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Meditation Challenge



Would you like to...

  • Build resilience?
  • Get better at managing your emotions?
  • Better manage your stress?
  • Boost your happiness?
  • Find more focus in your life?
  • Be more courageous and less anxious?
  • Quiet your mind?
  • Reduce the worry and mind chatter?
  • Make a positive difference in the lives of others?

Then Join us this May

for a 1 month meditation challenge where you'll learn from world leading meditation teachers and wellbeing experts.



Set aside 10 minutes a day and transform your life

with the mindful in may program

Turn meditation into a habit this May by dedicating your month to a greater cause.

Mindful in May is a transformative one month online mindfulness program which brings together the world’s best meditation teachers, wellbeing experts and neuroscientists to teach you the tools to transform your mind towards greater well-being and happiness – all whilst giving you the chance to transform the lives of others living in poverty.

Take the ten minute a day, research backed Mindful in May meditation challenge this May and receive a program that will transform your life AND at the same time help raise funds to bring clean water to those in need in developing countries.



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Frank Ostestzki

Frank Ostaseski is the founder of the Metta Institute and cofounder of the Zen Hospice Project and author of The Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About...

Frank Ostestzki

Living Fully. He is an internationally respected Buddhist teacher who has lectured at Harvard Medical School, the Mayo Clinic, Wisdom.2.0 and teaches at major spiritual centers around the globe. His groundbreaking work has been featured on the Bill Moyers PBS series On Our Own Terms, highlighted on The Oprah Winfrey Show, and honored by H.H. the Dalai Lama.

Mirabai Bush

Mirabai Bush co-founded the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. She is the author of Contemplative Practices in Higher Education and has written two books with...

Mirabai Bush

Ram Dass: Compassion in Action and Walking Each Other Home: Conversations on Loving and Dying. She was co-founder of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society and served as Executive Director, founding board member of the Seva Foundation. For over 20 years, she has organized, facilitated and taught in retreats, workshops and courses on mindfulness and action. She has studied with many esteemed teachers including Neemkaroli Baba, Shri S.N. Goenka, Anagarika Munindra Pir Vilayat Khan and Tibetan Buddhist lamas Kalu Rinpoche, Gelek Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche and others.

James Baraz

James Baraz has been a meditation teacher since 1978. He created the popular online Awakening Joy course, which he has taught to thousands of participants since 2003...

James Baraz

He is the coauthor of Awakening Joy: 10 Steps to Happiness, the book based on the course, as well as coauthor of Awakening Joy for Kids. James is a cofounder and teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, California, and a guiding teacher for One Earth Sangha, a website devoted to expressing a Buddhist response to climate change. He has contributed blog posts to the Huffington Post and his course, Awakening Joy, has been covered on

Christine Carter

Christine Carter, Ph.D., is the author of The Sweet Spot: How to Achieve More by Doing Less and Raising Happiness. She is a sociologist and Senior Fellow at UC Berkeley’s...

Christine Carter

 Greater Good Science Center, where she draws on scientific research to help people lead their most courageous, joyful, meaningful, and authentic lives. Dr. Carter has appeared widely in the media including on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Dr. Oz Show, the TODAY show, and been  quoted in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Washington Post.

Mark Coleman

Mark Coleman is a senior teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California,and has taught insight meditation retreats since 1997 worldwide. Mark is passionate about nature and integrating meditation and natural world and leads wilderness retreats internationally...

Mark Coleman

through Awake in the Wild retreats. He is founder of the Mindfulness Institute and has brought mindfulness trainings, consulting and coaching to companies, healthcare and nonprofit organizations across North America. A leader in the online meditation field, Mark has meditations with the NY Times Virtual Reality app, online meditation platform and He is author of Awake in the Wild: Mindfulness in Nature as a Path of Self-Discovery and Make Peace With Your Mind - How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Help Free You From The Inner Critic. He lives in Sausalito, California and likes nothing more than hiking biking and kayaking in the outdoors.

Daniel Siegel

Daniel J. Siegel, M.D is an internationally acclaimed author, award-winning educator and a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine. He is also co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. He is the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, an...

Daniel Siegel

educational center devoted to promoting insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, institutions and communities. He is the author of many books including Aware, The Yes Brain, Mindsight and many more.

Suzanne Tucker

Suzanne’s life's purpose is to help our society evolve the way it nurtures, educates, and disciplines children. A mom of four, physical therapist, and parent educator with a focus on attachment since 1992, Suzanne has been teaching mindful parenting classes for over two decades...

Suzanne Tucker

 including, among other things, weekly infant massage classes to new parents. In 2016 Suzanne was inspired by one of the parent graduates in her class to found Generation Mindful, a social-mission driven company creating educational tools, toys and programs that connect the generations playfully and build emotional intelligence.

Lori Schwanbeck

Lori Schwanbeck, co-founded Mindfulness Therapy Associates, a San Francisco based coaching and psychotherapy practice. Lori began her career in consumer product...

Lori Schwanbeck

marketing and grew from designing marketing campaigns into focusing on human flourishing. She is a senior teacher and program designer at the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (previously run by Google) and facilitates mindfulness and emotional intelligence trainings internationally in corporate, healthcare, education, and government settings. In addition, Lori facilitates programs for other organizations including: Wisdom Labs, Purpose Blue, and Mindfulness Rx.

Kelly McGonigal

Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., is a health psychologist teaching at Stanford University and specializing in the mind-body connection. Her work focuses on how we can translate...

Kelly McGonigal

neuroscience and modern psychology research into practical strategies for better health, happiness, personal success, and relationships. She is the author of The Upside of Stress, The Willpower Instinct. Her Ted Talk How to make stress your friend has reached nearly 20 million people.

Mark Epstein

Mark Epstein, M.D. is a psychiatrist in private practice in New York City and the author of a number of books about the interface of Buddhism, meditation...

Mark Epstein

and psychotherapy, including Advice Not Given, Thoughts without a Thinker, Going to Pieces without Falling Apart, and many more. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard University and is currently Clinical Assistant Professor in the Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis at New York University.

Rodney Smith

Rodney Smith is the retired founding and guiding teacher of the Seattle Insight Meditation Society. A former Buddhist monk and hospice director, he has...

Rodney Smith

taught meditation for over 30 years and is the author of Lessons from the Dying; Stepping Out of Self-Deception: The Buddha’s Liberating Teaching of No-Self; Awakening: A Paradigm Shift of the Heart; and Touching the Infinite: A New Perspective on the Buddha’s Four Foundations of Mindfulness (Oct 2017).

Yung Pueblo / Diego Perez

Diego Perez is a meditator, writer, and speaker who is most widely known on Instagram and various social media networks through his pen name Yung Pueblo. Diego's practice...

Yung Pueblo / Diego Perez

of Vipassana meditation, as taught by S.N. Goenka, has given him a deeper understanding of liberation that inspires his written work. Through writing and speaking he aims to support the healing of the individual, knowing that when people release their personal burdens it helps humanity build a global peace.Through poems, quotes, and short essays he explores the reality of self healing, the movement from self love to unconditional love, and the wisdom that comes when we truly work toward knowing ourselves. His first book is called Inward and he currently lives in New York City.

Christina Feldman

Christina Feldman is an internationally recognised meditation teacher that began teaching in the west in 1975 after spending some years in Asia. She is a co-founder of Gaia House...

Christina Feldman

and has served as a guiding teacher of IMS since its early days. She is a co-founder of Bodhi-College, which is dedicated to the study and practice of the early teachings of the Buddha. She teaches Buddhist psychology in several university settings in Europe and has been involved in the evolving exploration of mindfulness in contemporary settings. She has written numerous books including Boundless Heart: The Buddha’s Path of Kindness, Compassion, Joy, and Equanimity and Mindfulness: Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Psychology. She lives in England and is a mother and a grandmother.

Zoltan Sarnyai

Prof Zoltán Sarnyai is a medically-trained PhD neuroscientist with an active research program in the neurobiological mechanisms of stress and psychiatric disorders, including...

Zoltan Sarnyai

drug addiction, schizophrenia and depression. Zoltán's particular focus is on determining how environment shapes the brain through hormones, immune and metabolic factors during the course of the development of brain disorders. Zoltán also has a strong interest in the emerging field of nutritional psychiatry and has a number of research projects on dietary factors and mental health.

Elisha Goldstein

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. is a psychologist, co-founder of The Center for Mindful Living in West Los Angeles and creator of the 6-month program A Course in Mindful Living...

Elisha Goldstein

He is author of Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion, The Now Effect: How this Moment Can Change the Rest of Your Life, Mindfulness Meditations for the Anxious Traveler and co-author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook. He has also designed the bestselling program Basics in Mindfulness Meditation: A 28 Day Program.

Michelle Gale

Michelle Gale, M.A. is a Mindfulness Teacher and Executive Coach specializing in working with women leaders, parents, and organizations interested in awareness based practices. She was previously the head of learning and leadership development at Twitter and spent...

Michelle Gale

 her career working in high growth start-ups. Michelle serves on the board of the Holistic Life Foundation and is an advisor to the Wisdom 2.0 Conference and the Mindful Schools. She has studied mindfulness education with Mark Coleman, Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, and the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute.


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Watch a sneak peak into this interview with Elise Bialylew, founder of Mindful in May and Daniel Goleman


If you've ever felt despairing about the state of our world, this May is your chance to take action and make a positive difference.

Through the Mindful in May challenge, not only will you learn inner tools that will transform your life but you'll have the chance to fundraise or donate to improve the lives of those living in poverty. For every $50 you raise, you'll be bringing clean, safe drinking water to one person for life!

Each year we raise funds to bring clean safe drinking water to those in urgent need. 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…


WHAT PAST PARTICIPANTS SAY about Mindful in May...


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“Being guided through mindful in may to meditate for ten minutes is very doable in this busy life and you still get the benefits…”

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

“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 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

“By bringing mindfulness into my daily routine, I have seen significant improvements in my overall wellbeing”

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 think the daily practices made a big difference to my wellbeing and enabled me to reduce my anxiety...”

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

This program is ideal if you...

  • Want to become more confident, courageous and calm
  • Have a tendency to get stressed or have racing thoughts that can overwhelm you
  • Want to control your emotions and not get so easily triggered
  • Want to reduce the worry and reduce the mind chatter
  • Have tried meditation but haven’t been able to make it a regular habit and feel the longlasting benefits of a calm, clear mind
  • Need more support than a meditation app can give you and value being part of a community
  • Want to learn a tool that is sustainable, long-lasting and will strengthen your resilience and ability to cope in the most stressful situations
  • Lead a busy life & have no more than 10 minutes a day to meditate

"Mindful meditation has brought me much joy – I’m far happier, more loving and kind. I can’t recommend this program more highly to kick start your practice."



Check out these Free Resources from The Mind Life Project



Whether you are new to mindfulness, or need to refresh your knowledge...our Beginners Mindfulness Mini Guide is for you!
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Curious about mediation?  Join Dr. Elise Bialylew for a guided mindful meditation.


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Elise Bialylew is author of bestselling book, The Happiness Plan and founder of Mindful in May, the world’s largest online global mindfulness fundraising campaign that teaches thousands of people each year to meditate, while raising funds to build clean water projects in the developing world. A doctor trained in psychiatry, turned social entrepreneur and mindfulness expert, she’s passionate about supporting individuals and organisations to develop inner tools for greater wellbeing and flourishing, and offers workshops and training at The Mind Life Project. Her work has featured in the Huffington Post, New York Times, and on Australian Television.



"If we wish to be healthy, happy and clear-minded, we need to upgrade our “inner technology”of attention to meet the demands of our increasingly complex world. That's where mindfulness comes in.."



Hear more about Mindful In May...

Listen to this ABC Radio interview with Dr Elise

Listen to Elise talking about Mindful In May & the latest science around mindfulness


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