Mindfulness and Cancer

Trish Bartley and Christina Shennan have been leaders in the field of mindfulness for people with cancer in the UK for a number of years.

Between them they have taught MBCT for Cancer programmes to many hundreds of people with cancer in hospitals, cancer support and community contexts. They have trained mindfulness-based teachers from the UK, Europe and further afield to teach MBCT for Cancer and supervise MBCT-Ca teachers.

UK Specialist Teacher Trainings in MBCT for Cancer 


They take place annually at the beautiful Trigonos centre in view of Snowdon. These trainings are held under the auspices of The Mindfulness Network and are for mindfulness teachers who have already attended foundation level teacher training and are working with people with cancer, or intend to in the near future.


Specialist Teacher Trainings in MBCT for Cancer – non UK

Specialist Teacher Trainings are taking place in various European centres and further afield. This year we have confirmed trainings happening in Hong Kong, Milan and last year in The Netherlands. Contact us for more information if you would like to host a specialist teacher training in MBCT-Ca yourself.

Developing Further Skills for MBCT for Cancer Teachers

A dedicated residential training is taking place at Trigonos, in North Wales on 11-14th November 2019 with Christina and Trish who will be offering an opportunity to explore and deepen skills for those who have already attended specialist teacher training.

Please use the Contact page to request more information

Brief Mindfulness


First Aid Case
  • managing hectic work and home life
  • reducing feelings of stress
  • improving wellbeing and recapturing contentment
  • remembering what really matters to you

There is overwhelming evidence that mindfulness reduces stress and improves well-being – yet most of us working in health and care organisations don’t have the time or energy to attend an 8 week mindfulness-based programme[1]. Home and work take all our capacity.

It is increasingly challenging to work in health and care organisations with:

  • reduced funding
  • increased workloads
  • feeling undervalued
  • organisational change
  • low morale
  • long term sickness

It is through our awareness of the increasing challenges of health and care work – and our wish to offer short mindfulness interventions to people who would not normally access mindfulness – that we set up Mayfly.

Mayfly offers teams of health and care workers one day trainings that are

enjoyable – easy – effective – and cost efficient

You will come away with:

  • tailored short straightforward practices
  • highly relevant to your specific challenges
  • strong motivation and know how to put them into practice
  • support amongst peers and colleagues learning alongside

Mayfly trainers are highly experienced in this approach having developed it themselves. They have worked in the health and care sectors teaching mindfulness for over 3 decades between them. They have been taught by the most senior UK and US mindfulness trainers (such as Jon Kabat Zinn) and presented papers and written books on the subject.

They set up Mayfly to offer something practical, relevant and potentially life changing to those who need it most.

One day’s training will get you started. There will be resources and web links to take away – and signposting to further mindfulness training should you wish to take it further.

[1] The ‘classical’ form  of learning mindfulness