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ABOUT ALAN

Alan has been studying transpersonal theories of human development for over 20 years.  With a Masters in Religious Studies, he has a deep and abiding love for Indian Philosophy and Ignatian Spirituality.  Currently pursuing a Masters of Social Work, Alan has a special interest in the role of spirituality in psychotherapy, as well as the role of contemplative practice in leadership development.  

 

Alan is an 800-hour Dharma Yoga Teacher, a trained spiritual director, retreat guide, and board certified coach.  He is the founder of The Cardoner Institute for Contemplative Leadership, co-founder of Ignatian Yoga, and owner of Hamsa Yoga in Lake Orion, Michigan.  Alan's courses, seminars and workshops are suffused with a deep appreciation for the world's wisdom traditions; joyfully drawing upon a host of stories, anecdotes and teachings to illustrate shared themes of growth and transformation.  He lives in Rochester, Michigan with his wife Rita G. Patel.

Education

Master of Social Work (2018-Present)

  • Interpersonal Practice

    • Psychodynamic Theory and Practice

  • Wayne State University

  • Detroit, Michigan

 

MA in Religious Studies (2016)

  • University of Detroit Mercy

  • Member of the Jesuit Honor Society Alpha Sigma Nu  

  • Detroit, Michigan

 

BA in Religious Studies (2002)

BA in Psychology       

  • Michigan State University

  • Honors College

  • Specialization in Asian Studies

  • East Lansing, Michigan 

 

Commissioned Spiritual Director (2013)

Spiritual Exercises Retreat Guide (2015)   

  • Manresa Jesuit Retreat House        

  • Bloomfield Hills, Michigan