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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11 Customer Reviews for Mindvalley Academy

Average Customer Rating: 2.2
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5 stars: 2 4 stars: 0 3 stars: 2 2 stars: 1 1 stars: 6
Bottom Line: 27% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 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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  • 4 out 4 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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  • 5 out 6 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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  • 13 out 24 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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  • 28 out 31 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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  • 15 out 22 people found this review helpful

    Mind Valley is uplifting

    • Florida,
    • Aug 8, 2015

    I have purchased several of the courses and find them very helpful and interesting. Vishen is a very good speaker. The meditations are relaxing and make you feel good. I do agree that there are a few too many emails but they have an unsubscribe option available.

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

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  • 23 out 26 people found this review helpful

    SCAM!

    • Aug 7, 2015

    I was given accesses to a free promotional webinar, which I was unable to watch at the time. "No biggie, they have replays," I thought to myself. So I waited for the replay email to come through.

    So, I get the replay link in my inbox, and to my surprise, it sends me to a signup page. I somehow find a page of alternative short-links (and for a moment, think I've struck gold and can watch the webinar at last) but they all tell me to go find the link in my email.

    Getting frustrated, I emailed the website through which I was offered this course (Biddy Tarot) and the website itself (Mindvalley Academy) and nobody has replied. All I get is spam-level emails from Mindvalley Academy, begging me to sign up for a paid course. Lovely!

    I'm not dropping money on a course that I might not be able to access if I can't catch it live. Any company who has time to spam my inbox, but doesn't have the time to reply to my support ticket is not one I trust.

    To me it seems like a giant info gathering scam and I advise you to steer clear!

    Don't waste your time, and especially don't waste your money. If something goes wrong you may never hear from their customer support and I highly doubt you'll be getting any money back.

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

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  • 30 out 32 people found this review helpful

    Too much too soon

    • Calgary,
    • Jul 10, 2015

    I asked for the free analysis because I was curious. They then sent me a huge list of very long e-mails and demanded a quick reply to accept their offer. Since I did not have the time to read all those e-mails and learn about the program right now, I chose to improve my life by unsubscribing. To bad they are so pushy. I might have learned something and they might have gained a fan.

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

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  • 20 out 24 people found this review helpful

    Average, helpful

    • Los Angeles, CA,
    • Apr 24, 2015

    You are not obligated to buy anything. There are free mp3 downloads. Really, they are free. I take advantage of those. Being in between jobs for several years due to the recession, and being older, listening to the self hypnosis, and mp3 digital recordings have been very helpful. There's nothing like getting free help about staying positive during tense financial times that we live in, and to learn to stay away from negative people and vibes. I never paid for anything. I downloaded free self help hypnosis, and free uplifting mp3 digital recordings from thoughtinspire.com. I have noticed that I am much calmer and happier in my life.

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

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  • 17 out 24 people found this review helpful

    Cheap sales and promotion tricks in Videos!

    • Apr 9, 2015

    Naming of the products and how they put the links in the pages to buy is a design for a hook or bait & switch. For me, it is a pure scam! I have bought and returned the products with a bad experience.

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

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  • 33 out 39 people found this review helpful

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    • Denver, CO,
    • May 2, 2014

    They have horrible customer service. One of their representative, Catalina is very rude and hung up on me.

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

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      Liz - no association to MA

      How rude were you to Catalina?

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