Early in 1966, Ron turned over his hats at Saint Hill and traveled to the Canary Islands to do advanced research. In March he flew on to the southern African country of Rhodesia (since renamed Zimbabwe), where he continued his research and investigated the relationship of the individual to a large group.
Returning to Saint Hill in July, Ron resumed lecturing to students on the Saint Hill Special Briefing Course, completing this monumental, six-year series of lectures and demonstrations in December.
On the first of September, Ron resigned from all directorships in Scientology organizations and devoted his time to lecturing and further research. Toward the end of the year, he was awarded his third Explorers Club flag, which he was to carry on a research expedition: the Hubbard Mediterranean Geological Survey Expedition, examining ancient Mediterranean civilizations and amplifying man's knowledge of his history.