Welcome to the website of the Canberra Insight Meditation Group.

We are a self-lead 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.

Existing members

Have resumed meeting in person on Sunday evenings.

There is also a zoom option. Please email if you require a link.

New meditators

If you are interested in joining our group, please send us an email and introduce yourself. We can send you an information pack to help you get started.

COVID safety

Please review our COVID guidelines before coming to the temple.

About us

 CIMG’s foundation is the weekly sitting group. Activities include:

These (1DR 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.
. We have now moved to being a self lead group, and meditators are supported by one or more of the senior students: Hugh, Jenene and Scott. John McIntyre supported the group and led the Dhamma Discussion Group from 2015 to the end of 2019.

CIMG is supported by the work of the management collective which consists of Scott, JJ, HN and Julia.

Retreats with Lesley

October 14 – 22 2021, Desert Creek House, Bemboka.


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