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Remote Viewing Instructional Services
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Overview of RVIS, Inc. Remote Viewing Courses

Remote Viewing Instructional Services, Inc. is home to the best remote viewing training available anywhere, provided by the finest and most experienced remote viewing instructors in the field. Well-known remote viewers such as Lyn Buchanan, Mel Riley, and David Morehouse were all largely trained by those who became RVIS, Inc. faculty members.

Remote Viewing Instructional services offers a full range of controlled remote viewing training from the very basic to the most advanced. A rigorous CRV teacher certification course is also available, once you meet the necessary qualifications. For information about currently-scheduled remote viewing courses, please check the Course Schedule, or contact us at RVIS, Inc.:

Email: Training Coordinator
call our toll-free number (866) 229-RVIS (7847).


Controlled remote viewing has often been called a "martial art for the mind." Some think that because RV builds on an innate human ability, it should be a snap to learn (and recent popular but superficial books and articles have reinforced that view). Most humans also have the innate ability to become proficient in a martial art. Nevertheless, one does not master the skill and self-discipline necessary to earn a fourth degree black belt in Taekwando in one easy weekend, and without breaking a sweat. The same applies to the proper learning of remote viewing.

Our remote viewing training program is conducted in a pleasant classroom setting in the Austin, Texas area by Paul H. Smith, one of the top RV experts in the world. Our focus is on high-quality, in-person remote viewing instruction. For this reason, class sizes are purposely kept small, and student-teacher ratios kept very close. We strive to maintain approximately a 2-to-1 ratio between students and teachers. As new students are added, we increase the number of instructors to balance.

One added benefit included with our Basic Courses held here in Austin is a lecture from Harold E. Puthoff, Ph.D., the founder of the original CIA-supported remote viewing program at SRI-International in 1972 and its director until 1985 (the lecture is subject to Dr. Puthoff's availability). Dr. Puthoff gives a visual and verbal overview of much of the science behind remote viewing, as well as an introduction to the SRI-International program of the '70s and '80s.

Each course level includes five days of remote viewing instruction. Training begins on the morning of the first day and ends the evening of the fifth.

The instructional goal is to ingrain remote viewing concepts and skills deeply in the student's conscious and unconscious, so he or she may function efficiently, reflexively - thus facilitating concentration on perceptual and psi data acquisition. This goal is accomplished through a mix of lecture, written assignments, practical exercises and drills, and intense "hands-on" remote viewing practice sessions. Follow-on reinforcement sessions are provided to help fortify the student's skills after returning home.

When you arrive for RVIS, Inc.'s controlled remote viewing training, expect to work, and to work hard. Some of the training days will last ten to twelve hours, and you will have homework on most of the evenings while you are here. There is a great deal of writing involved: detailed note taking is required, as is essay writing. During the basic course alone you will write five essays. And computers are not allowed for note-taking or essay writing. There is a good reason for all of this, pertaining directly to remote viewing training - and it will be explained to you during the instruction.

In the course of the training, you will master a strictly disciplined way of "using ESP." While no one "fails" the course, major factors in how good you become as a remote viewer are how hard you work and how well you pay attention. Someone who has less "intuitive" talent but works hard can often become a better viewer than an "adept" who is less serious about the instruction.

Finally, we have often been asked the question, "Why would someone want to learn to be a remote viewer?" A brief response to this question can be found here. Why Learn Remote Viewing?


RVIS, Inc.'s primary training program consists of three courses, at the end of which you have the necessary tools to become a fully operational controlled remote viewer. These are the Basic CRV, Intermediate CRV, and Advanced CRV Courses.

In the Basic Course you will learn to detect and decode the major gestalt of a target, describe sensory impressions from the site, and grasp its fundamental dimensional characteristics. You will learn how to detect, identify, and deal with "mental noise," the greatest bugaboo of effective "psychic" functioning. You will know the satisfaction of producing in words and sketches information that you could not have known any other way than through "non-physical" contact with a target perhaps hundreds, or even thousands of miles away. You will develop a strong foundation in a skill that anyone with enough determination can master, but which very few ever do. It comes as a result of hard work and motivation. At the end of the Basic Course, you will have finished a course of training complete in itself: you will have developed a modest but consistent remote viewing capability up to Stage III functioning, and you will have mastered the prerequisites necessary for further training when you have the opportunity or desire.

RVIS offers each Basic CRV, Intermediate CRV, Advanced CRV or Associative Remote Viewing Course according to various pricing categories.

The price for the Basic Remote Viewing Course -- approximately 40 hours of training, plus 10 follow-on practice sessions once you return home -- is $2,000 per student when taken in a small group setting. By adding instructor personnel, we offer a 2-1 teacher-to-student ratio for a high-quality remote viewing learning experience, even in classes of several students. If you are a member of a group who would like to take the Basic remote viewing class together, a group discount can sometimes be negotiated.
If you are interested in exclusive one-on-one, individualized instruction (which includes all the same features as the group class) the price is $2,700.
The price for the Associative Remote Viewing Course is $775 (3 lunches are included).
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There is occasionally an option for training right where you are. If RV students feel it would be more to their advantage to pay the instructor's airfare to and basic expenses at their location, arrangements can often be made for training "on site." Because it is done on your home turf, it is sometimes possible to train a few more individuals at a time without jeopardizing training quality. (Note, however, that the Puthoff lecture is not available for courses conducted outside the Austin, Texas area)



Before you decide to undertake the challenge and expense of RV training, you need to be fully aware of what you're getting into. No matter what anyone says, it is impossible to develop full CRV capability in a four-day course, or five, or even nine days. Fully-functional RVers in the government program took a number of months and scores of RV training sessions to reach operational status. Establishing their track records and levels of reliability took months more. But they also were required to develop sophisticated skills and capabilities unnecessary for the average person. You will learn how to remote view, and you will find it exciting and gratifying; but if your goal is to become as proficient as the best professional RVers, you will still need to spend further time and energy honing your new skills and developing additional ones--there are no detours around hard work.

Basic CRV  Intermediate CRV  Advanced CRV
Associative Remote Viewing