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!

Flowing Mountains Sangha

 Flowing Mountains Sangha in Helena, MT

 An Open Way Community of Mindful Living in the Tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh


Meets Tuesdays:

Mountains and Rivers building, 825 Helena Avenue.

walking & sitting meditation, 6:30 & 7:00 p.m.

program, 7:30 p.m. ~ closing 8:30 p.m.


Monthly Programs:

1st Tues: Mindfulness Trainings (guidelines for ethical living)

2nd Tues: Meditation (instruction, practice)

3rd Tues: Sharing the Way (teachings, talks)

4th Tues: Nurturing Wisdom & Compassion (discussion, guided practice)


for more information email



Dear Friends,

In this upcoming month we slip out of Summer and fall into Fall. Always, always, everything is turning. Today on my hike on the south-easterly side of Mount Helena, the pine trees seemed happier, as if they appreciated last night’s rain. The arrowleaf balsamroot plants were devoid of flowers and their leaves, already faded and thin from summer’s heat, crackled in the wind. Like the trees, leaves and flowers, we are ever turning, taking new form. At the end of the month many of us will be participating in the retreat, “Love in Action: the Heart of Engaged Buddhism.” In these next weeks of Dharma sharing times, may we renew our commitment to listen deeply, to speak the truth arising in us and hold one another dearly with respect. Together let’s explore how we bring our intentions to actions of love, compassion and generosity.


September 4    Ceremony for the Deceased honoring Lee Crawford – this ceremony will be held at the Helena Community Yoga Center, 15 W. Placer. We will have only one round of walking and sitting meditation starting at 6:30. Ceremony will begin at 7 p.m.

September 11  Mindfulness Trainings led by Michelle – we return to our regular meeting place at the Mountains and Rivers Building.

September 18  Way Seeking Talk by Paulette Kohman

September 25  Reading and Reflection on Nothing To It  (book by Phap Hai)

September 27 – 30 RETREAT Love in Action: the Heart of Engaged Buddhism; led by Dharma teacher, Leslie Rawls

October 2 – We will review the retreat and share our experiences.





Flowing Mountains is actively served by four Order of Interbeing members as well as committed practitioners. Our OI members are as follows:

Sandra SuZanne ("Zan") Murray, a writer and editor, and co-founder of Flowing Mountains. She also enjoys gardening, cooking, and handcrafts.

Jonathan Matthews, a professor at Carroll College and a co-founder of Flowing Mountains. He is also a national champion racewalker.

Stan Voreyer, a retired mental health care provider. He has taken Thay's advice of living a non-busy life to be his foremost practice.

Ann Kuntzweiler is exploring right livelihood through life coach certification.