Open Way Sanghas

Our sanghas are rooted in the mindfulness tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh and consist of Open Way & Be Here Now in Missoula, Flowing Mountains in Helena, Open Sky in Kalispell, and the TNH Group in Bozeman.


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 6th
  Sixth Diversity Training Talk, Drew
Monday November 13th
Reading: Pay Attention for Goodness' Sake
Monday November 20th
Reading: Being Peace
Monday November 27th
Reading: Being Peace


Monday December 4th
  Seventh Diversity Training Talk, Rhonda
Monday December 11th
White Elephant Gift Exchange & Ugly Sweater Contest! (see more info below)
Monday December 18th
Deep Relaxation
Monday December 25th (yep, we're still meeting!)
Reading: Being Peace



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, Jennifer
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:


Hooray, our Open Mic Nights have started!

Upcoming Dates:

Saturday December 9th from 7:00-10:00pm
Saturday January 13th from 7:00-10:00pm
Saturday February 17th from 7:00-10:00pm

All forms of creative sharing are welcome and encouraged: poetry, story telling, music, comedy, improv games, show-n-tell, magic... the sky's the limit! Just please note that this is a family friendly event and kids are super welcome to come AND to participate.

Bringing along snacks to share is a super great idea too - just sayin' :)

Come to share or simply come to hang out and be in good company - though we do highly encourage you to share! We all have something to share, so get creative!

Bring your friends and family along! Free & open to attend.
White Elephant Gift Exchange & Ugly Sweater Contest!

We'll start the evening with a regular sitting meditation session and then move into our White Elephant Gift Exchange (with snacks!). AND our 1st annual Ugly Sweater Contest! So wear your ugliest sweater for a chance to win our ugly sweater trophy!

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.
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!