Eliot Cowan

Mr. Cowan is best known for making accessible two treasures:  the indigenous Huichol  shamanic tradition of Mexico and an approach to deep healing with the spirits of plants.

Eliot discovered the spiritual healing potential of plants in 1986, after ten years of successful practice in Classical Chinese Medicine. Shamanistic approaches wedded with Chinese medicine to bring forth what he calls “plant spirit medicine”. Cowan’s work as a healer in that medium brings deep healing to many. He has trained hundreds in the practice. His workshops and talks, as well as his book, Plant Spirit Medicine, are open doors to the wisdom of plants and the entire natural world. 

The wisdom and medicine of the Huichol people are thriving in the Sierra Madre, but they had been largely inaccessible to outsiders until Eliot Cowan received initiation as a medicine man and guide to apprentices in that tradition. After the death of Eliot’s first teacher, don Guadalupe Gonzalez Rios, further initiations were officiated by don Jose Sandoval of La Laguna, Mezquitic, Jalisco. 

Mr. Cowan is now recognized as a tsaurirrikame, or elder Huichol shaman.  He has trained and initiated over twenty-five medicine people who are helping their clients in the U.S. and other countries.

Today Eliot serves his people as healer, counselor, public speaker, guide to apprentices, ritual leader, and worker in support of the Sacred Fire Community, the Huichol Community of San Andres Cohamiata, and the Blue Deer Center. 

Read a recent interview with Eliot about his traditional healing work. 

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