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The Key to Happiness

A Four-Day Retreat in El Gouna with Ian Watson.

Have you noticed how so much of what we do in life is motivated by a desire to find happiness and to avoid pain and suffering? Whether its mindless channel-surfing or mindful meditation, losing weight or gaining a promotion, deep down we all want the same thing – to feel good on the inside. And the reason is very simple – we know its possible. We know its our birthright to be happy, fulfilled and to live an authentic life. The only problem is – we’ve been looking in all the wrong places.

We’ve all been taught that we need to do, achieve, acquire or give up certain things before we can be happy. Yet there was a time, before we learned all of this, when we were happy for no reason. There have been lots of times, actually, when our well-being has emerged spontaneously all by itself. But then it disappears again, and we wonder where it went. And we mistakenly believe that there is something we need to change or fix before we can be happy again.

Here’s the good news: you have everything you need already to live a happy and fulfilling life. Yes, you’ll have your ups and downs – that’s part of being human. But there’s a place within you that is untouched by all of that, a place that you can always come back to and find peace of mind, no matter how bad things might seem on the outside. You’re not lacking anything. Nothing needs to be fixed. Your true nature has only to be recognized and realized, and all the rest is taken care of.

.Ian+Watson+with+Neveen+Hashem+&+the+Fandadir+Hotel+teamIan Watson with Neveen Hashem and the Fanadir Hotel Management

Following the success of our previous two retreats in El Gouna, we are delighted to offer a further opportunity to immerse yourself in the life-changing understanding known as the Three Principles.

In a relaxed, small-group setting, Ian will share with you the ‘missing link’ that has transformed his own life and work, just as it has transformed the lives of countless people throughout the world.

Deceptively simple, these principles transcend traditional self-help and psychological methods, and enable you to realize the truth of the statement: What you seek lies within you. Whether you would like to find peace of mind, harmony in your relationships or a greater sense of ease and fulfillment in life, the key to happiness is surprisingly simple, once you know where to look.

El+Gouna+marinaView of El Gouna Marina from Mosaique Hotel

A retreat is an opportunity to take a time-out, to relax your body and de-clutter your mind. This is much needed in our busy modern lives, but if your inner consciousness has not been transformed, the effects will be short-lived and will seem to ‘wear off’ very quickly when you return to everyday life. This is where an understanding of the Three Principles of Mind, Thought and Consciousness comes in.

Unlike most other approaches that depend on will-power, remembering information or practicing techniques, these principles guide you back to the very source of your own experience and re-connect you to the well-being, peace of mind, clarity and creative power that you already possess.

The learning happens effortlessly via inner realization, and what you gain via your own insight is yours to keep. It will set you in a new direction that is filled with hope and possibility, and the benefits will continue to accrue over time in a sustainable way.


El+Gouna+group+2014El Gouna Retreat Group December 2014

Learning the Principles is a hugely enjoyable experience that doesn’t require you to work on your problems or to go back into your past looking for answers. Instead, it sheds light on how all problems get created in the first place, and sets you free to find creative solutions, make new choices, and to move forward in life fulfilling your own true potential.

Join us for this four-day event in the beautiful Red Sea resort of El Gouna, there will be daily workshops with Ian together with plenty of free time to relax and enjoy the sea, sunshine and local hospitality.


elgouna_group_2El Gouna Retreat Group February 2015

We have secured special rates at the Fanadir & neighbouring Mosaique Hotels and you are welcome to bring family members along who are not participating in the retreat. You may also wish to extend your stay at the resort before and after the retreat.

Retreat Schedule

You will need to arrive at the venue in time for the first retreat session commencing at 2.30pm on the 3rd November. We will end the retreat at 1.30pm on the 6th November. If at all possible, we highly recommend extending your visit to El Gouna so you can relax fully, enjoy the beautiful surroundings and give yourself the best opportunity to absorb the beneficial impact of learning the Three Principles.


Tuesday 3rd November – Retreat commences 2.30pm – 6.00pm

Wednesday 4th November – Retreat sessions 10.00am – 1.30pm & 5.00pm – 6.30pm

Thursday 5th November – Retreat sessions 10.00am – 1.30pm & 5.00pm – 6.30pm

Friday 6th November – Closing retreat session 10.00am – 1.30pm

Fees & Bookings

The earlybird retreat fee is 5500 EGP if booked and paid before 14th September. After this date, the fee will be 6500 EGP. This includes refreshments and snacks during the retreat, but does not include travel, accommodation or meals.

Accommodation is available at Fanadir or the neighbouring Mosaique hotels at special discounted rates for retreat participants – please contact us directly for details.

For booking and registration please email: or call +2 012-068-17176


Check out our video review which will give you a closer look into the amazing journey experienced by our participants who attended Ian Watson’s Three Principles Retreat organised by Insight Centre, El Gouna and hosted by Fanadir Hotel. The retreat was highlighted with a barbecue trip into the beautiful desert dunes to celebrate 4 days of blissful education and well-being. Thanks to each and everyone of you for an incredible experience.

Booking Conditions & Cancellation Policy:

No booking is guaranteed until the deposit or event fee payable has been made in full

If you wish to cancel your booking for any reason, the following conditions will apply:

No cancellation fees will be incurred if you:

a) Transfer your place to another delegate at least 7 days prior to the event date

b) Transfer or defer your place to another event of the same type and cost at least 14 days prior to the event date

If neither of the above apply, 90% of the fee paid will be refunded for bookings cancelled at least 30 days prior to the event start date

Bookings cancelled less than 30 days and more than 7 days prior to the event start date – 50% of the fee paid will be refunded

Bookings cancelled less than 7 days prior to the event start date – 25% of the fee paid will be refunded

Cancellation by Insight Counselling and Integrative Health

If, owing to exceptional circumstances, the event has to be cancelled or re-scheduled by our facility, you will be offered a full refund or, if you prefer, the option to transfer your booking to another event of the same type and cost where available.

Recordings & Copyright

Insight Counselling and Integrative Health and The Insight Space reserve the right to record any part of an event in any format, and all rights to such recordings will remain the sole property of Ian Watson and Neveen Hashem. No other recordings will be permitted unless previously agreed on in writing with the management.