Mindvalley Review: Is It Worth It?

By Lydia Noyes
HighYa Staff
Updated on: May 1, 2019

What Is Mindvalley?

Founded by Vishen Lakhiani and headquartered in Beaverton, OR, Mindvalley is an online university focused on transformation education.

They claim 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.”

According to the company representative we spoke with, it’s Mindvalley’s goal to help humans live happier, healthier lives by filling in the knowledge gaps that the modern education system creates.

Their programming consists of online courses and real-world events, including a mobile campus that moves from city to city.

Mindvalley has been featured in Inc. magazine, BBC, HuffPost, and Forbes, among other publications, and it holds an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, which is based on 14 closed complaints within the past three years.

This review assesses the facts on MindValley and whether it can be useful for you.

How the Mindvalley Academy Works: Courses and Pricing

Mindvalley Academy claims to have more than 2.5 million active users and features 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. It’s their goal to have helped more than one billion people by the year 2050.

Mindvalley Academy currently features several paid courses across a variety of categories. At the time of writing, there are approximately 30 English language courses that offer actionable advice from personal growth gurus like Robin Sharma, Eric Edmeades and Lisa Nichols.

The courses are divided into five categories that we’ve highlighted below—along with their cost—at the time of writing.

Career and Influence

These courses give you access to interviews with the world’s top entrepreneurs and professionals and are designed to improve your work performance and impact.

Example courses include:

  • Equip Yourself with Key Habits, Techniques, and Skills to Turn Yourself Into a Super Performer at Life by Robin Sharma ($545)
  • Discover Your Voice, Speak With Confidence, and Inspire any Audience by Lisa Nichols ($349)
  • Build Unstoppable Resilience and Unshakeable Inner Peace by Sri Kumar Rao ($399)

Lifestyle and Productivity

These courses teach you the skills necessary to foster support, consistency, and accountability for your most productive state of mind so that you can become a better performer.

Example courses include:

  • Unleash Your Brain From All Limitations and Develop a Super Memory by Jim Kwik ($399, or $449 with completion certificate)
  • Design Your Ultimate Life in 2019 with Lifebook Online with Jon and Missy Butcher ($500)
  • Learn the Difference Between Means Goals and End Goals by Vishen Lakhiani (free)

Mind and Spirit

Mindvalley Mind and Spirit courses teach you how to achieve lifelong learning and challenge your core believes and daily practices to free your mind from the mold fit on in through mainstream education.

Example courses include:

  • Strengthen your ‘Spiritual Muscles’ and Reconnect with the Essence of Your Being by Jeffrey Allen ($349 or $399 with completion certificate)
  • Energy Clearing for Abundance by Christie Marie Sheldon ($299 for digital access, $495 for DVD and digital access)
  • Attract Greater Success, Prosperity, Love and Wellness Into Your Life by Marie Diamond ($795 or $845 with completion certificate)

Health and Fitness

These courses focus on scientific breakthroughs and time-tested wisdom about human health, longevity, and fitness to help you live the most physically healthy life you can.

Example courses include:

  • Transform Your Body in Just 90 Days: No Diets or Exercise Required by Eric Edmeades ($695 or $745 with completion certificate)
  • A Roadmap to a Fitter, Healthier and More Youthful You by Ben Greenfield ($399 or $449 with completion certificate)
  • Transform Your Body Based on the Science of Minimum Effective Dose Workouts by Christine Bullock ($199)

Love and Relationships

If you’re struggling to find meaning and personal growth in your love life, these courses focus on helping you forge relationships with others and yourself so that you can nurture the best version of everyone around you.

An example course includes:

  • Limitless Love and Intimacy With The Ancient Art of Tantra by Psalm Isodora ($295 for digital access or $495 for DVD and digital access)

Mindvalley also offers free course content. These smaller programs are designed to provide entry-level access to their content style, and each course is available for a limited amount of time.

A few of the options available at the time of writing included “Learn 10 Hacks to Develop a Super Memory”, “How to Uplevel Your Meditation to Become a Super Performer,” “The Path Towards Self-Awakening, “How to Instantly Apply Feng Shui In Your Life” and more.

What Is the Mindvalley App Like?

Mindvalley offers an app called Mindvalley Quests that is tailored to help those who use it to absorb life-changing knowledge into 20-minute or shorter sessions.

According to the Google Play Store, this app provides you with opportunities for daily personal growth to help you “become your greatest self in mind, body, health, and spirit.”

At the time of writing, the app provided both free and premium content related to goal setting, meditation, public speaking, productivity, mindfulness, fitness, weight loss and more.

Previous customers have a lot of positive things to say about it, as it’s ranked at 4.6 stars out of 5 after more than 900 reviews.

Refund Policy

As we showed above, Mindvalley courses range in price from free to almost $900 each, and the company representative we spoke with told us that Mindvalley often offers course discounts and special offers.

The course’s cost range depending on the length of the course, and whether it is online, includes a Completion Certificate or includes physical materials.

Regarding refunds, Mindvalley has three levels depending on the depth and concentration of the course you choose.

Level 1: Mentoring or App Subscriptions

The company website states that these subscriptions work in a similar way to Netflix. Many of Mindvalley subscriptions have a 7-day trial. You won’t be charged if you activate a course and then cancel it within seven days. After the seven days, Mindvalley does not offer refunds for subscription purchases.

Level 2: Quests and Classic Courses

The company website states that Quests are special programs where you can start the learning adventure with over a thousand other students on a predetermined date. Students can refund their Quest anytime during the first ten days from the start of the Quest.

Classic Courses can be started at any time, and they have a 30-day refund policy.

Level 3: Refunding a Degree of Mindvalley University Online Annual Membership

Students can cancel their annual membership to the online university within ten days to get a full refund.

Looking at Mindvalley Academy Customer Reviews: What Do They Show?

We looked at comments and reviews on the company Facebook page and Trustpilot to see what the consensus was.

Overall, we found that the Academy received high rankings on both platforms. Mindvalley averaged 4.5 stars out of five on Facebook and five out of five on TrustPilot at the time of writing.

The accounts we read can best be described as glowing. Numerous users reported how much both the free Masterclasses and paid content changed their lives, and how they couldn’t wait to take more courses.

Many people also indicated that they appreciated the company’s refund policy and found customer service helpful when they had tech problems.

Here at Highya, we have over 75 customer reviews, with an average ranking of 3.1 stars. A few of these reviews critique the company for offering high-priced fluff and for trying to upsell more courses.

Overall, though, the general mentality is similar to the other review sites we looked at – people who are willing to put in the work for self-improvement find Mindvalley courses to be valuable.

Bottom Line

The Academy offers a broad range of both free and premium content that’s designed to help you achieve the best results for your life.

Over time, the company has significantly expanded its course options and now offers access to programs to help you personally, professionally, and relationally.

You’ll pay several hundred dollars per course for most options, and the company provides detailed refund policies for every program tier.

It’s interesting to note that few of the negative reviews we read about MindValley referenced the course content. Rather, most dealt with billing and customer service complaints.

In contrast, positive reviewers frequently mentioned how life-changing they found Mindvalley content and that they planned to buy more courses as soon as possible.

As with all online courses, the value that you get out of them depends on your willingness to take them seriously and your level of commitment.

The information in Mindvalley courses won’t magically improve your life unless you do the work and put the strategies into action. For many people, the relatively high price point of the courses may act as an advantage by incentivizing them to “get their money’s worth.”

Overall, Mindvalley’s stellar online reviews and transparent refund policy makes us believe that there is little risk from trying out Mindvalley courses.

So long as you’re willing to put in the time work on yourself, we think there is a good reason to believe that you’ll have a positive experience.


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  • I am very upset with Mindvalley and stay away from this application! Honestly, it is a terrible application and customer support.

    • By Gokhan S.,
    • Turkey,
    • Jun 24, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: Less than 3 months
    Overall Experience:

    I signed up 2 days ago and paid $299 for one channel. You cannot watch anything because the application and videos don't work and then give payback errors on the cell phone application and also on your computer. So there is no way you can watch what you paid for. In addition, customer service does not bother to sort the problem and even to answer your inquiries. This is a terrible application, I suggest you not to even bother to join Mindvalley.

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


  • All depends on you.

    • By Annmarie H.,
    • United Kingdom,
    • May 29, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: 2+ years
    Overall Experience:

    After skim reading through many of the negative comments, I have to say that your growth experience depends on your level of commitment and willingness to change. You can buy a gym membership but never get fit - because you don't go to the gym. Or you can join SlimFast but never lose weight, because you don't listen to the advice.

    I bought Superbrain, Uncompromised Life, Unlimited Abundance, and Duality all within a three-year span - and have definitely got so much value from these courses, I've taught various techniques to my children, family, friends, even strangers! I've since become an all-access student, and the content is brilliant, I don't go through a single day without Mindvalley. I'm currently taking the Silva course which is amazing. Yes, I've done some courses which I didn't get much from, such as the Habit of Ferocity - it's an incredibly intellectually based course, not a physically based course like I had assumed. I completed the course as I'm a finisher, but I was glad when it was over. Having said this, Steve Kotler's teaching was probably too in-depth for me at this current time.

    I've completed many of the courses several times each, and have received a new download of info each time. I had so many "aha" moments going through Dr. Shefali's course.

    A friend recently asked if I had a magic mirror, because I look like I'm getting younger, and I definitely attribute this to Mindvalley.

    Pros and Cons:

    • The content of courses
    • The Facebook communities
    • The teachers
    • No “cons” were specified in this review

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


  • Took money but didn't give any course...they have no customer support

    • By Pooja S.,
    • India,
    • Feb 17, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I purchased Christie Sheldon's program, paid $249 but I didn't get any program. Trying for the last 2 days but there is no customer support...no call center....to get any support from them. Any online-based business has at least some customer care service...

    There are just a few pre-defined questions on the name of customer support...what if the issue is outside of those questions?

    This site pays a huuuuge amount of money on advertising but there is not a single name for customer care. Even after trying hard with there so-called customer service I still got no support from the Mindvalley team.

    They seem to be fraud to me...who just took my money and vanished.

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

    • Feb 18, 2020

      Company Response from Mindvalley LLC

      Dear Pooja,

      Thank you for reaching out and we apologize that you are having trouble reaching our customer care department. As we receive thousands of inquiries, please expect an answer within 48 hours of your initial inquiry. Please keep in mind that although we try to have team members all over the world in order to support our customers in all time zones, we do not work on the weekends.

      If you are still having issues, you can reach us at 1-888-597-8384 for urgent inquiries on Monday-Friday between the hours of 7AM-7PM (PST).

      Thank you for understanding and we look forward to helping you.


  • A bunch of hype

    • By Erin Q.,
    • West Chester, PA,
    • Jan 27, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    Do not waste your money. MV has decided to make everything automated. Good luck talking to a person or having someone respond to you. Everywhere you try to connect tells you to go somewhere else automated. It seems the only place they respond is here. Everything is marketing hype. Used to be different. They used to connect with people. No more...Their chat button doesn’t work. You click it and it blocks where you are supposed to type. They don’t respond to Messenger. They tell you to use the chat button (which doesn’t work). They are targeting the 20-year-olds now who don’t know yet that they are being fooled. Hopefully they will look here and see these reviews. My guess is that MV will not be in business 10 years from now. They got caught up in their own hype. It’s a circus now. Too bad, they had a good thing in the beginning. They did refund my money after I canceled but the entire experience was a joke. Really unprofessional. If you don’t want to connect with people and want everything automated, then don’t have a platform that’s all about connecting with people. Enough said...

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

    • Jan 29, 2020

      Company Response from Mindvalley LLC

      Dear Erin,

      We are very sorry to hear this.

      Many years ago, our CEO founded Mindvalley with a true passion and vision to change the way we learn. Fast forward to today and we have a 10 million+ community going strong who are seeing major changes in their lives and helping us on our ultimate mission to raise human consciousness. We offer many courses, talks and programs online featuring hundreds of amazing authors, teachers, and activists. You have to understand that at this moment, we have to automate some processes as we cannot scale our mission otherwise. We do our best to foster connection, wonder, and joy with all of our products. Our Quests alone connect every student going through the program at the same time, so they can share their journey of transformation together.

      Our very human customer support team will always be there for you to help with anything you may need.

      Thank you for understanding!


  • Fraud. No refunds, no phone, no icon to chat.

    • By Howard U.,
    • Cary, NC,
    • Jan 11, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I am 60, successful, internet-savvy. Ask for a refund? You have to choose from 6 cats with 6 more subs. On hold forever. Claim they will call back or just call back later to be on hold forever again. They say go to an icon to chat. No such icon exists on any page, I checked 30 of them. They say to contact one of our friendly staff members, click here. Each one sent you to the customer web support form. I was skeptical when I first signed up and then only got several more solicitations to spend more money. Basically, it’s like every other infomercial.

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

    • Jan 14, 2020

      Company Response from Mindvalley LLC

      Dear Howard,

      Thank you for reaching out and we apologize that you are having trouble reaching our customer care department.

      I can see from our system that you have already been in contact with us and your issue has already been resolved. You were looking for a way to request a refund and this is why our helpful articles were sent to you with the refund request form. This is set up in such a way that makes requesting for a refund as quick and as easy as possible. No need to call or write to us! Your refund will simply be processed within 5 working days, no questions asked!

      We're sorry to hear you went through so much trouble with finding a way to contact us. If you need us in any point in the future, you can contact us through the chat icon on the lower right corner of our Help Center.


  • Webinar

    • By Döderle M.,
    • Italy,
    • Jan 10, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I spend time to write this because I would better the internet.

    The information the WildFit webinar gave me was 80% old information with good summary and good argumentation to change the behavior for food. But nothing else. It's a good webinar for marketing and to pay the $400 for the next webinar. I bet they use only a diet like Atkinson or Atkinson-like.

    The other content of alternative medicine or energetic thinking is the same waste of time. If somebody would help you really, they would give you a webinar for $50 dollars...with good content.

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

    • Jan 14, 2020

      Company Response from Mindvalley LLC

      Dear Doderie,

      We're sorry you feel this way! Wildfit is not "a diet" but a new methodology that changes your mindset towards food so you can drastically improve your health and fitness levels by simply making easy, step-by-step changes to your food habits. This is also the reason our students are seeing amazing results from this program. You can read more of our students' experiences here: https://mindvalley.com/wildfit/reviews.

      What differentiates our programs from anything else available is also something we call a Quest format. Quests take you on a deeper journey where you can learn alongside others. A Quest course averages around 30 days. It’s like years of wisdom and learning re-engineered into just 10-20 minutes a day. When you join a Quest, you start and end on the same date as everyone else in your group. You can take advantage of live group motivation and private forum access to teachers and facilitators. We feel this approach to learning provides a much higher success rate. In fact, our customers are 5x-10x (times) more likely to complete a Quest when compared to a traditional online course. We hope this explains a bit more on how our programs work.


  • I am so impressed with all their courses!

    • By Shannon M.,
    • Washington,
    • Dec 18, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    Not only have these courses made my and my 24 and 26-year-olds' life 100 times better (and we have a pretty great life), I guess we are going for the top 5% of awesome! These courses will absolutely take you there.

    Their customer service and care are out of this universe! Ritu, you are a shining star. They treat like a human...better, a friend. I can tell they truly do believe in karma and hope it comes back to them 10 fold in growth in every level of life!

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


  • A cult and unprofessional

    • By Meredith M.,
    • Australia,
    • Nov 27, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    After following Mindvalley, their first seminar was on the Gold Coast today, I took my daughters and employees, believing we would be learning meditation to destress your life. Not the case. My youngest is 12 and the profanity is completely unacceptable. Jade green is unprofessional and fake with her crying. We walked out after two hours. I’m 48, my staff is between the ages of 18-23...for all of us to see the money-making scam and un-authenticity...I say no more. It’s a scam, it's a hoax.

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

    • Dec 17, 2019

      Company Response from Mindvalley LLC

      Dear Meredith,

      Thank you for your honest feedback!

      First of all, we're very sorry to hear about your experience at our seminar on the Gold Coast. We're especially upset to read that, as Mindvalley is all about transformation and deep connections with other like-minded students, that's why we care SO much that our live events bring just pure joy and fulfillment to our Tribe.

      I will personally make sure that all of the imperfections you mentioned will be massively improved.

      To make it up to you, we've just refunded your ticket.

      Once again we're very sorry that you feel this way and we really believe that your next Mindvalley experience will be way more fulfilling for you!

      Have a wonderful day!


  • Untrue scam company

    • By Res B.,
    • Washington, DC,
    • Oct 8, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    This is a totally scam company, money-hungry, not being true to their words...I will never give up if you guys don't refund my money or never exchange it. I will report you guys wherever we meet. I'm in the Washington DC area and I would never EVER recommend your platform...if you spread untrue in your platform it will ruin your company.

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

    • Oct 10, 2019

      Company Response from Mindvalley LLC

      Dear Res,

      Thank you for reaching out! We apologize that you are experiencing a delay in receiving your refund and we certainly want to make sure you have a wonderful and seamless experience with Mindvalley. We would like to look into this issue immediately. However, because this website is anonymous, we would need your information to effectively investigate further.

      If you're willing to work with us in resolving this, please contact us by visiting our Help Centre at support.mindvalley.com and clicking on the Contact icon in the lower right corner. Please mention your review while doing so and leave your email address.

      In the meantime, if you haven’t already, you can read through the Help Centre article on how to get a refund with Mindvalley: https://support.mindvalley.com/en/articles/2516456-how-to-refund-or-exchange-any-program-or-event-ticket.


  • Some very good stuff in there

    • By Bruno B.,
    • Panama,
    • Aug 31, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    Even though I am not convinced by all the topics they cover, my experience with Mindvalley has been very good.

    I took one course with them (they call it a quest) which was very good. I took the Lifebook quest which invites you to focus on different areas of your life, helps you understand them, set goals and turn those goals into habits. Very good class, high-quality production.

    It's expensive but I got value for my money.

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


  • Be cautious

    • By Tony W.,
    • Chicago, IL,
    • Jul 22, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I have signed up for "The Uncompromised Life" program, which so far I have little complaints about, though I wouldn't mind if they spent less time touting Marissa Peers contact with famous people and how great the program is. I've already bought the program, no need to continue to sell it to me. Regardless, I downloaded the app and started to check out some other free programs and was recommended to "How to get 10X the results from your workout". In the discussion, Lorenzo Delano brings up a study by McMaster University where he claims they discovered that only lifting heavyweight (90% of your 1 rep max) is effective. So I decided to look up the study myself to learn more only to find that the study says the exact opposite. It found that there was NO DIFFERENCE in the two groups, one lifting 50% of their 1RM and the 90% group. So before we even get into the meat and potatoes of this workout, the expert is giving out inaccurate information and wrongly citing scholarly articles. That really put me off. So use caution when evaluating "facts" from their experts.

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

    • Jul 23, 2019

      Company Response from Mindvalley LLC

      Hello! My name is Janja and I’m from Mindvalley’s customer service team. I would like to extend my sincerest apologies for this!

      We appreciate you for bringing this issue to our attention. As a fast-evolving company, we are always looking for ways to better our service, and your feedback is an important part of that process. We will look into this and make the appropriate changes.

      If there is anything that our team can help you with, let us know, we'll be more than happy to assist you.


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