Trish Bartley

Trish Bartley

Trish has taught mindfulness to people with cancer since 2001. She developed MBCT for Cancer (MBCT-Ca), supported by John Teasdale and Mark Williams (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer, 2012). She continues to teach MBCT-Ca to clinical groups and one to one to those with advanced illness. More recently she wrote Mindfulness, A Kindly Approach for People with Cancer, (2017) intended for people at any stage of their illness. Trish works closely with Christina Shennan, offering specialist teacher training and development in MBCT for Cancer in the UK and further afield.

Trish’s background is in community development, in the UK and in South Africa. She is a member of the core training team at Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) at Bangor University  / The Mindfulness Network. She regularly trains mindfulness teachers abroad and supports retreats in the UK, Europe and South Africa.

Trish has a particular interest in the role of the group in Mindfulness-based Programs and trainings. She recently co-wrote The Inside Out Group Model: Teaching Groups in Mindfulness-based Programs (Mindfulness, 2019)

Trish uses mindfulness in all her work with:

  • health professionals training to become mindfulness teachers;
  • hospice, medical and care staff looking to reduce stress / burnout and improve self-care;
  • people with cancer living with uncertainty;
  • local rural women in South Africa managing family illness and poverty;
  • university masters students taking the Bangor Mindfulness Masters Programme.



Bartley, T., (2017). Mindfulness: A Kindly Approach to Being with Cancer. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell.

Bartley, T., (2012). Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer: Gently Turning Towards. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell.

Bartley, T., (2003). Holding Up The Sky: Love, Power and Learning in the Development of a Community. London: Community Links.


Griffith, G.M., Bartley, T. & Crane, R.S. The Inside Out Group Model: Teaching Groups in Mindfulness-Based Programs. Mindfulness (2019).

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