Open Way Sanghas

Our sanghas are rooted in the Zen based mindfulness tradition inspired by Thich Nhat Hanh and consist of Open Way & Be Here Now in Missoula, Flowing Mountains in Helena, and Open Sky in Kalispell.  


Mindfulness Center

The Open Way Mindfulness Center in Missoula, MT is home to Open Way & Be Here Now Sanghas and also hosts many other community classes and events, see our calendar for more info.

               Open Way Mindfulness Center - 702 Brooks Missoula, Montana - 406-549-9005 -

                                            Interested in renting the Open Way Mindfulness Center? Please email us!

Be Here Now

Be Here Now is a mindfulness community rooted in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh and the Zen based Order of Interbeing. Formed in the fall of 2002 Be Here Now meets every Monday night, come rain, shine, snow or holiday :), from 7:30-8:45pm at the Open Way Mindfulness Center in Missoula, Montana (702 Brooks, next to Rose Memorial Park).

We're always free to attend and everyone is welcome! We are open to and have all ages at Be Here Now but we do mostly consist of folks in their 20's and 30's. No experience necessary, it's a great group for beginners and experienced practitioners alike. Come on by any Monday and check us out, open to all!

Our Format: We are a relaxed format group that emphasizes a welcoming atmosphere and comfort (there are many different kinds of seating options to partake in).  We start with a 15-20 minute silent sitting meditation period followed by some walking meditation, where we practice to connect fully with our steps and enjoy our walking and breathing. We then have a reading followed by an open sharing circle and close with a circle for gratitude and healing. Lastly, before we depart for the night, we take a few minutes for community announcements.

Throughout the year we have council meetings, community potlucks, open mic nights, days of mindfulness and other gatherings and classes that help to strengthen our connection to one another on the path of friendship and practice. Being joyfully together as a sangha (spiritual community) cultivates our connection to ourselves, one another and our larger world community. It is one of the most important and influential actions we can do.

To listen to an interview on Be Here Now (April, 2013) done by Jessica Murri (a jounalism student at the UM) that aired on KBGA college radio go to:

Or check out the print version of the same interview at:


For more info please contact Nicole at or check us out on Facebook at



Be Here Now Schedule



Monday July 4th
Reading: Mindfulness Trainings
Facilitator: Kelly
Monday July 11th

Teaching Talk from Nicole
Facilitator: Drew
Monday July 18th
Reading: Pay Attention for Goodness' Sake
Facilitator: Linds
Monday July 25th
Outdoor Walking Meditation
Facilitator: Bob
Monday August 1st
Reading: Mindfulness Trainings
Facilitator: Rhonda
Monday August 8th

Reading: Pay Attention for Goodness' Sake
Facilitator: Amy F.
Monday August 15th
Reading: Pay Attention for Goodness' Sake
Facilitator: Drew
Monday August 22nd
Reading: Pay Attention for Goodness' Sake
Facilitator: Kelly
Monday August 29th
Outdoor Walking Meditation
Facilitator: Linds

(We do have occasional schedule changes. For the most current info please check out our facebook page).




Save the Dates
this Summer!

BBQ/Potluck/Open Mic Night!
Saturday July 23rd, 6:00-10:00pm
at Nicole's House
(email us at for location info)
6:00-7:00, food & chatting
7:00-10:00, outdoor open mic night!
Please bring a dish to share and something to offer for the open mic too (if you're so inclined) - or simply come for the food and the fun! Friends, family & kids are welcome!

BHN Campout!

Friday & Saturday August 19th & 20th


Join us at Big Arm State Park on the Flathead Lake for our annual summer camp out!  We have tent sites reserved right on the water and fun will be had!  We also have room for a few campers/RV's (inquire more about this if you're interested in bringing your camper).


$30/pp, cost includes: campsite fees, breakfast on Sat. & Sun. and dinner on Saturday night (all other meals are up to you).  Dogs are welcome!  Bring any watercrafts you may have for floating around the lake on! Arrival is on Friday August 19th, anytime, and departure is on Sunday August 21st, mid-late afternoon. Friends & family are welcome – the more the merrier :)


To reserve your spot please RSVP to by Friday July 29th,

early registration is appreciated!

(Once you email us we’ll send you a link to pay via paypal)