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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  • Worst type of scam!

    Overall Experience:

    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


  • Does not help at all

    • By Manuel Hadow,
    • Berlin, Germany,
    • Oct 4, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    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


  • Stay away!

    Overall Experience:

    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

    • Jul 10, 2017

      Company Response from Mindvalley LLC

      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


  • A scam of the worst kind!

    • By Jerry Sears,
    • Broomfield, CO,
    • Jan 29, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    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


  • All fluff for $349 - energy medicine

    • By Diane K.,
    • Riverside, CA,
    • Feb 27, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    I am SO disappointed. I purchased this for $349, and all it has is a small workbook, short testimonies, and all FLUFF and sales pitch. Nothing truly usable. At the end, Donna is asking us to invest yet more money to obtain information on five of our nine energy systems in our body, for $499 (54% discount from $1095). I was originally looking forward to learning, but if $349 is a teaser, I feel I really wasted my money. I would be crazy to spend another $499. I think Mindvalley is an umbrella for some good content, but otherwise a lot of talk.

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

    • Jun 19, 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 your negative experience!

      In the last months, we have implemented additional reviews on our current processes and we are looking forward to addressing any pressing concerns that customers may encounter.

      We appreciate you for bringing this issue to our attention. I believe there was a misunderstanding as the program you purchased for $349 is definitely not only a few short videos and testimonials, but is full of content. My guess is that you were looking at the masterclass preparation guide by mistake, which can also be found in your account.

      We would like to get into contact with you and hopefully resolve this situation with a positive outcome and find your program. 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 here https://support.mindvalley.com/ and clicking on the Contact icon in the lower right corner. Please mention my name - Janja - while doing so and leave your email address.

      Should you need help in the future as well, please do not hesitate to contact me directly, as I will be very happy to assist you personally with anything you need.


  • No way to contact Mindvalley

    • By Pamela,
    • Orange County, CA,
    • Feb 8, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    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


  • Mindvalley a scam

    Overall Experience:

    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


  • Too much too soon

    • By Pedro,
    • Calgary,
    • Jul 10, 2015
    Overall Experience:

    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


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

    • By Debra,
    • San Francisco, CA,
    • Mar 30, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer
    Overall Experience:

    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


  • Mind Valley

    • By Khadija,
    • Denver, CO,
    • May 2, 2014
    Overall Experience:

    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


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

    Overall Experience:

    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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