education is a growing field in the area of natural health
care. I am regularly asked where one can go to become
a teacher of the Bates Method.
I personally am not yet ready to teach others to be a teacher,
although that will likely change soon. For now, I recommend
that you check out the sites listed below for teacher training.
I do have a few basic recommendations for those wanting
to become a teacher of the Bates Method:
1. I think it is important that you improve your
own vision to 20/20 or better first. This ensures that
you teach from personal experience, and it provides a good
example to follow for your future students.
There are many good teachers who are not yet at 20/20 acuity
but whose personal vision improvement experience allows them
to teach others to get to clear vision, so it is not essential
to get to 20/20 before you teach the method, but I think you
should aim for it. It simply is a good example.
2. I highly recommend that you read Dr. Bates'
original 1920 book "Perfect Sight Without Glasses"
and, more importantly, the complete collection of "Better
Eyesight" magazines that he published monthly from 1919
to 1930. You will not find more inspiring material than
in these magazines; they will lay a very solid foundation
to base your own work on.
The original 1920 Bates book
can be downloaded for free here.
I also provide the complete unedited collection of
Better Eyesight magazines in PDF format. This enormous
amount of text has been turned into an easily searchable document!
I sincerely believe that your effectiveness as a teacher will
be greatly enhanced if you follow this advice.
I look forward to welcoming you as a colleague!
Current teacher training opportunities:
Vision Educator Training Institute.
Classes taught by Elizabeth Abraham and Rosemary Gaddum Gordon.
Their training is in Toronto, Canada and/or Eliot, Maine,
USA, (6 weekends in one year).
Call for an application package and further information -
USA (207) 439-9821, Canada (416) 599-9202.
Classes taught by Jerriann Taber PhD
Eight week course in San Diego, California, USA or
The College of Vision
Classes taught by Aileen Whiteford and Margaret Montgomery.
Providing Comprehensive Education in Natural Eyesight Methods,
based on the work of Dr. Bates, to teach Bates Method Teachers.
The CVE is based in London, England and runs a course
(4 segments of one week each) which can lead to membership
of the Bates Association for Vision Education.
Bates in France
Classes in french, taught by Brigitte Cavadias and Nina Hutchings
Similar in content and structure to the British training of
the CVE, the French teacher training takes place in Correns,
83570 Var, France
in Spanish to become a Bates Method teacher.
A one-year course for Bates Method vision educators in
Barcelona and Madrid, Spain.
Classes taught by Tom Quackenbush.
Tom regularly holds one month long teacher training courses
in Malden, near Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
Classes taught by Carina Goodrich.
Teacher training takes place in Maleny, Queensland, Australia
Lane provides teacher training courses in Capetown,
If you let me know about your interest in becoming a teacher,
I can keep you informed of other training opportunities.