"Death, birth and rebirth" The life cycle in a moment.

I offer professional services that include:

  • Facilitation of small and large group dialogue on "right relations" from a spiritual perspective
  • Individual and small group Spiritual Direction for self inquiry and social investigation
  • Speaker on topics that include: language and meaning, spiritual teachings and Indigenous perspectives, trauma and healing, spiritual transformation
  • Teacher skills include program & curriculum development, program evaluation and community relations
  • Artist involvements include individual and small group facilitation of techniques such as image transfer, zines, collage and mask making to explore personal and cultural resources, conditioning and beliefs 
  • Private and public art exhibitions
  • Psychotherapist services are integrated into all services and include Somatic wisdom, the intellect of emotion, family dynamics, the nature of conditioning, healing from trauma and generational knowledge

In conversation with two friends recently, both were from two different countries on the other side of the world.  They asked me why in North America, the focus is on the suffering of Indigenous people rather than on their strengths.  The strengths in ancestral law are inclusive, as with any sacred teachings, the life giving principles are for all human beings.  Regardless of services rendered, the heart of service rests in inquiring into the meaning of human behaviour in relationship with self, the Supernatural and others.  In finding meaning, one is better able to make choices that respect self, the other and all life.  




Being Light

10"x7" mixed media on magazine paper

Dr. Patricia Vickers is a teacher, artist, psychotherapist and spiritual director.  Her approach to all services comes from the Northwest Coast Feast Hall, Buddhist teachings, and the teachings of Christ and is founded on relationship with self, the Supernatural and others. Her methodology is grounded in the primary need to be heard and understood without judgement--respect for others and self.

    Vickers' cultural heritage weaves ancestry from the United Kingdom, Ts'msyen and Heiltsuk nations.  She belongs to the Eagle clan from the village of Gitxaala, British Columbia and carries two feast hall names from her village and from the Nuxalk in Bella Coola, British Columbia.  She continues her studies of spiritual transformation, healing trauma, awakening, forgiveness and unearthing layers to find the authentic self.


    Publications from a Doctoral Dissertation to book chapters and academic journals.

    Vickers, Patricia June. "What makes a prophet?," Mandate, May 2015, 22.

    Doctoral Dissertation: Ayaawx (Ts'msyen Ancestral Law) the power of transformation


    Mentally Healthy Communities: Aboriginal Perspectives

    The American Indian Quarterly

    Inanna Publications Book Chapter in Wo(men) and Bears

    Methodology and Principles of Practice.

    UBC Learning Circle

    UBC Learning Circle 2018


    Dr. Patricia Vickers’ workshop at Our Place Society brought together a diverse group of people in a caring, respectful, and inclusive way.  Her ability to humbly co-create the presentation with the group was very thoughtful and well-paced; she educated through her response within group engagement rather than using a structured, timed format.  Dr. Vickers was genuinely interested in listening to people’s stories and gently engaged them in self-discovery and awakening.  She has a soft, but powerful manner that commands and respects.  It was a valuable experience on many levels and was much more than staff training.

    Le-Ann Dolan, Director of Operations 
    Our Place Society, Victoria BC

    I have presented with Dr. Vickers in academic and public settings. She brings groups and individuals to reconciliation with intelligence, emotional balance, and spiritual sensitivity. She works with the tools of Ayaawx, the natural teachings which are the strength of First Nations. 

    The Reverend Dr. Martin Brokenleg, OSBCn

    Patricia carefully weaves Indigenous knowledges and the teachings of Christ in a way that leads to profound personal contemplation. A gifted spiritual director, and a vulnerable companion too.

    Steve Heinrichs
    Director, Indigenous Relations
    Mennonite Church Canada
    600 Shaftesbury Blvd.
    Winnipeg, MB R3P 0M4