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 currently teaches an elective course for grades 9-12, and at Sheppard Accelerated Elementary School where she currently 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.