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.

Social time: Feel free to come a little early on Monday nights - anytime after 7:00pm - to chat and have some tea too!

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

September 2018

Monday 3rd: Read: Five Mindfulness Trainings

Monday 10th: Read: Being Peace

Monday 17th: Outdoor Walking Meditation

Monday 24th: Guided Deep Relaxation


October 2018

Special Evening Monday October 1st: On Oct 1st, our visiting fall retreat Dharma teacher Leslie Rawls
will be joining us at BHN to give a talk. Please be sure to join us!

Monday 8th: Read: Five Mindfulness Trainings

Monday 15th: Read: Real Love by Sharon Salzberg

Monday 22nd: Read: Real Love by Sharon Salzberg

Monday 29th: Read: Real Love by Sharon Salzberg


Upcoming BHN Events:

BHN Potluck!

It's time for another BHN potluck! Hooray!

AND, in honor of it being close to Halloween - and for the sheer sake of it sounding like a good idea - it will be a plaid themed potluck (for your attire not the food :) So if you feel so inclined (and we hope you will!), come dressed in plaid! There will even be a prize given out for best outfit! :)

Please bring a vegetarian or vegan dish to share and feel free to bring your friends/family/partner/kiddos along. Sorry, no dog friends please.

Date: Sunday October 28th
Time: 5:00-8:00pm
Location: Jenn & John's House (for address, please email:

Open Mic Nights! Saturday November 17th, 7:00-10:00pm and December 15th, 7:00-10:00pm are our first two of the season!
White Elephant Gift Exchange: Mark the date! Monday December 10th! :)