Introducing the Founder Elizabeth Schnugh
Introducing the Founder Elizabeth Schnugh

About Elizabeth Schnugh

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.

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, and then in 1996 becoming a full-time teacher.


Elizabeth founded and is 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.

Editorial: Elizabeth Schnugh and ISM
By David Yutar, Cape Argus, March 1999

Feeling that life has let you down and that fate has treated you unfairly? Of course you are one among many in a time where depression and despair are becoming increasingly prevalent by the day. But you needn't continue to feel that you are a loser, according to Elizabeth Schnugh of the Institute for the Study of Man...

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