In response to the 2 previous comments:
1) The 'Sliding Scale' means that if you can afford it and you were excited about the service you received then you can pay $12 per hour, but you are also welcome to pay the shop minimum of $6 per hour. You get to choose your rate between $6-12/hr just like you do at the community acupuncture clinic.
2) While the figure 50% sounds like a lot, we hope that a $2/hour increase is fairly insignificant to most people. This is the first time we've raised our shop rate in 10 years, despite the increase of all other expenses.
It was a difficult decision for us to make, as we try to keep BICAS as accessible as possible to everyone; however, we also want to make sure that we can fund the great programming that everyone has come to enjoy and appreciate. Everyone is also still welcome to pay for shop time with worktrade.
We hope to see you soon at BICAS. Thank you for sharing your concerns.