Shared Interest Groups

birds of a feather

Shared interest groups are one way to nurture practice and develop friendships within the larger SIMS community. These groups do not require facilitators and are usually more informal than KM groups. Each shared interest group depends on a contact person to handle information about meetings. If you have a hobby or activity that you would like to share with other SIMS attendees (for example, seeing movies, taking hikes, sewing quilts, or kayaking), please consider organizing a shared interest group. To find out if other meditators are interested in your topic, please contact the Shared Interest Groups Coordinator.


Process Painting and collage cards (SoulCollage®) are two intuitive art forms that begin with listening to your intuition and trusting in the process of letting go and taking small risks.

This is a wonderful opportunity to practice being engaged in the "mystery' and developing our meditation skills, such as sensing and listening to the subtle shifts of energy in our body, attending to our flow of thoughts and emotions, developing skills in letting go, and practicing being fully present, while engaged in an activity "off of the cushion."

The group members will select one or both of the art forms - process painting and/or collage - to explore their own process.

To help deepen our experience, time will be provided both for journaling privately and for sharing your process with the group, if you so choose. Each session begins with a brief check-in and a short meditation. No art experience is necessary. We hope you will join us in this exploration.

Supplies provided.  (There will be a $5.00 donation per person per session for the supplies, but no one will be turned away if unable to pay.) Please bring an apron or paint shirt. Some may want to bring a sweater (building heats unevenly). 

Meeting Day:3rd Monday of the month 7:00-9:00pm
Contact:Contact Jenny

SIMS Birding is a group that will meet periodically to enjoy close observation of nature and the company of other SIMS members. You don’t need any birding experience to participate, but we encourage you to download a great (free) app to help you with bird identification, Merlin Bird id from Cornell’s Museum of Ornithology.  Hope you can join us!

Meeting Day:No specific meeting time
Contact:Contact SIMS Birding