Cascadia: About Us

Cascadia Living Wisdom School is a group of people sharing the journey of awakening and transformation that we believe is the foundation of wisdom. Together, all of us are committed to learning from and with each other. We are not, therefore, a community where a few who think themselves wise teach those who come to sit at their feet. We are a community of co-learners.

This page identifies and introduces those who hold leadership roles in our community. Not all of us will be present in every retreat, video conference or online group conversation but we are the group that carries overall responsibility for the architecture and culture of our programs.

DIRECTORS

David G. Benner, Ph.D.

Dr. Benner is the Founding Director and Senior Mentor/Teacher of CASCADIA LIVING WISDOM SCHOOL. He is an internationally known depth psychologist, author, and transformational coach whose life’s work has been directed toward facilitating not merely healing or even growth but the unfolding of the self associated with a journey of awakening and transformation. David has authored or edited 28 books that have been translated into 21 foreign languages and sold over 500,000 copies. He has held faculty appointments at numerous universities, colleges and seminaries in North America and has lectured and led workshops and retreats in more than 30 countries around the world. Beyond his work in psychology, spirituality and wisdom teaching his other principal interests are walking, sailing, cycling, stand up paddleboarding, jazz, good food and soulful conversation. David can be engaged in conversation about awakening, wisdom and transformation at www.linkedin.com/groups/8544380.  

Rebecca M. Przybylski, M.Div.

Rebecca is the Executive Director of CASCADIA LIVING WISDOM SCHOOL. Prior to accepting this responsibility in 2017 she served in a broad range of ministry positions, including curriculum development, retreat leadership, spiritual formation, and work as a teacher, mentor, speaker/preacher, ministry consultant and Senior Pastor. Becky holds a B.A. from Bowling Green State University, an M.Div. from Ashland Theological Seminary, and Ordination to Word and Sacrament in the Evangelical Covenant Church. She and her husband live with their 4 children in SE Michigan. When she is not busy taking care of her family or working with CASCADIA, she loves helping others encounter Jesus, writing blessings, exploring with her kids, participating in all kinds of exercise, reading, creating art, drinking coffee, having long conversations, and walking her backyard labyrinth.

 

OTHER MENTORS/TEACHERS

Juliet Benner, B.A.

Juliet has worked in a variety of different roles, including high school teacher, church organist, liturgical artist, calligrapher, art gallery docent, and spiritual director. Her longstanding interest in art, theology and spirituality are the organizing threads of all that she has done. These come together in her special interest in the use of art as a resource in contemplation, and contemplation as a way to shift one’s center of gravity from head to heart – these things being at the core of the writing, retreat work and spiritual direction she has provided over the past three decades. Juliet is much in demand as a speaker and retreat leader, her work in recent years taking her across Canada and the United States as well as to Singapore, South Africa, Malaysia, Norway, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Indonesia. Her first book, Contemplative Vision: A Guide to Christian Art and Prayer, was published by InterVarsity Press in 2010. Beyond her interests in art and contemplative spirituality, Juliet is also passionate about cryptic crosswords, hiking, music, reading, and live theatre.

Martin Brokenleg, Ed.D, M.Div, OSBC

Fr. Brokenleg is a retired priest of the Anglican Church of Canada, founder of the Anglican Canon Communities of St. Benedict, and prior of the Benedictine Community of St. Aidan in Victoria, BC. He is also an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe who practices the culture of his Lakota people. Martin holds a doctorate in psychology, is a graduate of the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and was for many years the Director of the Native Ministries Program and Professor of First Nations Ministry and Theology at Vancouver School of Theology, and Professor of Native American studies at Augustana University of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Martin is co-author of the book Reclaiming Youth at Risk, and was the co-developer of the Circle of Courage model for working with youth at risk. He continues to provide worldwide training on behalf of Reclaiming Youth International and in recent years has consulted and led training programs throughout North America, New Zealand, Europe, Australia, and South Africa. Find more about Fr. Brokenleg at www.martinbrokenleg.com.

Jeanne G. Chua, B.A.

Jeanne is a trained spiritual director and retreat facilitator and a highly respected and much sought after mentor. She studied psychology at the University of Michigan and received extensive training in spiritual direction from the Benedictines and Jesuits in Santa Barbara (California), Pecos (New Mexico) and Guelph (Canada). She has a longstanding interest in the mystics, particularly the transformational dimensions of the inner journey. Jeanne is a wife, mother and grandmother to two children. She and her husband divide their time between Manila, Toronto, and Greenwich, CT.