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Friends of Bangor Events

We are currently planning the Autumn 2020 events and are pleased to announce the following events. All events will be online, we have kept them free and donations are most welcome.


We will update this page with a few more events the coming weeks. In the meantime, keep well and safe, and we are looking forward to seeing you online soon.


Friends of Bangor Committee

Helen Stephenson

Mindful Movements

Tuesday 15 September 18:00 - 20:00

Friends of Bangor look forward to you joining this session of Mindful Movement kindly offered again by Helen Stephenson.

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Helen writes: 'I hope you will find it enjoyable, you will leave feeling relaxed and refreshed. Based on 40 years of movement experience, I will bring together the best of yoga (establishing the awareness part of the mind through body movements and posture), Pilates (abdominal strengthening) and Feldenkrais (playful discovery of natural movement patterns) to support you in your own movement practice.Based on an attitude of respect, presence and curiosity we will hold body, breath and mind in awareness and train our awareness muscle with the chosen object of attention, the body and breath in movement and stillness.'Suitable for all ages and abilities.

Who is the event for? Anyone who has taken an 8-week MBSR/MBCT or equivalent courseNote that this event has no limit to number of participants.

This event will be conducted online using Zoom, please do register by clicking the link below to gain access. Note that this event has no limit to the number of participants and you will receive confirmation of your place together with joining instructions.

Juditta Ben David

Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness

Saturday 26 September 13:00 - 16:00

Friends of Bangor are delighted that Juditta Ben David has offered us a session on Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness (TSM) on Saturday 26th September from 1 to 4 pm. Juditta is an international lecturer and has presented webinars on TSM with David Treleaven. We feel honoured to have her talk to us. 

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The event will be both theory and practice and will include:

  • background/intro to TSM (Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness),
  • Issues around working with Mindfulness for Trauma in general and specific issues that come up when working with refugee trauma: what teachers/therapists/aid workers should be careful of,
  • Adapting Mindfulness to different cultures,
  • Diversity in Mindfulness.

Juditta is the Project Founder and Director of MiA - Mindfulness in Arabic. The charity works with refugees, often living in camps and having escaped war-torn countries and persecution. With care and sensitivity, they share Mindfulness tools, exercises and lessons with this shaken population in the Arabic language.  (The FoB session will of course be in English)

Juditta is offering her time for free and there is no charge for this session. If you wish to donate to the MiA charity you can do so on their website which is https://www.mindfulnessinarabic.org/

Ciaran Saunders

Autumn Masterclass in mindfulness practice

Sunday 18 October 10:30 - 16:00

A Friends of Bangor Specialist Day with Ciaran Saunders. Ciaran is kindly offering an online Autumn Masterclass in mindfulness practice.

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This event will be conducted online using Zoom, please do register by clicking the link below to gain access. Note that this event has no limit to the number of participants and you will receive confirmation of your place together with joining instructions.

Victoria Door

Workshop on Mindfulness and the Alexander Technique

Sunday 15 November 10:30 - 16:00

Friends of Bangor offer an opportunity to find out about the Alexander Technique and its potential in mindfulness work in a day of meditative practice exploring the theme of ‘familiarity’.

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This event will be conducted online using Zoom, please do register by clicking the link below to gain access. Note that this event has no limit to the number of participants and you will receive confirmation of your place together with joining instructions.

Friends of Bangor regular events

Online Meditation Groups

Too far away to attend one of our Connection Events in person? No problem, we have Online Meditation Groups that might suit you very well.

Facilitators: Catherine Fortin and Naomi Buneman supported by volunteer members.

Online Lunchtime Meditation Group. Normally every other Tuesday from 12.30pm till 1.30pm. Dates for 2020 are January 14th & 28th. February 11th & 25th. March 10th & 24th. April 7th & 21st. May 5th & 19th. June 2nd, 16th & 30th. July 14th & 28th. August 11th & 25th. September 8th & 22nd. October 6th & 20th. November 3rd & 17th. December 1st, 15th & 29th. Make sure you add them to your calendar. The facilitator for these meetings is Catherine Fortin and the topic of the day is chosen during the meeting. Note: you are welcome to volunteer to facilitate these sessions with Catherine.


If you need help installing Zoom on your computer or phone / tablet, have a look at our Zoom support page.

Friends of Bangor Past events

Annual Gathering 2020

This year Friends of Bangor Annual Gathering will take place online using Zoom.


We have a wide selection of events, ranging from 2-hour sessions to days of practice. Events will start on Tuesday 26 May with Eluned Gold on Trauma Sensitivity in the mindfulness teaching and close on Tuesday 7 July with the book launch of Mindfulness and Stroke: A Personal Story of Managing Brain Injury by Jody Mardula and Frances Vaughan and Staying Mindful: How to Deepen Your Experience of Mindfulness and Appreciate Your Life by Annee Griffiths. Please have a look below for this exciting programme offered free to members and to non-members!


The Committee is very grateful to Eluned Gold, Rebecca Crane, Ali Lambie, Trish Bartley, Gemma Griffith, Vanessa Hope, Helen Stephenson, Frances Vaughan, Jody Mardula and Annee Griffiths for offering their time and for sharing their wisdom, knowledge, presence and good humour with all of us!


We would also like to give notice to our members that the Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 30 at 18:00. We welcome all members to submit in advance matters that they would like to see discussed at the AGM. Please send an email to the Friends of Bangor email address or use the contact form below.

You are welcome to join as many events as you would like. Most events have unrestricted numbers of participants, and a few are capped to allow for more in-depth work in the session. Registration for these is on a first-come-first-served basis. Clicking the register button on any of the events below will bring you to a Zoom registration page where you will be asked to enter your details. Once we have processed your registration, you will then receive an email from Zoom with a personal link to join the meeting. Note that we are asking you to register so that we can get in touch in case of changes to the event or technical difficulties.


When you register for an event, we will send you a link to Mindful Brian, the mindfulness-course mobile app that Stephan developed for his Masters' thesis at Bangor. We will put the annual gathering details, event updates and session audio recordings in the app once they become available.

While we are offering these events for free, you are welcome to donate if you would like to. Donations are processed by the Mindfulness Network and will benefit Friends of Bangor or CMRP activities.

We are excited by this programme and hope that you are too, and the Committee is looking forward to seeing many of you online at these events.


Friends of Bangor Committee

Eluned Gold

Trauma Sensitivity in the mindfulness teaching

Tuesday 26 May 18:00 - 20:00

Trauma is becoming more widely recognised as a component of life that impacts persons, communities, and societies (Van der Kolk et al., 2007). Much of the current writing about trauma and mindfulness ...

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Trauma is becoming more widely recognised as a component of life that impacts persons, communities, and societies (Van der Kolk et al., 2007). Much of the current writing about trauma and mindfulness has a clinical perspective and teachers of mindfulness-based programmes (MBP) are not necessarily expected to be clinicians. This presentation aims to equip MBP teachers who teach in non-clinical settings to teach with sensitivity to trauma, and to feel better equipped to support participants who may have symptoms of trauma. Presentation outcomes:

  1. To open awareness to the prevalence and degrees of trauma within the general populations we teach.
  2. To increase understanding of trauma, its effects on the human organism, and how mindfulness practice can impact these effects.
  3. To offer succinct guidance and skills to enable the MBP teacher to approach each session and participant with trauma sensitivity.
  4. To signpost to further resources.

This presentation will be of interest to all MBP teachers. During this time together, there will be some discussion of relevant theories and their applications in MBPs and also time for community sharing and discussions.

Facilitator: Eluned Gold

Eluned has been teaching for CMRP for 20 years and until recently she was the Director of CPD. Eluned now teaches independently and for the Mindful Birthing and Parenting Foundation (MBPF).

Eluned is a qualified psychotherapist and has been working in the field of human flourishing for 40 years. She has recently completed a chapter on Trauma sensitivity in the mindfulness teaching space, and will present some of that information here.

This event will be conducted online using Zoom, please do register by clicking the link below to gain access. Note that this event has no limit to the number of participants and you will receive confirmation of your place together with joining instructions.

Rebecca Crane

Mindfulness: A developing field

Tuesday 2 June 18:00 - 20:00

Where have we come from? Where are we now? Where are we going?

Over the last 30 years, the field of mindfulness-based approaches has emerged and found its way into...

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Where have we come from? Where are we now? Where are we going?

Over the last 30 years, the field of mindfulness-based approaches has emerged and found its way into the mainstream. The work is having a strong positive influence on the lives of individuals and organisations. These developments are founded on an incredible upsurge of research and practice based work. The Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP) at Bangor University is coming up to its 20th year and has been a part of this global journey. Each one of us individually is part of the journey. These journeys are continually emergent as we grow and develop, as the work moves through developmental milestones, and as the context within which our work is situated shifts. This talk will encourage us all to take a step back and reflect on this journey and our part in it; it will point to current themes and priorities that CMRP are engaged in responding to; and will reflect on how we each can lay foundations for the future that will support the ongoing emergence of this work.

Who is the event for? Anyone who is interested in the field of Mindfulness.

Facilitator: Rebecca Crane

This event will be conducted online using Zoom, please do register by clicking the link below. Note that this event has no limit to the number of participants and you will receive confirmation of your place together with joining instructions.

Ali Lambie

Mindful Self-Compassion

Saturday 6 June 14:00 - 18:00

The session will introduce you to key themes and practices of Mindful Self Compassion (MSC). This will leave you with a sense of how to practice self-compassion in daily life, understand the science of ...

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The session will introduce you to key themes and practices of Mindful Self Compassion (MSC). This will leave you with a sense of how to practice self-compassion in daily life, understand the science of MSC, begin to motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism and handle difficult emotions with greater ease. These qualities are needed more than ever during the challenges and uncertainties of the current Covid 19 pandemic.


Who is the event for? Anyone who has taken an 8-week MBSR/MBCT or equivalent course.


This event will be conducted online using Zoom and further details will be sent to you closer to the time.Note that this event is limited to 24 participants and you will receive confirmation of your place together with joining instructions. Looking forward to welcoming you on the day.


The event is offered in the same spirit as all mindfulness-based approaches with the intention to co-create our time together. We offer a forum for personal formal practice, reflection and a chance to investigate themes that are current for you in your mindfulness practice/teaching. We hope that this time will also allow you to connect with others from your local mindfulness network and build links with CMRP and Bangor University. We look forward to re-connecting with old friends and welcoming new ones.


This event is open to non-Friends of Bangor members who are interested in coming along to connect and to find out more about us.


Note that this event is limited to 24 participants.

This event will be conducted online using Zoom, please do register by clicking the link below.

This event is full and operates a waiting list

Trish Bartley

Groups in Mindfulness-Based Teaching

Tuesday 9 June 14:00 - 17:30

This workshop is for people who are teaching mindfulness-based interventions in a group setting. We will seek to explore the rich potential that is possible within the group.

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This workshop is for people who are teaching mindfulness-based interventions in a group setting. We will seek to explore the rich potential that is possible within the group.

This will involve us in exploring how to bring this ‘group’ dimension into all aspects of our mindfulness teaching - including guiding practices; leading inquiries; facilitating exercises and group discussions. In doing this, we will learn how to relate to the group as an entity in its own right - almost like another presence in the ‘room’ with its own character, development, ‘body’ and influence. This may offer us some challenges over zoom - but I hope we will be able to look at group practice relating to ‘live’ groups (when in the same room) - and also discuss the very topical issue of how to engage ‘the group’ when teaching online. As with all experiential workshops, we will learn from what is happening in the workshop itself (and probably by many examples of how not to do it!) I hope there may be time to touch into some of the common challenges in leading groups - such as managing a dominating participant; or a persistent late comer; or someone who is openly sceptical; or a participant who says very little. And we will spend time in small groups (break out rooms) solo reflection and wider discussion.

Who is the event for? Anyone who has taken an 8-week MBSR/MBCT or equivalent course.

This event will be conducted online using Zoom, please do register by clicking the link below.

Note that this event is limited to 24 participants and you will receive confirmation of your place together with joining instructions.

Gemma Griffith

Science of Mindfulness Based Programme (MBP)

Tuesday 16 June 18:00 - 20:00

Part of the reason that MBPs have become accepted in mainstream settings is because they are based upon sound scientific research; likewise, some participants are drawn to MBPs precisely because of the strong ...

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Part of the reason that MBPs have become accepted in mainstream settings is because they are based upon sound scientific research; likewise, some participants are drawn to MBPs precisely because of the strong evidence base. As both a researcher and a mindfulness-based teacher, I spend much of my professional life navigating between the worlds of MBP teaching and scientific research. The intention of this session is to help you to align your MBP teaching to scientific literature; to give you the confidence to be curious about the latest developments in research, and how keeping up to date with research can inform how you teach MBPs to your participants.

Who is the event for? Mindfulness Teachers and also anyone who has taken an 8-week MBSR/MBCT or equivalent course and are training to teach Mindfulness.

This event will be conducted online using Zoom, please do register by clicking the link below. Note that this event has no upper limit for the number of participants and you will receive confirmation of your place together with joining instructions.

Vanessa Hope

The Tender Gravity of Kindness

Saturday 20 June 10:30 - 16:00

The theme of the day will be 'The Tender Gravity of Kindness' with the intention of connecting with that much needed quality for ourselves and also widening out the circle of compassion to others and ...

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Vanessa is looking forward to offering a Day of Practice for Friends of Bangor members and friends. The theme of the day will be 'The Tender Gravity of Kindness' with the intention of connecting with that much needed quality for ourselves and also widening out the circle of compassion to others and the beautiful and fragile world we live in. This seems especially vital in these challenging and uncertain times. The day will be mostly in silence apart from practice guidance.


The event is offered in the same spirit as all mindfulness-based approaches with the intention to co-create our time together. We offer a forum for personal formal practice, reflection and a chance to investigate themes that are current for you in your mindfulness practice/teaching. We hope that this time will also allow you to connect with others from your local mindfulness network and build links with CMRP and Bangor University. We look forward to re-connecting with old friends and welcoming new ones.


This event is open to non-Friends of Bangor members who are interested in coming along to connect and to find out more about us.


Note that this event is limited to 20 participants.

This event will be conducted online using Zoom, please do register by clicking the link below.

Helen Stephenson

Mindful Movements

Tuesday 23 June 18:00 - 20:00

Please join me for a session of mindful movement. I hope you will find it enjoyable, you will leave feeling relaxed and refreshed. Based on 40 years of movement experience, I will bring together the best of yoga...

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Please join me for a session of mindful movement. I hope you will find it enjoyable, you will leave feeling relaxed and refreshed. Based on 40 years of movement experience, I will bring together the best of yoga (establishing the awareness part of the mind through body movements and posture), Pilates (abdominal strengthening) and Feldenkrais (playful discovery of natural movement patterns) to support you in your own movement practice. Based on an attitude of respect, presence and curiosity we will hold body, breath and mind in awareness and train our awareness muscle with the chosen object of attention, the body and breath in movement and stillness. Suitable for all ages and abilities.


Who is the event for?Anyone who has taken an 8-week MBSR/MBCT or equivalent course


This event will be conducted online using Zoom, please do register by clicking the link below.


Note that this event has no limit to number of participants, and you will receive confirmation of your place together with joining instructions.

Annual General Meeting

Tuesday 30 June 18:00 - 20:00

The FoB committee and the CMRP is pleased to invite you to The Annual General Meeting.

This is your chance to learn about the past activities of the group, and take part in shaping its future...

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The FoB committee and the CMRP is pleased to invite you to The Annual General Meeting.


This is your chance to learn about the past activities of the group, and take part in shaping its future.


Significant reshaping of the organisation is planned to be discussed, and we would value your input as a member so please do show your support and join us.


Who is the event for? Members of the Friends of Bangor CMRP Alumni Group.


This event will be conducted online using Zoom, please do register by clicking the link below.

Note that this event has no limit to the number of participants and you will receive confirmation of your place together with joining instructions.

Rebecca Crane

Coming Home to Ourselves: A Mindfulness Practice

Saturday 4 July 13:00 - 16:30

The work of Friends of Bangor is to support connection. This practice will ground this work of connection in the immediacy of the arising of experience moment-by-moment, somatically, cognitively and ...

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The work of Friends of Bangor is to support connection. This practice will ground this work of connection in the immediacy of the arising of experience moment-by-moment, somatically, cognitively and affectively. We will come together as a community to draw on the supportive container that community offers to our practice. The guided practices will build our capacities to connect more intimately with ourselves, offering us the ground for our work of authentically connecting with each other. Part of the practice will be in silence as we engage with the core practices that are part of the mindfulness-based programmes. Through the lens of these practices we will have the opportunity to personally investigate experience. There will be time towards the end of the day to engage together in dialogue about our experiences of the day.

Who is the event for? Anyone who has taken an 8-week MBSR/MBCT or equivalent course

This event will be conducted online using Zoom, please do register by clicking the link below. Note that this event is not limited to the number of participants and you will receive confirmation of your place together with joining instructions.

Jody Mardula, Frances Vaughan and Annee Griffiths

Book Launch

Tuesday 7 July 18:00 - 20:00

Online Book Launch of ‘Staying Mindful: How to Deepen Your Experience of Mindfulness and Appreciate Your Life’ by Annee Griffiths, and ‘Mindfulness and Stroke: A Personal Story of Managing Brain Injury’ by Jody Mardula and Frances Vaughan.

Note that there will be an opportunity to buy the books at a discounted price as part of this event!

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I was delighted when Friends of Bangor invited me to launch my book alongside Jody and Frances. This is a very exciting occasion for me. My book will be published in June and I am looking forward to holding it in my hands during the video call. For many years Jody and I were colleagues at the CMRP and taught together on retreats. Over the last six years we have shared thoughts around the process of writing and have been fortunate to have the same publisher. Frances is also a friend and colleague, and it is my privilege to accompany them in this event.


My book ‘Staying Mindful: How to Deepen Your Experience of Mindfulness and Appreciate Your Life’ is a book for our time. Like Jody’s and Frances’ book it witnesses the power of mindfulness practice towards living with acceptance of our life just as it is. Never has it been more relevant to continue a meditation practice. The intention of the book is twofold. Firstly it encourages people towards a regular mindfulness practice by exploring motivation and obstacles. Secondly, it is designed to inject new life into meditation practice by working with the foundational attitudes, including self-compassion, compassion and gratitude. There are chapters of working with anxiety and difficulty and also interpersonal communications that are particularly applicable at this precarious and precious time.


Many books around MBSR and MBCT are aimed at beginners, this book is mainly for people who have done an eight-week course and have some grounding in mindfulness, although people new to mindfulness will benefit also. I was inspired by the deepening work that students did on the foundation module of the Masters in Mindfulness-Based Approaches at Bangor University, and by the many students I have taught over the years. The inclusion of stories and poems from students and myself illustrating aspects of mindfulness practice give the book its unique flavour.


I am happy to answer questions and I will lead a short practice.You can read more about the book from the publisher or from Amazon. A kindle version will be available at the time when the book is due to be published.

Annee Griffiths

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Our book ‘Mindfulness and Stroke: A personal story of managing brain injury’ was published just as we went into lockdown, when we were all pre-occupied with staying safe and protecting the people that care for us. We are looking forward to talking about our book for the first time, and sharing this significant event with our dear friend and colleague, Annee Griffiths.

We wrote Mindfulness and Stroke for people who have had a stroke or other brain injury themselves, their families and their caregivers. In the first half of the book, Jody’s powerful narrative describes the experience of having a brain injury from the inside. She explains how her mindfulness practice helped her to cope with and manage the difficulties it caused, and to develop a new way of living with them – her ‘new normal’. In the second part, Frances’s neuropsychological commentary explains the difficulties with memory, concentration, organisation and perception that Jody experienced, and the complex emotional challenges that survivors and their families often encounter as they strive to accept and come to terms with a brain injury.

We will both speak about our own writing and about how the book project developed, led by questions from our hosts, Helen Stephenson (Friends of Bangor Committee) and Oliver Turnbull (neuropsychologist and Pro Vice Chancellor of Bangor University). We hope to read a couple of passages from the book that mirror each other – Jody’s description of her a particular experience, followed by Frances’s neuropsychological account of what was happening.

Jody will lead us through one of the short practices that she wrote for people with a brain injury – these have been recorded and are available with the book. Questions from the audience at the end of the session would be very welcome.

You can read more about the book on the publisher website.


It is also possible to Look Inside the first few chapters of the Kindle version on Amazon.

Jody Mardula and Frances Vaughan

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Friends of Bangor is an independent group of mindfulness practitioners who have previously engaged with CMRP (Alumni). The FoB team co-lead the CMRP agenda to bring together the mindfulness community and facilitate an engagement process to benefit the wider field. Our intention is that by supporting and fostering a communication platform, mindfulness practitioners on the group can inform CMRP of issues emerging and help shape the provision offered to better meet the community needs and interest.