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 November 7th
Reading: Mindfulness Trainings
Facilitator: Amy F
Monday November 14th

Reading: Pay Attention for Goodness' Sake
Facilitator: Rhonda
Monday November 21st
Reading: Pay Attention for Goodness' Sake
Facilitator: Drew
Monday November 28th
Reading: Pay Attention for Goodness' Sake
Facilitator: Kelly

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

Monday December 5th
White Elephant Gift Exchange! (info below)
Facilitator: Linds
Monday December 12th

Reading: Mindfulness Trainings
Facilitator: Jennifer
Monday December 19th
Guided Deep Relaxation, led by Drew
Facilitator: Bob
Monday December 26th
Reading: Pay Attention for Goodness' Sake
Facilitator: Rhonda


Our annual Mindfulness Training Talk series will start in January and take place through May,

on the first Monday of each month, as part of our regular format:

Monday January 2nd: 1st Mindfulness Training, Rhonda
Monday February 6th: 2nd Mindfulness Training, Bob
Monday March 6th: 3rd Mindfulness Training, Linds
Monday April 3rd: 4th Mindfulness Training, Melissae
Monday May 1st: 5th Mindfulness Training, Jennifer



Coming Up!
White Elephant: Monday December 5th @ BHN!
What is a White Elephant Gift Exchange?

It’s great fun! Everyone brings 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 - we also encourage using reused or recycled wrappings. It can be something silly, practical, or meaningful, it's up to you! Then we’ll take turns opening & stealing gifts from one another! We’ll have snacks on hand and teach you how to play the game when we all gather.

Open Mic Night!!: Saturday December 17th from 7:00-10:00pm. Prepare thyself for a great time!