Trish Bartley

Trish Bartley

General details

I have been teaching Mindfulness-based Programmes (MBPs) since 2000 and was a founding member of the core training team of the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice (CMRP). I train on the Teacher’s Training Pathway (TTP) for the Mindfulness Network (MN) and taught for 15 years on the Bangor University Masters Teaching 2 module until 2020. I have worked with people with cancer for over 20 years and developed and published Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer and taught groups and supervised teachers in hospital and community settings. I have also explored mindfulness-based practice one to one online with people who are terminally ill. I lead MBP group training workshops (and other trainings) on the TTP and am currently writing a book with Gemma Griffith on Teaching Mindfulness-based Groups. My background in community development has involved me in working in disadvantaged areas in Greater Manchester, UK, and in development work in ex-homeland areas in rural South Africa.

I am especially keen to reach out and offer supervision to masters students on the CMRP teaching modules. Having recently left T2 after 15 years, I would love to support a few students as they establish their teaching skills and approaches – or deepen their existing experience. I offer supervision every other Tuesday and Wednesday between 10 – 4pm (start times).  

Teaching-Training Specialisms

  • MBCT for Cancer
  • MBP group work
  • Mindfulness-based brief interventions for health and social care staff
  • Mindfulness-based interventions in community settings and within other cultures.
  • As a trainer, I have experience of MBSR for general public groups

Supervision Experience

  • MBCT supervision of the teachers / and the lead therapist on PREVENT trial/s
  • Extensive supervision of MBCT, MBSR, MBCT-Ca teachers in the UK and abroad over many years (both beginning teachers and those with experience)

Supervision Specialisms

  • MBCT – Cancer, chronic health, life threatening illness (inc. HIV&Aids), palliative care
  • MBP groupwork
  • MBPs in the community

Supervision Rates

1 hour individual session – £50

½ hour individual session – £30

A number of reduced rates may be available – please mention this to Trish in the initial contact session once your application has been received.

Supervision rates vary for group supervision or supervision for two teachers together (£60)

Please see our Supervision FAQs for more details on the cost of supervision.

Personal Practice

I have been meditating since 1991, after experiencing a critical life event. My early practice was mantra and grounding based until I was drawn to Buddhist practice (1998). For many years this was with Mahayana Buddhism and later I moved to Insight Meditation (2011). I have used my practice to support me through two periods of cancer and treatment (now fully recovered) and now lean on my daily mindfulness practice, (movement, sitting, brief everyday practices and less regular body scans) to support my life in every way. I have engaged with several longer retreats including two month long retreats at Gaia House.


Griffith, G.M., Bartley, T. & Crane, R.S. The Inside Out Group Model: Teaching Groups in Mindfulness-Based Programs. Mindfulness 10, 1315–1327 (2019).

Bartley, T., (2017). Mindfulness: A Kindly Approach to Being with Cancer. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell.

Bartley, T., (2012). Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Cancer: Gently Turning Towards. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell.

Bartley, T., (2003). Holding Up The Sky: Love, Power and Learning in the Development of a Community. London: Community Links.

I have also made minor contributions to various articles mostly connected to the training of MBA teachers and the MBI:TAC.

Further info

You can reach me at

My website is

I have established a training company with Christina Shennan called Mayfly training

I am also involved in developing free mindfulness-based online resources for people with cancer in partnership with See True Mindfulness in The Netherlands. We hope to launch by the end of 2021.