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:

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


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



Be Here Now Schedule



Be Here Now Schedule


Monday May 4th

Reading: One City by Ethan Nichtern

Facilitator: Nicole

Monday May 11th

Mindfulness Training Talk,

Brian: Nourishment & Healing

Facilitator: Linds

Monday May 18th

Reading: One City

Facilitator: Luke

Monday May 25th

Reading: One City

Facilitator: Rhonda 



Mindfulness Training Talk Series:

We'll be kicking off another year with our Mindfulness Training Talk Series starting in January and continuing through until May.  Once a month a 10-15 minute talk with be offered on one of the Five Mindfulness Trainings (as part of our regular Monday night program) by a differernt Be Here Now practitioner.  This is a great opportunity to hear from some of our peers in our mindfulness community about how they're working with an individual mindfulness training and to learn new ways to practice.  Listening to others can also help us to renew our own intentions for becoming more connected and present.  To read the trainings please go to the Mindfulness Trainings tab at the top of the page.  

First Mindfulness Training: Reverence for Life, Monday January 5th, Speaker: Linds

Second Mindfulness Training: True Happiness, Monday February 9th, Speaker: Luke

Third Mindfulness Training: True Love, Monday March 9th, Speaker: Jennifer

Fourth Mindfulness Training: Loving Speech & Deep Listening, Monday April 13th, Speaker: Rhonda

Fifth Mindfulness Training: Nourishment & Healing, Monday May 4th, Speaker: Brian