Elizabeth Schnugh, seeker by heart and with great passion for sharing.

Elizabeth qualified as a Chartered Accountant at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, in 1976. She then embarked upon a highly successful career in the corporate world, becoming Financial Director of Gilbey Distillers and Vintners, the South African subsidiary of the UK based multi-national company, International Distillers and Vintners Limited – a position she held for over 11 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 whilst still working as a full time corporate executive, until 1995 when she met and became apprenticed to Théun Mares. Under his guidance in 1996 Elizabeth became a full-time teacher and Founder and Director of the Institute for the Study of Man. The Courses 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 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.

As you trust more and more your own knowledge, you will also discover your own unique potential, and the talents that you already have to unfold your potential.

“What makes my heart sing is to help those people who need clarity in their relationships to help themselves.”

“I sailed through life never knowing why a relationship worked or why a relationship did not work. I struggled with romantic relationships in particular and eventually this rippled back into family relationships and then work relationships.

I set out on a journey to find out and discover what I had never been taught at school or university. I discovered I had received academic schooling but not true education as such. Once I found the tools to relate, I set about sharing them with as many people as I can.

In applying these tools I have changed every single relationship that I have, either into a relationship that is mutually uplifting and strengthening – or jettisoned those that were mutually destructive and weakening.

In 2008 I embarked upon co-operating intelligently with a group of like-minded people who also want to help people to help themselves to become self-sufficient in respect of their relationships, their health and finding alternative energy sources. Any money raised from the courses and retreats goes towards supporting this research as my part in assisting those whose purpose it is to guide humanity to self-empowerment.”