Bates Method International

Conferences - The 3rd British Natural Eyesight Conference


Now in its third successful year, the 2012 British Natural Eyesight Conference is to be held during  the weekend 26th-28th October 2012 at Felden Lodge, Hemel Hempstead, near London.

The theme for 2012 is ‘Vision for the 21st Century’. This title was chosen because poor eyesight, eye disease and adult onset blindness are very much at the forefront of current health concerns - make no mistake we are all at risk. We know that conditions like Macular Degeneration and Diabetic Retinopathy cases are increasing year on year and evidence suggests that more and more children are needing glasses from a very early age.  Surely this is not what nature intended for our eyes and our eyesight!

The conference will address these issues from the perspective that such problems are not inevitable, It will explore, using the Bates Method and other natural eyesight activities, how eyesight can improve regardless of the nature or severity of the problem without glasses, contact lenses, invasive procedures or surgery.

The central aim of the BNEC is to promote the idea that eyesight can improve naturally.  This is underpinned by the pioneering work of  Dr. W H Bates’ (1860-1931), an eminent ophthalmologist based in New York who, through his research and clinical work, showed that eyesight could be improved, through adopting the fundamental principles, that healthy eyes require - light, rest and movement.

Mostly people do not think much about eyesight and its’ development, but in fact seeing and using our eyes well are learned behaviours.  In fact, it appears that many of us actually learn to see poorly.  Bates illustrated through his Method that we can equally learn to see well again using activities to support and enhance eyesight in many cases.

This event is for everyone who wants to learn to take care of and improve their eyesight naturally.  It is hoped that it will be especially useful for people suffering the impact of very low vision or eye disease. : Equally, it will be of interest to parents, family members, teachers and healthcare professionals.

On offer is a varied programme with renowned, contemporary, international speakers, opportunity to learn practical supportive activities to improve and maintain good, healthy eyes and eyesight, and time for questions and discussion.

The weekend will begin with registration from 5.00 p.m. on Friday 26th October followed by an informal reception, dinner and light-hearted entertainment.  Our after dinner speaker is Dr. Richard Hobday, a leading authority on the history and practice of how light is important  to our health and how buildings can impact on our lives. He is the author of The Light Revolution: Health Architecture and the Sun (2006) and The Healing Sun: Sunlight and Health in the 21st Century (1999).

Saturday and Sunday will feature the main conference presentations. The opening Keynote speaker is Dennis Robertson MSP, who has not let being blind stand in his way and in 2011 was elected to, and has become a well respected and hard working Member of  the Scottish Parliament.  Followed by presentations from respected speakers and teachers from the International Natural Eyesight Community.

The Conference will showcase Dr. Meir Schneider (The School for Self-Healing in San Francisco) a globally respected pioneer, therapist, and educator, he healed himself of congenital blindness.  He has just released his new book, Vision for Life: Ten Steps to Natural Eyesight Improvement.

The BNEC experience will be enhanced by a series of Pre- and Post Conference workshops which include:-

  • Friday 26th Oct    
    10.00 - 5.00 - Meir Schneider - Vision For Life - A practical workshop for learning Meir's Self-Healing methods
  • 10.00 - 5.00 - Teresa McInnes - Bach For Bates - look at ways Bach Flower Remedies can help strengthen our ability, to cope with the emotional difficulties associated with low vision and eye disease.
  • Sunday 28th Oct    
    6.30 - 9.30 - Anthony Attenborough - Seeing With The Body - There  is more to seeing than just the eyes alone. The eyes are part of the body-mind and are influenced by everything going on therein, as well as by influences coming from the surrounding world -  for better or for worse.
  • 6.30 - 9.30 - Esther van der Werf - Reading Without Glasses At Any Age - So many people get reading problems in their 40s that it is considered normal to need reading glasses at that age. Yet is this really necessary?
  • Monday 29th Oct  10.00 - 5.00 -
    Aileen Whiteford and Margaret Montgomery - (Workshop for teachers only) -  See Better - Feel Better. Discover how to teach your clients to manage naturally, Low Vision and Eye disease are presenting this one day professional development workshop for all Natural Vision Teachers, both new and experienced, who are keen to develop and deepen knowledge and skills to enable them to expand their work supporting clients to maintain and improve their eyesight naturally, regardless of the nature or severity of the eyesight challenge. The workshop will address all they key elements of Natural Vision Education.

See our website for details.


... After the conference many stayed to ask further questions of Dr. Bates and to receive help with their own personal problems and difficulties. Some of the teachers were able to testify that they had derived immense benefit from the method. Several stated that they had already abandoned their glasses, with resulting improvement in their eyes. As an outcome of the meeting ten new members joined the Better Eyesight League.
Kathleen E. Hurty: Better Eyesight Magazines, May 1923