Last Updated on February 13, 2023 by Kari
This is a unique Mindvalley review, but I thought it was important. I’ve been buying courses from Mindvalley for a long time. I bought my first product from them in 2011 and have been buying their products ever since. I was freelance writing online then, but when I started my own websites, I became an affiliate with Mindvalley as well.
I have taken pretty much every course they’ve put out in the past 2 1/2 years or so thanks to the Mindvalley Membership. And, I think I pretty much took all the courses they were putting out in the years before that. Maybe I missed one or two.
In short, I have a lot of experience with Mindvalley, so, from that experience, I feel like I can write a pretty good Mindvalley review and answer some of the most common questions about Mindvalley. If you have any questions that are not included in this Mindvalley review, please ask in the comments below.
Is Mindvalley Legit?
Yes. It’s a legit website and a legit business. I’ve had a Mindvalley account for years. They have gone from a smaller website with a few personal growth products to a huge membership website with over 50 personal growth products, a community, an app, and consistent new content that is high quality.
It has legit courses.
It has legit teachers.
It has a legit community.
Mindvalley is legit. And the content that they offer is getting better every year.
They still have some hiccups and customer support isn’t always that quick, but they are constantly changing and improving.
Is Mindvalley A Cult?
I had to laugh when I read the definition of a cult because some people can get a little crazy about Mindvalley and how it has benefited them. I’ve seen some people who are a little over the top with their enthusiasm toward Mindvalley.
But the short answer is, no, Mindvalley is not a cult.
Mindvalley brings in a wide variety of teachers. If you take enough of the programs, as I have, you will find that sometimes one teacher teaches something different than another teacher. In other words, there is no ‘you must think or behave in a certain way’ mentality. Some teachers see things one way and others another, and you can choose what you resonate with while you learn.
Vishen Lakhiani could be considered the leader of Mindvalley. I used to really like him, but lately, I’ve been finding him extremely fake and irritating. Unfortunately, he does a lot of the interviews for Mindvalley’s live events. I always cringe when he comes on, especially when it’s a video that I really want to watch.
Some people hold Vishen a little too high, that’s for sure. I’ve seen some people in live chats acting like Vishen is God’s gift to the world and can do no wrong. That’s frickin’ weird.
But, for the most part, the people who are drawn to Mindvalley tend to be sane people on a personal growth journey – like me – which is why so many of us stick around. They are not close-minded. They are willing to learn and grow.
Mindvalley does not preach a certain way of life that you have to follow. It does not hold any kind of weird admiration for a particular thing or person. Maybe people who work in the company would say something different, but as a customer and affiliate, I don’t see that at all.
I think of Mindvalley as a university focused on personal growth. It offers a variety of programs to choose from that you won’t be able to find at another university. It is a place where you can talk to your peers about the programs you are taking. Some students are weird and loud and downright annoying, but most are pretty normal. Some teachers you like, some you don’t. It’s just like school.
Is Mindvalley Free?
Yes and no.
You can take all of the Mindvalley Masterclasses for free, but if you want to take the course with that teacher, it will cost money.
The membership costs money, but you get a lot of stuff with the membership so if you add up its worth and subtract the cost, it might equal out pretty close to free.
Read: Can You Get Mindvalley Courses For Free? What Is Free On Mindvalley?
Is Mindvalley Fake?
Yes and no. Depends on who you are and what you are looking at.
I find Vishen to be fake lately. But maybe he’s not. Maybe he’s the most real person in the world. Maybe it’s just my perception of him. I don’t know the guy. I’ve never talked to him. He just gives me a vibe of being an actor… showcasing what he wants others to see and pausing at just the right moments for effect.
As far as the website and membership go, no, Mindvalley is not fake. Some Mindvalley reviews are fake, but as far as Mindvalley goes – it’s a real site that offers real courses. And it is getting better every year.
Sometimes they say that a course is only available for a limited time, and that’s not true. If a course is launched on Mindvalley, it tends to stick around. It’s not your ‘last chance’ or anything. I hate that marketing bullshit. It actually makes them look fake and scammy. It’s not necessary and I’ve written to them about that, but my voice hasn’t affected anything yet.
You can enroll in a course whenever you want. There is a start date, but the course is not going to disappear from Mindvalley.
Well, I suppose there have been a few courses that have been taken away over the years, but it seems that only happens after they are not getting the response Mindvalley is looking for or they get replaced by something more updated.
That said, when they are promoting one of their courses, that course tends to get more interest and students in the next cohort, which is something that you might want. More students equal more interaction which equals more insights.
But, overall, Mindvalley is not fake. The programs are taught by people who are out there in the real world trying to do good things.
For instance, if you’ve ever taken Lifebook, you know that Jon and Missy are the farthest things from fake. Jon annoys me sometimes when I’m in a bad mood, but I do think he has a ton of wisdom to share. I always listen to the Lifebook Membership podcasts when I’m driving on my monthly solo trip, and I find myself getting a lot from them. As teachers, they are upfront and honest about their life and all that comes with them.
The same can be said for the rest of the teachers.
Is Mindvalley Worth It?
Totally, if you are looking for personal growth relating to the content they provide. I realize this Mindvalley review shows it’s not all roses and lollipops, but there are so many great teachers and ideas to be found at Mindvalley that it really is worth it.
I should say that the membership is worth it, without a doubt.
If you are a social person, it’s a great place to meet like-minded people.
There are things that might irk you, but in the end, Mindvalley is a lot like HayHouse – it offers content that can help you grow in mind, body, and soul.
That said, HayHouse needs to get a membership platform like Mindvalley where you can take their courses and consume their content as a part of the membership. (Update: HayHouse does have a membership for audiobooks that I’m a part of now! Totally recommend. Now if they could just get a membership for their courses!)
Is Mindvalley A Scam?
No. Despite fake Mindvalley reviews trying to hook you in telling you that Mindvalley might be a scam and then ‘revealing’ that it’s not – Mindvalley is not a scam.
Mindvalley does not scam you out of money.
They are not scamming you out of anything.
They offer a lot of good content.
If you pay for something, you get what you paid for, bottom line. Just make sure you double-check what you are paying for.
Some people say that Mindvalley is a scam because they messed up somehow. For instance, they took a free trial and then ended up getting charged, and instead of taking ownership of their mistake, the call Mindvalley a scam. But, in reality, it’s just their screw-up that caused the issue.
One thing I will say in this Mindvalley review is that a lot of the content on Mindvalley can be found elsewhere. For instance, teachers often teach things on Mindvalley that they also teach in their own programs or books. While there’s some unique stuff, teachers teach what they know, which means they likely teach the same things elsewhere.
Any Other Questions About Mindvalley?
If you have any other questions (or opinions) about Mindvalley that I didn’t cover in this review, ask me (or share) in the comments below.
From your description it sure seems like an lgat. How much if have you paid them over the years?
I’m not sure what you are saying or asking.
I am really interested in taking the membership, you know how you’ll see their ads in YouTube and they offer so many bonuses if you sign up from that particular link? I know somehow the price is relatively decent considering all the programs and courses I will be getting but I am torn whether to take the monthly subscription or the yearly membership. I am really motivated to work on my personal growth and it’s helpful what you said about their marketing strategies wherein the courses will not go anywhere and somehow still remains. Do you suggest to take the yearly subscription and not the monthly? Please help me decide.
It really boils down to what you can afford and how committed you are to taking the courses.
If you think you are going to spend the next year going through the courses and working on personal growth and you can afford it, then get the yearly membership. It saves you some money in the long run.
I have had the yearly Mindvalley membership since the membership came out and I find it worth it. I’m committed to taking all the new courses on Mindvalley so it’s a no-brainer for me.
I wonder if Silva Method really works because it sounds too good to be true. I would like to connect with the people who have taken this course.
I’m not sure of any group of people who have taken it besides the group on Mindvalley connected with the course. I’m sure there’s something out there.
How has it helped you out in your life? Are you able to tap into all the mind level like Alpha, Theta, and delta? It definitely sounds like a too good to be true scam. But who knows these days.
Every single course on Mindvalley has impacted my life positively in some way. There’s not one that hasn’t. You can read my reviews as I’ve reviewed every course I’ve taken.
Some Mindvalley courses, like Lifebook and Unlimited Abundance, completely changed my life by helping me find my vision and recognize limiting beliefs when they pop up.
It’s all about growth in areas that I’m interested in – awareness, mental health, habits, wellness, resilience, communication, purpose, creativity, manifestation, and definitely mind power… or the power of my mind.
I don’t know if you are saying that tapping into the mind sounds like it’s too good to be true or Mindvalley is too good to be true, but they both are not too good to be true. They just are. I guess maybe you have to experience them for yourself to understand.
With the power of the mind, being able to chill out and get into an Alpha state of mind is powerful. It brings clarity and reduces stress and it’s not something woo-woo once you make it a habit in your life – It’s a necessity that benefits your life… or at least it does my life.
By the way, I like using self-hypnosis to get into an alpha state. It’s the easiest way to get there when your brain is working overtime, and you can reprogram your brain while you’re there.
Do I understand that the cost of the membership covers all the courses available? or do I still have to pay something for each course? Not clear on this one yet.
Yes. It covers all the courses, except for Lifebook and Wildfit. I know it seems a little unreal. They used to charge $300+ per program, so to include all 40+ courses just doesn’t seem real. Plus you get access to live events, mentoring at work videos, Soulvana, and Zenward.
INCOHERENT AFTRR SALES SUPPORT
I had an issue logging into Lifebook App. They did not care, just told me my refund date had expired. That was the only program I did with them but as soon as they get your money their support staff does not try to resolve anything for you. The program is interesting but Mindvalley is a scam when it comes to after sales support.
I haven’t had that experience. Mindvalley has always gotten back to me and resolved issues. And I’ve been taking their courses for over a decade.
If your refund date had passed, then there’s some ownership required there. I always write down all my dates so I’m never caught off guard with something like that.
Hi, I would like to know, what difference is between group and solo way of approch, that you have to choose at the start? Is the group approach interactive, with the teacher? And I have an other one – paying one membership, you can take the same course more times or is possible only for one entry/use for each cours? Thanks.
By choosing the group, you will start with whoever else signs up for that date. The group is usually small in my experience, but if you sign up with a group on a promoted course, the group might be a little bigger. It shows you how many people are signed up when you choose to join a ‘class’. Each day you may find more of a daily discussion in the discussion tab if you are in a ‘class’.
Also, with the group, you only get one day of access at a time.
By going solo, you get access to all the classes and can go at your own pace. You could even start when the next group starts if you want. You can still see the discussion for each day with past and current students, so that’s not affected at all.
I always just choose to do it at my own pace.
Once you start a course, you can click up on the ‘options’ on the top right and leave the courses if you want or change from class to self-guided or vice versa. That way, if you are not into it or if you decide you want to start it later, you can leave the course and start it at a different time. They didn’t have this feature not long ago, so it’s a nice feature to have.
And you can take the course as many times as you want. You can finish it, take it again, finish it, take it again. You can take it half way, leave it, and then start again at a later date. You always have access to the course content.
Hope that answers your questions.
I see Lee Holden, Qigong teacher, may be on the Minvalley course offerings. If so (yes or no?) then are his courses free of charge on this site?
His masterclass is free. You can see all the free stuff Mindvalley offers here. But his course is included with the Mindvalley Membership.
Thank you for leaving what appears to be an honest review. Everything I found on the internet about this company has been BS. In the intro for his commercial he talks about someone who is extraordinary lucky. Have these courses allowed you to become extraordinarily lucky? If you have taken almost all of these all of these
classes, you must be some sort of super person. What have they done for you, exactly? If you had to pick only three courses to take, what would they be in order? Have you used silva mind control, and if so, what has it done for you? Do you make any money from the links that are on this page? Thanks!
They have increased my awareness and knowledge of the topics they are centered on. Many ideas and habits taught have become a part of my life and improved it immensely. Of course, ignorance is bliss. The more you know about life and how to make the most of it, the more stressful it becomes when you slack off and don’t take action. Implementing all the things taught is impossible and sometimes life gets the better of you and messes up all your best intentions. I think Lifebook is the best course because it continues on well past the course and there are a lot of other people who are supporting and inspiring you to create your best life. Personal Mastery would be my next favorite because it gives you a way of looking at life’s problems and struggles with a more realistic mindset. Unlimited Abundance is my next favorite because it helps you look at your limiting beliefs and spot them as they come up. Yes, I used the Silva Mind Control, and the biggest thing I took from it was to be able to get into an alpha state quickly for visualization or meditation. Yes, I’m an affiliate with Mindvalley. It’s actually what I’ve been focused on for years because I’ve taken their courses for years and find value ni them, so why not promote them
I am posting this everywhere somewhere they need to see it
I have no way to express my annoyance with Mindvalley. Your programs are no problem, they are indeed brilliant. BUT YOU DON’T GET WHAT CANCELLED MEANS. I have due to necessity cut down on things I have as a luxury or have not used barely. Mindvalley membership is one ( I have used it once this past year). So I cancelled I got an email and an email. Later that evening I get a notification an international payment was declined due to no funds.
Well YES. There is no funds in that account for a very valid reason. 2. I CANCELLED. YOU HAVE BEEN TRYING TO TAKE THIS MONEY NOW FOR 5 DAYS!!!!!! I HAVE COMPLAINED 4 TIMES….. NOT ONE RESPONSE????? SO YOU GLADLY TAKE MONEY BUT CANT GET YOUR ACCOUNTING SYSTEM TO READ A CANCELLATION!!!! SONT EXPECT ANY RECOMMENDATION FROM ME!
Did you cancel on the day they were supposed to charge you? Good thing you have no money in that account.