Course Information

Estrella Fernández and Taravajra in conversation with Rebecca Crane on the Implementation of the MBCT programme in Spain and in the Spanish-speaking world

When: 21 Oct 2021
Where: Online Event
Tutors: Taravajra , Estrella , 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.

The MBCT programme was recommended for depressive relapse by the UK's National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) in 2004. In 2009 the recommendation was updated and given key implementation priority status. The National Health System in Spain (SNS) took up this recommendation in 2014 but it's development in this country did not begin until 2015.

In that year (2015), Estrella and Taravajra started working together to expand the MBCT programme and train teachers in their own language, creating a Spanish version of the Teacher Training Pathway (TTP) from the Centre for Mindfulness at Bangor University / Mindfulness Network.

In this event, Taravajra and Estrella will talk with Rebecca Crane, who, from her position as director of the Bangor Mindfulness Centre, played a decisive role in promoting and supporting the internationalization of the TTP and the development of the MBCT programme in Spain. Together they will look back at the challenging beginnings, review the current state of implementation and also look to the future with all its possibilities, both in Spain and in other Spanish-speaking countries, especially Latin America.

The workshop will take place online using Zoom.

The evening will be delivered in English with simultaneous translation into Spanish and French.

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:

Estrella is a psychologist, teacher, trainer and supervisor of the MBCT programme and lives in Barcelona. Taravajra is a teacher, trainer and supervisor of MBCT and MBSR who lives in Sussex, UK. He has a long standing and strong feeling for Spain. They are both members of the CMRP Bangor University training team. Please see the link at the top of the page for Taravajra's and Estrella's biography. 

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.

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

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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.