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




September 2014:

Monday September 1st - Reading: The 5 Mindfulness Trainings 
Facilitator: Linds 

Monday September 8th - Reading: The Art of Communicating
Facilitator: Nicole 

Monday September 15th - Reading: The Art of Communicating
Facilitator: Bob 

Monday September 22nd - Deep Relaxation
Facilitator: Rhonda

Monday September 29th - Teaching talk, Nicole: Embracing & Letting Go   

Facilitator: Linds

October 2014
Monday October 6th - Reading: The Five Mindfulness Trainings
Facilitator: Nicole
Monday October 13th - Reading: The Art of Communicating 
Facilitator: Bob
Monday October 20th - Special guest, Dharma teacher Chan Huy 
Facilitator: Rhonda
Monday October 27th - Reading: The Art of Communicating 
Facilitator: Linds   



Be Here Now Potluck: Sunday October 5th, 5:00-8:00pm (or so) at Nicole's house (for more info please email BeHereNowCommunity [at] yahoo [dot] com).  We're suggesting the theme of Local Harvest - so if you have a dish or item you can bring to share that would incorporate a local seasonal ingredient please do! And if you're stumped or simply want to pick something up at the store on your way that's great too! 

Feel free to bring your friends and family along, kids are always welcome. 

Open Mic Nights!:  Our montly winter series open mic nights will be starting on Saturday November 15th from 7:00-10:00pm at the Open Way Center.  All types of sharing are welcome and encouraged: music, song, dance, poetry, story telling, show-n-tell, art, comedy, skits...  This is a family friendly event, kids are welcome!  Snacks are welcome too!  Free, donations appreciated.