Patricia’s formative years were spent in the James Bay region of Northern Ontario living amongst the Muskego Cree. This experience eventually led her to study healing and wholeness from a cross-cultural perspective, completing a Master’s Degree from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, California, in 2001. She has been working as a psychotherapist in private practice for over 10 years, specializing in working with those who have been victims of sexual abuse, sexual assault and domestic violence as well as providing a culturally appropriate therapy for Indian Residential School Survivors and their families.
Patricia believes in the immense healing power of nature and its ability to restore a sense of balance and wellbeing. As an artist, Patricia has worked in both porcelain and acrylics mediums as a way of processing and expressing her many and varied cultural and wilderness experiences. Her paintings are done on birch boards using a wide array of paints, gels, pastes and grounds to create relief and highly textured surfaces that invite the viewer’s touch. Patricia, along with her husband, artist Mark Nadjiwan, continue to be inspired by and spend much of their summers canoe tripping and hiking in the Temagami wilderness and Lake Superior regions.
“Body and mind can take the journey into Wilderness…by canoe or on foot…but ultimately cannot hold on. At some point surely they must let go? And at that moment there is no more separation. Ah!, no tree and me, no rock and me, no water and me…no canoe and me, no paddle and me…no breath and me. No ‘experiencer’. Only the awareness of the formless One. Expansiveness. This is the journey of the heart. This is ‘Art’.”
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