The gift economy represents a shift from consumption to contribution, transaction to trust, scarcity to abundance and isolation to community.”

Charles Eisenstein.

Exploring the gift

This is an experiment I’ve been thinking about for a while. I feel vulnerable opening up to this new way of working, 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, an acknowledgement of the 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. In this I ask you to think about how this gift impacts your life and then to consider the chain of events that made it all possible.

The gift I make is not a freebie.

Far from it; it is a precious offering. For my part, it is the contribution I can make based on all that has gone before. Embedded in my gift 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 story and therapeutic adventures. I am still voyaging the ocean depths.

In addition to that, my therapeutic coaching practice is built on the back of over 30 years of training. I also incur costs to maintain my practice. 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. I share all this to expand understanding of what lies behind the gifts I offer.

What I contribute comes from my unique experience of this entangled web to which we all belong.

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.

Alan Cohen

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 deposit – £5
  • 5 Session deposit – £25

After sessions or a workshop

Pay: 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

Gift: Please take time to really connect with the ideas of the gift economy, then listen. What is the gift you feel moved to make?

  • Do you wish to make a financial gift to support my continued work in the world and to contribute towards my life expenses?
  • Would you prefer to gift in some other way, what is that?
  • Perhaps you want to pass the gift on elsewhere in the world? What would that be?
  • 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.
Make Mairi a gift

As our self care practice deepens we increase our capacity to gift of ourselves in the world, until then practice Radical Self Care to heal yourself first.

Mairi