Patrick grew up in Annapolis, MD where he was an All-American lacrosse player and captain of a state championship lacrosse team. After his sophomore year at Brown University, Patrick stopped playing varsity lacrosse and went on a journey to find himself. For a year, he traveled solo around the world visiting a dozen countries.

While traveling, Patrick felt a sense of loneliness, anger, and frustration at the world. At the suggestion of a friend, Patrick did a 10-day meditation sit in Cambodia. This radically changed his life. For the first time, he began to cultivate a sense of inner peace. Later on his trip, in the South Pacific, he was introduced to indigenous and traditional cultures which cultivate awareness and peace through connection with the natural world. He was drawn in particular to the Aboriginal practice of animal tracking and Polynesian wayfinding leading him to the Tracking Project.

His travels included a 2,800 mile solo bike ride through Southeast Asia that raised enough money to build a primary school in Laos and support K12 scholarships for two young women in Cambodia. During his bike journey in Burma, Patrick witnessed brutal human rights committed by military soldiers and was exposed to life under dictatorship for the first time. This ignited a passion for global justice and democracy activism. For five years following his trip, Patrick worked in solidarity with human rights activists in Burma through the US Campaign for Burma.

During his time at Brown, Patrick began his work as an adolescent educator that has continued over the last decade. He began speaking with high school students about the importance of global citizenship, social change, and self-awareness. Since then, Patrick has spoken at more than 100 schools and universities including Duke, Yale, and Phillips Andover and helped launch a number of organizations and projects related to transforming the health and practice of adolescent education.