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Bates Method Teacher Training

Vision 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. 
Although I now provide continuing education workshops for vision teachers who were trained by others, I do not yet provide a complete teacher training program.   This will change soon as my colleague Rosemary Gordon and I are planning to team up to provide the best possible Bates Teacher Training course in the world! (Email me if you want to be notified about the first course in 2019). I need to first finish writing my new book (due publication in late 2018), and then we'll get this teacher training going. If you wish to get started sooner, I recommend that you check out the sites listed below for teacher training.  If you are interested in my continuing education program, please contact me.

I do have a few basic recommendations for those wanting to become a teacher of the Bates Method:

1.   Improve your own vision.
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. You can learn a lot from books, yet you will learn even more from an experienced Bates teacher.  

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 begin to teach the method, but I think you should aim for it.  Your students are likely to watch and copy your vision habits, so provide them with your example of mastery of relaxed vision habits. In addition you will likely attract more students; same as a master in any other trade is more likely to be chosen by a prospective student than someone who has not yet mastered his trade.

Some students look for a teacher who dealt with eyesight challenges similar to their own, expecting more inspiration and encouragement. That may or may not be a valid point, as everyone's journey to clarity is unique, and having the same issue does not necessarily point to the same path to clarity. I expect the good example from a teacher with clear vision outweighs the benefits from the teacher's personal experience. Dr. Bates himself is a prime example - he never had myopic vision, personally he only overcame presbyopic vision, yet his original specialty was to help people overcome myopia. Margaret Corbett is another excellent teacher example - she had no vision issues herself, she became a teacher to help her husband overcome his serious challenges, then went on to help countless others.

2.   Read all of Dr. Bates' writings.
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.  

- Dr. Bates' original 1920 Perfect Sight Without Glasses book can be downloaded for free here, or, if you prefer to read from paper, you can even buy an orignal hard copy from me (depending on availability).  
- I also provide the complete unedited collection of Dr. Bates' Better Eyesight magazines in PDF format. This enormous amount of text has been turned into an easily searchable document!  
- I also offer the rare complete collection of Dr. Bates' medical articles, which were published in various prestigious medical journals of his time.

3.   Attend Vision Conferences.
For continued education as well as renewal of your personal inspiration, attend the bi-annual International Holistic Vision Conference and any other Bates Method or Vision Improvement conference you can go to. Through the variety of lectures and workshops, as well as chatting with many colleagues, your knowledge and ability will expand more than you can imagine.

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 Training Institute
Classes taught by Jerriann Taber PhD
Eight week course in San Diego, California, USA or by email.

'Better Eyesight Now' Vision Coach Training
Classes taught by Greg Marsh.
Sixteen week course, Ft Collins, Colorado, USA

Ecole de la Vue
Classes taught by Nina Hutchings.
The Francophone Teacher Training course in the Bates Method (four modules of 6 days) with practical individual teaching experience. This takes place in Paris, France

Training in Spanish to become a Bates Method teacher.
A one-year course for Bates Method vision educators in Barcelona and Madrid, Spain.
Taught by Amelia Salvador M.D., Maurizio Cagnoli, Andrea Buch, and (in Madrid) Nina Hutchings.

Janet Goodrich Method.  
Classes taught by Carina Goodrich.
Teacher training takes place in Maleny, Queensland, Australia

Classes taught by Maurizio Cagnoli in Roma, Italy.

Scuola Bates
Classes taught by Giorgio Ferrari in Milano, Italy


- There is no world-wide standard of Bates teacher training courses, so the quality of training may vary greatly depending on the course you choose.
Get recommendations from people who have studied with the school you intend to go to, and compare various courses before you start.

- If at all possible, choose a course that includes practical sessions on teaching private lessons, because private lessons are much more effective for vision improvement than group classes can ever be. You probably want to be able to offer private lessons to your students, and getting trained in this is invaluable.

- If you let me know about your interest in becoming a teacher, I can keep you informed of other training opportunities.

Continuing Education for Teachers

Vision Educators Seminar

Dates: 1-5 October 2018, 5-day seminar
Location: Menucha Retreat Center, Corbett, Oregon

I will teach my 5-day Continuing Education / Teacher Training Seminar for Natural Vision Educators for the 3rd time, and it will be the first time in the USA after twice teaching it in Italy. I promise it will change how you teach the Bates Method! Your work will be more effective as you help others achieve clear vision. Leave behind ineffective techniques and learn how Dr. Bates got his amazing results. You will likely increase the number of happy students who refer their family and friends to you. It will be highly educational, practical, and also fun and relaxing, of course!

We will meet in the gorgeous setting of the Columbia River Gorge and enjoy healthy food, a relaxing atmosphere, clean air, and awesome views!

For practising vision educators only. Please contact Esther for details.

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