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 April 3rd
Fourth Mindfulness Training Talk, Melissae
Facilitator: Rhonda
Monday April 10th

Reading: Pay Attention for Goodness' Sake
Facilitator: Amy
Monday April 17th
Reading: Pay Attention for Goodness' Sake
Facilitator: Jennifer
Monday April 24th
Reading: Pay Attention for Goodness' Sake
Facilitator: Drew



Monday May 1st
Fifth Mindfulness Training Talk, Jennifer
Facilitator: Bob
Monday May 8th

Reading: Pay Attention for Goodness' Sake
Facilitator: Rhonda
Monday May 15th
Reading: Pay Attention for Goodness' Sake
Facilitator: Amy F
Monday May 22nd
Teaching Talk, Nicole
Facilitator: Jennifer
Monday May 29th
Reading: Pay Attention for Goodness' Sake
Facilitator: Drew





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


Diversity Training Talk series:

Our new series of talks about the Diversity Trainings will start with a teaching talk on May 22. Then we'll have a talk and discussion about each training on the first Monday of the month, starting in June:

Monday May 22nd: Teaching talk about the Diversity Trainings, Nicole
Monday June 5: Diversity Training #1, Mike
Monday July 3: Diversity Training #2, Melissae
Monday August 7: Diversity Training #3, Linds
Monday September 4: Diversity Training #4, Amy F
Monday October 2: Diversity Training #5, Theresa
Monday November 6: Diversity Training #6, Drew
Monday December 4: Diversity Training #7, Rhonda

To read the Diversity Trainings, click here


Coming Up!
River Cleanup!

Join our BHN team as we participate in the annual Clark Fork River Cleanup on Saturday April 22nd from 10:00am-noon. To join our team: Show up at Caras Park on the 22nd between 9:00-9:30am and look for us! We'll get you signed in! We'll be picking up trash around Jacob's Island, so come prepared to be outside gettin' dirty. And there's a BBQ at noon for volunteers if you want to stick around. Both kids & dogs are welcome!
Yard Sale Donations

 On Saturday May 13th, the Open Way Mindfulness Center will be having its 6th annual community yard sale fundraiser. All through March & April we'll be collecting donations, which can be dropped off under the awning by the driveway anytime of day. We are accepting MOST items EXCEPT: furniture and non-working electronics.
THANK YOU for your support!!