At The Weekly Service...
We believe in the possibility of a thriving and fulfilling future where we are connected to our own values and purpose, to a strong and active local community, and to the land on which we depend. Our role in accelerating this transition is to act as conveners who bring people together to reweave and restore community.
Membership is your opportunity to participate in building this community by investing your gifts, time and/or money in its future. Your generosity enables us to do what we do best – curate experiences that deepen community. As a member you receive free entry to all our services, invitations to our quarterly retreats, monthly meals, clearness committees, and support to start your own project or join another members' project.
When community deepens magic happens. New conversations take place. Projects are born. Bridges are built. Creative alchemy occurs. A new story emerges and a new future becomes possible. The Weekly Service is a tiny pebble in a very large ocean, but it creates ripples. And the ripples are widening.
We’re excited to invite you to become a part of the beautiful membership community we are growing.
Before accepting our invitation we encourage you to take a few minutes to read through the information provided below to make sure membership is the right fit for you. If you have already decided membership is right for you sign up here:
Benefits of being a member
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How it all fits together
Engage as much or as little as you like
These are a few of our incredible members. To find out more about them and why they joined click on their image.
What Our Members Are Saying
I’ve been doing yoga for over 10 years and have always done a lot of self-reflection so openness and connection have been really important to me. But over all these years I can pinpoint becoming a member of the Weekly Service as being the biggest shift for me in opening up. I feel like my mindfulness practices are indispensable but The Weekly Service community had this really profound and quick effect of facilitating connection with myself and others over the space of 6 to 12 months. In this community I'm surrounded by conversations that are loving and caring and before I know it I've jumped from head to heart.
+ Why does the membership program exist?
We want The Weekly Service to be available for as long as our community needs it. For this to happen we need money to cover our costs as well as people’s time and energy to deliver the experiences. Additionally in our experience when people invest their love and time into something they feel a sense of ownership and responsibility for its continuation. The Weekly Service lives or dies by the support of our community.
+ What am I joining and what is expected of me?
When you attend a service you become part of the community. When you become a member you deepen your commitment to the community. If you’d like to see the kind of lovely humans that are in our midst, have a look at our community page, or come along to a members picnic. Also if you want to get a sense of what it’s like to be a member read Luke Hockley’s story ‘Building Parachutes’, or Kirsty Moegerlein’s ‘Community must be found’.
As far as expectations of your commitment are concerned, investing your money is absolutely enough, but if you want to deepen your involvement there are many ways to do so. An overview of this these options is provided here.
+ How much does it cost?
Standard membership is $50 a month.
We are aware that this is out of reach for some people in our community. For this reason we also offer reduced-rate membership for $30 a month. If your income and/or expenses prohibit you from investing $50 a month we are happy for you to self-nominate for reduced-rate membership.
We have some especially generous members who invest more than $50 which helps us cover the cost of members who pay the reduced rate or are honorary members. If you can afford to invest more than $50 this will enable us to welcome more members facing financial hardship.
We also offer membership for couples and are happy to offer the second membership at the reduced-rate of $30 per month.
Membership is paid via direct debit using a credit card or debit card. If you do not have a credit card or debit card please get in touch with us and we will arrange an alternative payment method.
+ How did you arrive at that cost?
Research indicates that intimacy and connection begins to deteriorate when the size of a community is above 120 people. We have therefore committed to keeping the number of members at any one service location (e.g. Thornbury or Sydney) below 120. However this creates a tension because it means we need to cover the bulk of our costs with revenue from a small membership base.
The annual running costs of a service site, when you factor in direct and indirect costs, is between $50k - $70k. At $50 per month per member, we can afford to keep the service afloat whilst maintaining intimacy. If you would like more information about our costs and revenue you can read through our financials here.
+ Where does my money go?
The Weekly Service is incorporated as a proprietary limited business operating as a social enterprise. Membership revenue is used to pay for costs which include but are not limited to venue hire, food, and salaries. All our profits are invested back into the organisation and to supporting members’ community projects voted on by our members using Cobudget (an online collaborative budgeting tool). Our financials are transparent and are made available online at the end of each financial year.
+ What if I can’t afford to become a member?
Membership is accessible to everyone regardless of their financial situation. If you face significant financial hardship and cannot afford to invest your money in a reduced-rate membership you can apply to become an Honorary Member. Honorary Members offer their gifts and time to The Weeekly Service in a way that brings them alive and assists the organisation to remain sustainable. To apply please get in touch with us to discuss how you can use your gifts to support the sustainability of The Weekly Service.
+ If I volunteer my time by playing a delivery role at a service (curator, host, musician, or meditation lead) do I still have to pay?
Service delivery roles are considered voluntary gifts to the community by members who wish to use their hands and hearts to support in the co-creation and magic of the service. These particular roles do not qualify you for Honorary Membership. Please get in touch with us to discuss other roles you might play in exchange for Honorary Membership.
+ If I am not a member, can I still come to the retreats, lunches and dinners?
In our experience when group sizes get too large, forming deep connections becomes more challenging. Additionally, we find that through commitment one’s sense of belonging deepens. For this reason only members receive invitations to our retreats, lunches and dinners. If you want to get a taste for these experiences before committing we are happy to invite you to come along to dip your toe in.
+ How do I cancel my membership?
You can cancel your membership by clicking on "Already have an account?" above the "Sign up for your membership" box. If you can’t remember your password, please get in touch with us and we will cancel it for you.
Please read the following information before selecting your membership option:
Standard membership: The standard investment in membership is $50 per month. At this level you cover the cost of membership and ensure the future financial sustainability of The Weekly Service.
Reduced rate membership: If your income and/or expenses prohibit you from investing $50 per month we are happy for you to self-nominate for a reduced-rate membership of $30 per month. Please note however, If every member paid this amount our organisation would not be financially sustainable. At present the organisation can only accommodate for a small number of reduced-rate members. Please take this into consideration before selecting this option.
Especially generous memberships: To enable us to offer reduced-rate and honorary memberships we depend on some members investing more than $50 per month. If you are in a position to do so your extra investment will be used to provide the opportunity for financially disadvantaged members of our community to take advantage of membership ensuring no one is excluded from the community.