Method Teacher Training
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.
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.
Education for Teachers
Vision Educators Seminar
Currently not scheduled. Contact
me if you are interested in this.
Location: To be decided.
have taught my 5-day Vision Educators Seminar both in Europe
and the USA. I promise participants that 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!
For practising vision educators only. Optometrists and ophthalmologists
have loved this class too. Please contact
Esther for details.
“I recommend any and all vision improvement teachers take
Esther’s advanced teacher training course. It’s
superb and brings it all together in a simple way. Frankly,
I felt empowered at the end!”
Kate Keilman, Natural Vision Educator,
Vision Educators Seminar in Oregon, October 2018
More feedback from participants:
"Though I have been a vision teacher for many years, I
took Esther’s Vision Educators Seminar and completely
appreciated refreshing and enhancing my knowledge of The Bates
Method and updated ways to work with students in a more refined,
condensed way so they have access to better vision improvement
in the first session. Esther’s class was easy to follow,
allowed ample time for sharing information, answering questions
and practice of the techniques. This is a refresher course I
would highly recommend for all vision educators!
After Esther’s Vision Education Seminar my sessions with
clients are much more effective, condensed, refined to capture
the information that is relevant in the moment. I am able to
apply the skills learned in the training to create a quicker,
more effective session with immediate results for my student.
We both were thrilled with the session and results."
Rosemarie Coleman, Natural Vision Educator,
In early October 2018 I had the good fortune of taking Esther
van der Werf's Bates teacher training at the magnificent venue
of Menucha Retreat Centre near Portland, OR. It was fabulous.
Esther 's five day seminar was well-paced affording us ample
time to practise on ourselves and on each other. We shared,
compared and honed our skills.
This helped us iron out those glitches that can occur when starting
out on a new venture, or when working in less than ideal circumstances
eg in someone's home.
Esther covered the fundamentals of the Bates method very clearly
and addressed all our quirky questions well. Her handouts were
generous. I'm grateful to feel more confidant to deal with unusual
vision and eye conditions.
I'd recommend this teacher training to anyone serious about
improving their own or other's eyesight and eye health by natural
Thanks Esther for caring and sharing.
Estelle Saunders, Behavioral Optometrist,
"I participated in Esther’s first Vision Educator
Seminar in Italy. I knew about Bates but I was never very sure
if what I did was done correctly and what I said to my students
was said correctly. This seminar gave me much more confidence
to continue teaching myself to keep good visual habits as well
as teaching others. Esther helped me to understand Bates better
and has helped me to explain in an easy way the why and how
of the visual habits.
Esther, your seminar was great. You have a lot of courage. We
know it is not your duty to heal us; we have to heal ourselves,
but the teaching you give in relaxing for good eyesight is part
of the whole."
Nathalie Weytjens, Functional Optometrist,
"I had the opportunity to learn from Esther once again,
and finally meet her in-person, when she offered a Vision Educators
Seminar. I started my vision improvement journey a few years
ago with five fun sessions with Visions of Joy….so wonderful!
Since then, my own vision improvement has stayed on track with
flashes of improvements becoming more frequent and more permanent.
Traditional Bates Methods work, and Esther knows exactly how
to demonstrate those methods to ensure that if anyone has the
desire to restore their vision, they can! She understands the
foundations well enough to train others in the same practice
- a true leader in the profession of natural vision improvement."
Carla Berg, Arkansas
Five days, early fall, Menucha Retreat
Center (located along the Columbia River Gorge) learning the
Traditional Bates Method with one of the world’s best
natural vision improvement teachers, Esther Joy van der Werf.
Made new friends, had fun, saw a bobcat, ate wild blackberries,
learned about the Sunglass, the Eyeport, Mindfold. We explored
the spectrum with John Ott, and Breathing Coordination with
Carl Stough as well as likely causes of astigmatism with Elliott
Forrest, OD. Blink. Wow! (I would do it again in a heartbeat.)
If you want the pure form of the Bates Method (of Better
Eyesight Without Glasses), you will take Esther’s seminar.
She has done the research and knows what works (and what doesn’t).
Dale J. Goddard, B.Ed., Olds, Alberta,
"It was an awesome class. I'm glad I took it. I got great
tips which I can add to my teaching. Esther's detailed teaching
style and interactive practice also helped us. I highly recommend
this class to anyone who wants to learn the original Bates Method."
Mimi Shekoski, Chicago, Illinois
seriously doubt if I would still be teaching without your instructions
and information (your seminars both in Italy and the Netherlands).
So that says something about the advantages I have had and I
am still experiencing because of your courses and lessons. I
combine what you taught and what I already did. The better the
lessons go, the more positivity I receive from my students.
I call that the EvdW effect!
I just listened again to your recording about palming and giving
instructions to students, and I realized I can still use a lot
more of your instructions and advice; that's a learning moment
for me. Despite the possible competition, I do recommend other
vision educators to also take this seminar."
Wester, The Netherlands
"I found your seminar that I attended in Italy so helpful.
It was grounded in the Bates teaching itself. It was also so
valuable to learn with other interested people and the follow-up
email group is such a support when one is on their own trying
to teach it and get the method more known!
I would definitely recommend this seminar.
Mary Flynn, Ireland
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