Bangor Mindfulness 20th Anniversary

We invite you to celebrate 20 years of mindfulness at Bangor University

through a series of monthly online events, talks and shared reflections

hosted by the Mindfulness Network

The Mindfulness Centre at Bangor University was founded 20 years ago by Mark Williams, following his leadership there in developing MBCT. Over the last two decades, the centre has been at the forefront in the emergence of the field of mindfulness-based teaching, training, and research.  This series of events celebrates the centre’s pioneering work. It also provides an opportunity to launch the new ‘Essential Resources for Mindfulness Teachers book – which is an edited gathering of 20 years’ work by the Bangor University training team. The book brings together in one volume a wealth of resources to accompany the mindfulness-based teacher on their training journey. It will be also be a much-needed reference for established teachers.

Each event will offer an opportunity to update current practice in a range of areas, and to gain a perspective on the evolving development process we are all part of. It will also enable us to come together as a community to support and nourish each other in our life and work.

You will need to register separately for each event via the Mindfulness Network Calendar, using the links below. The events are offered for free; donations are invited to help with the costs of running this event and to support mindfulness teachers in their training and development. Once registered for an event, you will be invited to join the Mindfulness Network Community and receive a discount code for Essential Resources for Mindfulness Teachers. We look forward to welcoming you.


The Launch of the Essential Resources book & The Celebration of 20 Years of Mindfulness at Bangor University

– Tuesday 22 June 2021, 7-8.30pm (UK Time) – BOOKING OPEN

Trish Bartley will be in conversation with Rebecca Crane, Karunavira and Gemma Griffith (editors of Essential Resources for Mindfulness Teachers)

Our first event heralds the publication of the book – Essential Resources for Mindfulness Teachers, which brings together the key resources that have been developed by the Bangor University training team over 20 years for their mindfulness-based trainees. Trish Bartley, one of the founding Bangor teachers, will host the session. She has been integral to the CMRP development process and has pioneered practice in several areas. She will lead conversation and reflection with the three editors of the Essential Resources book: Rebecca Crane, Karunavira and Gemma Griffith.

Join us for this celebration which will include some guided meditation practice, personal reflections from Rebecca, Karunavira and Gemma on their practice, experience of writing and developing the book, and the centre at Bangor. There will also be some space for questions from the audience.

The evening will be delivered in English with simultaneous translation into Spanish.


Mark Williams in Conversation with Rebecca Crane

– Tuesday 27 July 2021, 7-8.30pm (UK Time) – BOOKING OPEN

Mark Williams

Mark Williams wrote the foreword for ‘Essential Resources for Mindfulness Teachers’, and founded the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University before he left in 2002 to take up a position at Oxford University.

As a clinical research scientist, Mark pioneered the development of a whole new field of inquiry involving the integration of mindfulness-based approaches with cognitive science.  During this talk Mark will be invited to reflect back on his life’s work in the field of Clinical Psychology. What were the threads that led to his focus on depression and suidicality? How did this evolve towards the development of MBCT? How did the field and his colleagues respond to the introduction of mindfulness as a potential methodology for depression prevention? How was it for him personally to take his work in the direction of mindfulness?

Over 20 years on from the publication of the first trial of MBCT, the field of mindfulness-based research and practice has expanded exponentially – as he looks back at these developments, what does he see as the strengths and weaknesses of this body of work? Looking forward to the next phase of development, what are the potential opportunities and threats?

The evening will be delivered in English with simultaneous translation into Spanish.


Gemma Griffith and Sophie Sansom on The Development and Evolution of the MBI:TAC and TLC

– Tuesday 24 August 2021, 7-8.30pm (UK Time) – BOOKING OPEN

In this session, Sophie Sansom and Gemma Griffith will be outlining the development and evolution of the  Mindfulness-based Interventions: Teaching Assessment Criteria (MBI:TAC).

The MBI:TAC was first published in 2013 (Crane et al., 2013), and is now widely used to assess the competency of teachers of MBPs in both research and training contexts.  It has been translated into seven languages and is used by training organisations across 14 countries.

Recently, Gemma Griffith and colleagues have developed a reflective tool based on the MBI:TAC called the Mindfulness-Based Interventions: Teaching and Learning Companion (the TLC). This new tool will be introduced, covering both its development and usage.

The evening will be delivered in English with simultaneous translation into Spanish.


Saki Santorelli on The Essential Spirit of Mindfulness Teaching: An Open Conversation

– Thursday 23 September 2021, 7-8.30pm (UK Time) – BOOKING OPENS END OF JULY

Saki F. Santorelli, EdD, MA
Saki F. Santorelli, EdD, MA

We are delighted to welcome Saki Santorelli who will lead us in an evening of practice, reflection and conversation on the theme of the ‘essential spirit of mindfulness teaching’, which is the focus for a chapter in the early part of the ‘Essential Resources for Mindfulness Teachers’ book.

Saki is an educator, meditation teacher, writer, gardener and pioneer in integrating meditation and mindfulness into medicine, health care and the broader society.  In 2017, he retired as professor of medicine, executive director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society, and director of the internationally acclaimed Stress Reduction Clinic – the clinic of origin of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) – at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

His entire forty-year career in medicine and healthcare has been oriented around the integration of mindfulness into public health fuelled by an abiding trust in the innate brilliance and nobility of human beings. He has plumbed the nature of the healing relationship by working with thousands of medical patients, educating and mentoring generations of medical students, healthcare professionals, educators and researchers of mindfulness and MBSR. Through his vision and leadership, the Center for Mindfulness transmitted the ethos, practice, teaching and science of mindfulness to individuals and organizations around the world.

The evening will be delivered in English with simultaneous translation into Spanish.


Estrella Fernandez and Taravajra on MBCT Teacher Training in the Spanish Speaking World

– Thursday 21 October 2021, 7-8.30pm (UK Time) – BOOKING OPENS END OF AUGUST

Since 2015, Estrella and Taravajra have been working together to develop the CMRP/Mindfulness Network teacher training pathway (TTP) in MBCT, in Spanish. This is a language which has over 450 million native speakers, making it second only to Chinese in terms of the most spoken languages in the world.

They will tell their personal stories, Estrella, a psychologist and MBCT teacher in Barcelona, Taravajra a yoga teacher and MBCT/MBSR teacher in Sussex UK with a strong feeling for Spain.

They will be looking back to the challenging beginnings and looking ahead to exciting possibilities, both within the Spanish health system and in Latin America.

The evening will be delivered in English with simultaneous translation into Spanish.


Alison Evans and Pamela Duckerin on Mindfulness-Based Supervision

– Wednesday 17 November 2021, 7-8.30pm (UK Time) – BOOKING OPENS END OF SEPTEMBER

In this session, Alison Evans and Pamela Duckerin will be exploring the development and evolution of mindfulness-based supervision (MBS).

A framework for MBS was developed by Alison and colleagues in 2015. This framework has continued to evolve and has been the basis for supervision training offered through Bangor University and the Mindfulness Network , currently co-taught by Alison and Pamela. In the ‘Essential Resources for Mindfulness Teachers’ book, Alison has introduced this framework and supervision from the perspective of supervisees.

In this event, Alison and Pamela will tell their stories about supervision and the story of the development of MBS and the framework. They will guide explorations into what makes supervision mindful and how as supervisors and supervisees we might ground our supervision conversation in mindfulness.

The evening will be delivered in English with simultaneous translation into Spanish.


A conversation with Bridgette O’Neill and Trish Bartley: Getting Personal About Mindfulness Practice

– Wednesday 15 December 2021, 7-8.30pm (UK Time) – BOOKING OPENS END OF OCTOBER

Between them Bridgette and Trish have been practicing mindfulness for more than 47 years and teaching and training Mindfulness Based Programmes for more than 40 years. Join them as they reflect on the role of personal practice in their lives and teaching across the years. Their personal experiences will be explored in relation to broader themes regarding sources of inspiration, common challenges and paradoxes and ongoing sources of support in practicing and teaching mindfulness. This session will also invite you to consider the place of practice in your own life. What inspires, supports and refreshes your practice?

The evening will be delivered in English with simultaneous translation into Spanish.


The Mindfulness Network would like to thank everyone who has worked with us to plan, organise and support these events. Our deep appreciation goes to all the speakers who have volunteered their time and expertise, to Rebecca Crane and Bangor University staff, to the Mindfulness Network team and our Community Friends Committee (formerly Friends of Bangor) – without any of them these events would not have been possible. If you are in a position to do so, please consider a donation via our website so that we can continue to offer events like these in the future.