receive. I do however ask for a non-refundable deposit to secure a place on a workshop or a block of 5 sessions.
Workshop deposits – £5 – £15
5 Session deposit – £25
What is being offered is valuable. To honour this you are invited to make a gift that feels right to you, given:
Your financial means.
Your anticipation of the value.
Your desire to support Mairi’s work.
If your financial means are limited, then you can choose a token amount or to gift in some other way. You may have skills, time or something else you could offer. Some of you may appreciate the gift but you do not have time, energy or financial resources to make a gift yourself at this time. That’s fine, sometimes we simply need to receive, a time to gift will become apparent.
Consider your gift in the light of what represents a commitment to fully engaging in this work together. Please take time to really connect with the ideas of the gift economy, tune into the value is represents to you, then listen.
What is the gift you feel moved to make?
This all feels too uncomfortable:
If gifting feels awkward and uncomfortable and you just want to know what to pay. Here is a guide, please feel free to contribute something along this sliding scale.
Online workshops £15 – £75
Half Day workshops £25 – £75
Full day workshops £50 – £150
Single sessions £45 – £150
5 session block £225 – £750
Making a Gift
You can use the button below to make a gift using Paypal, or contact Mairi, for details to make a bank transfer or share details of the gift you wish to make.