Cascadia: Application and Fees

Applications for CASCADIA LIVING WISDOM SCHOOL can be submitted anytime after November 1 and before January 31 of each year. All applications must be received by email and will be processed within 30 days of the receipt of a completed application, references, and the Application Fee (see below for details). Admissions are awarded on a rolling basis and, because of our commitment to keep the total group size small, applications are closed as soon as the cohort is full – usually well before the January 31 date. If interested, therefore, be sure to apply ASAP after November 1 as many of those already in the program plan to continue and deferred admissions also usually carry over from the previous year. Please also be sure to carefully review the website information before applying as it is updated each year just prior to the opening of applications.

If you are able, open the Application (Word format), complete the form in a different font or colour, save a copy on your computer and send your completed application as an email attachment to If you are unable to open the Word format, use the PDF format and complete and mail in the same way.

Cascadia Living Wisdom School Application – Word

Cascadia Living Wisdom School Application – PDF


There are three types of fees:

  • The Application Fee, which should be paid when your application is submitted and must be received prior to any action being taken on it.
  • An annual non-refundable Program Fee,which provides 12 months of access to the ongoing, online interaction with Dr. Benner and other program participants, as well as participation in the ongoing video conferences. Please note that the Program Fee does not include the cost of books and other suggested readings.
  • The Retreat Fee, which covers all food and accommodation expenses but excludes transportation costs.

Those registered for the Residential Program and attending the annual Fall retreat must pay all 3 fees. Those involved in the Online Program and participating only in the online portion of the program pay only the Application and Program fees.

Summary of Fees

      New  Applicants   Continuing  Participants
      CAD         USD        CAD          USD
Application Fee       $60        $50
Program Fee       $920       $750       $630       $500
Retreat Fee       $720       $600       $720       $600
TOTAL ONLINE      $980      $800       $630       $500
TOTAL RESIDENTIAL   $1,700      $1,400      $1,350       $1,100

Scholarship funds are sometimes available to help accepted applicants who need assistance with either the Program or Retreat Fee. If this applies to you, contact the Cascadia office by email, indicating the nature and extend of your financial need.

Retreat and Other Important Dates

To assist planning, please note that 2018 retreat will be held on September 20 – 23 at St. John’s Convent, Toronto. Additional details will be sent to all enrolled Residential Program participants.

Oct 1 – Nov 30 Deferred Admissions – Decisions & Program Fees received
Oct 1 – Nov 30 Continuing Participants – Decisions & Program Fees received
Nov 1 – Jan 31 New Applicants – Application & Program Fees received
Jan 1 – Feb 28 All Retreat Fees received
Mar 31 Program year ends
Apr 1 Program year starts

Retreat Fee Cancellation Policy

We recognize that unforeseen circumstances may occur that cause participants to withdraw from planned attendance at a retreat. Since their intensive format makes it difficult to fill vacancies left by last-minute cancellations and since CASCADIA itself faces cancellation fees and non-recoverability of some prepayments, the cancellation policy for Retreat Fees is as follows:

  • 70% Retreat Fee refund for cancellations received 120 or more days before the start of any retreat
  • 50% Retreat Fee refund for cancellations received between 119 and 90 days before the start of any retreat
  • No Retreat Fee refund for cancellations received 90 or less days before the start of any retreat


Payments should be made by means of personal checks payable to Dr. David G. Benner in USD or CAD, although Canadians can pay by means of Interac e-Transfers (contact the Cascadia office for details of how to do this.) Checks, in either currency, should be mailed to: Dr. David G. Benner, 3 Stonebank Crescent, Townhouse #12, Nepean, Ontario K2H 9M2, CANADA.

More Questions?

Please contact the Cascadia office at