Mindvalley Review (2021): Is Mindvalley Worth It?

Posted 21 Jan 2021, by

Brendan Brown

(This review contains affiliate links which means we earn a commission if you sign up⁠ — at no extra cost to you. However, it’s an honest review about my personal experience with Mindvalley)

If you’re anything like me, you’re overwhelmed by all the self-help books, online courses, and YouTube videos out there.

How do you sort out the good from the bad? Wouldn’t it be great if there was one platform with all the self-improvement resources you need?

Enter Mindvalley.

Mindvalley is a leader in the self-help space — an online learning platform with high-gloss, sleek self-improvement courses. These courses cover all aspects of self-improvement: body, mind, and spirit.

In my comprehensive Mindvalley review, I’ll give you my thoughts on Mindvalley as well a deep dive into 3 totally different courses.

Is Mindvalley really worth your time and money?

Let’s find out.

What is Mindvalley?

Mindvalley is a self-improvement / “edutainment” (education meets entertainment) company that specializes in classes both the practical and esoteric.

At their heart, though, all of these classes provide you (the learner) around 30+ days worth of lessons, coursework, videos, and Q&As to help better yourself.

The platform definitely has a “DIY spirituality” twist to it, with many of the teachers discussing alternative schools of thought such as chakras, energy healing, and telepathy.

It’s not all paranormal, though. There are plenty of classes that focus on concrete, grounded skills like “Mastering Sleep” or “Speed Reading”. In short, there is a spectrum of courses that you can take to help you fulfill that “missing piece” of your life.

That’s what Mindvalley prides itself on — helping you become a more “actualized” version of yourself.

It’s not a “teach me how to make an omelet” type of learning company. It’s a “teach me to be the better version of myself” platform.

Who founded Mindvalley?

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Mindvalley was founded by Vishen Lakhiani in 2002. Vishen Lakhiani is a Malaysian entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and huge proponent of the paranormal-influenced Silva Method — which he teaches on Mindvalley itself.

He’s a firm believer in meditation and self-improvement, having said that he also claims to have used his own willpower to boost his vision.

I’m still sticking with my glasses, but I gotta say — his charisma has me impressed.

His crowning achievement is the Mindvalley learning platform: a highly-curated self-help learning site with 30+ high-gloss courses. Over 10 million people have enrolled in their courses worldwide.

Who are the instructors?

One of the biggest sells of Mindvalley is their incredibly diverse and deep suite of instructors.

They’re not A-list celebrities like you’ll find on MasterClass — but that’s not a bad thing.

Instead, they’re highly-acclaimed experts in the self-help field. For me, that’s a bonus. I don’t need a celebrity to teach me how to get my life together.

I need a teacher to teach me.

That’s where Mindvalley hits the high mark. They have teachers such as:

  • Jim Kwik — a leading expert on “brain hacking.”
  • Dr. Michael Breus — a noted sleep expert (his course is on sleeping!).
  • Emily Fletcher — a teacher who excels at meditation mindfulness
  • Neale Donald Walsch — author and spiritualist.

Now, maybe you’re like me and you had to google a few of these names when you first saw them. That’s cool. A quick google search will show you that wow, these teachers are the real deal.

Mindvalley brings in high-quality teachers to help you get the self-improvement you need.

What classes are on Mindvalley?

Mindvalley classes

I figured that the best way to show you how cool Mindvalley is is by giving you a rundown on every class they offer.

That way, if something catches your eye, you can check it out right away. And trust me, Mindvalley will have something that’ll make you slow your scroll.

Mindvalley divides its courses into several categories: Mind, Performance, Body, Soul, Work, Entrepreneurship, and Relationships & Parenting.

Here’s the Full Course list. Note: there are a few courses that are listed in multiple categories!

Mind

Performance

Body

Soul

Work

Entrepreneurship

Relationships & Parenting

WHEW! That’s the list! It really runs the spectrum from grounded, highly practical classes to the highly esoteric.

Want to get your chakras balanced while learning how to balance your checkbook?

Mindvalley might be the perfect place for you to get started!

How much does Mindvalley Cost?

You can access Mindvalley quests (classes) two different ways. You can purchase the individual class called “digital access”, or you can purchase Mindvalley Membership (formerly called the All Access Pass).

What’s right for you? Well, there are pros and cons to each. Let’s take a look at each.

Mindvalley Digital Access

Mindvalley individual classes vary in price. Let’s take a look at Be Extraordinary by Mindvalley founder Vishen Lakhiani.

Digital Access to Be Extraordinary is $399. This seems to be the average price of most classes purchased individually. Some, like the M word are $249 for digital access.

But I’d say that $349 – $399 are around average.

When you purchase digital access to the class, you get:

Lifetime access to the entire program across all digital devices (that’s mobile, tablet, and computer)

You also get access to the class discussion boards (the tribe) for this quest only. You can view the other discussion boards, but you aren’t able to comment on those.

It’s a good choice if you’re sure you only want to take one course.

But if you think you might want to take more than one course…

Mindvalley Membership

The Mindvalley Membership is a yearly subscription to Mindvalley that gives you access to all of their classes for a clean, yearly fee.

How much is that? $499. This is down from $599 last year.

So why is the Mindvalley Membership a good deal?

At the time of writing, there are around 30 classes available on Mindvalley. If you purchased them all individually, you’d spend at least $9,000.

I don’t have the kind of money lying around. And if I did, I wouldn’t want to spend it if I could get the same thing much cheaper.

That’s why the Mindvalley All Access Membership is great value. You get $9000 worth of classes for only $499 yearly.

And it is yearly. There is no monthly billing option. Instead, your entire year’s subscription will be charged at once.

Here’s what you get:

  • Access to 30+ Mindvalley courses (a $9000 dollar value), billed yearly
  • Each of these courses can be accessed through mobile, tablet, and computer
  • Access to The Tribe — Mindvalley’s in-app discussion boards. There are discussions boards for each course.
  • Access to Mindvalley’s Facebook groups

The other big benefit of the Membership is that you can take multiple classes at once. Mindvalley quests do tend to run for around a month, but it’s easy to take 3-4 at the same time!

Keep in mind that Mindvalley, which encourages you to take 1 lesson per day per class, is not geared toward binge learning. Instead, it pushes you toward learning a little bit each day.

If you decide to take multiple classes at a time, be sure that you go in each day and learn a little for each class. Don’t try and blast through a single class in an afternoon; odds are you won’t be able to. And if you could, you wouldn’t internalize the information the way that you should.

Mindvalley membership how it works

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Is the yearly membership a good deal?

The best way to decide if Mindvalley Membership is a good deal is to compare it to purchasing courses individually.

Let’s say you purchase 2 classes at an average of $349 each. You’ve just spent $699.

Now let’s say you took those two classes using the Mindvalley Membership. You purchased the Mindvalley Membership for $499. This way, you’ve saved $200.

If you’re taking 2 courses a year, you’ve already saved money by using the Mindvalley Membership.

If you’re taking 2 courses a month (12 a year), you’ve saved at least $3,700.

To me, the Mindvalley Membership is a great deal if you’re going to take at least two classes each year. With new classes being added all the time, it’s super easy to find exciting classes to take!

How does a Mindvalley class work?

Mindvalley calls all of their classes “quests.” It feels very epic. And it is, in a way, right? You’re going on a quest to better yourself.

So forget classes, we’re here to go on quests! Right from the comfort of our laptops, iPhones, and tables.

Here’s how it works.

Once you enroll in a quest (let’s take Chakra Healing as an example), you get to the course page. At the course page, you will see all of your lessons, divided first into weeks and then into days. For Chakra Healing, this clocks out at five weeks, 35 days, and one bonus day.

Each day, you click on the appropriate day for your quest. Once you click into the lesson, you’re taken to a separate page where you’ll find:

  • Your video lesson for the day
  • Guidelines for the lesson
  • Supplemental material in PDF form
  • Tasks to complete.

So, you watch the video, then you complete the tasks. Bing! It usually takes no more than 30 minutes per lesson.

Some of the tasks might be “join the tribe” (the Mindvalley community group) while others could be to complete a quiz, to perform some meditation…the options are pretty endless.

The next day, you come back and do lesson two. And so on.

Again, since each lesson is only 20-30 minutes, it’s not taking a big bite out of your day. In that way, you get to internalize the lessons of the Quest without committing hours and hours to learning. It’s not gamified, per se, but it definitely has that 21st century, tech-vibe to learning.

Now, you can speed things along by doing multiple lessons in one day, but Mindvalley isn’t built with that in mind. A big part of the learning is internalizing the lessons, and that takes time. So while you are able to blitz through a class in a matter of hours, I don’t think you get the full Mindvalley value out of it.

Take your time, watch the lessons, complete the tasks. Mindvalley is about commitment.

Who is Mindvalley for?

I always do my best to identify who I think would benefit from a platform, and who I believe might not like what I’m reviewing. I want you to form your own opinions, but I want you to have a clear picture going into any possible purchase.

So who would like Mindvalley? Specifically, who would benefit most from it?

These are the people that will get most bang for their buck.

  • Somebody who loves self-help books and courses. This is the gist of Mindvalley. If you’re a learner who loves checking out the latest course on manifestation or public speaking or energy healing, then you’ll definitely like Mindvalley. It’s designed to fully capture that charisma and empowering energy that the self-help space operates in.
  • Someone who is interested in alternative spirituality. Many of the Mindvalley Quests have a “DIY spirituality” ethos, so if you’re interested in some metaphysics and esoteric knowledge that’s off the beaten path, you’ll appreciate what Mindvalley has to offer.
  • Skeptics. Look: Mindvalley has some bold claims. Some teachers claim that you can tap into the memories of inanimate objects. Maybe you can. If you’re a curious skeptic, you may be interested in Mindvalley to find out for yourself.
  • People who like daily tasks. Mindvalley is built around doing a little bit everyday. It’s not a “binge it all at once” platform. If you enjoy learning a little bit at a time, and like carving out a small bit of space for good habits, Mindvalley will be a good option.
  • Learners who like online learning. Mindvalley is all online. It’s very heavily video-based, and all the videos are lectures. If that’s the way that you learn best, then you’ll get a lot out of Mindvalley.

Who won’t like it?

There are a few people who won’t like the Mindvalley Membership. Chief among them are:

  • People looking to learn hard skills. Mindvalley is mostly about teaching you softer, less quantifiable skills like “conscious uncoupling.” If you’re interested in learning how to build a birdhouse, this isn’t the program for you. The Great Courses is a good option if you want to learn more concrete things.
  • Those who want a hands-on learning experience. Though there are some live (and pre-recorded) Q&As, the majority of the content is delivered through pre-recorded videos. You take the course at your own pace. If you’re looking for a teacher and classmates who will partner with you, Mindvalley might not be the perfect fit.
  • Those who need acute medical care. Look: many Mindvalley courses offer forms of healing from energy healing to hypnotherapy. It all seems very positive. But there isn’t enough hard research on it to accurately call any of it a replacement for traditional medicine. Sure, use it to augment whatever you currently need — but always follow the advice of your doctor. If you’re feeling ill (mentally or physically), understand that this isn’t a replacement for a doctor’s or therapist’s office.

Okay — that should cover both sides of the coin. I think that gives you a fair overview of who will like these courses. Again, if you’re into self-help and new age thinking, then this is the place for you.

If you’re really wanting to complete that Spanish course so that you can apply for that multilingual job, then Mindvalley isn’t the right place.

My review of 3 Mindvalley classes

To give you a broad view of Mindvalley, I decided to examine three classes from three different categories.

  • Money EQ by Ken Honda
  • The M Word by Emily Fletcher
  • Awaken the Species by Neale Donald Walsch

Let’s jump right in.

Money EQ by Ken Honda

Money EQ Ken Honda mindvalley review

Who is Ken Honda? He’s the Zen Millionaire of Japan! Mindvalley calls him the Marie Kondo of Finance — and it’s his mission to spark joy in the relationship between you and money.

His goal is to help people build sustainable wealth by raising their emotional intelligence about money (our money EQ).

Maybe you’ve found yourself stressing about, obsessing over, freaking out about money. I sure have. If you’re feeling insecure about money, then Money EQ is the right course to check out.

(For a deep dive into Money EQ, check out my comprehensive review here).

How is this Quest structured?

Over the course of 21 days and 3.5 hours of video, Ken Honda helps you forge a strong, positive relationship with money.

Some of the lessons are:

  • A New Way of Relating To Money
  • Understanding Money Types
  • Family Obstacles
  • Practicing Wise Selfishness
  • Expanding Your Wealth Consciousness

Along the way, you’ll learn how to:

  • Gain A Greater Sense Of Abundance
  • Multiply Your Wealth
  • Upgrade Your Money Skills
  • Earn & Save More
  • Overcome Money Fears & Anxiety
  • Raise Your Happiness Setpoint
  • Grow Your Income

Who is this Quest for?

Money EQ by Ken Honda is for anyone looking to get a positive relationship with their wealth. To me, that’s pretty much everyone. It’s a very upbeat, loving class where Ken gently and affectionately helps you reconfigure your perspective on money.

If you’ve been anxious about money, then you’ll really like this Quest.

Who won’t like this Quest?

This Mindvalley Quest (like several others) has start dates. When you start a class that’s in progress, you can’t move on to the new material until the class moves on to the new material.

If you were looking to get as much information as you could on financial literacy right away, then you would be a little disappointed in this class. As such, this Quest is great for people who want financial help, but don’t need the help ASAP.

My verdict

Money EQ by Ken Honda is a practical and affirming course which will help anybody get a better relationship with money. Since money is something that nearly all of us use constantly, I believe that his advice is practical and important for a great many different people.

It’s definitely worth checking out.

Check out Money EQ by Ken Honda here.

The M Word by Emily Fletcher

The M Word Mindvalley review

The M Word by Emily Fletcher is a meditation course designed around mindfulness — a critical component of meditation.

Emily Fletcher is a leading expert in meditation, having been featured in The New York Times, Good Morning America, and The Today Show.

Meditation is typically done in one of two ways: concentrative (where you concentrate on an idea or sound or image) and mindfulness (where you are mindful of your thoughts and feelings).

Emily Fletcher is all about mindfulness. And she’s willing to bet that you are too. She makes a point of taking the monk out of meditation, eschewing traditional religious practices in favor of how meditation can serve you.

She found mindfulness when she started going grey as a 27 year-old Broadway dancer. Mindfulness allowed her to take control of her body + spirit, and put her back on the path to stress-free living.

The M Word helps you learn those same techniques that radically changed her life.

How is this Quest structured?

The M Word is a 33-day Quest with 9 hours of instruction. It’s divided into two parts:

  • Upleveling your meditation
  • Upleveling your life

In part one, you’ll learn how to:

  • Monitor and manage your relationship with stress
  • Work with the Balancing Breath meditation to balance out the performance of your brain’s right and left hemispheres.
  • Learn how to be present.
  • Master lazy meditation.
  • Douse your flickering mind
  • Trigger the “Beginner’s Mind” mode in your brain.
  • Nudge your brain into higher and higher states of abundance.
  • Experiment with the Love Bomb technique.
  • Inject the perfect dose of stillness into your busy day

In part two, you’ll:

  • Use your meditative “magic wand” to overcome real-life problems.
  • Learn the breath work and power pose practices.
  • Get guided through beautiful visualizations.
  • Understand your mind’s fight or flight triggers.
  • Practice the Body-Feeling technique to identify the source of stress in your body.
  • Learn how to enhance your personal relationships.
  • Enter deep nourishing sleep the moment you hit the bed.
  • Master the art of true but effortless forgiveness.

These lessons are all spread out over about four weeks. Plus, there are a few bonus lessons that Emily will bring to the table as well!

Who is this Quest for?

This quest is great for people looking to add a very simple and effective type of meditation into their lives. This is meditation in 15 minutes, not 4 hours. If you’re looking to remove some stress from your body, then you’ll like this class.

Who won’t like this Quest?

This quest is not for people who want a spiritual take on meditation. It is very introspective and (dare I say it) transactional. It’s all about what you can achieve — not about how you fit into the grander scheme of things.

If you’re looking to improve your being, the M Word is a good tool to help you exist as a calmer, more confident person.

My verdict

The M Word is an effective, if individual centered, meditation class that helps you quickly and efficiently implement trusted meditation techniques into your busy life.

Check out The M Word by Emily Fletcher here.

Awaken The Species by Neale Donald Walsch

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Awaken the Species is a spiritual quest where author Neale Donald Walsch helps you awaken your divinity.

Over the course of 36 days, you’ll work with Neale to activate and awaken 16 different areas of your life, with the goal of evolving yourself to discover how you fit within humanity. Then, you’re charged with giving back — bringing your enlightenment to others.

It’s a beautiful course focused on community, love, introspection, and growth.

How is this Quest structured?

The course is 36 days of video lessons delivered by Neale. The first lesson is called “God and Highly Evolved Beings Exist,” and all of the lessons have a very strong religious tone — stronger and less individual than most other Mindvalley classes.

Throughout the 36 days, you focus on 16 key areas such as “Embracing Unity, Embracing Truth, Releasing Death and Killing” to help you build a form of spiritual enlightenment, ultimately leading you to the final lesson “Life is not about you.”

Wow. It’s, without a doubt, an incredible journey.

Who is this quest for?

This quest is for the spiritually curious and generous. It’s a class that does require at least an openness to the idea that God or a higher power exists. If you’re a person looking to connect with God and with the goodness of humanity, then you’ll get a lot out of this course.

Who won’t like this Quest?

You’re gonna have a hard time with this class if you’re an avowed atheist. The life lessons are still very beautiful, but so much of Walsch’s work is predicated on a belief in a higher power. If that’s a red line for you, then you won’t enjoy this Quest.

My verdict

Awaken the Species by Neale Donald Walsch is an excellent spiritual quest for any person looking to find their way + purpose in this tumultuous and confusing world.

Check out Awaken the Species by Neale Donald Walsch here.

Mindvalley: Pros and Cons

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Okay, so I’ve run through 3 courses, and given you a pretty granular view of how Mindvalley and its “All Access” membership works. Let’s now tackle some pros and cons before I give you my final verdict.

Pros:

  • So much content. With 30+ courses that each run about a month, you’ll have a hard time exhausting the content available through Mindvalley.
  • Quality of production. Mindvalley courses have very high-gloss videos that are easily accessible from multiple devices. Think Netflix streaming, not random Youtuber.
  • Bite-sized content. Mindvalley isn’t for binging. It’s for digesting. I think that the small-sized lessons help everybody learn a little better.
  • The Mindvalley Membership is a good deal. The annual subscription takes $9000 worth of classes and turns it into a $499 yearly pass. That’s a good bargain.

Cons:

  • You can’t binge it all at once. Some people want to plow through a class in an afternoon. Mindvalley isn’t set up for that type of learning.
  • The content can stray from scientific principles. I’m all for being open-minded, but you should be aware that Mindvalley takes the cart off the path from time-to-time. They sometimes will suggest something is “scientifically-proven” without actually proving it. This frustrated me.
  • Mindvalley is expensive. Yes, having an annual membership really makes the whole platform much more affordable than buying singles classes, but it’s a lot higher than others like MasterClass or Skillshare.

What’s the deal with Mindvalley Masterclasses?

So, maybe you’ve read my review so far and thought, “I’m not sure if this is right for me. I like what I’m reading, but I want to try it before I buy it.”

Well, you’ll like the Mindvalley Masterclasses.

Mindvalley doesn’t offer a true free trial of its platform, but it has a slate of free masterclasses taught by the same Mindvalley teachers who have quests on the platform.

Each of these masterclasses is a 60-90 minute video course where a Mindvalley Masterclass gives you an in depth course on a specific lesson.

There are two types of masterclasses: weekly free courses and ongoing masterclasses.

This week, for the weekly free course, Ken Honda (who teaches Money EQ) is teaching a class called The Japanese Art of Healing Your Money Wounds.

In this class, you’ll discover how to rise above your negative beliefs, build the wealth you desire and finally make peace with your money.

The ongoing classes are available anytime. There are currently eight masterclasses on topics ranging from “get 10x fitter and stronger,” and “the three keys to transformative learning” to “true manifesting from the soul.”

While most Mindvalley classes run around a whole month, the videos themselves add up to be only a couple hours. So, when you think about it, these free Masterclasses are around 25-30% of a full Mindvalley class (minus the homework you need to complete).

I say this because they serve as really good examples of Mindvalley Quests. If you take one of these masterclasses and like it, there’s a good chance you’ll like the other programs they have for sale.

Lastly, Mindvalley does have one free Quest, called “The 6 Phase Meditation.” It’s a 7-day meditation quests led by Mindvalley founder Vishen Lakhiani. It’s like a masterclass, but designed more like a Mindvalley Quest.

For free, they’re great courses to take to learn if Mindvalley is right for you.

Is Mindvalley a scam?

Hey, if you spend enough time trawling around the internet, you’ll find some questions or concerns that Mindvalley is a scam.

I’m reviewing the product. I need to give you a straight answer.

Here’s the thing: if you pay for Mindvalley Membership, you’ll get all the programs they promised you. I’m logged in right now, I’m looking at the Quests! That is not a scam.

You pay for it, you get it.

Now, to me, that answers the question. No, Mindvalley isn’t a scam.

But, it is true that some of their content is not held to a rigorous scientific standard. And the instructors will use some “sciency” phrases to jazz up the classes. It’s not a scam, but I cannot speak to the validity of all of the lessons.

Maybe you have paranormal powers. Maybe it’s imaginary. I don’t know.

Here’s where I think Mindvalley goes a bit far: They take a strong stance in saying that they do “know”, and that’s where people start to question if it’s scammy. A little more humility that the science isn’t really settled on some of their claims would be nice.

My Mindvalley review verdict: Is it worth it?

Mindvalley is unlike any other learning platform I’ve reviewed. It’s very much rooted in the self-help, spiritual, and esoteric world. It’s a soul-development platform as much as an education platform.

Because it’s so different, I want to make sure my verdict is appropriate.

Yes, Mindvalley is definitely worth it for the right person. That right person is someone who loves self-help and learning a little bit everyday.

For someone who isn’t as keen on more nebulous concepts (or would rather not spend $499 on a yearly subscription), then it might not be worth it for that person.

It’s a case by case basis that you need to make for yourself.

If you’re someone who is energized by chakra healings, speed reading, and meditation, then I highly encourage you to jump on the Mindvalley train. You won’t regret it.

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