About Mindvalley Academy

Founded by Vishen Lakhiani and headquartered in Beaverton, OR, Mindvalley Academy claims to be the world’s first online education site devoted to “personal growth, self-education and entrepreneurship.” By providing “courses that really matter and elevate your human potential,” they’re focused on helping you “unlock your extraordinary life.”

Mindvalley Academy has been featured in Inc. magazine and on BBC, and holds an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, which is based on 14 closed complaints within the past three years. From a customer satisfaction standpoint, it appears the most common complaint includes confusion over the 10-day trial. However, it seems that customer service is quick to address and find solutions to any reported problems.

How the Mindvalley Academy Works

Mindvalley was originally a digital publishing company that has slowly evolved into several businesses across numerous industries, from mobile apps to health & wellness. Regarding Mindvalley Academy specifically, the company claims to have more than 200,000 students, and to feature some of the world’s top teachers, thought leaders, and experts, all of whom are focused on building new models of education, wellness, and methods of leading your ideal life. The company calls this idea “culture hacking,” which involves the close integration of technology and education aimed at “recoding” the culture and moving humanity forward.

Mindvalley Academy currently features several paid courses across a variety of categories, and claims that their goal is to have helped more than 1 billion people by the year 2050. The courses are divided into 4 primary categories:

Body

  • Health & Fitness – Get happier, healthier, more energetic, and more productive.
  • Yoga & Energy Practices – Helps to “anchor” your energy, and to harmonize your life.
  • Alternative Healing – Takes an “inside out approach” to healing and invigorating yourself.

Living

  • Happiness & Positive Living – Increase your happiness, boost your positivity, and live a longer, healthier life.
  • Wealth & Abundance – Remove the blocks to abundance, and start thriving.
  • Career & Entrepreneurship – Find your purpose and live an extraordinary life.

Social

  • Parenting & Family – Learn from your children, and parent better.
  • Love & Relationships – Find your soulmate, and then nourish the relationship.
  • People Skills & Social Life – Open your heart and live with happiness and love.

Mind

  • Spiritual Growth – Boost your awareness and become one with your consciousness.
  • Meditation – Change your perspective and be open to new possibilities.
  • Manifesting – This is the art of turning your thoughts and desires into reality.

According to the website, the top three courses are currently:

  1. The Silva Method – Helps you to “create a breakthrough life”, and features more than 43,000 enrolled students.
  2. OmLife – Helps you discover “revolutionary technology” that allows you to experience the benefits provided by deep meditation, but only in minutes. More than 24,000 students currently enrolled.
  3. Unlimited Abundance – A home training program with just over 18,000 students, this course will help you break through 24 “Abundance Blocks.”

If you’re looking for a detailed list of the top Mindvalley programs, click here. It’s interesting to note that courses listed on the Top Courses page do not appear anywhere else on the site, and vice-versa.

Mindvalley Academy Pricing & Refund Policy

Mindvalley courses are currently priced between $36 and $149, depending on the length of the course, and whether it is online or includes physical materials. However, Mindvalley Academy does offer $1 trials, which give you the ability to try any program you wish for 10 days. If you’d like to keep the program, simply wait until the 10-day trial ends, and your payment method on file will be billed accordingly. To cancel prior to the end of the trial, simply email customer support, and no further charges will apply.

If you’ve ordered a program that includes physical (versus digital) materials, delivery will occur within 5-7 business days via USPS. Shipping costs for most home study courses cost $7.95 within the U.S.

All Mindvalley Academy courses come with a 90-day money back guarantee. To request a refund, simply fill out a contact form, and someone from customer support will reply shortly.

Bottom Line: Is Mindvalley Academy a Scam?

With all this information, you’re probably asking, “So, is Mindvalley Academy a scam?” Based on our research, Mindvalley Academy does seem to be a legitimate business that is focused on providing cutting edge courses focused on transforming your life. However, there are some things to consider prior to purchasing a course.

First, the current list of Mindvalley Academy courses is limited to 4 at the moment, though the site promises more to come. However, the actual number is a little confusing, since one set of courses are listed under the four main sections of the site, and another set are listed under the Top Courses page. In addition, despite relatively favorable online reviews, some of the Mindvalley Academy courses could be considered “pseudo science,” and are not backed by studies to prove their efficacy. With this said, just like any other self-help course, some individuals may experience life-changing results, while others will experience none.

Mindvalley Academy customer service personnel seem to be very attentive to finding solutions to any customer complaints, and their $1, 10-day trial seems to be a great way to find out if one of their courses is right for you. And even if you’ve already been billed for a course, you’ll still have a full 90-days to request a refund, if you find yourself unhappy with the material later down the road.

All in all, it seems like the Mindvalley Academy courses may be beneficial to some individuals, and presents very little risk for trying it out.

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17 Customer Reviews for Mindvalley Academy

Average Customer Rating: 1.8
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5 stars: 2 4 stars: 0 3 stars: 2 2 stars: 1 1 stars: 12
Bottom Line: 18% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    No way to contact Mindvalley

    • Orange County, CA,
    • Feb 8, 2017

    I was initially excited to order my Mindvalley course for $349.

    After entering my billing information, I received a message stating, "This site is unavailable, contact site administrator." Since I had just spent 90 minutes watching a video which supposedly reduced the price from this page only, I tried again and got the same message that the site was unavailable. Giving up, I then noticed that I had received two separate emails stating that my transaction was successful and payment was complete.

    After checking with my bank, I see that I was billed twice. Now there is absolutely no way to contact Mindvalley. I tried via the Contact Form page, but after submitting my issue, the message I got back was "Your support ticket is not yet submitted. Check out these suggested articles to avoid a wait!" What the heck does that mean? I never received any confirmation that my complaint had even been registered. At one point, I received a pop-up message from someone saying "Hi my name is whatever, can I help you?" So I started typing my issue, but soon realized there was no "send" button.

    It finally redirected me to a site where I could sign up for a free 14-day trial to be able to contact them. No way! I'm sure I would go through misery trying to cancel that one too. I'm very disappointed with this unprofessional and irresponsible behavior. I've never dealt with a company that offered no means of contacting them. Now I plan to dispute both charges with my bank.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    A scam of the worst kind!

    I paid more than $200 for one of their "uplifting" courses.

    Forget about content; it's simply a crude re-vomit of the same old stuff, nothing different, new or unique. Their main issue is their so called "support," which is a scam. There is no way to reach them that works.

    Eventually, you have to go to your credit card company to force a refund. The interesting thing about their fraud is that they are selling spiritually related courses. It is as though you go to a church and then find out the minister is a perverted criminal.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Worst type of scam!

    My review would be a little longer, but I want to be pretty clear why I write it.

    One my best friends (a smart woman in her 30s) has recently made a really bad decision by changing her job for the worst and basically starting all over again. Since she was in a really bad situation, she has somehow find out about Mindvalley, and it has become her way of life.

    I noticed that for the last few months, she has been spamming me with Mindvalley videos and talking about changing the world and starting her own business, which all sounded fine at first, but after months of it, I started to see some craziness in the way she was talking about it. Currently, personal growth and changing the world was all she was talking about.

    I decided to see what the fuss is all about, since she is a close friend of mine and she was happy to offer everything she has bought from Mindvalley. I even subscribed to most of their companies and products.

    After I listened to some of their courses, watched many of their videos (it's impossible to keep up with the repetitive content they are uploading) and read their e-mails, I can just say that this is a pretty terrible scam with a cult structure.

    The most notable things about their "business" in simple points:

    1. Vishen (the founder of the company) is basically the typical new-age motivational speaker offering "help" (for around $300) to people who are experiencing some difficulties in life.

    2. In every Mindvalley course and lecture, you will hear thousands of "famous" names in order to make you feel safe that what you are paying for and being offered is co-signed by famous people. You can make a drinking game out of it; drink every time Vishen drops the name of a famous people he has spoken to (additionally, of course, explaining how rich exactly he is, in case you don't know).

    3. You will hear and read at least thousands of times that Mindvalley is a company Vishen has created with $700 and is now a $40 million company. Honestly, this is a great drinking game too; Google Vishen, open the first ten sites and drink every time you see it. I promise, you will be pretty drunk after the first page of Google.

    4. If you want to learn something, prepare for a surprise, because basically every Mindvalley course by Vishen offers basically the same content. A lot of sales pitches, name-dropping, and the same stories about Vishen's success. When I say the same, I absolutely mean it. You can pay for a course or seminar and literally hear the same content, the same stories, and the same tools. I understand that this is just a new-age uplifting scam, but what surprises me is the little new content they are actually offering for the money you are paying.

    5. I have noticed that Vishen basically does two things; talks about himself and talks about famous people and money (how rich someone is, how much money he has made, how much "x" is worth). He is basically programming you with every "free" YouTube video you watch.

    6. It is basically a SEO marketing company. They are creating thousands of sites, YouTube channel SEO'd to the max, and creating this bubble of repetitive content so even if you do a research on how legit their business and ideas are, you will end up on one of their sales pages.

    Everything else aside, what I have learned from my experience with companies like that is that they don't work if you are not desperate, sad, going through hard times, or if you are just happy. Even if I ignore how shady this company is, the overall product they are selling, despite looking shiny (they are aiming for shiny and corporate, not that much for spiritual mambo jumbo) has way too many flaws, even you if give it a fair chance. The content is repetitive, often you will pay for something you have already heard, and the spam emails are literally every day.

    Their online presence is huge and they are quick to answer negative feedback (like I said, it's a SEO/marketing/PR company mostly), but rarely answer customer emails (as seen in the comments below too). I had problems opening one of their MP3's and wrote two emails, and never got an answer. On the other hand, there isn't a single negative Glassdoor review they haven't answered and my email is full of their scam mail.

    Please, people, just stay away. I get that we are all experiencing difficulties at some point in our lives, but companies like this are just in for the money, and if you are not an easy-to-brainwash-person, you will just end up with a full email inbox, non-existing customer service and useless, overpriced content.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Mindvalley a scam

    I bought a course for $ 79, and they took $99 from my Visa card. When I try to get in touch with them about this to get my money back, the only answer I get is from robots, telling me nobody is answering. They apparently are doing everything to avoid customers reaching them. I have left this message on several of their Facebook pages but received no answer.

    I have not downloaded the course since I no longer want it. They promise a money back guarantee, but that is easy when they ignore you even when they have stolen money from you. They seem to be using the sleazy sales techniques they are warning against.

    When you send an e-mail to sales@mindvalley.com you expect it to be answered by a salesperson, not by robots like this:

    Thank / You / For / Your / Message!

    I am the friendly Mindvalley ReplyBot – and my job is to inform you that you've just reached a no-reply address that is unmonitored by humans (meaning you will not receive a response).

    However… if you would like an answer to almost any question, please visit our SUPPORT CENTER:] Visit our friendly Support Center for a lightning-quick response to your question.

    The support center offers only ready-made questions and answers that no contact is possible.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Totally illegal spamming practices, claiming 'technical glitch'

    Please do not trust these people to 'empower' you and ask why you are 'sad' because they keep sending emails to promote while unsubscribe buttons DO NOT work and their support system is unresponsive until finally claiming a tech glitch, apologizing and removing your email only to CONTINUE sending marketing emails.

    I didn't get far into the service to hand over any money thankfully, just beware!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 8 out 9 people found this review helpful

    This is a SCAM, Beware!

    I purchased the Becoming Limitless program that promised great customer support, though no one ever gets back to you. Much of the content and “resources” provided is available online for FREE.

    Additionally, most of the content contains repeated stories about Vishen Lakhiani's life. Over and over, the same stories and not much by way of new content.

    I've done a lot of personal development seminars, and this is by far this worst! They will not give back a refund either. And customer support is rude when you do finally call because you will not hear back via email.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 10 out 10 people found this review helpful

    Some content, but mostly sales

    • San Francisco, CA,
    • Sep 20, 2016

    I was hoping this site might be different, but you're essentially getting an aggregation of various alternative health gurus and all the marketing that goes with them. I'm open to new ideas and approaches, but I get frustrated when "Master Classes" end up to be about 15-30 (at best) minutes of actual content and 60+ minutes of success stories and hype to buy the product, coaching, etc. Now they are free, and I do expect some sales pitches, that's fine. But I basically saw most of the content in the 20 minute pitch that got me signed up for the "Master Class" and didn't need to waste 2 hours of my time. When I step away feeling like I just listened to a late-night TV product pitch, I don't feel you're bringing anything new to the table. Glad the CEO has tried and liked the products, not too surprising, as I'm sure he got to try them for free as a co-marketing arrangement with these folks. Basically, there are some interesting authors here, but you can probably buy their books or programs from them directly and you don't have to subscribe to this web site to find the data -- you can easily find them on PBS and other places on the web (and yes, the website is $1 at first, then you're charged $29 per month for content). Just pushy.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 13 out 13 people found this review helpful

    It's a Legitimate Company with a "Scammy" Billing Practice

    I was "accidentally" subscribed twice to a program. That's something unheard of in any other educational/informational subscription services I've tried/I'm subscribed to. Think having two Spotify Premium plan using the same email/account.

    Anyway, I canceled the duplicate account and forgot to cancel the other. I know, I know, I'm partly at fault here. But I didn't get an invoice or email notification for about 5 months. And the only way to cancel the subscription was via email! Then I was later billed, all those past invoices in one day.

    In user interface design, you'd definitely call this a "dark pattern." It's not necessarily illegal but it's something that favors the business to the detriment of the user.

    If I were you, I'd stay away.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 9 out 12 people found this review helpful

    A must for those who value their personal development!

    • South Africa,
    • Jun 17, 2016

    This website offers a range of personal development programs in collaboration with the best experts in their fields. There is also so much free information readily shared with the purpose of raising the consciousness of our planet. I highly recommend signing up if you are a person who believes that you can help make the world a better place by first working on developing your own self. Who doesn't want to live in a world that is loving, with a full understanding that we are all intricately connected and that our actions impact everyone we come into contact with? I know that I am in the process of becoming more knowledgeable, therefore more aware of my responsibilities and my contribution to the planet. I no longer want to live my life as an island unto myself. I feel like I am at the starting point of a very exciting personal journey that I have been searching for my whole life. Thank you Vishen! A friend always said to me, when the pupil is ready, the teacher will come. Looking forward to all the interesting, thought-provoking and challenging courses that will come my way.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 19 out 32 people found this review helpful

    Slick, Expensive Scam.

    • Wilmington, NC,
    • Oct 9, 2015

    This guy is very slick. He comes at you like an expert car salesman – he got me! He should stay out of American Politics, first and foremost. And you can buy a Steven Halpern CD for a few bucks and save a lot of money. I tried to listen to one of their webinars from a 'Sonia' and I could only stand 2 or 3 minutes. I thought those big eyes and over plastic-surgerized face was going to come through the screen and get me. Run people!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 36 out 39 people found this review helpful

    Fair Content, BAD High Pressure Ads disguised as "Master Classes."

    Mindvalley has a good content base BUT I am constantly barraged by invitations to "master classes" which are actually little bites of content from other monetizing spiritual programs wrapped around a high pressure sales pitch. The tactic from email marketing that uses high-pressure popup windows is both annoying and in my opinion very low-class. The end effect is making the entire Mindvalley operation seem like one big high-pressure bait-and-switch marketing scheme for a cooperative of money-hungry "spiritual teachers" and I'm not sure that this is the reputation that they would like to have. Perhaps that's really the point, but it makes the whole high-minded tone of their initial ads seem somewhat cynical.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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