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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy: The Evolving Story

15 November at 09:30 to 16:30

Line drawing of three people on retreat

This masterclass will explore the story behind Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, its research and practice, as well as dilemmas that practitioners may face today.

What is covered?

The day will chart the unfolding of the story of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy research and practice, interweaving presentations with practice and dialogue.

Participants will be supported to situate themselves within the evolving story and invited to inquire into the role we are all playing – how is our MBCT practice situated? What are the questions and dilemmas we are experiencing?

Who is this for?

This workshop is suitable for anyone involved in teaching, or training to teach, mindfulness.

You can join this online workshop from anywhere, as long as you have a stable internet connection.

Please note, current trainees on our teacher training courses (Foundation and Adapted Mindfulness Based Interventions) are automatically on the attendance list for this masterclass, as it forms part of the syllabus. If this is you, you do not need to book a place.

The facilitators

Professor Clara Strauss

Portrait of Clara Strauss
Professor Clara Strauss

Clara Strauss is a consultant clinical psychologist, mindfulness teacher and clinical researcher. In her research, Clara is particularly interested in developing and evaluating new forms of mindfulness-based intervention (MBI), especially for those people who may not be willing or able to access MBCT. Along with other members of her research team, Clara has been evaluating MBIs for people experiencing depression, for people distressed by hearing voices and for people experiencing obsessive-compulsive disorder. This research has also included research with NHS staff, university students and the wider population.



Taravajra has been teaching MBCT in Sussex since 2005 to community groups, carers, teachers and NHS staff groups. He gained a Masters degree in mindfulness-based approaches in 2010 at Bangor University. Since 2011, he has been part of the core training team at Bangor, teaching on the Masters programme and teacher training retreats and offering supervision. He also holds a British Wheel of Yoga teaching diploma and is a Focusing practitioner. He is one of the main trainers on the Foundation training for Sussex Mindfulness Centre.
Taravajra is interested in mindful movement, which was gained initially through tai ch’i, Alexander Technique and karate. After training with the British Wheel of Yoga, he taught yoga for several years. He has also had a long-term practice of aikido and has trained as a Focusing practitioner.


Certificates of attendance will be available after the event.