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AVE Conferences

What are AVE Conferences?

The Association of Vision Educators hosts professional conferences for members of the organization in various locations to build community, make new connections, and encourage continued enrichment and education for participants. The AVE aims to host a new conference every other year on the even years (2016, 2018, 2020, etc.)

The conferences are generally held at conference centers, retreat centers, lodges, or hotels that are easily accessible from major airports. They usually provide lodging for attendees, unless you live locally or have other arrangements and would prefer to commute. We have had conferences in the past in Virginia, Oregon, California, and Colorado in the past, and are returning to the Portland, Oregon area for our next conference in 2018!

The first day of the conference (Wednesday) usually entails a welcome dinner and weekend overview. The next full three days (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) usually consist of a half-day workshop led by a featured presenter as well as a couple additional shorter presentations spaced around meals and breaks. The final, fifth day (Sunday) usually consists of concluding the conference and preparing for departure. In addition to the scheduled talks, classes, and workshops, there are also plenty of opportunities during the conference for networking and interacting, as well as for breaks. Usually one night will also include a fun event like dining at a local restaurant together or going out into town.

If you are a vision educator, or are interested in finding out more about the world of natural vision teachers, contact us about attending the 2018 AVE Conference!


The 4th AVE Professional Conference
is taking place September 26th-30th, 2018
at Still Meadow Conference & Retreat Center
16561 SE Marna Rd, Damascus, OR 97089
near Portland, Oregon

Featuring Presentations by: Ray Gottlieb OD, Sara Cobb, Brad Coffey OD, Joseph Trachtman OD, and many more!

Registration will be open soon. Check back soon to sign up.


The 3rd AVE Professional Conference
took place September 14th – 18th, 2016
at Peaceful Meadow Retreat Center
7075 Valmont Rd. Boulder, CO
near Denver, Colorado


The 2nd AVE Professional Conference
took place May 1st – 3rd, 2015
at Aldersgate Retreat Center
925 Haverford Ave, Pacific Palisades, CA
near Los Angeles, California


The 1st AVE Professional Conference
took place in 2001
in Portland, Oregon


The 1st AVE North American Conference on Vision Improvement
took place November 20th – 21st, 1999
in Virginia Beach, VA