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Notice:
Please be advised that, effective July 10, 2013, Vinny has almost entirely ceased accepting new clients for his consulting and contractual R&D services in the realms of mainstream science and engineering, alternative health, nutrition and also in the realms of strange science/fringe science and alchemy/ormus nutritionals, in order to devote more of his time to his spiritual work. While Vinny will continue to provide consulting and contractual R&D services to certain existing (and past) clients as deemed mutually appropriate, he will be accepting few, if any, new clients for his consulting and contractual R&D services from this point going forward. Vinny has shifted his priorities, as described above, in order to devote more of his time to his spiritual work. This vinnypinto.us website will remain "on the air" (i.e., on the Internet) for ongoing reference purposes and as a service to current and past clients.


A Note to All Prospective Clients

Pre-qualification of Prospective Clients

I insist upon communicating by email, or speaking with, any prospective new clients before we agree to work together, and before the client sends any funds for services, so that we may each assess whether a consulting relationship with me may be of benefit to them at this time. After this brief informal screening and application process, I will advise the client if I am willing and able to work with them on the desired project at this time.

For a number of reasons, up until late January 2010, I found it necessary to accept only about 40% of the invitations in the scientific and related realms which I received to perform consulting; the other 60% of solicitations were refused for any of a number of reasons, but the general underlying reason was almost always the fact that I felt that a consulting relationship at that time for that client regarding their current project would not yield maximum value for them, or that it was a project which would feel onerous to me, or that it was a project that I felt was unrealistic or unreasonable in terms of expectations or goals. I ask you to please understand this caveat and bear it in mind if and when you approach me regarding consulting services.

And, please understand, as stated clearly above, that from January 31, 2010 onward, I am, and will be, accepting only about two percent of requests for such services -- including lectures, seminars and training -- in the realms of the sciences, fringe science, strange science, nutrition and well-being, and at a significantly increased prepaid hourly rate over my earlier rate.

Consulting terms appear below, broken into categories of service. Click on the appropriate category label below to see the associated terms and rates.

Terms and Rates for Consulting and Contractual R&D Services in the Sciences and the Fringe Science and Strange Science Realms 

Terms and Rates for Consulting and Coaching for Individuals in the Realms of Increased Vitality and Health, Nutrition, Raw Food Diets, and Most Well-Being-related Areas

Terms and Rates for Intuitive Consulting 

Terms for Spiritual Coaching (as differentiated from Spiritual Healing.)



Terms for Consulting and Contractual R&D Services in

the Sciences, Fringe Science and Strange Science Realms
(with a few exceptions noted elsewhere on this page)

Revision #: 3.18

The following consulting terms and rates apply for all clients in this category with whom I do not have a current contractual relationship with a positive balance of prepaid funds on deposit. The rates listed below in this section apply to most services in the realms of the sciences, fringe sciences, and strange sciences with a few exceptions noted elsewhere on this page.

As always, any and all prospective new clients must be pre-approved, and must receive explicit permission from Vinny prior to sending funds. Please be advised that after pre-screening discussions have ended, I typically accepted only 40% of invitations to perform consulting or contractual R&D services prior to January 31, 2010, and that I will be accepting and approving, at most, only two percent of requests for such consulting services from January 31, 2010 onward; please see my January 31, 2010 letter for further details.

Please note that all contractual R&D and consulting services are offered on a prepaid basis only.

My base prepaid hourly rate is $1,500 per hour for those rare applicants whose project/task has been accepted for my services. If you wish to apply for my private consulting services for a project/task, please be pre-warned that (as is also mentioned elsewhere on this page) since early 2013 I have been accepting 2% or less of applications for my work on new projects. If you still wish to apply for my consulting services, then you must first send a non-refundable $250 application fee, which will not apply toward the hourly rate if I accept you as a client.

Once you have paid this application fee, I will spend up to five (5) minutes of my time reviewing your email in which you describe the project for which you wish to retain my services, and I will then, within 5 business days of having received cleared funds for the application fee, notify you whether I will accept you as a client for said project, and will also state a maximum ceiling for my available time (which, in most cases, will be at least 10 hours of time across the next 6 months).

Please do not send ANY prepaid fees until you have first received permission from Vinny to proceed with payment, as Vinny only accepts a small percentage of prospective clients for consulting services. All prepaid fees may be used at any time for 4 years after date of receipt of cleared payment. There are no refunds or returns allowed on any prepaid fees, regardless of whether or not they are used in full.

If you are a new prospective client, or an old client approaching me with an entirely new project, or an old client wishing to perhaps replenish prepaid funds on deposit with me, please do not send any funds to me until and unless you have reviewed the section above entitled A Note to All Prospective Clients and we have performed the requisite steps prior to proceeding. Thanks!

Prepaid consulting fees are not refundable or returnable, but be advised that prepaid time may be used over the ensuing four years from date of cleared payment.
If you purchase a block of one hour or longer prepaid, there is no need to use all the time in one block (i.e., in one phone call or one project.) All prepaid time of one hour and up may be used incrementally over multiple calls and/or services spanning the next 4 years after receipt of cleared funds.

All fees may be prepaid using one of the payment methods listed on the Payments page. Once approved for consulting work with me, you may prepay for anywhere from 1 hour to as many as 25 of my consulting time, up to the maximum "ceiling" for my available time that I will have mentioned in my acceptance letter.

On-site consulting and/or training services will warrant a somewhat higher prepaid hourly rate than the prepaid rate cited above.


In all cases, my work for pre-screened and pre-approved clients will only start once I have received cleared funds as prepayment for a block of my time.




Terms for Consulting and Coaching for Individuals in the Realms
of Increased Vitality and Health, Nutrition, Raw Food Diets,
and Most Well-Being-related Areas



As of June 1, 2007, and until further notice, please see the terms and fee schedule listed in the section above, in the section entitled 
Terms for Consulting and Contractual R&D Services in the Sciences, Fringe Science and Strange Science Realms. The same terms and rates apply for this category.

All fees may be prepaid using one of the payment methods listed on the Payments page.



Terms and Rates for Intuitive Consulting

Revision #: 1.99

The following consulting terms and rates apply for all clients with whom I do not have a current contractual retainer-based relationship, and reflect my terms and rates for consulting services based primarily upon intuition, aka inner guidance. Personally, I feel that all of my consulting work, including that rendered in scientific and agricultural fields, involves the use of intuition to some degree. However, I have found over the past five years that more and more, some clients have been approaching me where their explicit interest is in consulting services which are based primarily upon my inner intuitive guidance, that is, where I enter a very deep meditative state and acquire answers or guidance based primarily upon intuition, aka inner guidance, which is also sometimes known as guidance from Holy Spirit. This category of consulting services has been created to address the needs of those clients.

All new clients must be pre-approved and receive permission from Vinny prior to sending funds. Please be advised that after pre-screening discussions have ended, I typically accept only 30% of invitations to perform intuitive consulting services.

Please note that all contractual R&D and consulting services are offered on a prepaid basis only. 

My base prepaid hourly rate is $1,500 per hour for those rare applicants whose project/task has been accepted for my services. If you wish to apply for my private consulting services for a project/task, please be pre-warned that (as is also mentioned elsewhere on this page) since early 2013 I have been accepting 2% or less of applications for my work on new projects. If you still wish to apply for my consulting services, then you must first send a non-refundable $250 application fee, which will not apply toward the hourly rate if I accept you as a client.

Once you have paid this application fee, I will spend up to five (5) minutes of my time reviewing your email in which you describe the project for which you wish to retain my services, and I will then, within 5 business days of having received cleared funds for the application fee, notify you whether I will accept you as a client for said project, and will also state a maximum ceiling for my available time (which, in most cases, will be at least 10 hours of time across the next 6 months).

Please do not send ANY prepaid fees until you have first received permission from Vinny to proceed with payment, as Vinny only accepts a small percentage of prospective clients for intuitive consulting services. All prepaid fees may be used at any time for 4 years after date of receipt of cleared payment. There are no refunds or returns allowed on any prepaid fees, regardless of whether or not they are used in full.

If you are a new prospective client, or an old client approaching me with an entirely new project, please do not send any funds until and unless you have reviewed the section above entitled A Note to All Prospective Clients and we have performed the requisite steps prior to proceeding. Thanks!

All fees may be prepaid using one of the payment methods listed on the Payments page. Once approved for consulting work with me, you may prepay for anywhere from 1 hour to as many as 25 of my consulting time, up to the maximum "ceiling" for my available time that I will have mentioned in my acceptance letter.

On-site consulting and/or training services will warrant a somewhat higher prepaid hourly rate than the prepaid rate cited above.


In all cases, my work for pre-screened and pre-approved clients will only start once I have received cleared funds as prepayment for a block of my time.  

Terms and Rates for Spiritual Coaching

Please note that spiritual coaching is very much different from spiritual healing; Vinny's spiritual healing services are offered via a dedicated website.

Revision #: 1.11

The following terms and rates for spiritual coaching apply for all spiritual coaching clients with whom I do not have a current contractual retainer-based relationship, and reflect my terms and rates for spiritual coaching services.

All candidates applying for spiritual coaching services must have experienced at least one full spiritual healing session (please see my spiritual healing website for more details) with me. And, all candidates applying for spiritual coaching services must also spend about five minutes on the phone with me in a pre-screening call. Please be advised that after pre-screening discussions have ended, I typically accept only 10% of requests to provide spiritual coaching services.

My spiritual coaching services, with no exceptions, are offered on a prepaid fee basis only.

Prepaid spiritual coaching fees are not refundable or returnable, but be advised that prepaid time may be used over the ensuing four years from date of receipt of cleared payment.

All rates quoted for services are based upon prepayment of services in advance. Clients are asked to prepay in advance for all services. 

My spiritual coaching services are billable in one hour blocks, prepaid. 

My base prepaid hourly rate is $1,500 per hour for those rare applicants whose project/task has been accepted for my services. If you wish to apply for my private consulting services for a project/task, please be pre-warned that (as is also mentioned elsewhere on this page) since early 2013 I have been accepting 2% or less of applications for my work on new projects. If you still wish to apply for my consulting services, then you must first send a non-refundable $250 application fee, which will not apply toward the hourly rate if I accept you as a client.

Once you have paid this application fee, I will spend up to five (5) minutes of my time reviewing your email in which you describe the project for which you wish to retain my services, and I will then, within 5 business days of having received cleared funds for the application fee, notify you whether I will accept you as a client for said project, and will also state a maximum ceiling for my available time (which, in most cases, will be at least 10 hours of time across the next 6 months).

All blocks are billed in one hour increments with a one hour minimum block size for spiritual coaching services.  

If you are a new prospective spiritual coaching client, or an old client approaching me with an entirely new issue/focus, please do not send any prepaid funds until and unless you have reviewed the notes which appear earlier in this section, and until we have performed the requisite steps (i.e. my approval) prior to proceeding. Thanks!

All fees may be prepaid using one of the payment methods listed on the Payments page. Once approved for consulting work with me, you may prepay for anywhere from 1 hour to as many as 25 of my consulting time, up to the maximum "ceiling" for my available time that I will have mentioned in my acceptance letter.

On-site consulting and/or training services will warrant a somewhat higher prepaid hourly rate than the prepaid rate cited above.


In all cases, my work for pre-screened and pre-approved clients will only start once I have received cleared funds as prepayment for a block of my time.



Note: If you are a new prospective client, or an old client approaching me with an entirely new project, please do not send any funds until and unless you have reviewed the section above entitled A Note to All Prospective Clients and we have performed the requisite steps prior to proceeding. Thanks!

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