Financial Philosophy and Policy

Heron's Bridge\Valley Women's Martial Arts, a membership organization and integrative arts education center, is dedicated to offering a variety of programs including various kinds of martial arts; self-protection, self-care, and healing skills; movement meditation, interpretive dance, and poetry. Our studio is wheelchair accessible, and program fees are on a full sliding basis. All who wish to participate are welcome, regardless of ability to pay for classes.

Each participant's survival, health, positive development, and overall well-being depends on collective as well as individual strength, support, and resources. At Heron's Bridge\VWMA every member's contributions are valued.

Heron's Bridge\VWMA is a collaborative non-profit community-based center that is committed to providing education through movement arts and poetry, all with a focus on feminist social justice values. The school relies on participants' membership fees, monthly dues, fundraising activities, and volunteer efforts of all kinds to keep our programs viable. We gratefully accept tax-deductible contributions to support special projects and workshops on-site and throughout the area.

When you join Heron's Bridge\VWMA, you have access to group and private instruction with nationally and internationally recognized Black Belt and equivalent-level instructors. The studio is available by arrangement for a variety of uses. Rental fees for non-members are reasonable. Members may use the space free-of-charge, or for a reduced rate, depending on the activity.

What does it cost to take classes at Heron's Bridge\VWMA?
The answer to this question is up to you. All fees are on a full sliding scale basis (honor system). When figuring out the amount of monthly dues you will pay,  please consider your income and circumstances  (inheritance, investments, unemployment, number of dependents, medical situation, etc.). 

Current sliding scale range per month of classes: $5 to $100
Middle income average amount per month of classes: $50
Middle income average amount per class: $15
Annual membership fee:    $50 -- individual.      $75 -- family.
Due within the first month of classes, renewable each Autumn.
Belt Promotion Fee:    $30 -- age 18 & up.      $15 -- age 17 and younger.
Fee Waivers:  any fee may be waived if needed.

Courage, compassion & generosity through movement