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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. Since then, Patrick has spoken at more than 100 schools and universities including Duke, Yale, and Phillips Andover.
On his bike journey in Burma, Patrick saw gangs of slave laborers 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.
During his time living in southeast Asia, Patrick continued to practice mindfulness, spending 10 to 20 days a year on silent retreat. In 2011, after moving back to the U.S., he wanted to find a way to bring the practice of mindfulness to youth in America. He later helped lead Inward Bound Mindfulness Education - an organization devoted to providing mindfulness retreats for youth. During his time at Inward Bound he helped launch North America's first program to effectively teach mindfulness education in a backcountry setting.
During his time working with teenage guys Patrick started to notice 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. In order to help address this issue, he developed his own mentoring program and helped launch Back to Earth's Wilderness Immersion Leadership Development (WILD) - a program for young men to explore what it means to be a good man.
In the spring of 2015, Patrick applied for a fellowship at Stanford's d.school, hoping to bring a decades' worth of experience of working with adolescents to develop a program what would answer this question: how do educator's help young people discover and develop a sense of purpose? After being accepted to the fellowship and a year of design work, Project Wayfinder was born.
Wilderness Guiding: 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.
Writing + Speaking: 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 Stanford, Brown, and UCLA.
Education: Patrick is a graduate of Brown University, a Fulbright Scholar, and former Stanford d.school Project Fellow. Patrick is currently a lecturer at Stanford's d. school.