regularly teaches eyesight improvement classes at Natural Vision
Conferences and at other vision or health-related events.
Vision Conferences provide great learning opportunities for teachers
and students alike. I have personally attended and/or spoken at
the following conferences:
Holistic Vision Conference:
- Nimes, France, 2021 - speaker & workshop presenter
- Frankfurt, Germany, 2019 - workshop presenter
- Madrid, Spain, 2015 - speaker & workshop presenter
- Gazzada, Italy, 2013 - speaker
- Gazzada, Italy, 2011 - speaker
- Spa, Belgium, 2009 - speaker
- Paris, France, 2002 - attended
Association of Vision Educators
- Stony Point, New York, 2024 (to come)
- Virtual conference, 2022 - speaker
Virtual conference, 2020 - co-organiser
- Damascus, Oregon, 2018 - consultant
- Fort Collins, Colorado, 2016 -
consultant & speaker
- Pacific Palisades, California, 2015
- organiser & speaker
- Portland, Oregon, 2001 - attended
AIEV (Italian Association of Vision Educators) National Conference
- Virtual, (Italy), March 2023 - speaker
Latin American Holistic Vision Conference
- Buenos Aires, Argentina, February 2020 - speaker & workshop presenter
Natural Eyesight Conference:
- London, England, 2012
- London, England, 2010 - speaker
- London, England, 2008 - attended
Conference on Light and Vision:
- San Diego, California, 2011 - attended
Congress of Behavioral Optometry:
- Ontario, California, 2010 - attended
American Conference on Vision Improvement:
- Oakland, California, 2004 - attended
- San Francisco, California, 2003 - attended
of these conferences were very inspiring; I recommend them
to anyone, but especially to all vision improvement teachers.
Some photos are shown below.
on eyesight lectures and workshops presented by Esther.
Upcoming conferences and other events are listed below (in date
A monthly event!
From July 2019 to June 2031
LISTEN to the Better Eyesight PODCAST!
If you love the Bates Method and its Better Eyesight magazines, but you would rather listen to this extensive material than read it all by yourself, then the Better Eyesight Podcast is for you!
From July 2019 to June 2030, your hosts: Nathan Oxenfeld and Esther Joy van der Werf, will be reading one magazine per month, exactly 100 years after its original publication by Dr. Bates! We will be joined by guest readers from the international holistic vision community, and each article we read is followed by a discussion to bring it into the 21st century and to help you grasp its contents even better.
Your Better Eyesight Podcast hosts:
Nathan Oxenfeld and Esther Joy van der Werf
Immerse yourself into the Bates Method each month with the "patreon" option which allows you join in an online meeting where you can ask your own questions related to Dr. Bates' articles for that month!
Details about the podcast are here
Vision Educators 7th Professional Conference
Dates: October 2024
Location: Stony Point, New York
A conference for natural vision educators and eyesight professionals
to meet colleagues, share knowledge, be (re-)inspired,
recharge professional batteries, and have fun together!
Details and registration will (in due course) be at the
Esther Joy van der Werf
presenting a lecture on the original Bates Method
at the 25th International Holistic Vision Conference in Madrid,
Spain, 31 October 2015.
v The 'Fab Four' vision educators reunite
at the Madrid 2015 IHVC.
We all met and shared a room at the Paris 2002 IHVC. Fun ladies,
L-R: Chantal Webster, Esther Joy van der Werf, Sylvia Lakeland and
v AVE 2nd Professional
Conference participants. (Pacific Palisades, May 2015). (more
v Dr. Ray Gottlieb and Esther Joy van der Werf at the
24th International Holistic Vision Conference, Italy, October 2013
Two photos from
the British Natural Eyesight Conference
held in Felden (near London), October 2012
3 Bates teachers: Amelia from Spain,
Esther, and Sonia from France
3 Keynote speakers: Meir Schneider,
Esther, and Dennis Robertson
Gottlieb, Esther Joy van der Werf, and Jacob Liberman
at the International Conference on Light and Vision, San Diego,
v Two photos from
the British Natural Eyesight Conference
held in Felden (near London), October 2010
Meir Schneider takes a photo of the 'Palming Train'
in front of Felden Lodge.
In the palming train from front to back: Sonia Carrocine, Aileen
Esther Joy van der Werf, Stephen Poynter, Daniela Maturchova,
and Sylvia Willekens.
^ The organizers and some presenters at
Lakeland, Richard Hobday, Esther van der Werf, Aileen Whiteford,
signing her newly published book "Bates Method Nuggets"
at the Raw Health Expo,
Sebastopol, California, 1 August 2010
The photos below were taken at
3rd North American Conference
for Natural Vision Improvement, in Oakland, California, May 2004
^Kate Keilman, Esther, Gladys Bennet
& Theo Copley.
Jacob Liberman demonstrating his
new EYE-port >
Roberto Kaplan from
Austria talks about strabismus
v Deborah Banker, Martin Sussman, Dror
Schneider and Carol Gallup responding to audience questions during a
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