Alan Dolan, founder of Breathing Space and breath coach, has spent over a decade changing people’s lives (not least his own) with the simple power of breathing.
After graduating from Aston University in the UK he worked overseas in Africa, Asia and for 10 years the Middle East, forging a career in the high-pressure world of communications. His last position in his “previous incarnation” was as a PR manager in the Aerospace industry.
After taking a sabbatical in order to pursue his interest in things metaphysical, and gaining certification in yoga instruction, transpersonal hypnotherapy, and counselling, Alan was introduced to the wonders of breathwork, and immediately knew that this would form the foundation of the next stage of his journey. Through training with the founder of the Transformational Breath® technique Dr Judith Kravitz, between 2004 and 2011 he reached the highest level of certification possible and continues to learn every day as he works with clients and groups around the world.
A series of happy coincidences led him to Lanzarote at which point he realised that he was ‘home’. Breathing Space Retreats and breathguru.com were born, with Alan’s key message being that YOU are the guru, and your breath is the key. Alan has gone on to gain a wealth of experience in working with the breath, and continues to be based in Lanzarote or as he prefers to call it, ‘The Magic Island’.
In 2011, after more than a year of looking, Alan found the ‘Dream Place’: a beautiful home in the village of Oasis de Nazaret in the north of the island. A place of sanctuary and peace with 5-star accommodation, Alan knew it was out there and sure enough, it appeared. He has been hosting year-round retreats at the villa ever since with regular visits to London, Cambridge, Dublin and most recently Brazil teaching workshops and 1-1 conscious breathing sessions.
Alan’s passion is creating permanent positive change. He could see that his clients were having the most intense breakthroughs and peak experiences at his villa in Lanzarote, and quickly decided that he wanted to spend as much time helping people there as possible. As Breathing Space Retreats have become the primary focus, so the business has evolved, and is now named after them.