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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 two K-12 scholarships for young women in Cambodia.
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.
Following his bike trip, Patrick began his work as an adolescent educator. As a junior in college, Patrick started Transform Abroad, a program for low-income American students to travel and volunteer abroad. As a senior at Brown, Patrick helped launch the Brown Social Innovation Initiative, a leading social change incubator on college campuses. He also began speaking with high school students about the importance of global citizenship, social change, and self-awareness.
During his time in Burma, Patrick witnessed a number of human rights abuses by its military dictatorship. Being witness to these injustices ignited his interest in human rights and global justice. For five years, Patrick worked in solidarity with human rights activists in Burma with the US Campaign for Burma. He spent 2010 as a Fulbright Scholar researching the impact of cross-border aid along the Thai-Burma border.
Throughout his time as a human rights advocate, Patrick continued to be deeply interested in meditation and a connection to the natural world. In 2011, he was presented with the opportunity to help lead Inward Bound Mindfulness Education. As the West Coast Director, Patrick started programming on the west coast, taught mindfulness classes at public and private schools, and helped launch Inward Bound's first wilderness-based retreats.
Patrick left Inward Bound to focus his energy on the education of young men - noticing that so many young men felt confused and misguided in their adolescence by false notions of hyper-masculinity and a lack of positive male leadership. He launched his own mentoring program focused on helping young men develop a sense of purpose. He also helped start W.I.L.D - a program for young men to discover more about who they really are through immersion in the natural world.
In the fall of 2015, Patrick started a year-long education innovation fellowship at Stanford's d.school. His new project was focused on answering this question: how do educator's help young people discover and develop a sense of purpose? Everyone wants young people to have a sense of purpose, but how does this come about and what educational tools and programs can transform this process? After a year of tinkering and toiling, Project Wayfinder was born.
As a wilderness guide and mindfulness educator, Patrick has led mindfulness and backcoutry trips with Back to Earth, Inward Bound Mindfulness Education, UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center, and the International School of Asia-Karuizawa. He is a Wilderness First Responder, Level 1 avalanche certified, a graduate of NOLS outdoor educator program, and a graduate of a three-year nature awareness mentoring program led by master tracker John Stokes, director of The Tracking Project.
Patrick has been featured in the Washington Post, Sunday Boston Globe, Radio Free Asia, ABC News, NPR and written for Stanford Social Innovation Review, Huffington Post, Tricycle, Edutopia, UC Berkeley's Greater Good Center, and the Providence Journal. Over the past decade he has spoken at more than 100 high schools and universities including Yale, Duke, and UCLA.