Course Information

‘Eternity in an hour’ – a dialogue on the role of mindfulness in palliative and end-of-life care

When: 23 Sep 2021
Where: Online Event
Tutors: David Shannon, Rebecca Crane, Trish Bartley

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.
David Shannon in conversation with Rebecca Crane and Trish Bartley
Although it is certain we will die, it is uncertain how and when we will die. For this reason, death can remain a possibility rather than a certainty.  For those receiving palliative and end-of-life care, although uncertainty remains, it is increasingly replaced by experience.  Mindfulness may increasingly play a role in how we approach death and dying in the West. If death and dying represent the ultimate in limits and endings, how might the practice inform how we are in relation to them? Drawing on clinical experience and recent research, this dialogue will explore some of the ways mindfulness may inform how death and dying is approached – both for ourselves and those we love – in ways that have the potential to either compound or alleviate suffering.  It will open up the theme of our own frailty and vulnerability as humans, and the need we all have for self-care within these realities.
David will offer a short talk to summarise his work in this area, and will then be in conversation with Rebecca Crane, followed by an opportunity for participants to ask questions and share perspectives facilitated by Trish Bartley.
Please note: this event was originally billed as Saki Santorelli on The Essential Spirit of Mindfulness Teaching: An Open Conversation. Unfortunately, due to personal reasons, Saki Santorelli will no longer be able to join us on Thursday 23 September as part of the Bangor Mindfulness 20th Anniversary celebrations. We wish Saki and his family all the best during this challenging time and we hope to welcome another opportunity for Saki to speak at a later date.
If you registered for 'Saki Santorelli on The Essential Spirit of Mindfulness Teaching: An Open Conversation' then your booking has automatically transferred to 'Eternity in an hour – a dialogue on the role of mindfulness in palliative and end-of-life care: David Shannon in conversation with Rebecca Crane and Trish Bartley', which takes place on the same date and time. There's no need to re-register and we have emailed you directly about this change, please check your email and junk folder for more information.
The workshop will take place online using Zoom.

Who is the event for:

The session is intended for all.

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:

David Shannon (Reg. Psychol. Ps.S.I., C.Psychol.) has been part of the core training team at Bangor University's CMRP since 2012, and led the Bangor Master’s programme for 3 years from 2012- 2014. He also works as Senior Counselling Psychologist in palliative care in Dublin since 2015. He recently submitted research for the Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (London Metropolitan University), exploring the role of mindfulness with patients receiving palliative care.
Please see more detailed information by clicking on the facilitators' names at the top of the page, thank you. 

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 or card 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. 

Please note that booking closes at 9am on the day of the event. 

Payment and cancellation policy:

If you are no longer able to attend, you are welcome to email us to cancel or, once you have received your joining email, there will be an option to unsubscribe from further updates.

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 our waiting list - unfortunately this event is now full.