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 to Sonoma County and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Chelsea is native to Napa California and has taught mindfulness in over a dozen local schools, including Sonoma Academy where she taught an elective for grades 9-12; at Sheppard Accelerated Elementary School with 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. She is curretnly implementing a school-wide mindfulness program at Bayside Martin Luther King Jr. Academy in Marin City.

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.


“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