This is the privacy policy for

Below the header, it's the usual stuff, because it's pretty boilerplate, and it's frankly what's required by the law.

Here's the deal:
I use software to communicate with you. Some of that requires me to have your name and email address. At least part of that is to protect me... I don't know if you've noticed, but the internet is full of Not Entirely Nice people, and allowing people to use your membership sites anonymously is dangerous to the other people on them.

However, I also believe that each of us has the right to decide when and where we share our current understandings of the world.

I teach meditation and yoga, but also some pretty challenging philosophy, social theory, and edgy stuff about consciousness. I understand that it might not be public knowledge that you are interested in those things, so I won't tell anybody outside of the circle that you are in it.

To me, the nature of privacy is that you get to control not only your data, but the story that is told about it.

I use the following software:

  • Membervault ( Privacy policy)
  • Mailchimp (Privacy policy)
  • Facebook
  • Google Analytics
  • A self-hosted blog written in Ghost that you can make an account on at This is the only database that I am personally responsible for, and I take appropriate precautions to keep that information from being hacked, but it only contains email addresses. I don't use passwords for log in, but magic links instead, so there is no risk of losing a password.

If you sign up for an account with me at Membervault, your email address will be added to my mailing list at Mailchimp so that I can communicate with you. Membervault doesn't provide any email services, so I need to make that link or I will not be able to talk to you. You can, like with all established mail services, always unsubscribe.

If you unsubscribe, the information about your account is still in Mailchimp, and I can still see it, but I am not allowed to send you email any longer. Again... this is how this works for every mailing list you are on or have been on and every mail service provider. If you want that to be deleted completely you can send me an email at and I can manually delete all trace of your data. (This is required by GDPR, so everybody has to be able to do this. I don't care if you are covered by GDPR, I will do it for anybody.)

I use the FB Pixel, which places a cookie on your computer that keeps track of which pages of my site you have been on. There is more detail below.

21 MAY 2020 • 6 MIN READ

Welcome to our Privacy Policy

Your privacy is critically important to us.

Hearthfellow Learning is an online course and membership site located at:

It is Hearthfellow Learning's policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our website. This Privacy Policy applies to (hereinafter, "us", "we", or ""). We respect your privacy and are committed to protecting personally identifiable information you may provide us through the Website. We have adopted this privacy policy ("Privacy Policy") to explain what information may be collected on our Website, how we use this information, and under what circumstances we may disclose the information to third parties. This Privacy Policy applies only to information we collect through the Website and does not apply to our collection of information from other sources.

This Privacy Policy, together with the Terms and conditions posted on our Website, set forth the general rules and policies governing your use of our Website. Depending on your activities when visiting our Website, you may be required to agree to additional terms and conditions.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, Hearthfellow Learning collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Hearthfellow Learning's purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how Hearthfellow Learning's visitors use its website. From time to time, Hearthfellow Learning may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

Hearthfellow Learning also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on blog posts. Hearthfellow Learning only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to Hearthfellow Learning's websites choose to interact with Hearthfellow Learning in ways that require Hearthfellow Learning to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that Hearthfellow Learning gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who sign up for a course at to provide a username and email address.


The security of your Personal Information is important to us, but remember that no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage is 100% secure. While we strive to use commercially acceptable means to protect your Personal Information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

Links To External Sites

Our Service may contain links to external sites that are not operated by us. If you click on a third party link, you will be directed to that third party's site. We strongly advise you to review the Privacy Policy and terms and conditions of every site you visit.

We have no control over, and assume no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any third party sites, products or services. uses Google AdWords and FB Pixel for remarketing uses the remarketing services to advertise on third party websites (including Google) to previous visitors to our site. It could mean that we advertise to previous visitors who haven't completed a task on our site, for example using the contact form to make an enquiry. This could be in the form of an advertisement on the Google search results page, or a site in the Google Display Network. Third-party vendors, including Google, use cookies to serve ads based on someone's past visits. Of course, any data collected will be used in accordance with our own privacy policy and Google's privacy policy.

You can set preferences for how Google advertises to you using the Google Ad Preferences page, and if you want to you can opt out of interest-based advertising entirely by cookie settings or permanently using a browser plugin.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

Hearthfellow Learning discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on Hearthfellow Learning's behalf or to provide services available at Hearthfellow Learning's website, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using Hearthfellow Learning's website, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. Hearthfellow Learning will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, Hearthfellow Learning discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when Hearthfellow Learning believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of Hearthfellow Learning, third parties or the public at large.

If you are a registered user of and have supplied your email address, Hearthfellow Learning may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what's going on with Hearthfellow Learning and our products. We primarily use our blog to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. Hearthfellow Learning takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.

Aggregated Statistics

Hearthfellow Learning may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its website. Hearthfellow Learning may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, Hearthfellow Learning does not disclose your personally-identifying information.

Affiliate Disclosure

This site uses affiliate links and does earn a commission from certain links. This does not affect your purchases or the price you may pay.


To enrich and perfect your online experience, Hearthfellow Learning uses "Cookies", similar technologies and services provided by others to display personalized content, appropriate advertising and store your preferences on your computer.

A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor's computer, and that the visitor's browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. Hearthfellow Learning uses cookies to help Hearthfellow Learning identify and track visitors, their usage of, and their website access preferences. Hearthfellow Learning visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using Hearthfellow Learning's websites, with the drawback that certain features of Hearthfellow Learning's websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

By continuing to navigate our website without changing your cookie settings, you hereby acknowledge and agree to Hearthfellow Learning's use of cookies.


Those who engage in transactions with Hearthfellow Learning – by purchasing Hearthfellow Learning's services or products, are asked to provide additional information, including as necessary the personal and financial information required to process those transactions. In each case, Hearthfellow Learning collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor's interaction with Hearthfellow Learning. Hearthfellow Learning does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, Hearthfellow Learning may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in Hearthfellow Learning's sole discretion. Hearthfellow Learning encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.

Credit & Contact Information

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