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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24 Customer Reviews for Mindvalley Academy

Average Customer Rating: 2.0
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  • The code of the extraordinary mind

    I love Mindvalley and have been a student for over three years. Any complaint I have had was addressed and solved to my standard. I enjoy the approach and the style they use to teach. They bring in the top teachers in the fields and keep up with a fresh course all of the time. We are evolving the human race by creating a new education model, one that teaches soft skills, happiness, and success through finding your purpose. I highly recommend them to everyone searching for a new outlook, an answer to life's questions, happiness, success, and being the best and most they can do.

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Stay away!

    This company keeps taking money out of my account. They have no customer service; maybe everyone quit on them, I don't know. They say they have outstanding customer service although they make it so you can't call them and I have sent six or so emails and they will not respond.

    I am a single mom/grandmother and lost my job. I am raising my grandchild due to my daughter's death. I spoke to them last month and told them I needed my money back. They said I was not eligible for a refund. I am almost certain that on the course from John, during his infomercial he stated you had 90 days to get a refund. I was well within that. I told them to make sure they do not take any more money.

    Well someone blessed me with some money to pay my mortgage and within an hour of that going in, Mindvalley stole $395.00 from my account, which has now been canceled and is overdraft! I can't get any response, and all you can do is email. They are really destroying my life right now and don't care. They do not care about people or helping people at all! Only money!

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

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Mindvalley is a great company for personal growth

    Mindvalley is a company for personal growth. I've had nothing but great courses from Mindvalley, and it has been a great help to me. I've gotten several different courses from energy work to health changes, and I love all the courses. I have changed for the better, but you have to know what you want to get from the courses and be willing to go through the courses more than one time. You might have to run the course to understand what you want or need from the course.

    I love Mindvalley and would recommend for anyone to try it.

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

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  • 7 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Misleading!

    • Oregon,
    • Apr 2, 2017
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    I loved the secret, but like they say, lightning only strikes once, if ever. I wish I had read reviews first! Nothing but repeating the same old stuff, it was like a never-ending infomercial. Then I saw that you could get the SAME exact videos on YouTube. I was furious but how do you get your refund for this fraud? You have to call your bank, put in a dispute and cancel your bank card! Fraud, misleading and pain. Shame on John Assaraf.

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

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  • 10 out 10 people found this review helpful

    Mindvalley does not return emails, nor calls when you want a refund

    • San Francisco, CA,
    • Mar 30, 2017
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    I joined Mindvalley, then as I watched after paying, I realized that most of their programs were FREE on YouTube. They say they will refund when you join, but they have not returned my calls nor emails regarding this situation. I have contacted my credit card company to complain.

    Do not join Mindvalley; all they do is sell all the time. I found online a place to cancel one of the three programs, and there was an auto-reply to it.

    How do you contact these people in order to get a refund?

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

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  • 8 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Did Mindvalley intentionally tell me lies to take my money?

    • United Kingdom,
    • Mar 25, 2017
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    I signed up for Jon Butchers My Lifebook course for $500 (they are an affiliate with a good offer on, in theory). I signed up, and PayPal told me it would be $500, but when my payment processed through PayPal and email came through to say they had taken $600 (I also had this happen with another of their courses; I'm in the UK but entered a VAT reg number). I contacted customer service straight away to ask for a refund of the extra $100, which they agreed I should have and would take 3 to 5 working days. Surprisingly long as I know how quick and easy it is to refund through PayPal, but ok.

    After a week had passed, and no refund was received, I contacted them again and also started a PayPal dispute for the full $600 as after this experience I no longer wanted to book the course through them. I then had the response back that I had to cancel the PayPal dispute before they could make the refund. This straightaway felt wrong, as I know one of the ways to close a PayPal dispute is for the seller to just refund, and I contacted PayPal directly to double check and to get their advice. They told me that I should not close the dispute as then I would be unable to open it again if I didn't get my money back. And they also said that yes, the seller can refund at any time during a dispute and this closes the dispute. I told this to Mindvalley, and then they refunded it in full.

    Did Mindvalley intentionally tell me lies to take my money? For such a large company who must do refunds all the time, it would surprise me if this was a genuine mistake. I'm shocked. I would still like to do the My Lifebook course as this was recommended to me, but I'm surprised that John Butcher would be involved with such a company.

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

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  • 2 out 8 people found this review helpful

    I found it helpful

    • Iowa,
    • Mar 1, 2017
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    When I was in a funk, one of their free classes was a godsend to me. I almost instantly started feeling better.

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

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  • 22 out 22 people found this review helpful

    No way to contact Mindvalley

    • Orange County, CA,
    • Feb 8, 2017
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    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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  • 23 out 24 people found this review helpful

    A scam of the worst kind!

    • Broomfield, CO,
    • Jan 29, 2017
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    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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  • 37 out 39 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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  • 24 out 24 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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