Chelsea True is the founder of Joyful Mind Project, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing 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 taught mindfulness in over a dozen local schools, including Sonoma Academy where she teaches an elective for grades 9-12; at Sheppard Accelerated Elementary School where she teaches mindfulness with Simply Strings, a project of the Santa Rosa Symphony; and at Sonoma State University where she has been an annual guest lecturer for the last three years.
Chelsea came to meditation more than twenty years ago, investigating the many roots and disciplines within contemplative practice with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies. She now holds two certifications in secular mindfulness and her work is featured in the book, Happy Teachers Change the World, by Thich Nhat Hanh and Katherine Weare.
Chelsea graduated from Mindful Schools as a Certified Instructor in 2014. This year-long training with Megan Cowen, Chris McKenna, and Vinny Ferraro included fourteen days of retreat time, an in-depth study of the 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.
In response to the North Bay fires, Chelsea completed training in Trauma-Informed Care at the Center for Adolescent Studies with Sam Himelstein, Ph.D. She is currently working on a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies.
You can learn about Chelsea's experience as a Zen student here.