Visioncircles Agenda

Day 1

  • 8-9am: Overview: Based on the work of Dr. William Bates and others, introduction of manual and features within that will be used with each circle. (Finding your Space, Setting Goals, Pre-activities, learning menus, post-activities). Explanation of course organization given. Each of the 8 circles is scheduled over a 3 hour period. The size and needs of the group will naturally help shape the timing of each process. The first hour is devoted to theory, discussion and establishing group rapport. The second hour focuses on movement, art, play and other group activities related to the circle, the final hour is reserved for demonstrating balancing and integration using the suggestions for each circle to be experienced by participants.  

  • 9-10:30am: Finding visual space through application of vision gym movements and PACE demonstrated.

  • 10:45-noon: Establishing goals to access and develop active vision to see with whole sensory apparatus. Followed by practice of goal setting, pre-activities movement menu and post-activities

  • 1-2:30pm: Apply and practice vision gym movements for cross references: eye relaxation, eye circulation, vision-hearing coordination, eye-hand-coordination and eye-body coordination

  • 2:45-5:30pm: Experience Dennison Laterality Repatterning and practice integrating with goal activities using vision gym movements to access changes in eye relaxation, eye circulation, vision-hearing coordination, eye-hand-coordination and eye-body coordination.

​Day 2

Experience 4th-6th circles exploring pleasurable aspects of vision: big picture, details, and the processes of internalizing vision through memory and imagination.

  • 8-10:30am: Demonstrate, and practice 4th-6th circles vision gym movements. Apply vision gyms for each circle and notice any changes in ability to process sensory awareness through vision and hearing and ease of movement.

  • 10:45-noon: Learn and practice vision gym balance sessions and note changes experienced in eye-head coordination, near focus, eye motility and near-to-far visual flexibility, noticing changes in improved convergence, eye-teaming, tracking, visual flexibility  and neck and eye relaxation for near skills such as reading and writing.

  • 1pm-2:30pm: Apply vision gym balance sessions

  • 2:45-5:30pm: Practice and demonstrate use of balances using the vision gym movements.  Debrief experiences, discussing cumulative effect of movements over time.

Day 3

Experience circles 7 and 8 and integrate newly learned perceptions in the contexts of one-to-one relationships and of our self-expression.

  • 8-10:30am: Learn and practice vision gyms for visual recovery, binocularity, visualization, peripheral vision, depth, color and dimension awareness.

  • 10:45-noon: Select from daily activities to create new habits of attention and do at least 3 writing a letter to be sent to participants to reinforce a plan of action.

  • 1-2:30pm: Demonstrate Visioncircles Action Balances noting changes in flexibility, eye-teaming skills, focus change, visual memory

  • 2:45-3:30pm: Review movements that help to activate each circle and the vision tune-up on p.46 followed by completing the action balance practicing in pairs.

  • 3:30-5:30pm: Complete survey of visual-ecology checklist for what may be experienced, with possible causes and remedies for various vision issues. Discuss results in class.