Finance Policy

This Policy is essentially for workshops conducted by any group of members and invite WSLB delivering the content. Typically, WSLB Does not itself organise workshops (SWS).

After having conducted many, many workshops in Bangalore and outside, the WSLB has arrived at a sustainable practice, yet be governed by Tradition 7 which simply says, “we are self-supporting through our own contributions.”

For each workshop, the local organizing group/s will estimate the total expenses for day one of the SWS and based on the estimated number of participants, work out the average contribution per head for day 1.

The total day 1 cost may include:

1.    Amortization of investment in equipment over three workshops, Travel, boarding and lodging of WSLs and/or outstation volunteers (if any) who are financially not well off to sustain such expense.

2.    Costs such as rent, paid workers, photocopying for handouts and consumables such as whiteboard markers, notebooks, pens, food and refreshments, etc.

The estimated cost per head is rounded-up to the nearest Rs. 10/- and is announced as the day 1 contribution to the kitty to be paid along with the registration, which will close 24 hours before the start of the SWS.

Walk-in registrations to pay 25% extra prior to entering the hall, to defray extra expenditure to be incurred for their food and refreshments etc. Thereafter they contribute to the kitty as all others do.

It is the responsibility of those participants who cannot afford the first-day registration fee to find sponsors who will pay on their behalf at the time of registration. Walk-Ins will pay 25% more.

Accounts for all inflows and outflows in the SWS will be put up by the Organisers, as usual, after an appropriate break and the kitty will be passed around only if there is a deficit to be met for the day.

Any surplus at the end of the SWS shall be disposed of as per the group conscience of the participants present in the last session. Typically, any surplus is distributed equally amongst present in the last session.

WSLB will follow tradition 7 and implement it as above. This policy needs to be communicated to the local organizing groups at the very beginning when an SWS is being discussed. However, the local group conscience will prevail as they are the producers of the workshop and WSLB only delivers the content.

WSLB will determine which WSLs and/or outstation volunteers qualify for financial support for their defraying their actual expenses as described above, based on the actual cost of travel, board and lodging of the concerned SWS, and also the earning capacity of the individuals concerned.

WSLB neither charges nor collects any Fees for itself or its WSLs. Their effort, time, experience and knowledge are always provided free.

The 12 Step Workshop

The 12-Step Workshop - or SWS for short is the entry-level programme for people to work the 12-steps of AA. Coached by AAs, for AAs and of AAs, the SWS is a 3-day programme.


The Promises Workshop, or PWS for short, is for people who've maintained long-term sobriety and have completed doing at least two SWSs. They need to have also actually worked all the 12 Steps in their entirety.

Train the Trainer

WSLB believes in the AA tradition of "give it away to keep it". Hence a Train the Trainer (T3WS) Course.