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 -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: soundcloud.com/jessicamurri/group-feeds-mindfulness

Or check out the print version of the same interview at: 

www.montanakaimin.com/news/article_00127c6c-abe3-11e2-a448-001a4bcf6878.html

 

For more info please contact Nicole at beherenowcommunity [at] yahoo [dot] com or check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BeHereNowCommunity

 

 

BE HERE NOW SCHEDULE

Monday December 1st

Reading: Mindfulness Trainings
Facilitator: Nicole

Monday December 8th
Reading: The Art of Communicating by Thich Nhat Hanh
Facilitator: Rhonda

Monday December 15th
Deep Relaxation & White Elephant Gift Exchange! 
(see below for more info)
Facilitator: Nicole

Monday December 22nd
Reading: The Art of Communicating
Facilitator: Linds

Monday December 29th
Reading: The Art of Communicating
Facilitator: Luke

 

 
Upcoming:  
 
Open Mic Dates:


Saturday November 15th from 7:00-10:00pm 
Saturday December 6th from 7:00-10:00pm
Saturday January 3rd from 7:00-10:00pm
Saturday February 14th from 7:00-10:00pm 
Saturday March 28th from 7:00-10:00pm

Our community open mic nights are a chance to share pretty much anything you can come up with - music, dance, poetry, stories, art, show-n-tell, comedy, improv, song, creative projects... as long as it's family friendly it's welcome!

You can come to share something with the group or simply come to listen and be with good folks in those darker Missoula months and soak up some creativity. 

 
White Elephant Gift Exchange!

Join Be Here Now for our special annual holiday program on Monday December 15th from 7:30-9:30pm(ish).
We'll start the evening with a sitting meditation followed by a guided deep relaxation and then move into our White Elephant Gift Exchange (with snacks!).

What to bring: 
A wrapped gift of something you've either made or found around the house (not something you go out and purchase). 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-attachement :)

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-attachement :)