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Tim Geil, Guiding Teacher

Tim Geil began practicing Insight Meditation in 1996 and has taught meditation since 2006 under the guidance of Rodney Smith. In 2016, Tim completed the four-year Residential Retreat Teacher Training through Spirit Rock, Insight Meditation Society, and Insight Retreat Center. The core teachers of this intensive program were Joseph Goldstein, Jack Kornfield, Carol Wilson, Gil Fronsdal, Guy Armstrong, Andrea Fella, Trudy Goodman, and Phillip Moffitt.


Tim emphasizes three expressions of the Dharma: investigation, non-resistance, and compassion. Our daily lives prove a tailor-made spiritual path for each person when we are willing to investigate areas of constriction and resistance. This reveals our personal suffering created by the illusion of a separate self. A deep sense of non-resistance and compassion brings balance to investigation. Relaxing fully into this moment is the essence of non-resistance. Compassion brings sensitivity and kindness as we meet all aspects of ourselves. This allows the heart’s release into stillness.


A Co-Guiding Teacher of Seattle Insight Meditation Society, Tim offers talks, classes, interviews, and retreats. He also works closely with leadership and volunteers at SIMS as a member of the board of directors. Tim has inhabited many roles: husband, father, wilderness ranger, martial artist, hospice volunteer, massage therapist. His relationship with his wife and daughter are a joyful and fundamental part of his dharma practice.

If you would like to schedule a an individual practice meeting with Tim Geil, click here to send a request via e-mail. To learn more about interviews, visit our Individual Practice Meeting page for more information.



Weekly Tuesday Guided Meditation

Online 4001 9th Ave NE, Seattle, WA

To help people stay connected, SIMS is offering weekly morning and afternoon drop-in sits on Zoom that are suitable for both beginning and experienced practitioners. The sits typically include meditation, check ins, Q&A and discussions. Check the calendar for other Zoom sits. We welcome you to join us. Special Note: Until further notice, most events at SIMS are either paused or will …

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Weekly Meditation & Dharma – The Oxherding Pictures (ONLINE ONLY)

Online 4001 9th Ave NE, Seattle, WA

Special Note about hybrid zoom/in person meeting   During the month of March 2022, all Monday night gatherings are being held ONLINE ONLY. We will be re-evaluating for April.  Please check the Online Events page. The Oxherding Pictures This year we will be looking at the  10 Oxherding Pictures. Each picture comes with a short verse. …

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