The Three Pillars

This method is a self-actualizing process - the realization that we are more than who we think we are. In my 25 years as a psychotherapist and ancient wisdom teacher, I have guided thousands of people into the depths of their soul. During my own personal journey, I had to peel away the layers of conditioning and narratives I had internalized from childhood, my family lineage, and the culture I grew up in. The path has been full of twists and turns, dark nights of the soul, and magical awakenings. I pushed myself to go deeper, like an archeologist digging for hidden treasures, with each layer excavating more of my true self, clarity of my life purpose, and new levels of joy, peace and humility. I experienced times of heightened creativity, synchronicity, intuition, fear and fearlessness. My abilities to manifest strengthened in ways I never thought possible. I founded an award-winning holistic health center, became an international retreat guide, author and worldwide teacher. 


My own healing journey prepared me to teach people of all walks of life, to share from my own experiences and integrate modern psychology with ancient wisdom lineages. The shadow concept is found cross-culturally and in almost every spiritual lineage. It is universally believed that we all have great potential. Within us is an ocean of energy and power waiting to be discovered. My calling is to share my stories and experiences through this method. 


The three pillars of The Golden Shadow Method are vehicles for communicating to the Shadow realms. Like a map for locating what has been lost and buried deep within our unconscious mind. It is an integration of both modern psychology and spirituality that provides education and experiential learning to awaken our true human potential.

Each of the three pillars is recognized as a lineage of wisdom, a school of thought that stands alone: Jungian psychology, Buddhist philosophy, and the ancient wisdom of indigenous shamans. In this program, I share the same techniques I used on my own healing journey and new ones I have created along the way. You have the choice of taking one pillar, but this method is founded on the profound healing and transformation that comes from the synergy of all three.

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Shaman and the Shadow


Buddha and the Shadow


Jung and the Shadow



This is a self-actualizing, life empowerment method where Melanie provides a safe and loving way for us to travel into our own shadow. She makes it so natural for us all to have hidden parts - both positive and negative. It is full of exercises and techniques that quickly helped me gain more insight and wisdom. I feel energized and inspired with clarity and vision for what I’d like to manifest. Thank you Melanie!!!!

Catherine Fraise


Melanie’s Golden Shadow Method offers a deep dive into the treasures we have hidden away in our Shadow...those positive and negative qualities which we deem too powerful or too dark to reveal to the world- and even to ourselves! Her 3-pillared Method showed me how to access these places and how to explore them safely. Melanie has created a way in and a way out - and I am still going in... and exiting with treasures I had locked away in my unconscious so I wouldn't feel uncomfortable or vulnerable. This Method showed me how to navigate that discomfort with hope and a warrior's spirit! I am deeply grateful to Melanie Ryan for sharing this Method. 


Colleen Harris

Melanie Ryan has developed an amazing shadow work method. It is about how to reach your full potential in life, heal your deepest fears, and discover a deeper level of happiness and joy that is available to us all. She helped me get unstuck, leading me on a magical journey through the world of meditation, shamanism and discovering my own inner wisdom. I highly recommend this method to everyone, she changed my life in the most amazing ways and she can change yours too!!!


Saylor Pace


The Golden Shadow Method is a multi-faceted approach to the discovery and re-discovery of one's hidden and forgotten treasures and abilities. It's messy and exciting work and the thing I like best about Melanie's approach is she gifts her students with the ability to examine the dark shadow without shame, discovering long-buried talents in the process! I am currently enrolled in the first three month Golden Shadow Workshop with Melanie based on Jung and the Shadow. It is powerful to have Melanie's guidance and mentor calls as we apply her techniques individually and as a group.


Michele Pacher

I would highly recommend this if you are feeling stuck in your life, repeating the same relationship with different people, have a need for purpose and understanding, and want to realize who and what you really are. 


Edward Darby


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