The Fine Print

If you complete the Introductory Course and don’t find it valuable, we want you to have your money back. Please email us at, and we will give you a full refund.

As with all of Sam Harris’s digital content, if you would like to use this app but truly cannot afford it, please email us at so that we can give you a free account.

While we operate a business, we believe that money should never be the reason why someone can’t gain access to the Waking Up course.

“I’ve been incredibly impressed with this app. Whether you want to sharpen your mind or experience more peace, this can help in dramatic fashion. The power of its progression is hard to overstate.”

Tim FerrissTim Ferriss is an early-stage investor and the author of five #1 New York Times best sellers. He hosts the popular podcast The Tim Ferriss Show.

“Waking Up is, hands down, the most important meditation guide I've ever used. And having Sam lead these sessions is what makes them so effective for me.”

Peter Attia, M.D.Peter Attia is a physician who focuses on the applied science of longevity. He trained at Stanford University and Johns Hopkins Hospital.

“If you've had trouble getting into meditation, this app is your answer! Sam's thoughtful approach, calm voice, and depth of knowledge are extraordinary. The app will also launch you quite quickly into your own meditation practice. Thank you so much for creating this, Sam.”

Susan CainSusan Cain is a lecturer, bestselling author, and co-founder of Quiet Revolution. Her TED talk on the "power of introverts" has been watched over 20 million times.

What makes Waking Up different?

There are hundreds of meditation apps on the market, and several do a fine job of teaching the basic principles of mindfulness. But most present the practice as though it were an ancient version of an executive stress ball—whereas it’s more like the Hubble Space Telescope.

The purpose of meditation isn’t merely to reduce stress or to make you feel better in the moment—it’s to make fundamental discoveries in the laboratory of your own mind.


Waking Up guides you through the Introductory Course, teaching a progressive series of meditation techniques, before unlocking access to an ongoing series of daily meditations.


Waking Up also contains a growing curriculum of short talks by Sam Harris on a wide variety of topics relevant for deepening your practice.


You can practice with your friends and colleagues by creating virtual meditation groups in Waking Up.

Groups allows you to practice with others—while listening to the daily meditation, sitting in silence, or both.

You can invite people who are not yet subscribed to the app to join you (and they will receive a free month when you do). You need only send the invite from within the app.

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About Sam Harris

Sam Harris is the author of five New York Times best sellers, including Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion.  His writing and public lectures cover a wide range of topics—neuroscience, meditation, moral philosophy, religion, rationality—but generally focus on how a growing understanding of ourselves and the world is changing our sense of how we should live.

Sam received a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA.  He has practiced meditation for over 30 years and has studied with many Tibetan, Indian, Burmese, and Western meditation teachers, both in the United States and abroad.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the app cost?

Waking Up is free to download and offers access to the first 5 meditations from the Introductory Course, along with 5 short talks. To gain full access to the expanding course, you will need to purchase an in-app subscription for either $14.99 US/month or $99.99 US/year.

GUARANTEE: If you complete the Introductory Course and don’t find it valuable, we want you to have your money back. Please email us at to receive a full refund.

Sam never wants money to be the actual reason why someone isn’t using the Waking Up app. So if you truly cannot afford a subscription, please email us at, and we will provide you with a free account.

How do I become a subscriber?

You can become a subscriber by tapping on any of the locked content in the app and selecting either the monthly or yearly option.

Can I give Waking Up as a gift?

You can purchase a Waking Up subscription as a gift by going to our Gift Cards page.