It is time to be brave. To reclaim what has been lost, discover what is hidden, and remember what has been forgotten. It is time to awaken your Golden Shadow.

Melanie Ryan

Melanie Ryan is an ancestral wisdom teacher and psychotherapist who teaches healing and transformation of the body, mind, heart and soul.


About Melanie Ryan

Melanie Ryan is founder of a method called the Golden Shadow Method which teaches individuals to heal and transform by restoring their emotional, mental, physical and spiritual health and a connection to nature. This method addresses the deeply hidden unconscious aspects of the total human, which are both dark and light. Melanie invites us to lovingly explore our unconscious and use our new found awareness as a journey of empowerment and liberation. For over 30 years, Melanie has integrated psychology, spirituality, ancestral healing and holistic medicine. She is a licensed clinical social worker, and has degrees, certifications and initiations in the areas of: Psychology, Jungian methods, Past Life Regression, Buddhism, Shamanism, Asklepian Dream Healing, Naturopathy, terrain model, herbalism, homeopathy, yoga, reiki and healing trauma and addictions. 

Going Deep…

While the conventional medical model has saved many lives and proves indispensable when acute injuries and illnesses occur, Melanie Ryan believes that most diseases result from emotional and physical toxins in our environment, inadequate nutrition, lack of sufficient exercise, the stress of being over busy and over scheduled, unresolved trauma, and false self-limiting beliefs.  Symptoms are included in assessments, but the focus of treatment is on original root causes of symptoms, which provides a deeper more lasting healing. 


As a depth therapist, Melanie uses Jungian psychology and Buddhist philosophy to teach how triggers help us become conscious of our unconscious projections. Triggers cultivate Awareness and awareness is essential and empowering. Melanie’s method weaves the use of archetypes and somatic energy work rooted in shamanism to heal the energetic traumas on a soul level. Melanie believes the root traumas buried in the unconscious are developmental, ancestral, cultural, past life, and collective; and addressing these root traumas is the key to unlocking your full human potential.  


​The Golden Shadow Method is taught online internationally in groups and privately. Melanie offers individual psychotherapy, energy healing, and mentorship to people worldwide. She is an international teacher and guide to sacred sites around the world. After closing her holistic health center in 2020, she became the founder a new educational organization called Ancient Wisdom Today, Inc.


Path of the Buddha…

Melanie met Senior Buddhist Teacher David Nichtern as a student of a yoga teacher training in 2005. She immediately began studying as a member of two sanghas: Shambhala Meditation Center of NY and Westchester Buddhist Center founded by John Baker, and Derek & Jane Kolleeny. Melanie was mentored 1:1 by David Nichtern and Derek Kolleeny for 10 years. In 2017, Melanie was formally authorized to teach in the lineage of Shambhala founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche a Tibetan master from the Kagyü and Nyingma lineages. 


Path of the Shaman…

In 1999, Melanie stepped into the world of the Shaman after having a shamanic vision of a black jaguar. Over decades, she has worked with shamans from various lineages, with a particular influence from Mayan cosmology and astrology as well as Native American shamanism. For decades, Melanie experienced several “shamanic initiations” of illness and near death experiences. She also nearly lost her son to a health crisis. These initiations provided profound teachings that have given her powers of healing that exist beyond the ordinary.


Path of the Soul Doctor…

Melanie’s passion for holistic health and anthropology led her to the sacred places around the world. Initiated by Spirit and sacred lands of Asklepios and Chiron, Melanie traveled to Greece twice in 2019. The second time, she journeyed and trained with Dr. Edward Tick, Ph.D. in Asklepian Dream Incubation Healing for PTSD in combat war Veterans. Asklepios, the Greek God of Medicine and Healing founded hundreds of holistic health centers throughout Europe. He was known to practice deep listening, or what we call psychotherapy. The origin of the word psychotherapy is actually founded in the Greek language: Psycho or “psyche” in Greek means soul or spirit; and therapy or “therapeia” in Greek means to care for. In Greek, psychotherapy means to care for the soul. 

Carl Gustav Jung, the famous Swiss psychiatrist was called a doctor of the soul. His shadow concept and bridging of psychology, spirituality and science is a cornerstone of Melanie’s work.


Giving Back to our Sacred Warriors…

As the daughter of a Vietnam veteran, granddaughter of a WWII veteran, and wife of a US Marine veteran, I understand the suffering and isolation of our warriors. I invite military veterans to join my monthly healing circles at no charge. I offer this as a gift of love, gratitude and remembrance for those we have lost and those who continue to serve.


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