One month global





Mindful in May

What if you could find more focus, clarity and effectiveness in daily life by learning a 10 minute mindfulness technique and at the same time have a positive impact in the world?  

The Challenge

STEP 1 Step 1

Register for the the ten-minute-a-day one month meditation challenge before May 1st and receive access to the one month online meditation course.  You can register as an individual or create your own meditation team and invite friends to join you.  

STEP 2 Step 2

Contribute to the cause by donating once you’ve paid the registration fee +/- get sponsored by friends and family to keep you accountable to the daily meditation challenge and help raise money to transform the lives of one in nine people on the planet living without access to clean water. It costs $30 to bring clean water to one person in Ethiopia for life.

STEP 3 Step 3

Receive a one month meditation program delivered daily to your inbox starting May 1st including weekly audio meditation downloads, exclusive interviews with leading global experts in the field of wellbeing, mindfulness , mindset and cutting edge scientific research supporting the benefits of meditation. Read what people have said in previous years here.

STEP 4 Step 4

Make a positive impact in the world and create more focus, clarity and calm for yourself. Be part of a mindful community that is bringing more kindness, compassion and consciousness into the world. See the water wells we have built so far with the support of Charity Water

  • Daily guidance through an e-course with clear, accessible tips on how to meditate
  • Downloadable, weekly audio meditations
  • Daily motivation and coaching to support your new mindful habit
  • Exclusive video interviews with leading global mindfulness leaders from around the world.
  • A meditation journal to keep track of your month
  • One month curation of inspiring content including video links, articles, and quotes to nourish your soul and introduce you to world leaders in wellbeing.
  • Healthy, quick recipes that can support your wellness and inspire you to practise mindful eating.

Read what participants had to say from last years challenge HERE

The Cause

Mindful in May is for beginners and more experienced meditators. It aims to bring the benefits of meditation to you, whilst improving the lives of others. The funds raised during Mindful in May (MIM) will be donated to Charity Water, a not for profit organisation that builds clean water wells in the developing world. Our impact so far...

How many people can we help this year?



A small group of thoughtful,
committed citizens can change
the world.
- Margaret Mead

FOUNDER: Dr Elise Bialylew

Dr Elise Bialylew

Elise Bialylew, doctor, coach and wellness innovator, will be your mindful guide this May. She has combined her passion for community, with her professional expertise in the field of psychiatry, coaching and mindfulness to create Mindful in May. She is a mindfulness meditation teacher and coach, having attended retreats and seminars with leaders in the field including Jon Kabat-Zinn. She is passionate about using technology to create conscious communities that can make positive change in the world. She thrives on making ideas happen and supporting people and organisations in reaching their highest creative potential.


Dr. Richard Davidson:
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Dr. Richard Davidson

Named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME magazine, Dr Richard Davidson, PhD., is a researcher at the University of Wisconsin and a pioneer in the exciting frontier of mind-body medicine. His best-known work focuses on neuroplasticity, the capacity of the brain to develop and change throughout life. His latest book is The Emotional Life of Your Brain: How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, and Live--and How You Can Change Them.    
Sharon Salzberg:
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Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg has been a student of Buddhism since 1971, and has led meditation classes and retreats worldwide since 1974. She teaches both intensive awareness practice and the profound cultivation of loving kindness and compassion in a non-sectarian, inclusive framework. She is a co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in and has written many books including Real Happiness At Work: meditations for accomplishment, achievement and peace.
Dr Dan Siegel:
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Dr Dan Siegel

Dan Siegel is an award winning educator and associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine. He is the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational organisation that focuses on how the development of insight, compassion and empathy in individuals, families and communities can be enhanced by examining the interface of human relationships and basic biological processes. His latest book is Brainstorm: the power and purpose of the teenage brain.
Rick Hanson:
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Rick Hanson

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a neuropsychologist and New York Times best-selling author. His books include Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing and Mother Nurture. Founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom and on the Advisory Board of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkley, he's been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide.
Danielle Laporte:
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Danielle Laporte

Danielle LaPorte is the creator of The Desire Map: A Guide To Creating Goals With Soul, and author of the bestseller, The Fire Starter Sessions . An inspirational speaker, poet, former think tank exec and business strategist, she writes weekly at, where over a million visitors have gone for her straight-up advice — a site that’s been deemed “the best place on line for kick-ass spirituality”, and was named one of the “Top 100 Websites for Women” by Forbes.
Jonathan Fields:
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Jonathan Fields

Jonathan Fields is a New York City dad, husband and lawyer turned award-winning author, media-producer and entrepreneur. His last book, Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt Into Fuel For Brilliance was named the top personal development book in 2011 by 800-CEO-READ. Jonathan’s current focus, Good Life Project, is a global movement that inspires, educates, connects and supports mission-driven individuals in the quest to live better, more engaged, connected and aligned lives.
Tal Ben Shahar:
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Tal Ben Shahar

Tal Ben-Shahar is an author and lecturer who taught the most popular course at Harvard University on Positive Psychology, and the university's third most popular course on The Psychology of Leadership. He consults and lectures around the world to executives in multi-national corporations, the general public and at-risk populations. His latest book is Choose the Life You Want: The Mindful Way to Happiness.
Kristen Neff:
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Kristen Neff

Kristin Neff, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Human Development at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a pioneering researcher into the psychological health benefits of self-compassion. She is the author of Self-Compassion: Step-by-Step, and is featured in the book and documentary  The Horse Boy which tells the story of her family’s journey to Mongolia in search of healing for her son’s autism.
Carol Dweck:
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Carol Dweck

Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., is one of the world’s leading researchers in the field of motivation and is the Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. Her research has focused on why people succeed and how to foster success. Her work has been featured in such publications as The New Yorker, Time,  The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe.  Her most recent book is Mindset: How we can learn to fulfil our potential.
Susan Piver:
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Susan Piver

Susan Piver, bestselling author of six books and a student of Buddhism since 1995, teaches workshops on meditation, relationships and creativity. She is a frequent guest on network television, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Today, and The Tyra Banks Show. In 2011, she launched The Open Heart Project to teach meditation.
Dr Craig Hassed:
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Dr Craig Hassed

Dr. Craig Hassed is an internationally recognised expert in mindfulness, who has published and presented widely.  He is senior lecturer in the Monash University Department of General Practice where he has been teaching at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels since 1989. He has been instrumental in introducing a variety of innovations into medical education and practice with an emphasis on the application of holistic, integrative and mind-body medicine in medical practice. He has written many articles and books including his latest book Mindful Learning.
Gregory Kramer:
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Gregory Kramer

Gregory Kramer, is a meditation teacher, author, and director of the Metta Foundation who has been teaching meditation since 1980. He developed the practice of Insight Dialogue and offers retreats internationally. Gregory is the author of Insight Dialogue: The Interpersonal Path to Freedom, Seeding the Heart: Practicing Lovingkindness with Children, Meditating Together, Speaking from Silence: the Practice of Insight Dialogue, and Dharma Contemplation: Meditating Together with Wisdom Texts.
Janice Marturano :
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Janice Marturano

Janice Marturano is the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Mindful Leadership, a non-profit organisation dedicated to training and supporting leaders in the exploration of mindfulness and leadership excellence. She founded the Institute for Mindful Leadership in January, 2011, after ending her 15 year tenure as Vice President, Public Responsibility and Deputy General Counsel for General Mills, Inc. As a certified teacher of mindfulness and an experienced former officer of a Fortune 200 company, she has brought the intensive training of mindful leadership to leaders from all forms of organisations, corporate, non-profit, academic, government and military. In 2013, she was invited to share her understanding of the importance of mindful leadership at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. She recently released the book  Finding the space to lead: A Practical Guide to Mindful Leadership.
Marianne Elliott :
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Marianne Elliott

Marianne Elliott is National Director for ActionStation - a platform to enable social action, building momentum around progressive values and empowering people to make change. Her background is varied - trained as a human rights lawyer, she worked in Timor-Leste, New Zealand and the Gaza Strip before going to Afghanistan, where she served in the United Nations. Her memoir, Zen Under Fire tells the story of her time peacekeeping in one of the most dangerous places on earth. She is a Regional Leader for Off the Mat, Into the World Australia and New Zealand,  an organisation that harnesses the power of yoga to inspire and support conscious, sustainable activism and ignite grassroots social change.
The gift of learning to
meditate is the greatest gift
you can give yourself.
– Sogyal Rinpoche


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 its negative impact on the body and mind
  • Improved physical and mental well being
  • Reduced genetic ageing through its 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!

Register NOW.

Your mind is your
instrument. Learn to be its
master and not its slave.
– Remez Sasson



Magda Szubanski:
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Magda Szubanski

Magda Szubanski is one of Australia’s most loved and respected actors. She is best known for her roles’ as Mrs Hoggett in the Academy Award and Golden Globe winning film Babe and its sequel Babe: Pig In The City, and also her performance as Sharon Strzelecki in the hit television series and now feature film Kath and Kimderella. Magda teamed up with the Babe creators again to voice the box office hit Happy Feet and its’ sequel Happy Feet 2. Her other film credits include the Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, Santa’s Apprentice, The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course,alongside the late Steve Irwin, Son Of The Mask, with Jamie Kennedy and Alan Cumming, and the Australian films Dr Plonk directed by Rolf de Heer and Bran Nu Dae by Rachel Perkins. Most recently she appeared in the musical comedy GODDESS alongside Ronan Keating.
Tinpan Orange:
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Tinpan Orange

Emily Lubitz is the six-foot flame haired front woman for Melbourne folk/pop outfit and festival darlings Tin Pan Orange. Her sweet, vivid voice a distinctive feature to accompany the virtuoso instrumental performances and pulsating rhythms, which come to form the wholly unique sound that Tinpan Orange are regarded for. They have toured throughout Canada, Europe and UK with The Cat Empire, and have been known to pack out venues at major Australian Folk Festivals, from Port Fairy to Woodford.
Lola Berry:
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Lola Berry

Colourful, adventurous and with a healthy dose of Aussie eccentricity, Lola Berry is definitely not your average nutritionist. She blogs, tweets, writes and talks about good health and whole food, and her knack for translating the most technical information into easy-to-follow advice has made her one of Australia’s most popular nutritionists. Her book the 20/20 diet, guides readers through a 20-week process that Lola promises will help them reap major health benefits. The 20/20 Diet became the number one diet book in Australia within weeks of its release. She has been a guest nutritionist on Channel Ten’s ‘The Circle’ show and is a regular guest on TV shows such as ‘The Project’, and a contributor to numerous magazines and newspapers.
Amy Crawford:
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Amy Crawford

When chronic fatigue syndrome put a swift end to a million-mile-an-hour corporate career, it also created the most incredible life transformation imaginable. Now free of CFS, Amy credits her return to health to a whole food, sugar/toxic free lifestyle combined with extensive energy healing and a range of therapies called CTC (Combined Therapy Cocktail) of which she is now a practitioner. Amy's blog and business The Holistic Ingredient and her whole foods eBook, A Nourishing Kitchen, combine her passion for food and cooking, toxic-free living and healing therapies.
Ehon Chan:
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Ehon Chan

Having grown up in a developing country and seen first hand the inequalities life and society can bring, Ehon's motivations are simple and compelling. He has a passion for creating opportunities for people to change their world through connecting people, capital, and ideas. His work has focused on harnessing the social impact of digital technologies and new media to drive innovation. Ehon has led numerous campaigns and community development projects including multi-award winning campaigns like Soften the Fck Up, a male suicide prevention campaign. He’s been named one of the Top 100 Most Influential People by The Age, Australia Trade Commission's Top 30 Digital Influencer, Shoe String Magazine's Young and Influential, and GOOD Magazine's GOOD 100 People Moving the World Forward which includes the likes of Kirsten Bell, Oprah Winfrey and Bill Clinton.
Anthony Seldon :
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Anthony Seldon

Dr Anthony Seldon is Master of Wellington College, political historian, commentator, author and co-founder of Action for Happiness. He is regarded as one of the Englands most high profile independent school headmasters and appears regularly on television and radio and in the press, and writes for several national newspapers. His views on education have regularly been sought by the government and political parties. For 15 years he has organised conferences which have helped set the education agenda, and which attract Heads from across the UK. He is a passionate about teaching happiness/well-being and the development of the all-round child.
James Mathison :
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James Mathison

James Mathison is a TV presenter currently host of Wake Up on channel Ten, radio host, part time film critic and full time sports addict, but it's his passion for music that kick started what's been a hugely successful career media career. Based in Sydney, James is a proud father of one and is passionate about social justice and helping disadvantaged youth. As someone who has experienced the benefits of meditation himself he's excited to be supporting Mindful in May. James says: "By just taking ten minutes a day, this May, you might just discover some tools that can effectively help you live a calmer, more balanced, less frantic life. It's simple, powerful and it's raising money for an extraordinary cause, giving clean water to the developing world.
Duncan Peak :
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Duncan Peak

Duncan Peak is the Founder and CEO of Power Living Yoga, the largest contemporary yoga school in Australia. Over the last decade, Duncan has dedicated his time to pioneering the introduction of the Power Vinyasa Yoga to Australian shores, creating an inspirational yoga practice that is relevant to today’s world. He is a passionate surfer, business visionary and committed student of yoga.



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  • We can drive peace of mind further out of reach in our struggle to obtain it. Pause, breathe, relax and with practice it may just come to you. We'll be practising this May - we hope you'll join us!

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  • These smoothies look like a perfect way to start a #mindfulinmay planning day. We're in love with #regram @talinegabriel #hippielane stream. So much food inspiration. Loving her app for foodie inspiration.  Who are your top 3 foodie people? We'd love to know below... #sharethegoodness #mindfulmeal #healthy #nutrition #organic #melbourne #sydney #breakfast #inspiration #wellbeing #morning #happiness #picoftheday #australia #wholefoods
  • Fudge is a legitimate form of dinner, yes? #regram via @rawsomefoods recipe and photo via @africanrawr this raw baobab fudge looks incredible.

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  • It's hard to believe #mindfulinmay is soon to open for registration again! You can sign up to the MIM newsletter today at so you find out when the doors open and catch the early bird.  Who are you going to meditate with this year? Tag 2 people who you'd like to join your #meditation fundraising team and spread the #mindfulripple this May. Be part of the revolution - meditation making a difference. Get access to a world class one month online training perfect for beginners - only 10 min a day to transform your mind. Get sponsored to take the challenge and help transform lives of those living without life's most basic need- clean, safe, drinking water.  #Regram via @lisamessenger
  • This year we're excited to have @tsolaus on board as a partner for Mindful in May! They are hosting a Mindful Feast in collaboration with Melbourne's adored chef Andrew McConnell and @broadsheet_melb - with the Profits of the event going to the Mindful in May cause. If you're a foodie and you want to explore mindfulness whilst delighting your palate - Don't miss this - only 60 tickets and they will sell out quickly! To grab yours head to our Facebook page (/MindfulinMay)

Elise will be guiding some mindful eating practices to help saturate your senses with a stunning four course dinner.

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  • Habits are powerful. If you haven't already, head to our Facebook page (/MindfulInMay) or via  to get your free copy of the Mindful in May Meditation Kit to help create a habit of mindfulness.

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  • This super berry 'cheesecake' on a chocolate brownie base via @healthsynergy looks divine! Something to try this weekend? Head to their website for the recipe.

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  • We use mindfulness and curiosity to see things in new ways. #regram via @free_is_better print by Scribble on Everything

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  • It's almost the weekend, and how we'd love to spend it chilling in a treehouse cabin... #regram via @billabongretreat in Sydney.

#retreat #sydney #treehouse #health #wellness
Compassion becomes real
when we recognise
our shared humanity.

- Pema Chodron
Compassion becomes real when we recognise our shared humanity
- Pema Chodron