As part of our flexible economy framework, all members have the opportunity to earn marbles and thereby cover their contribution by covering pending tasks and responsibilities. The number of marbles you earn can variate depending on your motivation and skills. You might need between 2 and 8 hours of work to fully cover the basic contribution for each day of your participation.
If you ever were running your own farm, build your own furniture or previously organised events you are very likely to be on the low end.
If you have two left hands, no experience in getting responsible about the outcome of your work or you intentionally select unknown works for their learning experience you are more likely to be on the upper end of the scale.
If you are able to provide a valuable work input you might even earn more marbles than you need to cover your basic contribution. In that case you can use spare marbles to recover any previous payment you made to the project in this season, including the event and membership fees. That way you can end up joining for free. But this is just realistic for people the relevant skills. The entire organisational framework of work exchange and economic exchange is designed to offer you a maximum of freedom and flexibility and to empower you to step into self-responsibility without rigid structures and the usual hierarchic management and control. For many people this is a very new experience, possibly challenging, which offers a great learning experience and might change your entire understanding of work, freedom and self-responsibility. Please keep in mind that during the initial phase of understanding and adaptation your work exchange should not focus on maximum earning but on the conscious learning involved which gets supported by our attentive guidance. Be aware that it might take weeks till your work input gets efficient. During that phase you need to be prepared for covering part of the contribution through monetary payments, which you later might recover. If you do not have the economic means to be relaxed about the exact economic contribution, nor do you have relevant experiences and skills, you might better join in a different moment.
Please be aware:
Independent of work exchange, every participant is usually expected to cover your part in the communal household tasks (1 to 2 hours per day without earning marbles)
We are not always able to provide work exchange for everyone. if you are dependend on work exchange to cover (part of) the costs of your stay, it is very important to communicate with the Team beforehand.
If you are interested to step into effective work exchange you should join at least one entire moon cycle, starting with the initial introduction and joining the dedicated group process.
Even during work exchange, you will have freedom in choosing working hours and tasks which suits you, fits the activities you are interested to join and leaves space for your personal process inside the laboratory.
We do not predict the number of marbles you will earn by work exchange, as this depends on your motivation and skills but also on the actual situation and necessities in the project. Please make sure having some monetary funds in case you are not sure about the relevance of your skills and your ability to apply them.
Not always it is possible to do the work exchange during an event. In case you want to reduce the contribution during an event marked as „no work exchange opportunities“ you need to achieve this in previous or posterior periods.
We do not distinguish between different roles related to your work exchange status, like volunteer, paying guest etc.. That means that there is no difference in treatment and privileges and everybody present is an equal member of our community.
There is no expectation for you to get involved in work exchange during your stay. You are very welcome to cover the entire contribution with money while others cover all pending tasks on the project level. In case you do not want to be challenged by stepping into a totally new work environment, but instead, want to concentrate on other personal processes we recommend to not enter the work exchange at all