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.   

Along with her daughter, age thirteen, 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's personal practice includes serving as the Youth & Family Programs Coordinator for San Francisco Zen Center and leading the Children’s Program at Stone Creek Zen Center.  She received lay-ordination from Chris Fortin with the dharma name, Mei Kyo Ko Gen, “Luminous Mirror, Ancient Source” and is currently studying the Fourteen Mindfulness Trainings of the Order of Interbeing.

Chelsea is a student of Zen; not a Zen teacher.  She is able to direct people interested in non-secular 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.  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:  The Children's Program at Stone Creek Zen Center meets the third Sunday of the month, September though May.  Programs for parents are offered at different times throughout the year.   Chelsea develops and co-leads family programming at this practice center in Sonoma County. Advance registration is requested.