Open Way Sanghas

Our sanghas are rooted in the Zen based mindfulness tradition of the Order of Interbeing, part of a world-wide community inspired by teacher and Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh.  

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 -openwaysangha [at] aol [dot] com

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 a recent 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:



April 2014
April 7th  Mindfulness Training Talk: Loving Speech & Deep Listening, Speaker: Linds
April 14th  Reading: The Art of Communication, Thich Nhat Hanh
April 21st  Reading: The Art of Communication, Thich Nhat Hanh
April 28th  Reading: The Art of Communication, Thich Nhat Hanh
May 2014
May 5th  Special Guest: Dharma Teacher Michael Ciborski
May 12th  Mindfulness Training Talk: Nourishment & Healing, Speaker: Dan
May 19th  Reading: The Art of Communication, Thich Nhat Hanh
May 26th  Reading: The Art of Communication, Thich Nhat Hanh 
Yard Sale Fundraiser: Saturday May 17th, 8:00am-4:00pm at the Open Way Mindfulness Center, all proceeds from the sale go to our mindfulness center sangahs (Open Way & Be Here Now)

For more info please contact Nicole at beherenowcommunity [at] yahoo [dot] com or check us out on Facebook at

To view Nicole's retreat & mindfulness practice blog check out: