Melanie Ryan, LCSWR


Ancient Wisdom Teacher

Shadow Work

Melanie Ryan is a holistic depth psychotherapist, Buddhist, shamanic teacher, international retreat guide and shadow work specialist. She is author of the book, "The Golden Shadow Method, A Path to Awaken Your Full Human Potential."


Melanie has created an empowering and humanistic approach to shadow work - a path that awakens your hidden gifts, passions and potential. Melanie uses techniques from Jungian psychology, Buddhism and shamanism to help you achieve 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 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.


After 10 years of study in various shamanic lineages, Melanie became a shamanic teacher in 2015 and has traveled to Guatemala to study ancient fire ceremonies and the Mayan sacred calendar with indigenous elders.


Melanie has also trained in Greece, the Ancient Greek Asklepian dream healing and incubation therapy of holistic healing and psychotherapy. She leads international journeys around the world to sacred sites providing experiential learning for teens and adults in the areas of spirituality, mythology and anthropology.


Melanie lives in New York with her husband Andy Steigmeier, their son Justin and cat Shadow. Aside from her teaching and healing work, Melanie is passionate about spending time by a fire with family and friends, nature photography, hiking and crafting.


Melanie has studied holistic health and healing for over 20 years and her training is extensive. She has certifications in many other areas including: past life regression therapist, level one herbalist, celtic shamanism, mayan fire ceremony and sacred calendar, reiki master teacher and 200 hour yoga teacher. Her life is dedicated to the health and well being of the Earth and all sentient beings.

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. www.AncientWisdomToday.com

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.