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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.


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