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





Monday January 5th

Mindfulness Training Talk, Linds: Reverence for Life

Facilitator: Nicole

Monday January 12th

Reading: The Art of Communicating by Thich Nhat Hanh

Facilitator: Rhonda

Monday January 19th

Reading: The Art of Communicating

Facilitator: Linds

Monday January 26th

 Reading: The Art of Communicating

Facilitator: Nicole


Be Here Now/Open Way Sanghas

Annual Board Meeting

Saturday January 31st, 10:00-3:30pm

All are welcome.  Lunch will be served.  Please RSVP to

BeHereNowCommunity [at] yahoo [dot] com if you plan on attending. 


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 6th, Speaker: Rhonda

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


Be Here Now Sledding Party 

Sunday, February 1, 2014
Blue Mountain Recreation Area - sledding hill

Please join us for sledding and snow games! We'll have a fire to stay toasty and extra sleds and inner tubes to share. Bring your reusable travel mug for hot chocolate and tea (and a sled if you have one) and come prepared to be in the snow!


Coming from Missoula:
Head south on Brooks, which turns into Highway 93. 
Turn right at the light onto Blue Mountain Road. 
At the fork by the main parking lot, turn right (continuing on Blue Mountain Road). 
Take the first left onto FS 365 (roughly 1 1/2 miles from Hwy 93) - if you make it to Maclay Flats you just missed the turn) - continue on FS 365 and look for the 'Be Here Now Sledding Party' sign' :)

The big sledding hill is hard to miss!

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.