Neighborhood Sitting Groups

 

Small groups of meditators led by experienced SIMS practitioners have formed local sitting groups in a variety of neighborhoods. To learn about specific meetings, please consult the event calendar.

To see listings of SIMS neighborhood KM groups, please see the KM Groups page.

 

Current Sitting Groups

  • Bainbridge Island Weekly Meditation Group

    Description:

    Vipassana tradition. Suggested donation: $2. Contact Paula Schmidt at 206-842-6059 or by email (below). Rodney does not attend the sittings.

    Meeting time:

    Every Monday (except holidays) 7:00 - 8:30 PM

    Location:

    Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church, 11042 Sunrise Drive NE, Bainbridge Island, Washington

    Contact:

  • Capitol Hill Neighborhood Sitting Group

    Description:

    The Capitol Hill Meditation Group is a drop-in group dedicated to supporting the meditation practice of people living in the Seattle area. Previous Vipassana practice and/or previous attendance at an beginning meditation class is helpful but not essential. A 30 minute sit begins at 6:45 pm with a short dharma talk and open discussion following. 

    More information can be found on the group's blog: caphillmeditationgroup.wordpress.com .

    Meeting time:

    Thursdays, 6:45 to 8:45 pm

    Location:

    All Pilgrims Church, Colonial Room
    500 Broadway East, Seattle (enter around the back on 10th Avenue)

    Contact:

  • Eastside Meditation Group

    Description:

    The Eastside Meditation Group sittings are co-facilitated by Steve and Ellen Wilhelm at the Wilhelms' home in the Rose Hill area of Kirkland, with occasional visits from SIMS Guiding Teacher Rodney Smith. As a group we are nurturing an Eastside dharma community and supporting each other's practice. All interested people are welcome. Please consult the event calendar for details and email Steve and Ellen at the contact below for directions and information.

    Meeting time:

    2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month 7:00 - 9:00 PM

    Location:

    7510 117th Ave NE
    Kirkland, Washington

    Contact:

  • Henry Art Gallery Sittings

    Description:

    Led by Lyndal Johnson, Ellen McCown, and Linda Tennant.

     

    Meeting time:

    2nd Thursday of each month, 12:30 to 1:00 PM

    Location:

    Henry Art Gallery
    15th Ave NE & NE 41st St
    Seattle, WA 98195

    (Henry Art Gallery has a suggested admission fee.)

    Contact:

  • Madison Park Weekly Meditation Group

    Description:

    Appropriate for beginners and experienced meditators, this weekly sit led by local dharma leader Ellen McCown includes meditation instruction (as needed), a theme for reflection, walking meditation, and/or an opportunity for questions and discussion about the meditation experience. The style of meditation is vipassana, a Pali term that translates as "seeing clearly into reality."

    Meeting time:

    Thursday mornings, 8:00 - 9:00 AM

    Location:

    Lila Yoga Studio - 2812 E. Madison Street

    There is no charge for the class; however, donations are accepted by both Lila Yoga Studio for its costs, and by the teacher, in the spirit of dana (generosity).

    Contact:

  • West Seattle Sitting Group

    Description:

    Vipassana meditation group.

    Meeting time:

    1st and 3rd Sundays 7:00 - 8:40 PM

    Location:

    The Kenney
    7125 Fauntleroy Way SW

    Contact: