secularity as a core value

Joyful Mind Project holds secularity as a core value and is committed to a thoroughly secular and evidence-based approach to mindfulness practice.

Joyful Mind Project founder Chelsea True holds two certifications in secular mindfulness. She is a Mindful Schools Certified Instructor and received Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T) certification with the organization Stressed Teens.  

Chelsea wishes to state that her personal practice is supported by the Soto Zen lineage of Shunryu Suzuki; the Plum Village tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh; and is grounded in two decades of inquiry and contemplative practice.   

Chelsea's personal practice includes serving as the Youth & Family Programs Coordinator for San Francisco Zen Center and leading family programming at Stone Creek Zen Center.  She received lay-ordination from her teacher Hoka Soko Chris Fortin with the dharma name, Meikyo Kogen, “Luminous Mirror, Ancient Source” and from Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh with the name, "Peaceful Continuation of the Heart."  Chelsea served as shuso (head student) for the Fall 2018 practice period with her local sangha and is currently studying the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings of the Order of Interbeing, founded by Thich Nhat Hanh.

Along with her daughter, age fourteen, Chelsea has attended many retreats and residential practice periods, including at Plum Village in Southern France, Deer Park Monastery, and Tassajara Zen Mountain Center.

Chelsea is a student of Zen; not a Zen teacher.  She is able to direct people interested in nonsecular practice to centers where teachers with many years of experience in these traditions can offer guidance and support.


Practice centers

San Francisco Zen Center:  The Youth & Family Program at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center meets the first Sunday of most months on a seven-acre organic farm near Muir Beach, CA.  Chelsea has been serving this program since 2012 and wrote the curriculum which utilizes attunement to seasonal rhythms to support practice. Each month, young people along with their parents, enjoy family-friendly meditation and fun, community building activities.  Please inquire for more information.

Stone Creek Zen Center:  Programs for parents and children at Stone Creek Zen Center in Graton, CA are offered at different times throughout the year.   Chelsea develops and co-facilitates family programming at this practice center in Sonoma County along with Head Priest Dojin Sarah Emerson.  An annual Winter Solstice family event takes place at Stone Creek each December.

Deer Park Monastery:  Deer Park is a mindfulness practice center and monastic training center in San Diego, CA, founded by the Vietnamese Buddhist monk, author, and peace activist, Thich Nhat Hanh.  It is a place to quiet the mind, look deeply, and enjoy the wonders of life within and around us through the practices of sitting meditation, walking meditation, mindful eating, and deep relaxation meditation.  It is a safe refuge where practitioners come to learn the art of mindful living.