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To represent the interests and views of mindfulness practitioners who engage with CMRP.

I gynrychioli buddiannau a barn ymarferwyr ymwybyddiaeth ofalgar sy'n ymgysylltu â’r GYYYO.

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Coronavirus update (25 March 2020)

After careful considerations, we have decided to move our forthcoming in-person events online, see below. Our Tuesdays and Mondays online meditations are happening as planned.

We ask our members to continue to support the prevention of the spread of the virus by following your local regulations and guidelines. General principles, including:

  • Washing your hands often - with soap and water. This is particularly important after taking public transport, using the toilet and eating.
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in a bin.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • And following the local regulations that apply to staying at home and social distancing.

If you are worried about your symptoms and you are in the UK. You can:

  • Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do next.
  • Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
  • In Scotland call your GP or NHS 24 on 111 out of hours.
  • In Wales call 111 (if available in your area) or 0845 46 47.
  • In Northern Ireland call 111.

Vanessa Hope

The Tender Gravity of Kindness

We are happy to be able to announce that Vanessa has offered to run a Day of Practice on The Tender Gravity of Kindness.

Day of Practice

Sunday 17 May 2020

Starts in:


Venue: the event will be online using Zoom.

Time: 10:30 – 16:00 (joining from 10:15)

Cost: Free. Donations most welcome!

Facilitator: Vanessa Hope and Stephan Schoenig will support this event.


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.


of Connection

The Friends of Bangor Committee and the CMRP are pleased to invite you to The Annual Gathering the first weekend in July 2020. 

Annual Gathering

Friday 3 to Sunday 5 July 2020

Starts in:


Venue: TBC

Costs: from £35 (single event) to £135 (for the whole weekend including lunches and diners) + accommodation (simple single room accommodation in student accommodation is £34 per night per person.)

Facilitators: Annee Griffiths, Becca Crane, Eluned Gold, Gemma Griffith, Helen Stephenson, Steph Healy and Trish Bartley.


more information will be made available in the coming weeks

The Friends of Bangor Committee and the CMRP are pleased to invite you to The Annual Gathering, which will take place the first weekend in July 2020. This year we have a full programme of activities in addition to the general meeting of the alumni group.

Friday afternoon: The weekend starts with a session on Mindful Movements with Helen Stephenson, followed by Theses presentations with Gemma Griffith and CMRP students. The day ends with dinner and socialising.

Saturday: Morning Practice with Helen Stephenson followed by a session on Aligned to the Science with Gemma Griffith. After a short break, Annee Griffiths presenting on Continuing to Connect with our Practice, followed by Eluned Gold presenting on Trauma Sensitivity. After lunch, Trish Bartley is offering a class on Group Work, and after a short tea break, Rebecca Crane will give us the Keynote Speech on Field Development. Before dinner, it is time to experience a Gong Bath with Steph Healy.

Sunday: After Morning practice it is time for the Alumni Group Annual Meeting where you

can have your say in shaping the group, participate in workgroups and promote the community. It is also an opportunity for the committee to tell you about the year that has passed. After lunch the afternoon is spent deepening our practice with Rebecca Crane.

We hope you can make it to Bangor for this weekend. The cost of this amazing programme truly does not reflect the content as we are hosting this as a non-profit making event. We hope you can

join us for the whole weekend, but we also understand this is not possible for all, so there are options for attending part of the weekend and we hope this will enable you to come.

Book ahead with peace of mind with our generous cancellation policy: full-refund for cancellations received up to 30-days before the event. 50% refund for cancellations received up to 15 days before the event. No refund for cancellations received less than 15 days before the event. Bookings are transferable. If you need to cancel or transfer your booking, please send us an email at In the unlikely event that we need to cancel, we will offer a full refund.

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.

Facilitator: Catherine Fortin 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.

Online Evening Meditation Group. Normally the third Monday each month from 19.00 till 20:00 <new times> (sometimes moved so please check the date). Dates for 2020: 20th Jan, 17th Feb, 16th Mar, 20th Apr, 18th May, 15th Jun, 20th Jul, 17th Aug, 21st Sep, 19th Oct, 16th Nov, 21st Dec. 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.

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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.