As a lifelong learner, I'm always taking some sort of class or workshop to pick up new skills. Online education platforms allow me to learn at my own pace (usually in the evenings) through on-demand or live online classes. I've taken classes on many education websites, and below are the top 6 I recommend for both paid and free courses.
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I really enjoyed MindValley founder Vishen Lakhiani's book a while back but never felt compelled to join his online learning platform until recently. MindValley.com offers on-demand courses by the leading authorities on personal growth, well-being, mindfulness, fitness, entrepreneurship, and more.
Currently, I'm taking The Art of Manifesting by Regan Hillyer, the world's #1 manifestation teacher. I initially signed up for the 15-day free trial to try out this course but I ended up liking it so much that I invested in a one-year MindValley membership. I think the price of the annual membership is worth it just for the information from this course alone, as I'm learning new manifesting hacks and I enjoy using her meditations. She has a very clear and engaging teaching style.
MindValley has so many courses up that it's a little overwhelming, but I'm looking forward to diving into more courses on other topics to make the most out of my membership. The community aspect of the platform is an asset, as you can choose to build connections with other students. There are even in-person meetups by city organized by local members. I usually watch the courses on a computer so I can also write in the digital workbook provided, and I switch over to the phone app for guided meditations. The user-friendly design of the website and app makes learning easy.
Masterclass.com is a premium online education subscription platform offering an array of expert-taught courses across various industries. If you're going to learn, why not from the masters? Their roster of instructors reads like a who's who of luminaries, spanning from Nobel Prize laureates to A-list actors and even a former American president.
Not too long ago, I got an annual membership to take a series of writing workshops by famous writers. Honestly, I learned more about plotting and structure from those classes than during my MFA.
The annual membership is surprisingly affordable but if MasterClass isn’t for you, they offer a full refund within 30 days of purchase.
The Kabbalah Centre really made its spiritual teachings accessible to the public. Kabbalah.com offers on-demand and live online classes in different languages taught by top teachers around the world. If you're new to Kabbalah, I highly recommend taking their intro class, Kabbalah 1, to understand the forces and laws of the universe. As a long-time Kabbalah student, I have written about how I started learning Kabbalah and why I'm continuing to learn.
You can browse teachings by topic, or use the search bar. Onehouse Community Memberships can be billed monthly or annually, with a 14-day trial. Certain courses can also be purchased individually. Free content includes blog posts and the Spiritually Hungry podcast. I'm lucky enough to have a Kabbalah Centre near me in Toronto where I can take classes and join events in person. In fact, I am retaking Kabbalah 1 with a friend right now.
Skillshare offers classes taught by top creatives who are passionate about sharing their tools, techniques, and professional journeys with you. If you're looking for courses that cover fundamental basics right through to advanced classes in creative fields such as fine arts, filmmaking, animation, creative writing, graphic design, and more, this is the one-stop shop to do that. Years ago, I took a bunch of photography classes on Skillshare and loved it.
Right now, you can get one free month of Skillshare.
Coursera works with universities and other organizations to offer 7000+ online courses, certifications, and degrees in a variety of subjects. Whether you're aiming to enhance your career prospects, delve into a new field, or simply feed your curiosity, Coursera has a course for that.
You can take free courses if you're learning for fun, and there are options to obtain a degree or certificate with paid courses.
Udemy is an open platform, which means that anyone with expertise in a particular subject can become an instructor and create and teach courses. As a result, the instructors on Udemy come from diverse backgrounds and industries. If you have a passion for a particular subject, you can create your own course on Udemy. Businesses also use the platform for employee learning.
Before I decided to offer intuitive healing sessions, I took Sal Jade's course on building a spiritual healing business and that gave me the confidence to get started.
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