Course Information

Mark Williams in Conversation with Rebecca Crane

When: 27 Jul 2021
Where: Online Event
Tutors: Mark Williams, Rebecca Crane

About the event:

We warmly invite you to join us 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.

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 suicidality? 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 workshop will take place online using Zoom.

Who is the event for:

Anyone who has an established mindfulness practice is welcome. 

Preparation for the event and what you will need:

In order to participate in the training, you will need:

  • A room where you can close the door and engage in the training away from family distraction. It is particularly important that confidentiality is maintained by ensuring that those who are not on the event cannot see your screen or hear the audio. It may be helpful to use headphones.
  • Log in via a computer which is resting on a hard surface and which has audio and webcam. Please don’t use handheld devices. 
  • A space for practice, a mat, cushion and blanket may be helpful for your comfort.  

The Facilitators:

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.

Rebecca Crane PhD directs the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University and has played a leading role in developing its training and research programme since it was founded in 2001. She teaches and trains internationally in both Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Her research and publications focus on how the evidence on mindfulness-based interventions can be implemented with integrity into practice settings. As well as the new Essential Resources for Mindfulness Teachers book, she has written Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Distinctive Features 2017, co-authored Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy with People at Risk of Suicide, 2017 and is both a Principle Fellow with the Higher Education Academy and a Trustee at the Mindfulness Network.

Online information:

We will be using the Zoom platform, which offers facilities for online meetings and also online ‘break-out‘ rooms for smaller group work. A Zoom link will be sent to you prior to the event, along with joining instructions.

Please add to your safe senders list and check your spam/junk folder for communication from us. 


Please login via Zoom 7.00 – 8.30 pm UK time (BST)


This event is free to attend. We welcome all donations via the application form and encourage you to consider a contribution, large or small, which will make a big difference in helping us make mindfulness-based approaches more accessible. 

Donations raised from this event will help to fund our bursaries, which enable us to remove financial barriers for those wishing to use our charity's services. As a charity we want to continue to provide free events and opportunities for everyone to access high quality, mindfulness-based training, supervision and retreats; donating today will support someone else to have these same opportunities and allow us to continue offering events of this nature.

The application and donation process:

Our application and donation process involves the following steps:

  1. Please complete the application form and you will be given the option to make a donation via PayPal at this stage should you choose to do so.
  2. Application is received and you will be booked onto the event.
  3. We will email you the Zoom link and joining instructions in advance of the event. As a thank you for registering, we will also send you a discount code for the new Essential Resources for Mindfulness Teachers book.

Please add to your safe senders list and check your spam/junk folder for communication from us. 

Payment and cancellation policy:

Please let us know if you are unable to attend, so that we may offer your place to someone else, as places may be limited.

Contact us:

Please feel free to email us at to discuss any questions you may have about the event.  We will ensure that your query reaches the correct person.

Click here to sign up to this event.