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Vision Conference

Association of Vision Educators 5th Professional Conference

Dates:  30 September - 4 October 2020
Location: New York, USA 

A long weekend for natural vision educators and eyesight professionals
to meet colleagues, share knowledge, be (re-)inspired,
recharge professional batteries, and have fun together!

Due to the great success of the recent professional conferences in
California (2015), Colorado (2016) and Oregon (2018),
plans are underway for the next professional conference in 2020!
The Saturday of this conference will be open to the public.
This conference will celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the publication of Dr. Bates' book Perfect Sight Without Glasses.
More details will appear on the AVE website closer to the time.

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Association of Vision Educators 4th Professional Conference

Dates:  26-30 September 2018
Location: Stillmeadow Retreat, Damascus, Oregon, USA 

A long weekend for natural vision educators and eyesight professionals
to meet colleagues, share knowledge, be (re-)inspired,
recharge professional batteries, and have fun together!

For more details please visit the AVE website.

Keynote presentations were given by Ray Gottlieb OD, Roger Tabb OD and Sarah Cobb. Esther Joy van der Werf presented 2 lectures at this conference.

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Association of Vision Educators 3rd Professional Conference

Dates:  15-18 September 2016
Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA 

A long weekend for natural vision educators and eyesight professionals
to meet colleagues, share knowledge, be (re-)inspired,
recharge professional batteries, and have fun together!

Dr Ray Gottlieb gave a workshop on:
Seeing in the Now, Stress Point and Memory Training on the Trampoline.
Esther Joy van der Werf gave a workshop on:
How Breathing and Posture Affect Eyesight and Astigmatism.
The rest of the weekend held a dozen great presentations and panel discussions on the Bates Method and complementary approaches.
Esther also gave the closing keynote at this conference.

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Association of Vision Educators 2nd Professional Conference
Garden at Aldersgate Retreat Center

Dates:  1-3 May 2015
Location: Aldersgate Retreat Center, Pacific Palisades, California 

A weekend for natural vision educators and eyesight professionals
to meet colleagues, share knowledge, be (re-)inspired,
recharge professional batteries, and have fun together!

This conference was a great success!!! 23 Attendees from 5 countries traveled to Pacific Palisades to be part of this incredible event.
With workshops following the conference on Sunday and Monday, there was a wide array of experienced teachers to learn from and plenty of opportunity to get to know each other and form friendships for life!

See some of the conference photos below, and
also see our Facebook Events page.
Plus enjoy a 1 minute video made by Tony Helinsky
that gives an
impression of this conference!

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21 AVE memebers aat Aldersgate

Above & Below: 2015 Conference participants at Aldersgate Retreat Center in Pacific Palisades.

Group photo at and in the tree


A little AVE conference history:

The first Natural Vision Conference in the USA was held in Virginia Beach in 1999 which actually gave birth to the Association of Vision Educators. This was a public conference, open to anyone interested in improving eyesight naturally.
The first professional conference (for teachers only) was held in Pacific Grove, Oregon, in 2001. This was followed by two public conferences held in San Francisco in 2003 and in Berkeley (2004). A hiatus of 11 years happened due to financial losses of the 2003 and 2004 conferences. With a return to the professional format the AVE conference was resurrected by Esther Joy van der Werf in 2015 in Pacific Grove, California, where an enthusiastic group of new teachers caught the spirit and are now carrying the torch forward. Since then professional conferences have been held in Boulder, Colorado (2016) and Damascus, Oregon (2018).

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