Rest In Power Yoga and Reiki Scholarship Fund

is creating Sacred Healing Spaces, Classes + Immersions for BIPoC & QT Folx

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Yay Scholarships!

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$5
per month
  • Donations from $5-17! Each tier is listed with the minimum donation for that range.
  • For the Scholarship Supporter range, you'll receive
    • Monthly Patrons-only live meditation (virtual via Zoom)
    • Monthly astro-aligned affirmations (e.g. affirmations for Capricorn seasons)
    • Early access to RIPYR resources (e.g. "Ritual support for divesting from Amazon" eBook coming January 2021)
    • Discounts on all classes and courses 
    • Patron shout out on the website!
  • Early access to RIPYR content
  • Monthly astro-aligned affirmations
  • Patron shout-out
  • Patrons-only Monthly virtual live meditation class
  • 10% Discount on all RIPYR Services

Becoming Ancestral Membership!

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$18
per month
  • Donations from $18-53! Each tier is listed with the minimum donation for that range. 
  • For the Becoming Ancestral Supporter range, you'll receive
  • Everything in prior tiers + Access to an interactive membership portal with
    • recorded meditations
    • archives of some of my public classes
    • guidance on rituals, herbs, tarot, yoga sutras
    • decolonization support + resources
    • personal essays
    • recipe videos and more
  • Support others and support yourself!
  • Early access to RIPYR content
  • Patron shout-out
  • Monthly astro-aligned affirmations
  • Becoming Ancestral Online Membership
  • Patrons-only Monthly virtual live meditation class
  • 10% Discount on all RIPYR Services

Personal + Professional Updates

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$54
per month
  • Donations from $54 - 107! Each tier is listed with the minimum donation for that range.
  • For the Professional + Personal Updates range, you'll receive
    • All the benefits of previous tiers, plus
    • Work in Progress Updates re: my professional creations (e.g. eBooks and downloads) + my personal creations (e.g. my novel and poetry)

  • Becoming Ancestral Online Membership
  • 10% Discount on All services
  • Early access to RIPYR content
  • Monthly astro-aligned affirmations
  • Work-in-progress updates (digital)
  • Patron shout-out
  • Patrons-only Monthly virtual live meditation class

7

patrons

$178

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About


    Hi! Welcome to the Rest In Power Yoga and Reiki Patreon! I'm so glad you are here.

    Introduction
    If you don't know me, I'm Zel, aka Chris (Curious about by new name? Here's the story). I'm a Black queer and nonbinary humxn, and through my practice Rest In Power Yoga and Reiki LLC (aka RIPYR), I provide sacred, anti-colonial healing + educational spaces for Black and Indigenous folx, queer folx + allied accomplices. I've created this page to support scholarships for my offerings as I raise investments (prices) to ensure that the true value of the offering is reflected -- and that I'm actually getting paid for the exceptional quality of work I offer! That's right - I'm learning to own it.

    I spent 2016-2019 earning my M.S.Ed in Social Justice Education and certifications in Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Reiki + Meditation. In 2020 I heeded the call to combine them all, and I've built RIPYR into a practice that offers incredible (if I may say so!) public classes, online courses, Reiki certifications, yoga alliance continuing education and 1:1 coaching at the intersection of energy work + decolonization.

    The work
    I started out teaching yoga + meditation to housing insecure queer youth at the LGBT center in LA. I've since crafted an array of offerings, including Yoga for NonBinary Folx and Those Who Love UsSacred Energy Immersions (Reiki trainings/certifications), Purified Power: Embodying the Yamas + Niyamas with Natalie Backman, Social Justice as a Radiant Bliss Practice, and my public classes.

    I'm in beautiful sacred community with other BIPoC and Queer energy workers and healers, including:
    I'm also working with major apps like
    I've been a panelist or guest this year for:

    And despite 2020 surpassing my expectations and RIPYR becoming more successful than I ever imagined post-CoVID, I've haven't quite made ends meet.Why? Well, because I'm committed to accessibility, I offer donation-based classes, sliding scales, and scholarships. While people are usually generous enough to pay what they can, sometimes that means paying $1 for an offering worth $15 or $50 for an offering worth $500. Which creates the age-old conflict of being fairly compensated and remaining accessible. I did the math, and between undercharging for offerings and giving scholarships I couldn't really afford to give, in 2020 I've let go of around $10K in income to remain accessible to my core community. In 2020, I received just over $2K in donations to help defray that costs. Now, I'm hoping to build a community to cover that cost completely.

    This is where I need your help!

    2021 is my year of leveling up. I'm scaling my baby solopreneur business--for which I run all the back and front end on my own--so that I can offer deeply rooted healing services + sacred education to the folx that need it most AND also thrive financially myself! The best way to do that is to tap into community and share my gifts with you in a sustainable way. 

    You can support me on Patreon in exchange for:
  • All Tiers + (custom donations below $15)
    • Monthly subscribers-only live meditation (virtual) + recording
    • Quarterly guest teacher classes from teachers I think you should know
    • Supportive affirmations, prayers, and poems posted to Patreon
    • Discounts on all classes and courses
    • Early access to new resources (e.g. "Ritual support for divesting from Amazon" eBook coming January 2021)
    • Patron shout out on the website
    • Bigger # tiers can also tap into, personal updates, and private sessions.

    My goal: Raise $1000/month
  • $850/month for scholarships + access (~$10k/year after Patreon fees)
    • Provide 2 full scholarships to each Scared Energy Practitioner and Sacred Energy Teacher Reiki certifications ($800-$1000 each)
    • Provide partial scholarships for all Sacred Energy, Yoga for Nonbinary Folx + Purified Power courses
    • Keep public classes free for Q/T, BIPoC + disabled folx, and donation-based for others
    • Pay for accurate captioning services (for our deaf and hard-of-hearing fam)
    • Occasionally pay Spanish-language + Sign Language interpreters for live offerings
  • $75/month for payments to fabulous guest teachers I'd like you to know
    • I'll be able to pay other Black + Queer teachers who are struggling to make ends meet to offer your
  • $75/month for donations to Black + Indigenous organizations
    • emphasis on orgs that materially support queer, trans* and disabled Black and Indigenous folx
    • I'll post proof of donation, and you'll get to learn more about awesome orgs!
I'll take any support you can offer! Even if I don't meet my goal, any funds will increase my capacity to serve, and I'm grateful for anything you can share
Goals
7 of 50 patrons
I hope to have a thriving community! With 50 patreons, this community will be diverse AND sustainable :)
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