The Healing Power of Plants

Who Teaches the Plant Spirit Medicine Training Course?

The Plant Spirit Medicine course has been taught by Eliot Cowan. The course was developed by Mr. Cowan, who also authored the book, Plant Spirit Medicine. Eliot had been teaching, leading healing retreats, and maintaining a private practice for many years. He began to study and practice herbalism in 1969, then temporarily set it aside to study acupuncture. He received his Licentiate, Bachelor and Master of Acupuncture degrees from the late J. R. Worsley at the College of Traditional Acupuncture, Leamington Spa, England, and served on the faculty of that institution in 1979-1980.

In the early 1980’s, Eliot once again turned his attention to herbal healing. Following a recommendation by Dr. Worsley, he began seeking the guidance of the plants themselves to support the healing of his clients. In this way, Eliot rediscovered the ancient shamanic practice of plant spirit medicine. Eliot continued his healing work through the traditions of the Huichol people of Mexico. He completed a 12-year Huichol apprenticeship with the late don Guadalupe Gonzalez Rios in 2004 and is currently a Tsauirrikame, an elder shaman in the Huichol tradition. 

Eliot and his staff had been teaching Plant Spirit Medicine in the United States, England, and other countries around the world for the past 25 years, and have trained over 500 plant spirit medicine healers.  He is the founder of the Blue Deer Center, the home of plant spirit medicine, and a healing retreat center in New York State. 


We are saddened to announce Eliot Cowan’s passing on March 5, 2022.

To learn more, go to the Blue Deer Center website, click here.