10-13 October 2019
Azalia Balneo and Spa Hotel
Varna, Bulgaria
We teach people how to handle relationships, for at
the end of the day all of life is about relationships.
Because we believe that the only true knowledge is
we provide the setting for you to feel
for yourself your own wonder and uniqueness;
to experience for yourself your own value,
potential and creativity.

After 23 years of facilitating relationships courses of all kinds, and a hugely successful inaugural Retreat, my team and I are excited to invite you to join us for our 7th global ISM Residential Retreat!

Vision - Global Retreats

In this age of science and technology there is enough proof that our levels of stress are directly proportional to the amount of support that we do or do not have in our lives to balance out this stress. The more we isolate ourselves and lose connection with others the more dis-stress we experience.

To facilitate connection, warmth and camaraderie that are sorely lacking in our world, our vision at ISM is to host two global ISM Retreats per annum. These retreats are open to anyone to join us. You do not need first to have completed an ISM course. We would love for you to join us.

The retreats are experiential in nature and we provide a theme for the Retreat beforehand. You will find working within a group of like-hearted people a very power-full experience.

We use the word “Retreat” in the true meaning of the word:-

The true meaning of RE-TREATING lies in RE-ASSESSING and RE-EVALUATING everything you THINK you have always known about yourself. RE-FLECTING means taking into account ALL of your mirrors throughout all of your life, and striving to learn from them. ABSORBING speaks for itself, namely, making PRACTICAL all new knowledge you discover about yourself.

Workings of the Retreat

I interact with participants at the Retreats based on what is most pressing in your life in the moment. In this way you can gain practical insight into why your life is unfolding as it is, and with the support of my team and your Retreat group you will then be given the necessary tools and feedback with which to handle your challenges effectively and thereby, not only gaining personal power, but also uplifting yourself and all around you.

The theme for our next Retreat:
True Friendship - Love in Action

The fruit of any true relationship is both uplifting and strengthening to both parties – not mutually destructive and weakening. Do you and your friends, including your spouse and or partner, support each other in your strengths, or do you merely commiserate with each other in your weaknesses?

Friendship is THE most challenging relationship! Why? Because either party can leave at any point in time! A true friend is someone who loves you enough to speak his or her mind openly and without fear of losing the friendship for having spoken up. Someone who agrees with even your most unimpeccable actions and behaviour simply so as to keep the friendship is not a friend, but rather a partner in crime!

In pursuit of joy and creativity in our lives and in our relationships, we need to harness our natural strengths to become fluid in our perceptions. Fluidity of perception is the very meaning of friendship.

What do we mean by “strength”?

We are constantly surrounded by life and therefore by guidance, but we need to embrace this with the heart and not with the mind. If we have the strength, which implies personal power, to listen to and to act upon the heart then of course, we must and will bring about that type of completion within all of our endeavours that allows for bringing about the new.

What do we mean by “personal power”?

The only power there is is the product of perception, and only you can bring about that perception. Only you can change that perception, and only you can enhance or diminish that perception, purify it or taint it, clarify it or distort it.

In other words, you already hold within your hands all the power you need in order to bring about within your life anything and everything you wish for.

The only thing you need to do is to claim the power that is already yours. Once you have taken ownership of what you already have, more and more power is generated of its own accord.

ISM Support Forum between Retreats

To provide ongoing support between Retreats we have created a “bridge” between the Residential Retreats so as to foster a connectedness, and a genuine love and warmth. This bridge is in the form of an ISM online Support Forum so that we can stay connected between Retreats. An after Retreat online Support Forum is created as further support for two weeks after the Retreat, ending with a live conference call.

So, to summarise, the theme for our next Retreat is...

True Friendship - Love in Action

True FRIENDSHIP is born when FATE brings us together!
Your THOUGHTS will not cultivate friendship, only the HEART can do so.
Love is the expression of INTENT born of the HEART!

About Elizabeth Schnugh

Elizabeth founded and is Director of the Institute for the Study of Man. The Courses and Retreats offered through the Institute have been developed to give people valuable insights, as well as practical tools, so that they can effect meaningful and lasting change in their lives.

Elizabeth Schnugh – Seeker by heart and apprentice of the late Théun Mares, started her career as a Chartered Accountant. She was Financial Director of a multi-national company subsidiary for many years. As she reached the height of her career, and as her work brought her into touch with an increasingly wide cross-section of people, Elizabeth began to realise that her talents and fate did not lie in the corporate world but in helping people to help themselves. In 1991 she embarked upon a new journey, first of all training in the humanitarian disciplines, and then in 1996 becoming a full-time teacher.

Elizabeth has a simple, honest and highly practical approach in guiding people to look within their unique life experiences to find their own answers. This approach is immensely uplifting and empowering, since you will learn how to solve any problem or challenge that comes your way.

Single Room: €47.00/day
Double Room: €82.00/day

Prices are full-board including; breakfast, light lunch, dinner and ALL hot and cold soft drinks, PLUS alcoholic drinks until 11pm, and access to some spa facilities.

Retreat Details

Where? The Retreat will be held in Varna, the “Summer capital of Bulgaria”, at the Azalia Hotel Balneo & SPA Sts. Constantine & Helena Resort, 9006 Varna, Bulgaria – a modern spa/hotel complex located right on the beach, and only 8 km northeast of the city of Varna, 16km from Varna Airport.

When? October 10-13, 2019. The Retreat starts Thursday evening, 18.00 and finishes on Sunday evening with a special dinner.

Costs? The cost for the Retreat participation is €450 including tea, coffee, juice and small refreshments during the breaks. Meals and hotel accommodation are not included in this price, but are specially negotiated for the Retreat participants as shown opposite.

You can arrange payment and booking of accommodation by contacting the Retreat Organiser, Milen Ivanov, on +359 88 979 6437, or email: Accommodation costs will be paid direct to the hotel per instruction of Milen Ivanov.

Language of instruction? The Retreat will be conducted in English.

The numbers of participants is limited, first come first served. To secure your place at the Retreat, you must pay a 50% non-refundable deposit to the Retreat Organiser by August 10, 2019. To confirm your participation, the remaining 50% fee must be settled no later than September 10, 2019.

We look forward to you joining us
on this next step in our journey!