All About The Lottery

As part of our 2022 equity initiatives, we have changed the registration system for our upcoming eight-week classes.

Starting with our Winter 2023 session, we'll be using a lottery to assign the opportunity to buy classes. A lottery-style registration will remove some of the time pressure on registration (classes will no longer sell out in minutes). This also makes registration more accessible for people who have less flexibility or access to computers during the day.

This change will be used for eight-week classes beginning Winter 2023, and for all eight-week classes moving forward. Please plan ahead and read the following information below to understand how this lottery-style registration will work.

We know this system will be quite a change for our student body. We strongly feel that it is needed to address equity in registration and to allow for a more fair way to sign up for classes.

Please reach out if you have any questions. 


Give me the quick summary!

Go here to get a lottery ticket. We'll email you on December 1st with a randomly assigned time when you'll be eligible to buy a spot in our Winter 2023 Eight Week Classes.

When will this start?

Lottery tickets will be available starting October 12th and close on December 1st, 2022. This lottery will be for our eight-week classes that start the week of January 16th, 2023 and end the week of March 6th.

What do I need to do?

If you're interested in taking an eight-week class for Winter 2023, just put a lottery ticket in your cart and check out. No purchase is necessary, and you're under no obligation to buy a class.

There's no advantage to signing up earlier or later; just enter the lottery before it closes on December 1st.

Lottery tickets are assigned to your account, so you'll need to login or register for an account before you can get a ticket. You only need to enter each lottery once; the same lottery is being used for access to all of our Winter 2023 eight-week classes. You can always check the status of your lottery entry by visiting your account page.

What happens then?

We'll stop offering lottery tickets on December 1st, the day before classes go on sale. We'll then randomly assign access times to each person who entered the lottery. Everyone who enters the lottery will receive an email the same day we do the lottery. That email will have all the details about when they'll be eligible to buy a class.

Classes will for Winter 2023 will begin selling on Friday, December 2nd. We expect classes to completely sell out through lottery ticket holders.

What do I do when it's my time to buy a class?

Just make sure you're logged in to the same account you used to enter the lottery, and then visit the page for the class you want to buy. You'll see an updated countdown that's specific to your account. When it hits zero, you can buy the class.

You'll have as much time as you like to buy your class, although do remember that other folks will likely be shopping at the same time as you. Putting a class into your cart doesn't guarantee that you'll be able to buy it; you'll need to complete checkout and payment.

You can buy up to two classes with one lottery ticket.

What about current students?

In order to help our students maintain continuity in their practice, existing students are allowed to register ahead of the general public.

Does this change mean you're giving away free classes?

No, this lottery is how we're randomly assigning access times to buy classes. 

Note that we do continue to offer free spaces to people who identify as BIPOC in our eight-week classes and workshops.

When my lottery ticket is drawn, how do I know I'll get into the class I want?

The lottery is used to assign access times in a random way, and we're unable to guarantee availability for any particular class (or any class at all). If past demand is any indication, the majority of people who enter the lottery will not be able to buy a class.

How can I game this system to improve my chances of getting into a class?

Please don't be that person.

What about waitlists?

If more class spots open up, then we'll invite people from the lottery to have access to them. We'll make those invitations in the order that they drawn in the lottery.

 

I have a question!

Great! Please don't hesitate to reach out and we'll get back to you.