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Welcome to the website of the Canberra Insight Meditation Group. We are a group of meditators practising in a Western form of the insight tradition of Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma. Insight meditation is also known as Vipassana or Mindfulness Meditation. More information about this form of meditation is provided here.CIMG’s foundation is the weekly sitting group. Activities include:

These (1DR, DDG and the social meetings) are open to anyone who has come to the group for at least one month and attends regularly.

Notice of these events is by email. Anyone who regularly attends Sunday evening practice and is interested in any of these activities should email info@canberrainsightmeditationgroup.org to receive the notices.

The group was founded by Lesley LebkowiczLesley Lebkowicz has practised vipassanā meditation since 1983 and has spent several years in silent retreat in Australia, the USA, Burma and Nepal. Her main teachers were Michele McDonald and Sayadaw U Vivekananda. She has also attended many retreats led by Sayadaw U Pandita. She continues to practise with Sayadaw U Vivekananda. Lesley leads retreats at BMIMC and on the far south coast of NSW. She enjoys working with committed meditators as they learn how to work with their minds. She has worked as a teacher, counsellor and writer.
and is now led by Lesley and by John McIntyreJohn McIntyre worked for many years as a university teacher and researcher in the field of adult and vocational learning before moving to Canberra. He has been a meditator since 1988, practising mainly within the tradition of the Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma with teachers who have included Sayadaw U Janaka, Ven Pannyavaro, Ven Sujiva, Patrick Kearney and Sayadaw U Vivekananda. He is a trustee of the Buddha Sasana Association of Australia, the organisation that owns and manages the Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre. On the infrequent occasions when neither Lesley nor John is available, the meditators are supported by one or more of the senior students: Hugh, Jenene, Scott and Brenda.

CIMG is supported by the work of the management collective which
consists of Trish Carroll, Skye Blomfield, JJ, HN and by Brenda Franklin who established and continues to maintain this website.


A weekend or five day retreat from 2 to 7 March, 2018 at Desert Creek House. Book here.


A nine day retreat at Blue Mountains Insight Meditation Centre from 9 to 23 September, 2018. Book here.


A five or nine day retreat from 19 to 28 October at Desert Creek House.


Incline the mind to mindfulness;
Incline the mind to kindness;
That’s all.