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
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
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.
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
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'
which were published in various prestigious medical journals
of his time.
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:
Classes taught by Jerriann Taber PhD
Eight week course in San Diego, California, USA or
Eyesight Now' Vision Coach Training
Classes taught by Greg Marsh.
Sixteen week course, Ft Collins, Colorado, USA
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.
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.
College of Vision Education.
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. This course
includes training in teaching private lessons.
Classes taught by Carina Goodrich.
Teacher training takes place in Maleny, Queensland, Australia
Classes taught by Maurizio Cagnoli in Roma, Italy.
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
- 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
- If you let me know about your
interest in becoming a teacher, I can keep you informed of
other training opportunities.