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 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






                           Monday January 4th
                            First Mindfulness Training Talk: Kelly
                            Facilitator: Linds

                            Monday January 11th
                            Reading: One City
                            Facilitator: Rhonda

                            Monday January 18th
                            Reading: One City
                            Facilitator: Bob

                            Monday January 25th
                            Reading: One City
                            Facilitator: Linds





                           Monday February 1st
                            Second Mindfulness Training Talk: Linds
                            Facilitator: Rhonda

                            Monday February 8th
                            Reading: One City
                            Facilitator: Bob

                            Monday February 15th
                            Reading: One City
                            Facilitator: Linds


                           Monday February 22nd
                            Reading: One City
                            Facilitator: Nicole

                      Monday February 29th
                      Reading: One City
                      Facilitator: Rhonda  


Open Mic Nights @ Open Way


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

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

February has been cancelled

Saturday March 12th, 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: Bob

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