September/October events

Greetings and happy fall!

I hope you're finding some clean air to breathe, and when it does come, that you can enjoy the changes in the air. It feels to me like with the shift to fall, my world is accelerating. New threads and connections are thrumming for me here in Missoula while I also feel some sadness with the letting go of fall - old memories stir.

It is a beautiful time to reconnect with one's self. What do you do when you need some peace and self-connection? A breath? A walk? A talk with a friend?

Following are a list of some activities that I'm involved with.

Warm regards,




Every Tuesday at Noon at the Jeanette Rankin Peace Center

519 S. Higgins Ave. - Missoula, MT 59801 USA

No Charge. No experience necessary.

Come to practice and learn to use Nonviolent Communication. This weekly group provides an opportunity to give and recieve empathy, do role play with challenging or stressful life situations, and practice the fundamentals of NVC.


It's fall and a great time to self-connect again. Come to this class and remember how to experience deep calmness and peace in your life, amidst the busyness of fall.

You can shift old habits and patterns working with the power of your subconscious.  You can quit smoking, lose weight, improve sleep, relieve stress and tension, reduce or relieve chronic pain and much more.

This class will focus on learning the mechanics of self-hypnosis, gaining your own experience and trust with yourself, and using personal
autosuggestions to reach your goal.

Saturday, October 13th,10:00 am to 4:00 pm • Cost - $45

CEU's available for this class for LCSW, LCPC, LMFT and LAC.

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Upcoming Tango Classes and Events

  • Missoula Tango Connections with Patrick & Lori - Regular weekly classes - come and join us anytime.

    Two Classes - Beginners at 7:30 and Intermediate at 8:30. You can learn Argentine Tango, a highly personal and expressive social dance that can be danced to many different styles of music. It all starts with walking! Walk into a playful, fun, exploration of this exciting, improvisational dance.

  • Helena Tango Classes - Regular Thursday evening classes - 13 W. Placer st.
    This session I'm teaching the beginner's class with Linda Angeloni at 6:15. We just started a new session, so come join us!
    Also, I'm teaching the advanced class with Grace Hodges at 8:25. We're continuing on qualities of connection and movement with pivoting changes of direction.


  • Kalispell Tango Classes - Sunday, September 30th - Flathead Fitness • 300 1st Ave. W. • Kalispell

    Two Classes with Lori Mitchell & Patrick Marsolek - Open to all levels of dancers.  $10/class

    2:00 - 3:15 – Building on the fundamentals of connection, embrace, and musicality and adding to the basics with the cruzada.

    3:30 - 4:45 – Adding more vocabulary, adding molinete from the cross and sacadas (displacements).

  • Billings Tango Classes -  Saturday, Oct. 20th -  Dance Fever , 5710 Interstate Ave. #2 - Billings

    Two Argentine tango classes with Patrick Marsolek & Talia Harris. Building on the fundamentals of connection, developing musicality and learning how to improvise with fancier steps.

  • You can see Lori and I dancing on Youtube.



Coming in November:

Work that Reconnects:  Coming Back to Life
Kathleen Kennedy and Patrick Marsolek
Red Willow Learning Center, Missoula MT

Coming Back to Life: At a time when ecological, economic and political systems are unraveling, some people choose to ignore or deny these realities while others find themselves overwhelmed if not paralyzed by their awareness and concern.  The Work that Reconnects offers us another way to respond to the pain we experience by engaging our hearts, minds and spirits in order to deepen and repair our connections to ourselves, our human community and all planetary life.

Based on group practices developed by eco-philosopher Joanna Macy, this workshop will help you acknowledge and respond to the full range of feelings you experience during this pivotal time in our human journey.  Using dialogue, ritual and contemplation we will move through a spiral path of gratitude, owning our pain, seeing with new eyes and going forth renewed and reconnected.  For an introduction to Joanna Macy and the Work that Reconnects visit

Course schedule:  Saturday, November 10, 9:00a-4:00pm

Course cost:  $80.00
Sliding fee scale is available, for more information call Kathy Mangan 721-0033

More information and to register.


Compassionate Communication Class - Helena

Saturday, Nov. 17th - 10:00 am - 4:00 pm - Cost: $50 or $90 for two.

Healthy, effective communication is essential at home, work or when having fun. Develop tools that will bring ease, clarity and personal integrity to every conversation. Join us for a fun, playful exploration of essential communication skills. You can learn the importance of feelings and how they connect with your inner values and needs. You can learn how your inner values direct your actions, communications, emotional expressions and all forms of behavior. You can learn to recognize and value other people’s expression of their values and needs.

CEU's available for this class for LCSW, LCPC, LMFT and LAC.

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