About Ellen Winner


Shamanic Practitioner since 1984

Certified Shamanic Counselor®

Accredited "Journey” Practitioner

Ellen 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® 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.

She is also an accredited and experienced Journey Practitioner.1 For more information about Journey sessions with Ellen Winner, click here.

She serves as Guest Faculty of the Foundation for Shamanic Studies, teaching training workshops in core shamanism and Shamanic Counseling.

She has developed and presented a weekend workshop in "Shamanism and the Path to Enlightenment (not a Foundation for Shamanic Studies workshop).

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®.

During her training with The Journey, NA, she completed casework requirements and received  acceditation as a Journey Practitioner.

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. and apprenticed in Nepal with Tamang shaman Maile Lama, 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 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 JD "Worldwide resurgence of Gurung Shamanism," Shamanism Annual  28:14-27, 2015

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

"Thoughts in the Mind of God," An autobiographical account of Ellen's shamanic initiations in Nepal, 2004 
available in paperback or Amazon Kindle editions

"World Shaman," The story of Mohan Rai's shamanic education with his famous father, Shaman Dil Bahadur Rai, in Bhutan, 2003
available in paperback or Amazon Kindle editions

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

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

Radio Interviews about Core Shamanism and Shamanism and the Path to Enlightenment:





1"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 Road Map to the Soul", Reissue Edition Atria Books, 2012 and www.thejourney.com