Course Information

Five-day Specialist Teacher Training Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer (MBCT-Ca)

When: 31 May 2019 – 4 Jun 2019
Where: Trigonos, North Wales
Tutors: Trish Bartley, Christina Shennan

This five day specialist teacher training is for mindfulness-based teachers currently working or interested in working with people with cancer. We will explore the values, practice and approach of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer (MBCT-Ca). This is a unique opportunity to develop skills, inspiration and understanding and to connect with others working in psycho-oncology, cancer support and palliative care. It is offered to mindfulness-based teachers, who have already undertaken a basic mindfulness-based teacher training (such as the CMRP Seven-day Teacher Training Retreat (Level 1), Nine-week Teacher Training Course or equivalent).

Over the five days we will explore the intention, approach and new aspects of the eight-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 newprocesses 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:

  • practice
  • dialogue and inquiry in both peer groups and the large group
  • discussion and reflection in small and large groups
  • presentation

Participants must commit to the entire residential training.

MBCT for Cancer (MBCT-Ca) is being offered to people with cancer in clinical settings, charity support groups, and many other contexts in the UK and abroad. The MBCT-Ca programme was developed over many years in a Welsh oncology centre by Trish Bartley and supported by John Teasdale. MBCT for Cancer (a teacher’s handbook) was published in 2012 (Bartley, 2012).  

Criteria for Admission:

This is a specialist mindfulness-based teacher training for those who are working in oncology or cancer support settings, (or planning to in the future) and have completed level 1 mindfulness teacher training and are already teaching MBCT/MBSR to this and/or other populations.

All participants need to have:

  • personal experience of an MBCT or MBSR eight-week course
  • an established personal mindfulness practice
  • ideally participated in a mindfulness-based Teacher Training Retreat level 1 (or equivalent)
  • knowledge and experience of oncology and/or cancer support settingsor a planned process to acquire this in the near future

It is strongly recommended that you read Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer (Bartley, 2012) before you attend this course.

The trainers:

Trish Bartley developed MBCT for Cancer, through her work as a mindfulness teacher to cancer patients at a regional oncology unit since 2001. She is a teacher trainer for CMRP and leads mindfulness-based retreats and workshops internationally. After the success of the teachers handbook (Bartley,2012) Mindfulness – A Kindly Approach to Being with Cancer (Bartley,2017)  was produced as a companion book 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 pulished in Psycho-Oncology in 2011.

Our trainers are all members of the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) training team. All have been extensively trained in this approach and engage in a rigorous ongoing process of training and supervision. We use strict criteria when selecting teachers/trainers to work with us.


Trigonos is located in the village of Nantlle in North Wales between Penygroes and Rhyd Ddu. Caernarfon is the nearest town and Bangor the nearest mainline railway station (West Coast mainline). Please visit the Trigonos website for additional information and directions at

What to bring/wear:

Some mats, cushions and blankets will be provided. However, the quantity of equipment will be limited so please bring your own equipment if possible. We also recommend that you dress in layers in case the room is warm or cold.


Please arrive for 4:00pm on the first day, Friday 31 May, in time for a 5pm start, with dinner and orientation in the evening. The retreat ends at 2pm on the last day, Tuesday 4 June, after lunch.

Our rates:

Our rates have no hidden extras and include teaching, deposit (£200.00), room and board.

Standard rate – Single room, accommodation included £974

Standard rate – Shared room, accommodation included £934

TTP & Master’s 10% discount rate – Single room, accommodation included £915

TTP & Master’s 10% discount rate – Shared room, accommodation included  £875

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

TTP & CMRP Master’s discount rate – This is a 10% reduction of the training cost for those participants who are currently on the Teacher Training Pathway (TTP) or the CMRP Master’s programme.

We also offer a subsidised rate whereby part or all of your place may be financially supported. Please only request this if you would otherwise find it inaccessible to attend due to the fee. If you would like to request the subsidised rate, please select this option for payment within the application form and provide an account of your circumstances.

Please let us know in the notes section of the application form if you would like to pay a £200 deposit and choose the applicable rate in the drop-down list in the application form.

Please note: The majority of our venues have shared bathrooms, including for SINGLE rooms. Please contact us if you have any specific needs that we need to be aware of.

If the full rate for SINGLE accommodation is paid, but we cannot meet your request for a single room due to lack of availability, then we will allocate you SHARED accommodation and refund the difference in cost, to you or your employer.

Participants must commit to the entire training.

This course is residential, which means all participants will need to stay at the venue for the duration of the course – this includes the overnight accommodation.

The application process:

Our application and payment process involves the following steps:

  1. We receive your application form and assess it to ensure that this event is suitable for you. We endeavour to make assessments within a week.
  2. Upon offering you a place, we will then invoice you either a £200.00 deposit or for the full amount, depending which option you choose when you complete your application.
  3. Your place is fully confirmed once we receive your deposit or full payment.
  4. If you selected to pay the deposit only, we will invoice you for the balance three months before the event starts.
  5. If the full rate for SINGLE accommodation is paid, but we cannot meet your request for a single room due to lack of availability, then we will allocate you SHARED accommodation and refund the difference in cost, to you or your employer.
  6. We will email you the joining instructions in advance of the course.

Payment and cancellation policy:

Please read our Terms and Conditions for information regarding payments and cancellations.

Other information:

Please also see UK Teachers Network Website for good practice guidelines and other information for mindfulness-based teachers.

This course is residential, which means all participants will need to stay at the venue during the day and overnight for the duration of the course.

Please note that we give a Bangor University certificate of attendance which details the nature of the course and the hours involved, however, this does not constitute an authorisation to teach mindfulness-based approaches.  The development and interest in the potential of mindfulness within a range of settings is rapidly growing and training processes are therefore becoming more structured. However, within the UK there are currently no formal qualifications/certification processes which regulate competency in teaching mindfulness-based approaches. This requires those of us working in this developing field to inquire deeply into our own practice, our integrity, our intentions and the boundaries of our skills, competencies and understandings.


Contact us:

Please feel free to email us at to discuss any questions you may have about the course or whether it is appropriate for you at this time. We will ensure that your query reaches the correct person. 

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