Chelsea is happy to share a presentation with your school or group.  Please feel welcome to contact her  here .

Chelsea is happy to share a presentation with your school or group.  Please feel welcome to contact her here.

Chelsea True is the founder of Joyful Mind Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit bringing mindfulness education to Sonoma County and the San Francisco Bay Area.

A native to Napa California, Chelsea is passionate about bringing mindfulness education to the North Bay. She has enjoyed teaching mindfulness in over a dozen local schools, including Sonoma Academy where she teaches an elective course for grades 9-12, and at Sheppard Accelerated Elementary School where she teaches mindfulness with Simply Strings, a project of the Santa Rosa Symphony.

Her work is featured in the book, Happy Teachers Change the World, by Thich Nhat Hanh and Katherine Weare, and she has enjoyed being an annual guest lecturer at Sonoma State University for the last three years.

Chelsea believes that an ongoing and significant commitment to the theory and practice of mindfulness is essential for all mindfulness educators.  She began her studies more than twenty years ago, investigating the many roots and disciplines within contemplative practice, and holds two certifications in secular mindfulness.  

Chelsea graduated from the year-long program with Mindful Schools as a Certified Instructor in 2014.  This in-depth training included 300-hours of study, fourteen days of retreat time, examining the basic neuroscience of attention and emotion, and working intensely on teaching and facilitation skills.

She received Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T) certification from Gina Biegel’s organization Stressed Teens in 2017.  This evidence-based program was adapted for adolescents by Gina Biegel, MA, LMFT from Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn's adult MBSR program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Most recently, and in response to the North Bay fires, Chelsea completed a certificate training in Trauma-Informed Care at the Center for Adolescent Studies with Sam Himelstein, Ph.D.


“Chelsea and the Joyful Mind Project provide a much needed service to Sonoma County. As new residents, we were searching for a place to land and begin to build community with like minded families. Chelsea took us under her wing, provided resources and connections, while offering her beautiful program to our twins. As a parent volunteer I had the honor of watching her reverent and thoughtful classes: From her initial greeting with each child to her closing circle, Chelsea gave the children tangible skills to foster meaningful relationship, help regulate emotion, and bring developmentally appropriate awareness to their daily experiences. Joyful Mind project is a model organization in how mindfulness can be a tool for providing “wrap around” care and education for the entire family.”
— Dr. Liza Fox, Clinical Psychologist, Mother to Hannah and Elijah, 8 years old

“I want to raise my two daughters in a world where ideals such as generosity, love and compassion feel abundant and not scarce… Participating in Joyful Mind Project has been an opportunity for me to bring forth these ideals as part of my children’s education AND to do it in community!”
— Marie-Michel Tasse, Yoga Instructor, Mother to Malaya and Zumielle, ages 9 and 6