After 29 years of facilitatingrelationships courses of all kinds,and 9 hugely successfulResidential and 5 Online Retreats,my team and I are excited toinvite you to join us for our10th ISM GlobalResidential Retreat!

Love In Action

All of our Retreats and Courses have at their core the concept of Love in Action. In this Retreat we explore more deeply this fundamental approach to life for the warrior.

Topics include:

    • The cornerstone of true love is intelligent co-operation, and how best we can achieve this is our daily relationships.

“True love means sharing in the responsibility of co-creating the circumstances we wish for in our lives – circumstances that bring about feelings of trust, of belief in one another, of safeness and, above all, of warmth.”

    Yet, ruthlessness starts with oneself, and so it does not mean telling everybody off – though the idea might be compelling at times 🙂 – and it does not need to be grim or harsh.

    “Compress time by learning to laugh at your own folly. Only then will you come to realise that ruthlessness and unconditional love are synonymous.”

  • Acting from the Heart
    As we all know, there are life-destructive actions and so we must be watchful of our motives. Do we mean to uplift by our actions?! What if I don’t know my motive?! Well, then “ruthlessness starts with myself!” What am I hoping to achieve by going round not even knowing what my motive is?!

    “…any motive is merely a substitute for the heart, since an act arising from the heart is unconditional and therefore does not require motive.”

    But it goes deeper than that. Ruthlessness – that is, unconditional love – and action must come from an open heart, and each life-supportive action helps us open the heart a bit more and thus learn a bit more and come a bit closer to our true self. And it does not need to be some “biiig” action! But it does take strength**.

    “Intelligent co-operation forms the very basis of manifested life – it is the glue that keeps everything together and, at the same time, makes possible the evolution of awareness. Intelligent co-operation between male and female, between man and the world, is an act of listening to the heart, so that the chaotic unknown can become included within the known. Intelligent co-operation is therefore an expression of that elusive love, which evades the understanding of most people. It is only by walking the Path with a Heart that the warrior comes to understand the true meaning of love.”

    At this Re-treat* – by engaging in a Group environment – we can explore and experience for ourselves Love in Action.

﹡ What do we mean by “Retreat”?

We use the word “retreat” in its 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.

﹡﹡ 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.

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.

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 will be 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.

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.

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 with great passion for sharing, 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.

Retreat details

Where? The Retreat will be held in Varna, the “Summer capital of Bulgaria”, at the Riviera Beach Hotel. Golden Sands Resort, Varna, Bulgaria – a modern hotel complex located right on the beach, and only 17 km north-east of the city of Varna, 25 km from Varna Airport.

When? 12-15 September, 2024. The Retreat starts Thursday evening, 18.00 and finishes on Sunday evening with a dinner together.


Meals and hotel accommodation are not included in this price, but will be specially negotiated for the Retreat participants, as shown bellow:

The cost for a Single room at the Riviera Beach Hotel

€92.00Per night
  • All inclusive

The cost for a Double room at the Riviera Beach Hotel

€119.00Per night
  • All inclusive

Accommodation prices are all inclusive – 3 meals, (Bulgarian alcoholic and non-alcoholic) drinks, beer, tea, coffee and juices, access to all facilities including SPA, Wi-Fi in the whole hotel. For more details as to what is included, please check

You can arrange the payment by contacting the Retreat Organiser, Milen Ivanov, on +359 88 979 6437, or email:

The numbers of participants is limited. To secure your place at the Retreat, a €250 non-refundable deposit must be paid to the Retreat Organiser – first come, first served. The full fee is due by July 31st, 2024.

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

We look forward to youjoining us on this nextstep in our journey!

Milen Ivanov
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