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* This online mindfulness program sells for over $300 after Mindful in May is finished – Save more than $250 by registering now!

Learn from the world’s leaders in mindfulness IN THIS one month online program, including guided meditations & exclusive video interviews


Mindful in May is a one month, online meditation training program that teaches science based mindfulness meditation tools to busy people, who want to feel less stressed and experience greater happiness and flourishing in life.

Along with learning tools to transform your own life for the better, you’re invited to contribute to a greater global cause through donating or fundraising to transform the lives of others living in poverty. Donate or fundraise to bring the gift of clean, safe drinking water to the 1 in 10 people on the planet who struggle daily without access to this most basic human need.

Whether you are brand new to meditation or just needing some motivation to get back on track, the Mindful in May online program will offer you powerful tools and teachings to transform your mind and life towards greater happiness and effectiveness at home and at work.


Hear more about Mindful in May, on ABC radio interview with all in the mind
Listen to Elise Bialylew, Founder of Mindful in May on ABC News

Clear mind for you, clean water for others.

Learn to meditate for 10 minutes a day, learn from world leading mindfulness teachers with the Mindful in May online program and make a positive difference in the world. Register before May 1st 2017!


Mindful in May mindfulness training program is delivered 100% online and is released in weekly modules. You’ll receive different guest guided meditations each week along with video interviews with experts in the field of mindfulness and wellbeing. You will learn practical tips on how to live with greater presence, wisdom and ease. You will also be part of a private online Mindful in May community, where you will be supported and motivated through the month.


This online program is offered at other times in the year for over $300 but when you register for Mindful in May now you get more than a 80% off the price.

We reduce the price of this course for the Mindful in May campaign so you can learn mindfulness from the world's best experts AND at the same time donate or fundraise for the cause.

This May you can meditate AND make a positive difference in the world.




Register to receive access to the world class, one month online mindfulness program starting May 1st delivered daily to your inbox. Take the challenge to meditate 10 minutes a day during May. The registration fee gets you access to the online program and is not a donation.


Make a donation or get sponsored to stay motivated to meditate every day in May. This year it only takes $50 to bring clean safe drinking water to one person for life! NB: donations are only tax deductible if you are based in USA.


Be inspired and transformed by the one month program including audio guided meditations and video interviews with global experts in mindfulness and wellbeing.


Experience the benefits of a regular meditation practice AND know you’ve literally saved lives through your fundraising or donation to the cause. It’s a win, win.



Weekly modules including video interviews and audio guided meditations addressing different areas of mindfulness


Daily lessons accessed through the learning platform with clear, accessible guidance on how to meditate

Optional daily text messages to help you develop a habit of meditation and provide you with extra support
Simple mindful exercises that you can squeeze into the busiest day to create more calm and focus

Over 10 hours of  video with leading global mindfulness and wisdom teachers and brain researchers from around the world

3-4 guided audio meditations each week for you to use to create a daily habit

A digital meditation journal to keep track of your progress

A private online community of fellow meditators who will be taking the challenge alongside you and supporting you to practise

Daily emails to remind you to meditate and build the habit


Week One: Learn to relax and settle the mind
You will learn:

  • What is mindfulness and how can it enhance your daily life?
  • How mindfulness can literally transform your brain for the better, so that you can start changing your brain from the inside out (once you’ve heard this you’ll be motivated to practice every day)
  • How to overcome the impossible task of stopping your thoughts (hint: it involves not trying to stop your thoughts!)
  • The one most important tip to create a meditation practice you actually want to do
  • How mindfulness can help you break bad habits
  • How mindfulness can help you enhance your physical wellbeing
  • How mindfulness can help you manage pain
You will transform your life by:

  • Learning how to relax
  • Sleeping better
  • Developing better ways to manage stress and anxiety
  • Learning how to manage the expected obstacles that will come up in your meditation practice
Joseph Goldstein +  Read More
Judson Brewer +  Read More
Sarah Lazar +  Read More
Vidyamala Burch +  Read More

Week Two:

Focus Your Mind and Come Back To What Matters Most

You will learn:

  • A guided mindfulness practice to deepen your focus and improve your effectiveness in daily life
  • How to become more focused, productive and efficient, so that you can perform at your peak and thrive under pressure
  • How to let go of your inner critic and be more kind to yourself (in a way that does NOT compromise your productivity)
  • How to tune into flow and live aligned to your purpose
  • How mindfulness can help you get clearer on your values and make better decisions

You will transform your life by:

  • Developing more focus
  • Becoming more effective at work
  • Becoming more present in your relationships
  • Learning a powerful technique to bring greater kindness to yourself (good for your mental and physical wellbeing)

Dan Goleman
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Mark Nepo
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Paul Gilbert
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Fleet Maul
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Week Three:

Explore Practices To Build Greater Happiness and Wellbeing

You will learn:

  • Powerful practices to enhance positive emotions so that you can manage your moods and prime yourself for positivity
  • Cutting edge science about how positive emotions can boost your health
  • The science of love and how practising meditation can reduce loneliness, increase your sense of connection and as a result improve your health
  • A powerful, simple practice to support you to be more present and respond more wisely in daily life
  • The common challenges that arise when beginning mindfulness meditation (and the tried and true techniques to overcome these obstacles)
  • How mindfulness can help you manage your emotions more effectively

You will transform your life by:

  • Experiencing greater emotional balance
  • Having a powerful way of supporting greater happiness and connection in daily life
  • Improving the quality and intimacy of your relationships
  • Experiencing greater ease in daily life
  • Making wiser more effective decisions when under pressure

Barbara Fredrickson
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Sharon Salzberg
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Marc Lesser
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Tara Brach
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Week Four:

Nourish Yourself and Build Resilience
You will learn:

  • A powerful practice to help you stay anchored to gratitude
  • The science of resilience and how to build greater resilience to manage the inevitable stresses of life
  • The 5 C’s of resilience and how mindfulness can support you to grow these qualities
  • An inspiring story of resilience and tips on how to turn hardship into opportunities for growth
  • Mindful eating and tips on creating an inner and outer environment for flourishing
  • A mindfulness practice to build greater courage and manage difficult emotions

You will transform your life by:

  • Improving your resilience
  • Developing tools and practices towards greater courage
  • Becoming a powerful director of your own life
  • Becoming inspired to live your highest potential
James Doty +  Read More
Linda Graham +  Read More
Dan Harris +  Read More
Shannon Harvey +  Read More


One in ten people don’t have access to clean water
Each year we’re helping to fight that disturbing statistic by raising funds to build clean water projects in developing countries. Mindful in May is a social enterprise that partners with the not for profit, charity: water based in the USA who uses 100% of donations to build water projects in developing countries. Donations are only tax deductible if you are based in the USA. This is our impact so far…


If you’d like to register a mindful in may challenge fundraising team and meditate and fundraise with your workmates or friends here is what you need to do.


Go to www.mindfulinmay.org


Register for the Mindful in May 10-minute a day challenge and online program (registration fee of $49 or $39 early bird before April 21st- this program is offered at other times of the year for over $300 so it’s a massive saving when you join during the Mindful in May campaign). The registration fee gets you access to the online one month program starting May 1st. (NB: this is not a donation).


Skip the donation step (and donate when you set up your fundraising team)


You’ll be invited to fundraise


Tick “yes” to fundraise for the cause and choose “create a team” for your fundraising page


Then to get people to join your meditation and fundraising team:


Invite them to register via mindfulinmay.org to receive the online program and then select “join a fundraising team” when asked if they want to fundraise.


If you want to learn how to use your mind to it’s greatest potential and develop inner tools to help you reduce stress and overwhelm, improve your focus and live with more wisdom, emotional calm and effectiveness in daily life, Mindful in May is for you. There are three types of people who benefit the most from Mindful in May:


You’ve taken yoga classes and been through a green smoothie making phase but meditation is still on your to do. The demands of life sometimes stress you out and you need practical tools to manage your emotions, be more present and connected to yourself and those around you in life. You might be in a life transition, seeking a new direction or clarity around what you should do with your life. Mindful in May will introduce you to meditations that not only calm and relax you but also help you listen more deeply into your life’s purpose and mission.


If you’re a parent stretched to the max and hanging on by your fingernails, Mindful in May will support you to create more space and manage the many things you need to do with greater ease and calm. Through the range of different meditations and interviews you’ll learn tools that you can teach to your children to manage stress and build resilience. Maybe you’ve tried meditating before found that you couldn’t stop the thoughts from racing and decided that you’re a terrible meditator. (Hint: you’ll learn a crucial teaching in the Mindful in May program that will help you overcome this challenge and make you crave meditation)


You’re a driven, ambitious type and you’re always on the go. Relaxation and free time are rare in your world but you need ways to let your mind and body rest so you have the resilience that’s needed to be successful over the long term. You’re committed to staying physically at the top of your game and you’ve read in the Harvard Business Review or Forbes, that mindfulness can help you train your mind to function at its best. You’re wanting a way to be more focussed and productive at work and switch off your mind at the end of a busy day. Mindful in May has been designed for busy people like you, and it’s all based in rock solid science that tells us this practice can literally change your brain for the better.

What Past Participants Say

I think Mindful in May is fabulous! Anything that promotes peace of mind and benefits people who are in need at the same time is a brilliant idea. I am prone to shocking anxiety and meditation has really helped with that. I just passed my 300 day mark since I started meditating regularly with Mindful in May. That really kick started it for me — consistency has always been my problem. Being guided through Mindful in May to meditate for ten minutes is very doable in this busy life and you still get the benefits ~ Magda Szubanski
I have found greater calm, an awareness of myself & those around me and a space to clear my mind when days are stressful. I’ve loved & appreciated your guidance, the guided meditations have been great and the interviews have been so informative & valuable. The content is fantastic, I was worried I would get lost in it being a beginner but I’ve been so engaged and got a lot out of each one. I like to know how things work, so the approach has been brilliant. ~ Melanie Duve
I confess I was a cynic about meditation and mindfulness. But after my husband died suddenly in 2014, and I was confronted with night after night of terrible insomnia, when a friend suggested I give mindful in may a go I thought “what have I got to lose in committing 10 minutes a day to something?” and the charitable element of the project meant that someone out there had something very big to gain! What I found was that far from losing anything, I gained back not just the capacity to sleep but also an awareness of the extraordinary power in mindfulness and meditation to promote both good physical and mental health. My sleep improved, symptoms of a chronic physical health condition improved and I felt more alert and capable to deal with the craziness of everyday life. Using the Mindful in May’s practical and accessible programming provided me with not just a daily mindfulness tool but also an awareness of the scientific research that provides the evidence for it. By bringing mindfulness into my daily routine, I have seen significant improvements in my overall wellbeing. ~ Fiona Grimwald
I signed up for MIM 2015 without quite knowing what to expect exactIy. I had started meditating at work with some colleagues, but it was only a weekly practice. I think the daily practices made a big difference to my wellbeing and enabled me to reduce my anxiety (in particular work-related). I found that I was looking forward to that quiet time in my sometimes hectic days. The meditation tracks were great – my favourite is the breath and sound meditation. I use this technique by myself very often – in the train on my way home from work for example. And I really liked the interviews. Whilst I couldn’t quite keep up with them (there are a lot), I have since watched all but 2 I think. They are extremely informative and inspiring. Unfortunately life just tends to get in the way and I am really looking forward to MIM 2017 for a renewd daily dose of inspiration, quiet and energy. ~ Katia Bratieres
Mindfulness meditation has brought me much joy. I now have the ability to not be my thoughts but to choose my thoughts. I am far happier, more loving, compassionate and kind. I feel I can be the person I wish to be every day instead of at the mercy of life’s ups and downs. I can’t recommend this program more highly to kick start your practice. The love, effort and grace that’s put in to creating the program is humbling. Thank you. ~ Victoria Strong. Melbourne, Australia
The MIM program has been life changing for me. There were so many incredible new learnings, but the one thing that won me over completely was that Mindfulness can enable more freedom in your life! Who wouldn’t want that?! ~ Jaya Manchikanti
This is an excellent opportunity to experience how meditation and mindfulness practice can reduce the stress in your life by giving you a new perspective. It helps to balance your emotional well being. And you get to do this in the comfort of your home at a time convenient for you. I recommend it highly. Thank you Elise for your commitment to helping people live happier healthier lives. ~ Esyltt Graham
I loved the science approach to the interviews. I learnt a lot about the practice of meditation and health benefits. Aside from this, I definitely feel the practice has enabled me to remain calm (at times anyway) during the day with a natural know how to ‘focus on the breath’. I even found myself quoting to my husband “find the calm among the mayhem” when things were getting busy with the kids. ~ Jess Miller

By committing to daily meditation for one month I could unequivocally see the benefits. Prior to this I settled for squeezing in 4 or 5 20 minutes meditations throughout the week. This month showed me it’s easy and truly beneficial to get in meditation each day even if it’s just 10 or 12 minutes. I really enjoyed the daily email and looked forward to the new weekly meditation. Prior to MIM I primarily practiced Transcendental Meditation. MIM broadened my experience to other forms of mediation. I loved the progression you provided in the weekly meditations starting with the body scan, then breath, then breath and sounds. I’m really finding the meditation on breath, sound and thought helpful under pressure situations both at work and in competition (critical hold or break points in tennis tournaments). ~ Mike Schement



In this fast paced, hyperconnected world where multi-tasking is the norm, taking a pause and training your attention is a radical act.

Mindfulness meditation is a powerful tool that can help us upgrade our inner technology – the mind, to keep up with demands of our increasingly complex world.

Just like our bodies, our minds need training to function at their best. Mindfulness meditation is a form of mental training that supports the mind to be more focussed, clear and effective. It’s often described as the practice of bringing your full attention, in an open, non-judgmental way to the present moment.

Mindfulness is sweeping across the globe and training has now been implemented in many different sectors including in schools, hospitals, corporations, and government.

There is now compelling evidence supporting the fact that mindfulness meditation when practised regularly, can lead to:

  • Structural changes in the brain associated with enhanced mental performance
  • Reduced stress and it’s negative impact on the body and mind
  • Improved physical and mental well being
  • Reduced genetic ageing through it’s protective impact on gene expression and degeneration
  • Increased happiness.
  • Enhanced immune function

There’s only one way to find out the benefits of meditation, give it a go!


Dr Elise Biaylew

unnamedElise Bialylew, doctor, coach and wellness innovator. She has combined her passion for community, with her professional expertise in the field of psychiatry, coaching and mindfulness to create the Mindful in May challenge. She is passionate about using technology to create conscious communities that can make positive change in the world and has inspired thousands of people worldwide to meditate while raising money to build clean water projects in developing countries. She thrives on making ideas happen and supporting people and organisations in reaching their highest creative potential at The Mind Life Project. She has attended retreats and seminars with leaders in the field including Jon Kabat-Zinn and her work has featured in the Huffington Post, New York Times, and on Australian Television. She will be your mindful guide this May through her recorded audio meditations and exclusive interviews with global leaders in the field of Mindfulness and wellbeing.


Can I make cash donations?
No, you can only donate via the website.
Are donations tax deductible?
Donations are NOT tax deductible, unless you are located in the USA. However, the advantage of donating to charity water is that 100% of the donations given to charity water go directly towards building wells.
I like the idea of meditation but I don’t think I can do it for a month? Is there any way I can participate for a shorter time?
Mindful in May is a one month invitation. If you’re not ready for a month challenge you’re welcome to try it for two weeks. Who knows, you might find you’ll want to keep going. But we ask for a donation towards the cause, no matter how many days you choose to meditate.
I'm an experienced meditator and would like to challenge myself to sit for longer, can I still participate?
By all means! We are providing material for people who are new to meditation. We have set a 10min a day goal as a reasonably achievable time for most people. If you are wanting to extend your practice that’s great!   The audio meditations are there as a support. If you prefer to sit in silence with your own practice, no problem.
How do I create a Mindful in May fundraising meditation team for my friends or workmates?
 HOW TO CREATE A FUNDRAISING TEAM FOR YOUR ORGANISATION OR FRIENDS. If you’d like to register a mindful in may challenge fundraising team and meditate and fundraise with your workmates or friends here is what you need to do.
  • Go to www.mindfulinmay.org
  • Register for the Mindful in May 10-minute a day challenge and online program (registration fee of $49 or $39 early bird before April 21st- this program is offered at other times of the year for over $300 so it’s a massive saving when you join during the Mindful in May campaign). The registration fee gets you access to the online one month program starting May 1st. (NB: this is not a donation).
  • Skip the donation step (and donate when you set up your fundraising team)
  • You’ll be invited to fundraise
  • Tick “yes” to fundraise for the cause and choose “create a team” for your fundraising page
  • Then to get people to join your meditation and fundraising team:
  • Invite them to register via mindfulinmay.org to receive the online program and then select “join a fundraising team” when asked if they want to fundraise.
How long can I access the Mindful in May online program for once I register?
A You will have access to the Mindful in May program for the entire month of May. Some of the guided meditations will be available for download beyond the program and some of the guest meditations are available for streaming only during the campaign. You will be able to access all of the video interviews across the whole of May but not download them. For those who want to have access to all the materials for downloading beyond May, we will share a special follow up upgrade possibility which will be shared once the campaign has started.
Is it possible for a corporate company to register a fundraising team and pay for all the participants?
Please email us at [email protected] regarding creating corporate fundraising teams
Is Mindful in May a not for profit?
A Mindful in May is a social enterprise whose purpose is to spread mindfulness as far and wide as we can and at the same time address issues around global poverty. The registration fee covers the cost of running the campaign and participants are invited to make an optional donation of whatever they feel and/or fundraise for the cause, whereby 98% of this donation goes directly to building clean water projects with our partner charity, charity:water. (2% credit card fee applies to donations). As the funds goes to charity:water which is an American organisation, donations are only tax deductible if you are based in America.
When we donate how do we know the money will go where it is needed?
Funds raised through Mindful in May go to our partner, charity: water that donates 100% of received funds directly building clean water projects. Each year charity: water determine where water projects are needed and will direct these funds to these communities. This year funds raised are bringing clean water to Mali, West Africa. In 18 months you will receive a report which shows exactly where these projects were built.
How much of my donation actually reaches the projects?
When you donate 97% of your donation goes directly to building clean water projects (there is a 3% credit card fee on all donations). Mindful in May contributes all donations and fundraising to our partner charity, charity: water who builds the projects in Mali.


For interviews, mindfulness workshops or speaking enquires please email Dr. Elise Bialylew via the contact us page.


The gift of learning to meditate is the greatest gift you can give yourself.
– Sogyal Rinpoche