International Conference on Mindfulness 2024

Strand 4: Grassroots, real-world application, and innovation

Grassroots, real world application, and innovation

How does mindfulness fit into real life?

Our changing world needs new, creative, and context-specific ways to offer mindfulness. In this strand, we’ll share the joys and challenges of developing and teaching mindfulness-based programmes in everyday settings. We’ll learn from innovators working across a range of different environments and discover ways to maintain the integrity and depth of our work whilst embracing new ideas. 

Strand 4 includes but is not limited to:

  • Innovative approaches to inclusion, equality, and diversity
  • Grassroots approaches – innovative implementation
  • Innovative approaches to healthcare
  • AI and mindfulness
  • Intersectionality
  • Mindfulness in the workplace
  • Therapeutic applications of mindfulness

Strand 4 begins with a Keynote from Amit Bernstein. After this you can choose to attend either: a related panel discussion, workshop, research symposium, or guided practice, which will be held across various spaces in Bangor University’s Pontio Centre

Maura will talk about the 6-week Mindful Self Care Course that she has developed, based on the Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy programme. The course facilitates new ways to approach the common challenges that doctors and other healthcare professionals face throughout their careers.

Mick will discuss the development of the Mindful Practice in Medicine program and how it has been applied to changing individual and structural factors that can help health professionals flourish.

Epstein RM, Marshall F, Sanders M, Krasner MS. Effect of an Intensive Mindful Practice Workshop on Patient-Centered Compassionate Care, Clinician Well-Being, Work Engagement, and Teamwork. J Contin Educ Health Prof. 2022 Jan 1;42(1):19-27. doi: 10.1097/CEH.0000000000000379. PMID: 34459443.

Krasner MS, Epstein RM, Beckman H, Suchman AL, Chapman B, Mooney CJ, Quill TE. Association of an educational program in mindful communication with burnout, empathy, and attitudes among primary care physicians. JAMA. 2009 Sep 23;302(12):1284-93. doi: 10.1001/jama.2009.1384. PMID: 19773563.

Carter will discuss the work she has done with colleagues to create an MBI that is streamlined and stripped down to suit time-compressed surgeons and other healthcare professionals (including medical students, ICU nurses, internists and veterinarians). A key part of this is emphasizing ‘informal’ meditation (called “active meditation” by some), but also the language and pacing. Factors that promote participant buy-in and participation, perceived value for the gatekeepers, and long-term sustainability will be explored.

Lebares CC, . Coaston TN, Delucchi KL, Guvva EV, Shen WT, Staffaroni AM, Kramer JH, Epel ES, Hecht FM, Ascher NL, Harris HW, Cole SW (2021).

Enhanced Stress Resilience Training in Surgeons: Iterative Adaptation and Biopsychosocial Effects in 2 Small Randomized Trials. Ann Surg, 1;273(3):424-432. doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000004145.

Luton OW, James OP, Mellor K, Lebares CC, et al. (2021). Enhanced stress-resilience training for surgical trainees. BJS Open.5(4):zrab054. doi:10.1093/bjsopen/zrab054

In this presentation, participants will:

1. Hear from MBCP teachers and participants about their experiences with mindfulness in the perinatal period.

2. Learn about the potential impact of stress, including the chronic stress of racism, on perinatal outcomes.

3. Explore the ways in which intergenerational patterns of suffering can be interrupted, with mindfulness training and practice.


ICM:2024 Mindfulness in a changing world

conference sessions centred around five key strands