Life is a most priceless gift...

…but if we are to savour the full beauty of this gift we must be able to relate to ourselves and to those around us in a meaningful and fulfilling manner. We show you how to handle relationships with skill, for at the end of the day all of life is about relationships.

If you are tired of having other people’s pet theories and points of view forced upon you, then you will greatly enjoy our simple, honest and highly practical approach in guiding you towards the necessary clarity, so that you can find your own answers based upon your experience of life.

In this way, and in conformity with the requirements of freedom, each individual comes alone to the realisation that he or she is special in having a unique purpose and role in life.

Knowing from experience that merely to hand out rote answers randomly leads to a mediocre state of mind, we instead guide you as an individual into realising that you already have all the knowledge you need to handle a problem at any particular point in time.

Our approach to teaching is not only encouraging and uplifting, but also utterly empowering.

  • It is encouraging because you quickly learn that any problem can be solved, and this brings liberation.
  • It is uplifting because you are constantly being encouraged to discover your own unique potential, instead of being made to feel stupid and powerless.
  • It is empowering because instead of being told what to do, you are continuously being guided into finding the answers for yourself, and into believing that you do have knowledge, value and above all, that each and every one of us has a special and meaningful role to play in life.

Course content

The Courses include discussions, individual work, group interaction and a variety of games. Everything is designed to show you how you behave in your life so that you can decide whether or not you like it, and then if you don’t, we will give you the tools with which to change it.

Post Course Support

Because of the habits of a lifetime, these Courses are the beginning and not the end of a process. With that in mind, there are a variety of other Courses, after-course meetings, further learning opportunities and activities on an on-going basis. Whether or not you want to take part will depend on where you want to take your life.

Our Courses are for everyone...• from all walks of life;• no previous training or standard of education is required;• multi-national and based upon universal principles.

Our Courses provide a carefully-prepared mixture…

  • of life experience
  • and practical tools and guidelines

…that you can take away with you and put into practice in your daily life.

We will, at all times…

  • support you in an environment that is safe and secure
  • to bring about the changes you desire

…whilst remembering that you alone determine the results that you achieve.

We all have the right to uplift ourselves; in doing so we benefit not only ourselves, but also everyone around us.

“The first step is to start believing in yourself – and we will show you how

”What makes my heart sing is to help those people who need clarity in their relationships to help themselves.”Elizabeth Schnugh, ISM Founder

A Message from Elizabeth

Through my experience of presenting these Courses, I have found that, at the very least, every human being over 14 years old who has had only an academic education needs to complete three of the entry Courses we offer.

Once you have completed these three Courses, you can then choose to go on further, depending on how serious you are about your life.

The three Courses are The Journey of Adjustment – how to relate to anyone, and Threshold to Excellence – how to relate to yourself and World of Little People – how to relate to your inner child.

Give yourself a most precious gift and register for a unique and masterfully facilitated Relationships Course!

History of the Courses

It should also be noted that the first of these courses on relationships, termed the Journey of Adjustment, was later rewritten by Théun Mares in the form of the book entitled This Darned Elusive Happiness, now Part One, Volume III of the Toltec Teachings.

Furthermore, the courses called Threshold To Excellence and Frontiers Of The Self, were originally not written by Théun, but instead were written by George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff. After Gurdjieff’s death these courses were adopted, adapted and taught by an organisation called EST, and later these were again adopted by yet another organisation and adapted into two courses called I AM and Joy Spring. Much later Elizabeth met a teacher by the name of Christopher Nevill who had again taken these two courses and adapted them to his own style of teaching. He named them Harlequin and Quest, later Chalice, respectively.

When Elizabeth started her training with Théun she had been assisting Christopher in running the above two courses, but as their format was neither suited to the temperament of Elizabeth nor to the Toltec teachings, Théun rewrote them in a format that is today much more in keeping with what Gurdjieff had meant them to be.

Théun termed his own versions of these two courses Threshold To Excellence and Frontiers Of The Self respectively.

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