Chelsea True is the founder of Joyful Mind Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing mindfulness education in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Chelsea has taught mindfulness in over a dozen Bay Area schools and works with a variety of populations, including teachers and parents, at-risk youth where the needs are great, and in high-performing independent schools.
As a Mindful Schools Certified Instructor, Chelsea is currently working with Mindful Schools to implement a school-wide program at Bayside Martin Luther King Jr. Academy in Marin City. Bayside MLK is one of five San Francisco Bay Area schools working with Mindful Schools to shift the culture of the entire school community through the integration of mindfulness practices.
Chelsea has enjoyed teaching high school students at Sonoma Academy, integrating mindfulness into a project of the Santa Rosa Symphony at Sheppard Accelerated Elementary School; creating after-school programs at The Healdsburg School; guest lecturing at Sonoma State University; speaking with parents’ groups at Mothering Arts Sebastopol and SunRidge Charter School, and running nature-based programs and camps at Open Sky Retreat Space and Sophia’s Garden in Sebastopol.
More than twenty years ago, Chelsea came to meditation with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies, investigating the many roots and disciplines within contemplative practice. She now holds two certifications in secular mindfulness and is currently working on a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies.
Chelsea’s approach is always trauma-informed. She completed certificate training in trauma-informed care at the Center for Adolescent Studies with Sam Himelstein, Ph.D and has received certification in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T).
Her work is featured in the book, Happy Teachers Change the World, by Thich Nhat Hanh and Katherine Weare.
You can learn about Chelsea's personal practice and experience as a Zen student here.