November/December Events

Greetings and happy fall!

I hope you're finding time to pull back from the frantic political season to breath and self-connect! I personally find it helpful to remember I'm a physical being living in a landscape - to get out and breathe, move. This activity helps me shift my awareness of what is alive and moving around me, as well as within me, and to lighten up!

"Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing." - William James.

Following are a list of activities coming up. Feel free to pass these along to friends.

I'm especially excited to be facilitating with Kathleen Kennedy next Saturday, focusing on Joanna Macy's Work that Reconnects. I hope you'll come join us!

Also, my Relaxation Techniques CD is on sale through the Holidays for only $13!

Warm regards,



Ps - You can see a video of a performance piece I did with Lori for the Day of the Dead cabaret, entitled - "The Companionship of Light and Dark."



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.

Read more online.


A free lecture on what Compassionate Communication is and how to use it.

Some of the basics of this model are;

  • Connecting Needs to Feelings.
  • Learning how to make connective requests.
  • Learning how to receive information clearly without judgement.
  • Recognizing our own needs when we're judgemental.
  • Giving and receiving empathy.
  • How to respond when we hear a "NO".
  • How to express our needs so that they're more easily heard.

We will get some hands-on practice!

Tuesday, November 27th
6:30 pm • Free to public
Missoula Public Library - Large Meeting Room
301 East Main Street


You Can Relax With Self-hypnosis - Tuesdays - 6:00 to 7:30 pm - December 4th & 11th. - $20

In these two sessions, you will learn some simple, effective relaxation, guided imagery and self-hypnosis tools to help you go through this holiday season more relaxed and calm. You will learn simple, yet powerful tools to relax yourself when you're stressed or triggered, so you can feel safer and calmer. You will also learn how to work more directly with your subconscious mind to shift old, ineffective patterns to live more connected with yourself and others.

Need a calm moment? These sesesions can be your mini-retreat from the busyness of the holiday season.

Read more or register online.


Solstice Trance Drumming and Intuitive Self-exploration - Missoula

Friday, December 21st - 6:30 until 9:30 PM.  - Cost - $35

Join Patrick Marsolek for a workshop using the sounds of the drum and the rattle and other conscious mechanisms for exploring and experiencing trance. Through trance we gain access to deeper parts of ourselves and of our collective group energy for insight, clarity of purpose, healing, and even personal transformation.

Within the group space, individuals will be able to go deeper into their own experience of  trance and explore their own personal intentions. We will also explore the manifestation of group intention and spirit guidance. Within the container of a group trance, personal experiences can take on larger, more profound meanings that are relevant to more than one person or even to the whole group.

Read more and register online.


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.



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 has just begun. I'm teaching the Beyond Basics class with Megan Wilke at 7:25.
    Also, I'm teaching the Intermediate class with Grace Hodges at 8:35.


  • Kalispell Tango Classes - Sunday, November 11th - 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 with yourself, your partner, and the music! Exploring more fluid ways in and out of cross system.
    3:30 - 4:45 – Adding fluidity to the dance: in and out of turns, cross and parallel systems, quicks and slows, with some fun adornment possibilities.