Registrations to Mindful in May have now closed – but learn mindfulness with world leaders in the field through The Mindful Month online program created by Mindful in MayREGISTER





* 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


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 optional and only tax deductible if you are based in the 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

More than 20+ audio guided meditations for streaming during the program with 2 meditations a week accessible for download.

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
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Joseph Goldstein

Joseph Goldstein, one of the first American vipassana teachers, is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, where he is one of the resident guiding teachers. He has been leading insight and lovingkindness meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. In 1989, Joseph Goldstein helped in establishing the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. He has also authored several publications such as Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening, A Heart Full of Peace, Insight Meditation: The Practice of Freedom and The Experience of Insight. He also co-authored Seeking the Heart of Wisdom and Insight Meditation: A Correspondence Course.

Judson Brewer
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Judson Brewer

Judson Brewer MD PhD is a thought leader in the “science of self-mastery,” having combined nearly 20 years of experience with mindfulness training with his scientific research therein. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, spoken at international conferences, trained US Olympic coaches, and his work has been featured on 60 Minutes, TED, TEDMED, TEDx, Time magazine (top 100 new health discoveries of 2013), Forbes, BBC, NPR, Businessweek and others. He is the Director of Research at the Center for Mindfulness and associate professor in medicine and psychiatry at UMass Medical School. He is also adjunct faculty at Yale University, and a research affiliate at MIT. A psychiatrist and internationally known expert in mindfulness training for addictions, Brewer has developed and tested novel mindfulness programs for addictions, including both in-person and app-based treatments (e.g.,

Sarah Lazar
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Sarah Lazar

With a PhD in microbiology at Harvard University, Dr. Lazar has led numerous scientific studies. Her most notable research observes changes in the brain, also known as neuroplasticity in long-term meditators under Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Dr. Lazar’s research has been covered by numerous news organizations including The New York Times, USA Today, Time Magazine, CNN, ABC Evening News, National Public Radio, WebMD, and the Huffington Post.

Vidyamala Burch
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Vidyamala Burch

Vidyamala Burch is co-founder of Breathworks, the internationally acclaimed mindfulness organisation based in the UK. Breathworks arose out of her experience using mindfulness to manage severe pain following spinal injuries in her teens. She has written a range of articles and books and recorded a number of audio CDs and downloads of guided meditations. Her main titles include Living Well With Pain & Illness and Mindfulness For Health, co-written with Dr. Danny Penman, published in 2013. Vidyamala trains and teaches mindfulness internationally.

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)

Tara Brach
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Tara Brach

Tara Brach is a leading Western teacher of Buddhist meditation, emotional healing and spiritual awakening. She has practiced and taught meditation for over 35 years, with an emphasis on mindfulness meditation. Tara is the senior teacher and founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington and author several books on meditation and spiritual awakening.

Mark Nepo
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Mark Nepo

Mark Nepo moved and inspired readers and seekers all over the world with his #1 New York Times bestseller The Book of Awakening. Beloved as a poet, teacher, and storyteller, Mark has been called “one of the finest spiritual guides of our time,” “a consummate storyteller,” and “an eloquent spiritual teacher.” His work is widely accessible and used by many and his books have been translated into more than twenty languages. A bestselling author, he has published eighteen books and recorded thirteen audio projects. In 2015, he was given a Life-Achievement Award by AgeNation. And in 2016, he was named by Watkins: Mind Body Spirit as one of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People, and was also chosen as one of OWN’s SuperSoul 100, a group of inspired leaders using their gifts and voices to elevate humanity. Recent work includes The One Life We’re Given (Atria, 2016), Inside the Miracle (Sounds True), selected by Spirituality & Health Magazine as one of the top ten best books of 2015, The Endless Practice (Atria).

Paul Gilbert
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Paul Gilbert

Paul Gilbert, Ph.D., is head of the Mental Health Research Unit as well as Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Derby. He was made a fellow of the British Psychological Society for contributions to psychological knowledge in 1993 and was president of the British Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapy in 2003. He has published over 100 academic papers and 39 book chapters, and he has published or edited 22 books, most recently Mindful Compassion.

Fleet Maul
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Fleet Maul

Fleet Maull is an author, meditation teacher, management consultant, end of life care educator, and social activist working for peace, prison reform, and social transformation. He is a senior teacher (acharya) in the Shambhala Meditation community and senior priest (sensei) in the Zen Peacemaker movement. He regularly leads retreats and trainings throughout North America, Europe, Africa, and Latin America, including bearing witness retreats to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp and Rwanda. He is the founder of Prison Mindfulness Institute and the Engaged Mindfulness Institute and is particularly known for his pioneering work in mindfulness-based emotional intelligence training programs for prisoners, correctional officers, law enforcement, and other first responders. He is the author of Dharma in Hell: The Prison Writings of Fleet Maull and the forthcoming Radical Responsibility.

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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Barbara Fredrickson

Barbara L. Fredrickson, Ph.D. has been advancing the science of positive emotions for more than 20 years. Her books, Positivity and Love 2.0 have been translated into more than 20 languages. Barb’s research, funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, reveals how your positive emotions were sculpted by the discerning chisel of Darwinian natural selection to serve as life-giving nutrients for growth. Her innovative contributions have been recognized with numerous honors. Barbara’s scientific work has influenced scholars and practitioners worldwide, in disciplines ranging from education and business to healthcare, the military, and beyond. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, CNN, NPR, PBS, The Atlantic, The Economist, Oprah Magazine and elsewhere. She has been invited to present her research at the White House and for the Dalai Lama.

Sharon Salzberg
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Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg is a New York Times best selling author and teacher who co-founded the Insight Meditation Society at Barre, Massachusetts with Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein in 1974. Salzberg has been leading retreats around the world for over three decades. She’s written many books including Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness , and Real Happiness – The Power of Meditation: A 28-Day Program.

Marc Lesser
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Marc Lesser

Marc Lesser is the CEO, co- founder and serves on the board of Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI). He is a long term Zen teacher. Marc is the author of Know Yourself, Forget Yourself, Less: Accomplishing More By Doing Less, and Z.B.A. Zen of Business Administration; How Zen Practice Can Transform Your Work and Your Life.

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
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James Doty

James Doty, MD, is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University and the Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University School of Medicine. He trained in neurosurgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and completed fellowships in pediatric neurosurgery at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia (CHOP) and in neuroelectrophysiology focused on the use of evoked potentials to assess the integrity of neurological function. He is on the Board of Directors of a number of non-profit foundations including the Dalai Lama Foundation, of which he is chairman and the Charter for Compassion International of which he is vice-chair. Dr. Doty also writes for The Huffington Post. He is the author of Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon’s Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart.

Linda Graham
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Linda Graham

Linda Graham, is an experienced psychotherapist in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. She integrates modern neuroscience, mindfulness practices, and relational psychology into her nationwide trainings. She is the author of Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being.

Dan Harris
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Dan Harris

Dan Harris is the bestselling author of 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Truly Works which was published in March 2014. His book is a true story about his journey through the strange worlds of spirituality and self help and his discovery of a way to get happier that is truly attainable. He went on this quest after he had an on-air panic attack. Dan Harris is co-anchor of Nightline and the weekend editions of Good Morning America. He is a correspondent for ABC News and regularly reports for 20/20, World News with Diane Sawyer and weekday editions of Good Morning America. He has travelled extensively as a news correspondent including Iraq and Afghanistan.

Shannon Harvey
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Shannon Harvey

Shannon Harvey is the director of the internationally acclaimed documentary, The Connection: Mind Your Body, about the link between our mind, body, and health. Her new book The Whole Health Life is about her own journey to wellness after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. As a journalist and filmmaker she spent many years working for the leading news organisations in Australia such as ABC and Fairfax. She now writes her own popular blog while balancing her health, work, and being the mother of two adventurous boys.

Guest Experts featured in the Mindful in May program:

Richie Davidson

Richie 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.

Sylvia Boorstein

Sylvia Boorstein

Sylvia Boorstein has been teaching Dharma and mindfulness meditation since 1985. She is a founding teacher of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, a psychotherapist, wife, mother and grandmother. She is particularly interested in emphasizing daily life as mindfulness practice and including informed citizenship and social activism as integral to spiritual maturation. Her books include: It’s Easier Than You Think: The Buddhist Way to Happiness; Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There: A Mindfulness Retreat; That’s Funny, You Don’t Look Buddhist: On Being a Faithful Jew and a Passionate Buddhist; Pay Attention for Goodness’ Sake: The Buddhist Path of Kindness and Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life.

Rick Hanson

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.

Oren Sofer

Oren Sofer

Oren has had a dedicated mindfulness practice for nearly twenty years, and has taught classes, workshops and retreats for youth and adults nationally since 2008. In the early 2000s, he developed a deep interest in the relationship between mindfulness practice and communication. Oren has extensive experience with mindfulness-based programs for children and adolescents; he was one of the first generation of teachers at Mindful Schools and made significant contributions to the development of the Mindful Schools curriculum. Oren is also trained and certified in Somatic Experiencing – a modality developed by former NASA-trauma specialist Peter Levine that emphasizes the role of nervous system regulation in the trauma healing process. He holds a degree in Comparative Religion from Columbia University.

Petrea King

Petrea King

Petrea King is a leading light in the field of holistic health in Australia. She has received the Advance Australia Award and the centenary Medal for her contribution to the community and was one of the nominees for Australian of the Year in 2004. Petrea lives in Bundanoon, NSW, where she runs residential programs for women with breast cancer and others affected by life-threatening illnesses. Petrea is the author of the bestselling Quest for Life, Spirited Women and Sometimes Hearts Have to Break. Your Life Matters is her most recent work.

Craig Hassed

Craig Hassed

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 TextsGregory 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.

Richard Chambers

Richard Chambers

Gregory Kramer

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.

Tenzin Palmo

Tenzin Palmo

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo (born 1943) is a bhikṣuṇī in the Drukpa Lineage of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. She is an author, teacher and founder of the Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery in Himachal Pradesh, India. She is best known for being one of the very few Western yoginis trained in the East, having spent twelve years living in a remote cave in the Himalayas, three of those years in strict meditation retreat.

Nancy Bardacke

Nancy Badarke

Nancy Badarke, midwife, mindfulness teacher, and the founding director of the Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP) Program, has been assisting birthing families since 1971. In her many years working as a midwife, Nancy has attended births in homes, birth centers, and hospitals. A longtime meditation practitioner, she began her professional training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reductions (MBSR) with Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, in 1994. After teaching MBSR for a number of years, Nancy began adapting the program to meet the needs of pregnant women and their partners, creating the MBCP program. Since 1998, Nancy has taught MBCP to more than 1500 expectant parents. Nancy currently leads the MBCP program at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center.

Kristin Neff

Kristin Neff

Kristin Neff Ph.D. is a world expert in the field of self-compassion. She has researched the benefits of self-compassion and teachers internationally. She is the author of Self-Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself up and Leave Insecurity Behind.

Amanda Sinclair

Amanda Sinclair

Amanda Sinclair is an author and teacher in leadership, change, ethics and diversity. A Professorial Fellow at the Melbourne Business School, she has written many articles and books on leadership including: Leading Mindfully, Doing Leadership Differently and Leadership for the Disillusioned. She consults to organisations and senior management teams, coaches individuals and also teaches yoga and meditation.

*experts are featured through interviews or guest meditations with some included only in the MIM bonus early bird package


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


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 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.


Is the registration fee a donation to the cause?

The registration fee gets you access to the resources in the one month online program during the month of May including all the guest guided meditations and video interviews with the world’s best teachers and experts. It is not a donation to the cause. If you’d like to be part of making an impact this May you are invited to make an optional donation to the cause or get sponsored to take your 10 minute a day meditation challenge. Think of it as a fun run for your mind. Meditating for 10 mins a day for one month is a challenge, so get sponsored and dedicate this effort to a cause greater than yourself.

How do I create a Mindful in May fundraising meditation team for my friends or workmates?


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
  • 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 to receive the online program and then select “join a fundraising team” when asked if they want to fundraise.
Are donations tax deductible?

Donations are NOT tax deductible, unless you are located in the USA.

Can I make cash donations?

No, you can only donate via the website.

What do I actually get for the $49 registration fee?

When you register for Mindful in May you will get access to an online learning platform including teaching and guided meditations to help you learn how to meditate and bring mindfulness into your everyday life.

You’ll get:

  • A world class online mindfulness program delivered to your inbox starting May 1st.
  • Weekly  guided meditations from the world’s best meditation teachers
  • Exclusive video interviews with world leaders in the field of mindfulness and wisdom including Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, Tara Brach, James Doty, Judson Brewer, Mark Nepo, Sara Lazar and many more…
  • Daily emails to support you in making meditation a habit with inspirational quotes and links to the Mindful in May learning platform with meditations and video teachings
  • Access to the private Facebook online community to keep you accountable and regularly meditating, and to answer any questions you have about your meditation practice
How long can I access the Mindful in May online program for once I register?

You will have access to the Mindful in May membership site and program for the entire month of May. You will be able to download two meditations each week and have access to listen to all the meditations for the entire month. The videos will be available through the entire month as they are released.

There will be an opportunity to extend your Mindful in May membership beyond May, and be part of an ongoing mindful community once the campaign has started.

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.

Is it possible for a corporate company to register a team and pay for all the participants?

Yes, if you have a team of more than 50 people we can organise that. You will need to know who is participating in advance and have names and emails of those you would like to register. Then contact us at [email protected]

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 97% of this donation goes directly to building clean water projects with our partner charity, charity:water. (3% 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