I think the only practical way of doing this in front is to start with a tow bar mount. This is a bracket that replaces the steel bumper piece, that allows you to tow an Element behind an RV. It should take the pull, but I doubt if it would be a good option for supporting the weight of a winch.
Another option would be a winch that mounts on a 2" rear hitch receiver.
Way back, in the Off the Beaten path section I explored the options of regarding 'recovery equipment'. I collected some stuff, but never tested it - with the exception of traction mats.
A front mounted winch is mostly used for pulling the vehicle itself - when stuck. If there is enough of a size difference, it could also be used to pull another vehicle out of the mud.
In any case, with the Element, the real issue is, how to best prepare for situations when you get in 'over your head', so-to-speak. First line of defense is to learn how the AWD works, and to practice activating it in controlled situations. For example, put the front wheels in a mud hole or snow bank, and try to backup using rear wheel traction.
I had thought that an RV tow bar on the front of the E would be the only strong place to attach a winch. You would have to fabricate something on that to really mount it well to the frame/body of the E. The hitch mount winches are probably the cheapest if you want a powered way of pulling the E out of a jam.
I think a bull bar with a winch would look pretty nice on the E though.