Course Information

The Feeling Tone Programme: Exploring Mindfulness Frame by Frame with Mark Williams and Antonia Sumbundu - A five-day event: Introductory day, two-day Retreat and two-day Teacher Training (in-person, non-residential)

When: 8 Sep 2023 - 12 Sep 2023
Where: Bangor University, North Wales
Tutors: Mark Williams, Antonia Sumbundu

This in-person event is being held in Bangor, North Wales.  The event is non-residential and you will need to book your own accommodation. See below for more details. 
This five-day event consists of a one-day Introductory Session, a two-day Retreat and a two-day Teacher Training.  All five days are required for those wishing to train to teach this programme or, for those with a general interest, there are options to attend separate parts of this event. 


During the five days, Mark Williams and Antonia Sumbundu will offer teachings and practices that give new insights based on the recently developed feeling tone 'Frame by Frame' programme, an 8-week course exploring feeling tone (vedana) designed as a follow-on for those who are familiar with mindfulness practice through having done a course of MBSR, MBCT or related programmes/retreats.

Buddhist traditions see feeling tone (vedana) as a fundamental element of every moment of experience and a foundational aspect of mindfulness and its practice. Feeling tone is implicit throughout any MBSR or MBCT progamme, and this course makes it explicit. Learning specific practices to help us become aware of feeling tone allows us to move in close and see clearly the very instant where we are at risk of becoming caught up in pursuing or rejecting something and are likely to become entangled in emotional distress.

The programme provides an opportunity to see how the awareness of feeling tone reveals and then unlocks the habits of conditioning that would usually keep us trapped.

During these five days you will have the chance

(a) to learn about the new psychological science that shows the significance of feeling tone in perception, interpretation and action;

(b) to experience the practices from the course as they guide you through specific meditations to prepare for, then tune in to feeling tone ‘frame by frame’; to help discern the patterns of mind/body and the effects of increased awareness of the tonality of moment-to-moment experience in making wise choices;

(c) to learn to teach the core practices in the programme

Who is the event for?

The Introductory Session and two-day Retreat is designed for mindfulness teachers and trainers and those who use mindfulness in therapy, coaching or other settings. Those who want to teach the 8-week feeling tone 'Frame by Frame' course and elements of it in their work should attend the full five-day event. 

There are options below to apply for all five days or separate parts of this event. 

The two-day Retreat can contribute to fulfilling the retreat requirement for mindfulness teachers who wish to be included on the BAMBA Listing of Mindfulness Teachers.

Requirements to attend:

To attend the one-day Introductory Session: An interest in mindfulness and feeling tones. 

To attend the two-day Retreat:  You will need to also attend the one-day Introductory Session on 8th September and have an established mindfulness practice.

To attend the two-day Teacher Training:  You will need to attend the full five-day event which includes the one-day Introductory Session and the two-day Retreat. In addition, you will need to be a mindfulness-based teacher or be working in a context where you are already introducing mindfulness such as therapy or coaching. You will also need to have experienced the online 8-week feeling tone 'Frame by Frame' course as a class participant before attending. Opportunities to do so are available through the Oxford Mindfulness Foundation: 

About the trainers:

Mark Williams is an Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology and Emeritus Fellow of Linacre College, University of Oxford, and was Founding Director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre (2008-2013). The main focus of his work has been to understand how best to prevent serious clinical depression and suicide. With colleagues John Teasdale (Cambridge) and Zindel Segal (Toronto), Mark co-developed Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for prevention of relapse in depression. Now retired, he continues to research, to teach mindfulness to teachers-in-training across the world, and to explore, with colleagues, how mindfulness and compassion might most authentically be cultivated in evidence-based public policy. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and of Academy of Medical Sciences, and an honorary Canon of Christchurch Cathedral, Oxford.

Antonia Sumbundu has been teaching and lecturing on MBCT internationally for many years as a trainer and supervisor. In 2010, she was awarded a Master of Studies in MBCT by the University of Oxford and in 2022 she completed the Bodhi College Dharma Teacher Training program. Antonia is an instructor for the Tergar Meditation Community where she is leading retreats and supporting practice groups internationally. Originally trained as clinical psychologist, Antonia has had a long term interest in the psychology and clinical applications of meditation. 


One-day Introductory Session - Friday 8th September 2023

9.30am - 4.30pm (lunch 12.30pm-1.30pm) 

Two-day Retreat - Friday 8th September - Sunday 10th September 2023

Friday 8th September, Orientation Session - 6.30pm - 8.00pm 

Saturday 9th September, Day 1 - 7.30am - 6.30pm (lunch 12.30pm - 2.30pm) 

Sunday 10th September, Day 2 - 7.30am - 4.00pm (lunch 12.30pm - 2.30pm) 

Two-day Teacher Training - Sunday 10th September - Tuesday 12th September 2023

Sunday 10th September, Orientation Session -  5.00pm - 6.00pm 

Monday 11th September, Day 1 - 9.30am - 5.00pm (lunch 1.00pm-2.00pm)

Tuesday 12th September, Day 2 - 9.00am - 4.00pm (lunch 12.30-1.30pm) 

All times given are UK, BST (British Summer Time).

What to bring/wear:

Mats & cushions will be available, but please bring your own equipment if you prefer. Loose and comfortable clothing is advisable. 

A light vegetarian buffet lunch and refreshments will be provided each day. 


Reichel Hall, Bangor University

Bangor, North Wales, LL57 2TR

Please note: This in-person event is non-residential and you will need to book your own accommodation. Please consider the timings of the event when you plan your accomodation. 


This in-person event is non-residential and therefore the following rates do not include accommodation:

Option One - Attend the full five day event, which includes one-day Introductory Session, two-day Retreat and two-day Teacher Training

Full Rate for all five days  -  £859.00  (includes £100.00 non-refundable deposit). 

This event is now full, you may continue to apply to be on our waiting list and we will contact you if a place becomes availableApply Here


Option Two - Attend three days, which includes one-day Introductory Session and two-day Retreat. 

Full Rate for three days  - £325.00  (includes £100.00 non-refundable deposit).

This event is now full, you may continue to apply to be on our waiting list and we will contact you if a place becomes availableApply Here


Option Three - Attend one-day Introductory Session only 

Full Rate for One Day - £99.00 

Places available, to book this option Apply Here


Bursary-assisted places are available on this event until three months before the event starts. If it is less than three months before the start date of the event, please get in touch to discuss if an application is possible.  When applying for a bursary-assisted place, please first register on the event and select the fee ‘I’m applying for a bursary-assisted place’. Once you have registered for the event you will also need to complete and return a bursary application form.  

To find out more about our bursary schemes, criteria for bursary applications and to complete the bursary application form please visit:  

Employer’s rate: Recognising the administrative overhead of dealing with employers, there is a £50 surcharge if the employer is paying directly; where possible we would advise applicants to pay themselves and reclaim on expenses to avoid the charge. 

A light vegetarian buffet lunch will be provided, along with refreshments during the day. If you have any specific dietary needs that relate to an allergy or intolerence, please provide this information in the 'other information' comment box on your application form or alternatively, please contact us at

The Application and Payment Process:

Our application and payment process involves the following steps:

  1. We receive your application form and assess it to ensure that this retreat is suitable for you. We endeavour to make assessments within a week, but if the retreat leader is on annual leave or on retreat, then this can take a little longer.
  2. Upon offering you a place, we will then invoice you for the deposit or for the full amount, depending which option you choose when you complete your application.
  3. Your place is confirmed once we receive your deposit or full payment.
  4. If you selected to pay the deposit only, we will invoice you for the balance four months before the retreat starts.
  5. We will email you the joining instructions and log in instructions for our community site in advance of the course. More detailed course information will be available on our community site leading up to the event. 

Payment and Cancellation Policy:

Please note that we are planning for this course to be held in-person, but if this is not possible with regard to Covid-19, we will advise you as early as we can if the course needs to be moved online. More on this can be found in our T&Cs, below.

Please read our Terms and Conditions for information regarding payments and cancellations.

For more information:

Please email us at

Click here to sign up to our waiting list - unfortunately this event is now full.