You must pay in advance for your class to assure your spot. If you prefer to pay by cash, that is probably fine, but you need to personally contact me to introduce yourself and ardently assure me that you will indeed show up to class!

pay by check ~ preferred method:

mail to

dara merin

(call for street address, or please look

at the very bottom of your latest Sage Table newsletter if you received one)

oakland ca 94609

pay by PayPal:

Log into your Paypal account,

click “Send Money”

Use the email


choose the option to

“send money to family or friends”

Otherwise, it’s possible that

somebody pays fees and I’d prefer

that it not be me.)

any questions? just call

dara 510/914-1142

payment instructions & 
CANCeLLATIoN policyThe_Sage_Table_Home.html


What is sliding scale? It is when you decide how much to pay!

Why do I offer sliding scale? I have been told countless times that I can and ought to charge more for my teachings. Many folks have also shared with me that they would love to be able to come to one of my classes, but cannot do so because of financial limitations. Because I am hesitant to attach a higher price to my classes, but would still appreciate being compensated fairly by those who can afford to, I have decided to allow YOU to decide what you would like to offer me as reimbursements for my teachings. If you can pay on the higher end, please do so! If you are limited in funds right now, pay on the lower end. And as always, please (!), if you would like to attend a class but are even more limited in funds, let’s talk. I am always open to barter, especially if you practice some form of healing arts, and figuring out a situation that works for both of us.


*If it is more than 3 days before your scheduled class and you need to cancel, and you have already assured your spot by paying, you have a few options:

1) find someone to take your place

  1. 2)use the fee towards another future class

3) I can refund you the original fee.

*If is is less than 3 days before class, I am sorry that I cannot offer you a refund. If you have a friend who would like to take the class in your stead, you can let me know what and I will happily welcome them instead! If you cannot find someone to take your place and there is a waiting list for the class, there might be enough time to contact someone on the list to come instead. In this case, you will be able to apply the entire class fee towards a future class. If not, I am sorry that there are no refunds so late in the game. The nature of my classes make this all a bit tricky, so thank you for understanding!!

*If is is the day of class and you need to cancel, I am sorry, but I cannot issue you a refund or make any other offer. Thank you for your understanding!!

{cooking classes}cooking_classes.html
{resources & links}resources_links.html
{about dara}about_dara.html
{cooking services}cooking_services.html
{gift certificates }gift_certificates.html