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Strengthening our Communities; Directing our Resources

Dear Friends,

I founded Joyful Mind Project because I believe that mindfulness can empower young people of all backgrounds to define, understand, and reach their highest goals, to inquire and create, and to bring that quest for understanding into the world.

What’s more, with mindfulness we can learn how to be a voice for justice, understanding, and compassion in the world.

I am writing today to let you know that Joyful Mind Project has begun its year-end campaign and to ask for your support.

As I am learning, directing our time and resources with intention can help create a world of compassion, courage, and joy.

With your help, we can continue serving young people and cultivating resilience in our communities.

Your donations directly help mindfulness education to grow in our region and ensure that our programs will continue serving our community for a long time.

Thank you for all that you’ve done this year to help support Joyful Mind Project — and for considering this request.

With joyful enthusiasm,
Chelsea True
Founder, Joyful Mind Project

Learn about becoming a member with an annual donation >>

Mindful Educators Alliance

Calling all North Bay educators, counselors, parents, and anyone working with children!

The Mindful Educators Alliance is a project of Mindful Schools that aims to help mindfulness education grow in our region.

We will meet regularly throughout the year.  Our first event takes place Saturday, October 28 at the Sonoma County Office of Education.

Special guest speakers include Daniel Rechtschaffen, founder of the Mindful Education Institute and the Omega Mindfulness in Education Conference, and author of The Way of Mindful Education: Cultivating Well-being in Teachers and Students. 

Come meet other teachers, parents, and adults brining mindfulness into their work and relationships with youth!

To learn more and register in advance for the October 28th event, please visit our Eventbrite page here

To learn more about ongoing meetings, visit our Meetup group here.



Mindfulness in the North Bay

We’ve been busy this summer working on our line up of classes for the fall.  As a native to the North Bay, it gives me such joy to see mindfulness education growing here.  Take a look at some of the programs we have slated…

CREDO HIGH SCHOOL:  We are happy to announce a new program beginning this fall at Credo, a public charter school in Rohnert Park, California that ad­vances critical thinking, creativity, responsibility and initiative in public school students.  Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens will be offered as an elective course beginning in September.

SONOMA ACADEMY:  The elective course Meditation and More is returning to Sonoma Academy this fall.  Sonoma Academy is a nonprofit, private coed college preparatory high school located in Santa Rosa, California that calls on its students to be creative, ethical, and committed to learning; and to communicate across cultures as they prepare to become leaders in a dynamic world.

THE HEALDSBURG SCHOOL:  After-school Mindfulness is returning to the Healdsburg School this fall.  This independent K-8 emphasizes global perspectives to promote a culture of understanding of the world as a place with many different opinions, voices and ideas.  Mindfulness takes place on Wednesdays from 2:00-3:00 pm and resumes in September.  To register, please contact Chelsea.

TLC CHILD & FAMILY SERVICES:  TLC serves over 600 children who have been abandoned, neglected, abused or who are part of a growing population of children facing mental health challenges.  The main campus in Sebastopol, California employs over 100 staff members and provides comprehensive services to six Northern California Counties.  Joyful Mind Project is happy to be offering support to TLC staff and parents this summer.

SUMMERFIELD WALDORF SCHOOL & FARM:  On October 7, we’ll host a morning workshop at Summerfield, an independent K-12 school in Santa Rosa, California.  In this program for faculty, staff, parents, and teens we will explore how mindfulness can support us in our personal and professional relationships and within the family unit.  To register, please contact Chelsea.

BAYSIDE MLK:  Bayside MLK is a public K-8 school located in Marin City.  91% of students at Bayside MLK come from low-income families and 98% of students at Bayside MLK are people of color.  Bayside MLK believes that mindfulness education will benefit the students, lift morale, and help the young people in this community define, understand, and reach their highest goals.  We are happy to be working with Bayside MLK to raise funds for a school-wide mindfulness program, slated to begin in September.

HALF DAY RETREAT FOR A MINDFUL COMMUNITY:  On October 28th, we’ll co-host an event, bringing together educators, counselors, parents, and youth-service providers interested in or already sharing mindfulness with youth.  By coming together in a community of practice, we can help mindfulness grow in our region.  This event is slated to take place at the Sonoma County Office of Education.  Please inquire for more information.

Thank you, everybody!  Together we are strengthening our communities from the inside out.

New Teen Program!

In our current political climate,  taking action in our own communities feels essential.  But how do we sustain this level of commitment without burning out or becoming apathetic?

Mindfulness and contemplative practices can help us address the challenges we face and contribute to the effectiveness and sustainability of our projects.

Joyful Mind Project is happy to announce a new program just for for teens, enrolling now for Summer 2017.

This 8-week program brings together Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Teens (MBSR-T) with social engagement.  Each class will begin with formal mindfulness practice — then move outside, bringing mindfulness into our work as we plan social engagement projects and learn how serving our local community can bring about greater joy in our own lives.

Please contact Chelsea for more information.

Teen Summer Program


With deepest gratitude, our Annual Report

beautiful-crystal-snowflake-macro-hd-wallpaper-1920x1080With the deepest gratitude, I am reflecting back on all the support Joyful Mind Project received this year, remembering each of you, and how we worked hand-in-hand.

Our Annual Report includes the names of each contributor, donor, and volunteer who made our programs possible this year, plus highlights from every program we offered. I hope you’ll take a moment to read on and reflect on the meaningful work we shared together.

Please click here to read on.  Thank you, everybody!