Melanie Ryan, LCSWR


Ancient Wisdom Teacher

Shadow Work


Melanie Ryan is the founder of a unique method of shadow work called The Golden Shadow Method. She is author of book, “The Golden Shadow Method, A Path of Awakening Your Full Human Potential.”  Melanie is passionate about education, holistic health, ancient wisdom and empowerment. She is a depth psychotherapist, Buddhist, shamanic teacher, international retreat guide and shadow work specialist. 


Melanie has created an empowering and humanistic method to shadow work - a path that transmutes wounds into wisdom and awakens your hidden gifts, passions and potential. She uses a blend of techniques from Jungian psychology, Buddhism and shamanism to help you achieve what Humanistic psychologists called self-actualization - to realize your inherent goodness, talents and wisdom. 


With over 25 years experience in psychotherapy and healing, Melanie has helped thousands of people through her award winning holistic health center, educational organization, and private practice. She is a mentor, entrepreneur and visionary leader. Her life is dedicated to the health and well being of the Earth and all sentient beings.


Melanie became a Buddhist in 2011 and in 2017 was authorized to teach in the lineage of Shambhala founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche a Tibetan master from the Kagyü and Nyingma lineages. 


With a passion for mythology, philosophy and anthropology, Melanie has traveled to various sacred places around the world to awaken her own deep remembering of who she is and realize her own life purpose.  She has studied with Mayan elders in Guatemala, learning 13,000 year old ancient fire ceremonies and healing rituals. She continues to study the Mayan sacred calendar and the ancient mesoamerican civilization. Melanie has also traveled to Greece to study the Ancient Greek Asklepian dream healing and incubation therapy of holistic healing and psychotherapy. 


Having studied holistic health and healing for over 20 years, Melanie has certifications in many other areas including: past life regression therapist, level one herbalist, celtic shamanism, reiki master teacher and 200 hour yoga teacher.


Melanie leads international ancient wisdom journeys around the world to sacred sites providing experiential learning for teens and adults in the areas of spirituality, mythology and anthropology through her educational organization Ancient Wisdom Today, Inc. 


Please contact Melanie directly to book a private session, retreat or public speaking event. 

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Ancient Wisdom Today

Currently the owner and founder of Ancient Wisdom Today, Inc., an educational organization that provides experiential learning and travel in the study of ancient wisdom. Melanie works with indigenous shamans and ancient wisdom holders of worldwide philosophies and mythologies.

The Center for Health and Healing

Melanie also created The Center for Health and Healing (2012-2020), which was the largest and most progressive holistic health and learning center in the Hudson Valley Region. Voted Best of Hudson Valley in Holistic Medicine and Best of Westchester in Mind/Body Programs.