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 -

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 November 2nd
                            Reading: Mindfulness Trainings
                            Facilitator: Bob

                            Monday November 9th
                            Reading: One City by Ethan Nichtern
                            Facilitator: Nicole

                            Monday November 16th
                            Reading: One City by Ethan Nichtern
                            Facilitator: Nicole

                            Monday November 23rd
                            Special Program: Teaching Talk by Nicole & Mike
                            Facilitator: Linds


                          Monday November 30th
                            Reading: One City by Ethan Nichtern
                            Facilitator: Bob

                            Monday December 7th
                            White Elephant Gift Exchange!  (see below for info)
                            Facilitator: Nicole

                            Monday December 14th
                            Reading: Mindfulness Trainings
                            Facilitator: Linds

                            Monday December 21st
                            Deep Relaxation
                            Facilitator: Nicole

                            Monday December 28th
                            Reading: One City
                            Facilitator: Nicole





White Elephant Gift Exchange!

Join Be Here Now for our special holiday program on Monday December 7th from 7:30-9:00(ish).

We'll start the evening with our regular sitting & walking meditation and then move into our White Elephant Gift Exchange (with snacks!) around 8:00pm.

What to bring:
A wrapped gift** of something you've either made or found around the house (we encourage you not to go out and purchase something, although you can if you want to). It can be something silly, practical, or meaningful, it's up to you! We'll have extra gifts on hand too if you forget yours.

**We urge folks to be eco-minded & creative when thinking of what to use for wrapping your gift - newspaper, paperbags, boxes, and plastic bags you have laying around your house are great options.

What is a White Elephant Gift Exchange?

Everyone brings a wrapped gift and all those gifts go into a pile in the middle of the room. Everyone then picks a slip of paper from a hat with a number written on it. #1 goes first and chooses a gift from the pile and unwraps it. #2 can then either steal #1's gift or pick a new one from the pile. And on it goes until everyone has had a turn. A practice in non-attachment :)




Open Mic Nights @ Open Way


Saturday December 12th, 7:00-10:00pm

Saturday January 2nd, 7:00-10:00pm

Saturday February 13th, 7:00-10:00pm

Saturday March 19th, 7:00-10:00pm


Free to attend!  Kids are welcome - snacks to share are welcome too! 

All kinds of sharing are encouraged: music, song, poetry, story telling, demonstrations, comedy, cool human tricks, show-n-tell…




Mindfulness Training Talk Series:

Every year at Be Here Now we start off the new year with our Monthly Mindfulness Training Talk Series.

On the first Monday of each month, as part of our regular program, from January through May a Be Here Now member will give a short 10-15 minute talk on their personal experience and practice with one of the Five Mindfulness Trainings. These talks are a wonderful opportunity to gain new perspectives and thoughts on how to enfold the trainings into our everyday life.

Monday January 4th: First Mindfulness Training,
Reverence for Life. Speaker: Kelly

Monday February 1st: Second Mindfulness Training,
True Happiness. Speaker: Linds

Monday March 7th: Third Mindfulness Training,
True Love. Speaker: Rhonda

Monday April 4th: Fourth Mindfulness Training,
Loving Speech and Deep Listening. Speaker: Amy

Monday May 2nd: Fifth Mindfulness Training,
Nourishment and Healing. Speaker: Bob