Course description

Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice

School of Psychology

Bangor University

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer

5 day Specialist Teacher Training Retreat.

led by

Trish Bartley and Christina Shennan

12 noon June 19th - 2pm June 23rd 2017

at Trigonos, North Wales, U.K.

A 5 day residential for mindfulness-based teachers, currently working or interested in working with people with cancer. This is a unique training offered by CMRP and two teachers who are steeped in this approach and have considerable experience of working with people with cancer.

Trish Bartley developed MBCT for Cancer, through her work as a mindfulness teacher to cancer patients at a regional oncology unit since 2000 and her one to one work with people with terminal illness. She is a teacher trainer for CMRP and leads mindfulness-based retreats and workshops internationally. Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer: Gently Turning Towards (2012) , a handbook for teachers – and her recent book Mindfulness: A Kindly Approach to Being with Cancer (2017) was written for people with cancer themselves.

Christina Shennan is an experienced psychotherapist working in the oncology field, in hospice and day care settings. She has been teaching MBCT to cancer patients and carers since 2008. She leads mindfulness workshops for cancer health professionals and wrote: What is the evidence for the use of mindfulness-based interventions in cancer care? A review. Shennan, C., Payne, S. and Fenlon, which was published in Psycho-Oncology in 2011 and is highly regarded in the field.

Details of Workshop - This five day retreat will train you in the values, practice and approach of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer (MBCT-Ca). It is offered to mindfulness-based teachers, who have already undertaken their foundational mindfulness-based teacher training (such as the CMRP 7 day TTR1 or equivalent Level 1 training)

Over the 5 days we will explore the intention, approach and aspects of the 8 week MBCT-Ca programme, which are particular to this programme – paying particular attention to

  • Ways of adapting the core practices as they are guided for cancer participants
  • The short practices and ‘new’ processes that have been created within MBCT-Ca
  • Ways that we emphasise and work with kindness and self compassion within this intervention
  • Understanding the cognitive model that underpins MBCT-Ca – and the place of the four practice movements of Intention; Coming Back; Turning Towards; and Kindness
  • Exploring the teaching implications of working with this population and how we can support ourselves as teachers in this rewarding but challenging work context.


The training retreat will use a variety of (mostly experiential) processes including

  • Practice and brief practice ‘teach back’ sessions with peer and tutor feeback
  • Dialogue and Inquiry – both in peer groups and the large group
  • Discussion and Reflection – in small and large groups
  • Presentation 

This is a specialist mindfulness-based teacher training process – for those already working in oncology or cancer support settings (or planning to do so) – and who have completed basic mindfulness-based teacher training (7 days +) – and who are already teaching MBCT/MBSR to this and other populations. This is not suitable for those whose primary interest is to explore mindfulness in the context of their own personal experience of cancer – but is for health professionals wanting to train in this field.

Fee options:  

Subsidised Rate £490.00  - This is a self-select funded rate whereby your place will be financially supported.  Please only select this rate if you are in receipt of benefits or would find it otherwise inaccessible to attend due to the fee. We will not ask for evidence of benefits or income at this stage but may ask for evidence to support your claim in the future.    

Standard Rate £560.00 - This is the market rate for this type of event and the rate we ask you to select if you are able.  

Accommodation Costs 

Accommodation costs (in addition to the training fee), payable direct to the venue once your place has been confirmed by CMRP: 

Single ensuite:  £392.00

Twin ensuite:  £372.00

Single non ensuite:  £340.00

Twin non ensuite:  £312.00

Camper: 208.00

Campervan: £232.00


Please arrive at Trigonos from 12 noon on 19th June 2017 Lunch will be served from 12.30 and the first session will be at 2pm.

The retreat will end with lunch (served at 12.30pm) on 23rd June 2017.

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