Campus. Curriculum. Community
College Re-Imagined for
In an age of exponential technologies, new models of work and entrepreneurship, location independence, and new definitions of what it means to lead a meaningful life -- it’s time to rethink college.
The model suggested here is designed to be a replacement for regular college, or an add-on for people who don’t believe that learning should slow down upon graduation.
It’s a re-imagining of college, campus, curriculum and community for a new age. We call it Mindvalley U.
Mindvalley U. is looking to innovate on seven aspects of education by taking into account new emerging trends.
The Rotating Campus
Why restrict college to a singular campus for 4 years? Using tools like Uber and AirBnB, travel and accommodations have never been easier. Plus there are so many amazing cities to explore on this gorgeous planet. Mindvalley U. moves to a different world class city every year so our students get to learn and grow from new cultures and experiences.
The One-Month Calendar
Why live in a bubble for 4 years? Mindvalley U. is a one month a year experience that our members come back to for the rest of their lives. There is no graduation. Why would anyone ever stop learning or say goodbye to the beautiful friendships from college? 1 month a year means you can take part in Mindvalley U. while still holding a job. Or bring your spouse and kids with you. Spend a month at Mindvalley U. and then go forth into the real world for 11 months to work or start a business. Come back each year to reconnect and grow.
The Curated Community
Mindvalley U. brings together people of all ages -17 or 70. Young people learn from elders while elders learn from youth. Entire families attend with their kids. A well structured on-the-ground social network arranges that every day is filled with opportunities for our members to connect, mastermind, socialize. Plus go on trips, have adventures and experience festivals and parties. The greatest thing people often say they got out of college was their community of friends. Mindvalley U. is designed to expand your social connections like no other experience on Earth.
None. We don’t believe in it. Mindvalley U. is not for students seeking regular jobs. It’s for extraordinary individuals seeking to work on game changing ideas. Your work is your proof. In partnership with new platforms for collaboration that are emerging in Silicon Valley, our members are directly plugged into a network of some of the most innovative humans on earth, and into companies like Nike, Apple and Google which are always seeking new talent and frankly, don’t give a damn about your college degree. (more on this model to be revealed in 2018).
The Cost Savings
By removing the campus and stripping away college from all its inefficiencies from grading to tuition fees to funding research labs, we bring down the cost of Mindvalley U. to a fraction of a regular American college. Because Mindvalley U. is only one month a year, students are out in the real world for 11 months of the year actually building companies or working — and thus earning money and not going into debt. Students can enroll at as low as $1000 for the base offerings and add upgrades if they wish. This makes it affordable to more people and allows you to customize your experience to your budget .
The Upgraded Curriculum
Want to learn engineering or physics? Today you can learn these online for free on MIT.edu or EdX.com. Mindvalley U. is not for these skills. Mindvalley U. is for the skills or regular education system ignored. Entrepreneurship, leadership, public speaking, personal growth, health and wellness, happiness, love, parenting and mindfulness. And much much more. The skills that truly lead to happier lives and not outdated societal brules of ‘success’.
Universities today might have the greatest researchers in the world, but not necessarily the greatest teachers. So where do you find these teachers? They are the one on the TED stage, writing best-selling books or building extraordinary companies. These are the teachers we bring to Mindvalley U. Learn more about the teachers we're bringing to Barcelona this June below.
Mindvalley U. happens in Barcelona from May 27 – June 25, 2017.
This beta experiment is limited to 400 people.
Upcoming locations for 2018 for consideration include Berlin, Tallinn and Tokyo where we will raise the attendance to several thousand.
The Curriculum and Calendar
Mindvalley U. has a curriculum focused on building powerful community
and on learning extraordinary skills and ideas.
Mindvalley U. is setting up the following community and social
structures in Barcelona for the first batch of students of all ages
and some 40 different countries for 2017.
The City Campus
Move to Barcelona with your family for the entire month (May 27 to Jun 25) or come for a few weeks or just for a specific event. In today’s world, we no longer have to live in the same city year round. At our Barcelona Campus we’ve set up a series of unique experiences and opportunities for families, small businesses and individuals looking to break the status-quo and relocate to one of the world’s most exciting cities for one month.
The Co-Working Space
Our community gets access to a shared co-working space in Barcelona. Work in an inspiring surrounding while surrounded by hundreds of brilliant men and women from a wide array of different fields. The exact location of the co-working space is only revealed to accepted students for privacy reasons. But it's someplace truly inspiring and special.
The community you’ll meet in the co-working hub and at our events, seminars and socials come from some 40 countries and are a highly curated group of people selected for accomplishment, heart and mission. They will be some of the most gifted, inspiring and beautiful friends you could hope to meet.
Expect regular social events, wine-tastings, dinners, parties and more. The team putting on Mindvalley U. is the same team responsible for Mindvalley’s epic festival A-Fest, known for it’s elaborate parties, socials and venues. Thus expect some of the most beautiful social settings you can possibly imagine.
Culture & Travel
Regular trips are happening throughout the month to explore Barcelona and its surroundings, volunteer for local charities or experience unique Catalan culture. These trips are not just mind-expanding but help our tribe connect and bond and forge strong social connections.
Got kids? Over 70 parents are currently confirmed with children ranging from 2 to 17. Parenting groups and networking groups for kids are already formed so your children get to make friends and participate with you. Founder, Vishen Lakhiani has 2 kids and designed this experience to be as much a life-changing factor for your children, as for you.
Upcoming Courses, Classes and Events in Barcelona
All single day events below are included in the base enrollment fee for Mindvalley U. Longer seminars have an additional ticket price. This allows you to customize your experience to your budget.
The Mindvalley U.
Social: Saturday, May 27
Join hundreds of newly enrolled participants kickoff Mindvalley’s Barcelona City Campus with a legendary Mindvalley party. Meet and connect with your fellow tribe members and the extended Mindvalley community.
Gelong Thubten, the Monk who
Trained the Cast of
Short Seminar: Monday, May 29
British-born Thubten (Gelong is an honorary title) has been a monk since 1993 including 4 years of self-imposes exile on a remote Scottish Island to hone his practice. Tutelage from Thunten helped British actor Benedict Cumberbatch with his starring role in "Doctor Strange". "That's a great practice to have in your life - full stop," said Cumberbatch, referring to the mindfulness training the monk, Gelong Thubten, provided on set. Thubten will teach his approach to mindfulness and meditation at Mindvalley U.
Steve Cotter, One of the Fittest
Men Alive Today
Short Seminar: Tuesday, May 30
Steve Cotter is a dynamic force in the world of fitness, sports conditioning, and mind-body practice. Steven popularized the art of kettlebells through his International Kettlebell and Fitness Federation (IKFF), which he founded in 2008. Combining his expertise in Martial Arts, mobility, flexibility, and Kettlebell Training, Steve Cotter is a go-to source for MMA fighters, various military units and elite athletes who need to develop their minds and bodies to their highest potential. In 2009 Steve Cotter was filmed doing a single leg jump from floor to the top of a table (a near superhuman feat) and in September, 2012 Men’s Health named Steve Cotter one of the 100 Fittest Men of All Time.
Eric Edmeades’ Business Freedom Speaking Academy
Five Day Seminar: Thu June 1 – Mon June 5
Eric Edmeades hosts the most powerful business speaking program on the market today: The Business Freedom Speaking Academy. BFSA shows business leaders and executives how to use the power of The Stage Effect to create significant attraction for themselves and their businesses. This event teaches you to be a master of communication of all forms, public speaking, speeches, persuasion, leadership and more. This seminar has an additional seminar fee to be announced soon.
Sonia Choquette on the
Short Seminar: Wed June 7
Sonia Choquette has written over 20 books on human intuition and creativity. In today's modern world, there is no inner-personal skill more important than, your intuition. You personal well being, your relationships, and your professional interest all rely on it to be functioning at its peak performance. Intuition is your guiding compass that will keep you free from making daily mistakes and help guide you more accurately to making the best decisions. This workshop is an experience like no other. It will give you a solid foundation to unleash this natural skill in you and allow it to grow to it's highest and most reliable potential.
The Lifebook Seminar
Four Day Seminar: Thu June 8 – Sun June 11
Experience the Full 4-Day Lifebook Program in an intimate setting with trained facilitators. Each event is limited to a small intimate group of 50 individuals. Immersed yourself in 4 days of crafting a detailed and powerful vision for your entire life. Lifebook has been hailed as one of the world’s top personal growth seminars. More details here. (This seminar has an additional seminar fee)
Awaken the Species with
Neale Donald Walsch
Four Day Seminar: Thu June 15 – Sun June 18
Modern day spiritual messenger whose words continue to touch the world in profound ways. With an early interest in religion and a deeply felt connection to spirituality, Neale spent the majority of his life thriving professionally, yet searching for spiritual meaning before experiencing his now famous conversation with God. The Conversations with God series of books that emerged from those encounters has been translated into 37 languages, touching millions and inspiring important changes in their day-to-day lives. After a 10 year hiatus and some 20 million books sold, Neale stopped writing his ‘inspired’ work. Until Aug 2016 when a new book begun to come to him along with a new mission -- to awaken the species. In this special, once in a lifetime event, Neale will guide an intimate group of Mindvalley U. students through his soul expanding teachings. This seminar has an additional seminar fee to be announced soon.
Verne Harnish, Entrepreneurial Legend
Tuesday, June 20
Verne Harnish practically wrote the book on Entrepreneurship. He is founder of the world-renowned Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), with over 12,000 members worldwide, and chaired for fifteen years EO’s premiere CEO program, the “Birthing of Giants” held at MIT, a program in which he still teaches today. His books including Rockefeller Habits and Scaling Up are legendary among entrepreneurs and their companies. Verne comes to Mindvalley U. to help anyone who wants to start and scale a business… and how to apply this in their lives.
Wim Hof, Becoming Superhuman
Friday, June 23
Hof holds a stunning 26 world records for superhuman type feats including climbing Everest with nothing more than shorts and staying immersed in ice for 1 hour, 44 minutes (a Guinness World Record). Hof is commonly nicknamed "The Iceman" for his ability to withstand extreme cold, which he attributes to exposure to cold, meditation and breathing techniques (similar to the Tibetan technique Tummo). In this workshop Wim Hof will teach his unique form of breathing and meditation that takes your performance to new heights. This seminar has an additional seminar fee to be announced soon.
“I am Enough” Live
Sat June 24 – Sun Jun 25
Named Best British Therapist by Men's Health magazine and featured in Tatler's Guide to Britain's 250 Best Doctors, she uses her experiences treating patients including rock stars, CEOs, elite Olympic athletes, royalty and Oscar winning actors to inform her life-changing speeches and lectures. In this seminar you’ll learn how to apply Marisa’s Rapid Transformational Therapy (RTT) techniques to your life and work to help remove unconscious beliefs that are holding you back and create powerful and rapid shifts in your performance. This seminar has an additional seminar fee to be announced soon.
Closing Evening Party
Sunday, Jun 25
Join the tribe for drinks, dancing and a party you’ll never forget. Imagine the best party you attended while in college….Now imagine that expanded by 10X and happening in Barcelona. At this party, you get to say your temporary goodbyes to all your brilliant new friends before you reconnect again next June in another spectacular city for Mindvalley U. 2018.
It gets even better. An additional 10+ events all included in base enrollment will be announced in upcoming months.
How to Apply for Mindvalley U. June 2017
You can apply to attend for the entire month or for just few weeks.
Or just attend a specific seminar. More details to be released shortly.
Click Here to Register for More Information
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I get a ticket to Mindvalley U. in Barcelona?
Please fill out a short application form here. Our team will review your application and get back to you within 1 week. Once approved, you’ll get an email from us with a link where you can purchase your ticket. Please note that only 1 member of the family has to apply.
How much are the tickets?
Access to Mindvalley U. in Barcelona costs $995. It will not only give you access to a curated community of spectacular entrepreneurs and digital nomads, but also to a central co-working space in Barcelona city centre for the entire month. It will be the base for around 20 incredible workshops with thought leaders from various fields. There will be 3 fabulous parties happening in Barcelona for the community during that month with various networking events and bar nights every week. We’re also organising a special Give Back Day in Barcelona with a chance to contribute to the local community and help people in need. You’ll get a 30% discount if you want to join any of the Premium Seminars with teachers such as Neale Donald Walsch, Marisa Peer, Eric Edmeades, Wim Hof and Jon & Missy Butcher from Lifebook taking place in Barcelona in June.
Do you offer 1-week or 2-weeks packages as well?
The short answer is no. You can choose the length of your stay, but this does not change the price of the base ticket. We priced the base tickets low enough for people to access the experience for the amount of time they feel is enough for them. We do however encourage all attendees to stay for the entire month for the full experience.
What’s the refund policy?
Full refunds are available 30 days after purchase (valid up to 30 days before the event). If you can’t make it, you can always transfer your ticket to a friend.
I want to bring my family with me to Barcelona. How much are the tickets for family members and kids?
All adults need a ticket but only one family member has to apply to Mindvalley U. Once approved, the other family members can purchase their ticket using the same link. Kids under 18 can join the main program for free. You’ll also get a chance to register for a special program designed for children at an additional fee.
How about accommodation in Barcelona?
We recommend booking your AirBnB or hotel as soon as possible as June is a busy month in Barcelona. Mindvalley U’s co-working space and HUB is located close to Gracia & Sagrada Familia districts in Barcelona city centre. Mindvalley Premium Seminars will take place in various locations in Barcelona.
Are you planning any activities for kids in Barcelona?
Absolutely! There is a team of parents volunteering behind the scenes to create a program for kids for the duration of Mindvalley U. You’ll get more information about the program for kids and its costs once you’ve been approved to Mindvalley U and have purchased your ticket.
How can I register to the Mindvalley Premium Seminars?
You’ll get more information about the Premium seminars with Neale Donald Walsch, Marisa Peer, Eric Edmeades, Wim Hof and Jon & Missy Butcher from Lifebook after you’ve purchased your ticket to Mindvalley U. We’ll be opening up ticket sales to these seminars in April.
Meet the Team behind this Project
Mindvalley U. is a division of Mindvalley, a company dedicated to elevating humankind by getting out to the world the education that school forgot. Learn more on Mindvalley.com. The Mindvalley U. team (below) will be in Barcelona running the event and functioning as your hosts and fellow tribe members.
The Team (from left to right): Jason Campbell, Olla Abbas, Agata Bas, Kadi Oja, Vishen Lakhiani, Laura Viilep, Kristi Anier, Rebecca Ambler, Alvaro Sanchez.