Ancient Wisdom Today is an educational organization with a mission to provide quality experiential learning opportunities that awaken the mind, body, spirit and community. 




Ancient Wisdom Today, Inc. provides educational retreats and professional certification trainings to help individuals learn the transformational power of ancient and indigenous wisdom. We believe our hands on, experiential learning approach creates deep transpersonal shifts that promote healing of the mind, body, soul and Earth. 



Melanie Ryan, LCSWR, SRMT

Founded by Melanie Ryan, a holistic psychotherapist and spiritual teacher based in Westchester County, New York. Melanie is a passionate educator who has been working with adults and teens for over 25 years. She holds a masters degree in clinical social work and research from Fordham University and brings over two decades of experience leading groups, workshops and trainings.  Melanie has been an avid traveler for over 30 years. She has had a life long passion of ancient wisdom and indigenous cultures, anthropology and archeology. 


Expanding from her foundation as a traditionally trained psychotherapist, Melanie is a 200hr certified yoga teacher, level one trained herbalist, certified past life-regression therapist, reiki master teacher, shamanic healer and teacher, and Buddhist teacher. She is authorized to teach Buddhist meditation in the Shambhala tradition of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. This tradition combines a contemporary, secular approach to meditation with the ancient practices of Tibetan Buddhism. Melanie is a faculty member of the Shambhala Meditation Center of NYC.  


Andy Steigmeier, LMT, CSCS

Andy Steigmeier has had extensive training in survival and primitive skills since the early 1990s. A veteran of the US Marines and a passionate outdoorsman, Andy expanded from his military training with survival experts Cody Lundin (co-host of Dual Survival Discover Channel) in 1996 and Tom Brown Jr. of The Tracker School. He has extensive training in Meditation and Awareness influenced by indigenous teachings and Tibetan Buddhism. Andy brings practical experience, proven theory and storytelling into his method of teaching. 

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Justin Steigmeier

Melanie and Andy’s 12 year old son, Justin is homeschooled and passionate about travel, experiential learning, architecture, sacred sites and ancient structures. Justin often assists Melanie with Ancient Wisdom Today events with organizing, photography and videography.

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Previously Owned The Center for Health and Healing

Melanie Ryan and Andy Steigmeier were the owners of The Center for Health and Healing in Mount Kisco, NY for 8 years. It was the largest holistic health and learning center in the Hudson Valley and won awards for Best of Hudson Valley in Holistic Medicine and Best of Westchester County in Mind Body programs.