Patricia Andersson’s journey into coaching evolved from a life-long interest in psychology, personal growth and spirituality. After graduating from college with a degree in graphic design, Patricia moved to the Findhorn Foundation, an international spiritual community in northern Scotland. During her six years there, she helped to develop personal and spiritual growth courses and co-led over 20 week-long workshops. While at the Foundation, she also completed a two-year Certificate Program in Psychosynthesis, a branch of transpersonal psychology.
Upon returning to the States, Patricia led personal/spiritual growth groups for women for many years. She also volunteered as a co-facilitator of a cancer support group, being a breast cancer survivor herself.
She discovered Life Coaching in 1998, and studied at The Coaches Training Institute in San Rafael, CA. In 2003, Patricia co-facilitated a support group for victims of domestic violence. While there, she was inspired to focus her life on the empowerment of women, and trained at the Martha Beck Institute, choosing to coach women exclusively. She completed her certification program in 2006, and now coaches from Portland, OR. Local clients can have face-to-face sessions.
Patricia's approach to life is gently feminist, grounded in a Buddhist perspective. She strives to enrich women’s lives through individual coaching, travel experiences, and leading the Portland chapter of Dining For Women, a giving circle that helps to alleviate the poverty of women and girls in the developing world. Patricia also develops and leads unique travel experiences connecting women around the world through her boutique travel company, Heartfire Journeys.