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 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.


“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