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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28 Consumer Reviews for Mindvalley Academy

Average Consumer Rating: 2.2
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 7 4 star: 0 3 star: 2 2 star: 1 1 star:  18
Bottom Line: 29% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 5 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Poor financial support and lack of response to refund request for 2 years

    • Hobart, Tasmania, Australia,
    • Nov 2, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I am extremely unhappy with Mindvalley as they have been invoicing me for 2 years despite three communications to stop. I am currently in talks with them and PayPal. PayPal advised that the refunds are processed immediately, and Mindvalley tells me it takes 15 days, which is rubbish. I have communicated with Mindvalley for 2.5 years to attempt to get back my US $812, and they do not do it. The company is built on customer service, and it's appalling, and I am going to take it to social media if this is not rectified. I have all the paper trail, and they continually tell me it is done and it never is, validated by PayPal.

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

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  • 23 out 26 people found this review helpful

    Does not help at all

    • Berlin, Germany,
    • Oct 4, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    After having spent a large amount of money on a two-day workshop, the only change that I experienced is that I have less money than before and wasted a whole weekend.

    Vishen spends most of the time talking about himself, how rich he is an that his brain works much better than yours. He wants to reprogram your brain. Not even Donald Trump has such a big ego as Vishen. He seems to ask himself everyday "Why can't everybody be as great as I am?".

    The scary thing is that not only he thinks that he is a kind of Messiah, most of his audience believes that too. I felt like I was in a kind of sect and that Vishen was a kind of guru who tried to brainwash the audience. It reminded me of reports of Scientology.

    Vishen has the goal to teach 1 billion people until 2050 and that is something that should really scare us all.

    I have a strong character and can't be brainwashed easily, but many people attend courses like that only because they are going through a difficult time in their lives. Those people are very vulnerable and very easy to influence. Vishen uses their situation and makes them buy more and more expensive courses without really helping them.

    It's like selling beauty products to a very ugly person by promising that she can be a supermodel if you buy her products.

    Even if you think that his advice may help you, you really should not spend and money of that. For your money you only get the same stuff again and again that is also available for free in his Youtube videos. Do you really want to pay money to someone just to hear how great he is?

    I wonder if all the famous people he mentions all the time know that he uses their name to promote his way of thinking. It's pretty sure some of them would sue him if they knew.

    He also often tells stories and afterwards says something like “I do not know if this story is true, but…” That really makes you wonder how much of what he tells you really is true. It is just immoral to take money from desperate people for telling them lies.

    Vishen's goal is not to improve your life. He just wants your money. You should buy his courses and his books and - in case you are really successful one day - join his 'tribe' called “A-Fest”, which connects people with big egos like his.

    In fact you - as a normal guy - are only interesting for him if you pay him money. Otherwise he would never even spend a minute with people who are not millionaires. He spends a lot of money every year on memberships in exclusive networking clubs, that would never allow people like me or YOU as a member. He make great efforts to be separated from normal people like you and me.

    It is totally legit that people love to make money and become rich. I want to become rich, you want to become rich and Vishen also wants to become rich. The problem is that he tries to become rich by making false promises. It's like selling and expensive "wonder drug" to a cancer patient, although you know that it will not help him.

    If any of your friends plan to order any of Mindvalley's courses, please warn them! There are a thousand ways to spend your money much better.

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

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  • 4 out 10 people found this review helpful

    Mindvalley is wonderful!

    I have been a member of Mindvalley for several years. Their customer service is absolutely the best. The courses offered on are very extensive. For me, personal growth is of the utmost importance. I never have a problem finding courses to suit my needs. I highly recommend Mindvalley Academy.

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

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  • 4 out 9 people found this review helpful

    Nothing But The Best. Grateful

    • UK,
    • Aug 4, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I've been following MindValley since 2010, and currently own over 10 programs purchased through MindValley Academy. Each of these programs added something special & transformational into my life. The experience with MindValley community, especially with their friendly Support Team, was nothing but the best experience I ever came across elsewhere. Just grateful.

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

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  • 7 out 13 people found this review helpful

    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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  • 28 out 30 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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    • Jun 30, 2017

      Rob Foreman

      I'm sorry this happened to you. I do have some issues with Mindvalley Academy but not like yours. To date, I have purchased 16 different programs from them and haven't experienced any negative issues whatsoever with my credit card.

    • Jul 10, 2017

      Brett Harding, Head of Customer Support

      Hi Karen! My name is Laura, from the Mindvalley team. I have fully studied your case and see that the program you referred to belonged to Neurogym (a different company) and it was sold through us.

      You contacted them outside of the refund period and we could not approve the refund without their consent. After communicating with them, I can see that on June 19th we actually issued the full refund that you requested originally. All of these details were explained to you and we thought it was clear that this refund didn't depend on us alone.

      Again, I apologize for the inconveniences and hope your review can reflect the complete customer experience process and not just the frustrating side. We do believe in turning every negative experience into a positive one and I hope we were able to to this for you.

      Enjoy your beautiful day and don't hesitate to contact Laura at support@mindvalley.com if you need further assistance.

      Love and light,

      Lau

    • Aug 17, 2017

      Aunton Kay

      Dear Laura, my bank account was hacked back in July, I have had some money withdrawn and so the bank called me. I am calling on you today because I have a few programs that I simply do not want or cannot handle. I have sent emails and I still have not heard from you. Just like Karen McDonough, I have called your number and never get through!

    • Sep 17, 2017

      Carollyne

      I paid $399.00 for a course. Where is it? I'm irritated. Where is your email address, where is the $399.00 course I signed up for? I need answers. carollyne2 [at] yahoo.com.

    • Sep 25, 2017

      Irma

      Mindvalley respond quickly to emails and have issued a refund for a trial I did not want to carry on with. All in all, good customer service when you contact them. However, the website is confusing and I am struggling to work through everything. I paid for the course thinking I'd get reminder emails to keep me on track and to let me know about the live calls but instead, I keep getting emails about all their other courses. It's a bit much and annoying, all I want to do is progress through the course I paid for.

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  • 6 out 7 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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  • 23 out 23 people found this review helpful

    Misleading!

    • Oregon,
    • Apr 2, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    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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  • 29 out 29 people found this review helpful

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

    • San Francisco, CA,
    • Mar 30, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    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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  • 26 out 27 people found this review helpful

    Did Mindvalley intentionally tell me lies to take my money?

    • United Kingdom,
    • Mar 25, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    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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  • 3 out 11 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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