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

4pm July 3rd - 2pm July 7th 2018

at Trigonos, North Wales, U.K.

A 5 day residential for mindfulness-based teachers, currently working or interested in 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. She is a teacher trainer for CMRP and leads mindfulness-based retreats and workshops internationally. Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer: Gently Turning Towards by Trish Bartley was published in 2012 by Wiley-Blackwell.

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 pulished in Psycho-Oncology in 2011.

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 a basic mindfulness-based teacher training (such as the CMRP 7 day TTR1 or equivalent)

Over the 5 days we will explore the intention, approach and new aspects of the 8 week MBCT-Ca 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 can emphasise and work with kindness and self compassion within the 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.


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

o Practice

o Dialogue and Inquiry – both in peer groups and the large group

o Discussion and Reflection – in small and large groups

o Presentation


This is a specialist mindfulness-based teacher training process – for those already qualified / working in oncology or cancer support settings – and who have completed basic mindfulness-based teacher training (7 days +) – and who are already teaching MBCT/MBSR to this and other populations.

This adaptation of MBCT for Cancer has been developed over ten years with more than 20 groups of oncology participants by Trish Bartley. She has collaborated with Ursula Bates, Head of Bereavement and Psychological Services at Blackrock Hospice, Dublin to develop the formulation that underpins MBCT-Ca and the mindfulness-based programme that Ursula teaches to palliative care patients.

Fee options: 


Subsidised Rate - 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 - 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 4pm on 3rd July 2018.  Tea will be served from 4pm and the first session will be at 5 pm.

The retreat will end with lunch (served at 12.30pm) on 7th July 2018.

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