Ellen Winner

About Ellen

Shamanic Practitioner since 1984

Certified Shamanic Counselor®

Accredited "Journey” Practitioner*

Level 2 Reiki Practitioner

Certified in Cognitive Behavior Therapy from 

The Association for Psychological Therapies

Author of numerous articles and books

Ellen Winner, JD, CSC,® is a Shamanic Practitioner with 30 years' experience in classic shamanic healing techniques including extraction, soul retrieval, power animal retrieval, depossession, divination and death and dying. She has been a Harner Method Certified Shamanic Counselor® (CSC®) for more than ten years. (Shamanic counselors tutor clients one on one in journeying in altered states of consciousness to access their own spiritual guidance for providing compassionate, ethical, harmonious and practical solutions to meet life’s challenges.) Click here to find out more.

Her education in spiritual healing includes extensive training with the Foundation for Shamanic Studies; graduation from the Foundation’s Three-Year Program; and qualification, with completion of case studies, as a Certified Shamanic Counselor®.

As a Faculty Member of The Foundation for Shamanic Studies, she teaches training workshops in core shamanism.

She also hosts a Foundation for Shamanic Studies sponsored Free Online Core Shamanism Community Meeting for practicing shamanic healing and divination techniques.

She is also an accredited and experienced Journey Practitioner.* During her training with The Journey, NA, she completed casework requirements and received  accreditation as a Journey Practitioner. For more information about Journey sessions with Ellen Winner, click here.

She continues to study shamanism, and has trained with shamanic teachers including Michael Harner, Sandra Ingerman, Claude and Noelle Poncelet, Tom Cowan, Bradford Keeney, Betsy Bergstrom, and others in the U.S. 

She also apprenticed in Nepal with Himalayan shamans, Maile Lama, a Bon shaman, and Rai shamans, Jebi Bhandari and Mohan Rai.

Her writings in the field of shamanism include two books, "World Shaman" (the story of Mohan Rai's shamanic education in Bhutan), 2003, and "Thoughts in the Mind of God" (an autobiographical account of shamanic initiations in Nepal), 2004, and numerous articles in Shaman’s Drum, Contemporary Shamanism and other publications. She is currently working on a new book relating to shamanism and enlightenment.

She organized and presented at the First Annual Cross-Cultural Shamanic Conference in Boulder, Colorado April 6 - 7, 2013, and presented at the Second Annual Cross-Cultural Conference June 13 - 15, 2014 in Boulder.

Having spent most of her working life as a patent attorney specializing in chemistry, biotechnology, and medical devices, Ellen brings a thorough grounding in science to her healing work.

Winner, Ellen, "The Place of Reconciliation," Journal of Contemporary Shamanism 7(1):9-13, Spring, 2014

Winner, E. and Mohan Rai, "The Shaman of Dorokha Conquers the Bokshies," Shaman's Drum 54:23-29, Winter, 2000

Winner, Ellen, "Doubting Shaman: An American's Apprenticeship in Nepali Shamanism," Shaman's Drum 32:24-31, Summer, 1993


Winner, Ellen, Thoughts in the Mind of God: Himalayan Shamanism and an American Woman's Search for Enlightenment, an autobiographical account of Ellen's shamanic initiations in Nepal, 2004. Available in Kindle and Paperback.

Winner, Ellen, World Shaman: Encountering Ancient Himalayan Spirits in Our Time, the story of Mohan Rai's shamanic education with his famous father, Shaman Dil Bahadur Rai, in Bhutan, 2013. Available in Kindle and Paperback.

“Emotions, Your Fast Track to Enlightenment” The Searcher’s Roadmap:

YouTube Video

“Practical Magick with Shaman Ellen Winner,” Interview by Tania Van Pelt,”, accessed June 10, 2019.

Ellen’s Take on it All

A series of essays with skillful Means for those on the Path” including guided meditations.


* “The Journey" is an internationally acclaimed method of emotional and physical healing developed by Brandon Bays for taking you directly into an experience of your basic grounding in Source, the vast, boundless presence of love at the core of your being. See Bays, Brandon, The Journey: A Practical Guide to Healing your Life and Setting Yourself Free, Atria Books, 2012 and

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