BACKSTORY

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 around the world alone visiting a dozen countries including a 2,800 mile solo bike ride through Southeast Asia that raised $22,500 to build a primary school in Laos and support  scholarships for young women in Cambodia.

On his bike journey in Burma, Patrick saw troubling human rights abuses and had long talks with formely jailed activists. The friendships formed on this trip and the injustices he was exposed to ignited a passion for global justice and human rights. For five years following his trip, Patrick worked in solidarity with human rights activists in Burma with the US Campaign for Burma.

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.

During his time at Brown, Patrick began his work as an adolescent educator that has continued over the last decade. He also 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 high school education.