August 27, 2010

Teachers of Vision

Training Class October 18-24, 2010
This class offers certification as a Natural Vision Improvement Educator in the Meir Schneider Method of Self-Healing through Bodywork and Movement. Some class participants already have successful, rewarding Self-Healing practices, including or emphasizing natural vision improvement.  Others are advanced apprentices, who may be a lot more knowledgeable about our vision work than they realize.

You will learn how to work even better with people with eye problems, and you will gain new tools and a better understanding of vision – you will be working with a talented, diverse and motivated group.  The materials covered will educate you on new aspects of vision improvement.  From the start, you will learn the whole concept of natural vision improvement. This will be a dynamic and interactive, taught by Meir Schneider, PhD, LMT and Fernanda Ribeiro of Brazil, Self-Healing Practitioner, SHNVI Educator and optometrist.

This course is a prerequisite for people who wish to teach the Self-Healing Method.  So if one day you wish to train other people to become practitioners in this work this course is your first step.

We believe that you will benefit from this class because:

  • As an apprentice, you acquired the tools to give private vision sessions, and assist in natural vision improvement classes. In this course, you’ll learn how to teach those classes.  We’ll help you overcome any fears and blocks you may have about meeting the general public in this teaching role, and give you new tools to increase your ease and comfort as an educator.
  • As a graduate, you’ll have a new way to expand your practice.  By offering lectures and workshops on Self-Healing natural vision improvement work to the general public, you’ll gain clients who are motivated to improve their vision.
  • It will address an important need.  Many people suffer from inadequate vision, and this course is a vehicle to bring natural vision improvement principles and practices to them.  People who can’t afford private sessions with you will be able to improve their eyesight through the classes you will teach.
  • We’ll all have the opportunity to spend time working on our own eyes, enhancing their health and function.

An Overview of the Course


    To allow the advanced student to be more familiar with the dynamics of the eye exercises.
    To bring a better understanding of the theory that lies behind the exercises.
    To prepare the student to teach groups.
    To help the student to be more secure when dealing with private clients, helping on doubts, bringing ideas, refreshing the student’s practice with different approaches on the exercises.

Review. We’ll start with review of the vision improvement exercises, with emphasis on the students’ vision. This will be a time of information-sharing and hands-on, in-depth exploration of these methods.  We’ll encourage everyone to discuss their progress at improving their own vision.  We’ll ask the more experienced students to talk about the vision improvement aspects of their practices and their development as vision educators. We will review relevant anatomy and physiology.

Guest presentations. We may invite instructors in this field whose work we find exciting.

Basics of teaching. Some aspects of teaching are the same, no matter what the topic. We’ll discuss:

  • How to set goals that are realistic in terms of physical space, audience size, allotted time, and how to organize your material around your goals and your setting
  • How to manage your time during your class
  • Handling a diverse group of participants, for example, people who can’t do the exercise you’re teaching, have language difficulties, or bring a small child to your workshop
  • How to manage your fears and make yourself comfortable in front of a class
  • How to engage with your students
  • How to handle problem students – those who interrupt continually, distract the class, challenge your authority, waste class time senselessly – and keep the class on track
  • Handling questions – what kinds of questions you need to answer right away, what to postpone to the general discussion, and what you need to discuss privately
  • Finding what works best for you as a teacher – how to find your personal style and enhance it

Didactic session. Remaining interactive with the students and soliciting their questions, suggestions and comments throughout the session and afterwards, the client will be evaluated, treatment plan for the session articulated, and each technique or strategy discussed –including the reasons for choosing said strategy, and the outcomes observed at each step.  Afterwards, a post-session evaluation of the client will be conducted.  Students will be asked to critique the session and suggest improvements.

Supervised client sessions.  Under the instructor’s supervision, students will work in small groups on clients selected to represent the kinds of vision conditions they are likely to encounter in their practices.  Afterwards, these experiences will be discussed and evaluated.

“Yoga for the Eyes” workshop.  Meir will briefly discuss his plans and strategy for conducting an NVI workshop with the class.  The September 6 Day Vision class may be discussed. Meir and the class may review how things went, and discuss how and why Meir’s plans may have changed, what problems he encountered and how he addressed them.  The discussion will become more general and move into planning and problem-solving of students’ own workshops and how they may want to individualize them.

Student teaching of vision classes. Students, working alone or in pairs, will prepare and teach 75-minute classes to the general public and fellow students.  The classes will be offered free of charge.  Students will have class time to prepare their presentations. These public class presentations occur over the last 3 days of the Teacher’s Training.

We understand that some students are very confident about teaching on their own, while others would rather do this with a partner, so we’ll allow a few students to pair up.

Each student will teach a class on one of the following topics:

  • Enhancing peripheral and night vision
  • Relaxing the eyes
  • Balancing the use of the eyes
  • The basics of eye exercises (identifying the needs of the eyes with examples of exercises to address each need)
  • Reading can be easier
  • Exercises for seeing better from afar
  • Playful eye exercises for kids of all ages
  • Overcoming the visual stresses of computer work
  • Eye exercises for macular degeneration
  • What you can do about glaucoma

The format for these classes:  one hour of presentation, a 15-minute break for the audience in which the presenter gets feedback from the instructor and fellow students, 15 minutes to finish the presentation, and 15 minutes’ discussion after the presentation.  Total time per presentation, including feedback and discussions: 2 hours.

Pre-Requisites: Level 2, 40 hours of vision apprenticeship, attendance of a 6 Day Vision Class

Tuition is $1100.

$100 discount if prepaid by October 4

$50 discount if paid on the first day of class

Contact Melissa at to register