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Men's Latihan Hall

Men’s Latihan Hall

NOVEMBER 29: MEN’S KEJIWAAN DAY at the Subud House after Latihan. Join the Men Helper’s to test issues central to your life, our Subud community and latihan.
Look forward to seeing you and having good company.
Please come and participate in a Subud dialogue.
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Dewan Meeting Minutes


Submitted by Hadiyah Carlyle, Secretary

ATTENDEES:  Ramon Hildreth, Hadijah and Sherwin O’Bar, Jim O’Halloran, Hadiyah Carlyle

October meeting minutes approved  unanimously.

FINANCIAL  REPORT:  The Dewan unanimously voted on increasing  loan payments  to national from $100.00 a month to $200.00. to pay off the loan. The PNW payment will stay the same.

October 2015 year to date financial report:  Revenue (member donations +rentals) is $68,280.  Expenses are $62,881, resulting in a net income of $5,399.  AirB&B rentals are going down for the winter season.  Member donations through October are $11,757 and it is very unlikely we will reach the 2015 member donation budget of $20,000.


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Menucha Report

We’re getting past the half-way mark at Menucha and I took extensive notes for a while and wanted to share some things that people have said this year, as well as a few photos so as to serve as a partial documentation of this legendary event.

Thursday Workshop List

Friday Workshop List

There have been name changes of Subud people in the last year, births and deaths and many reported being “in transition.” Perhaps because the National Gathering was in Redwood City, California, or because “Mr. Menucha” (Benedict Herrman) has been touting the beauty of the event, there are more Californians here than in years past it seems.

Attendees have come from Vancouver, San Diego, Victoria, Mendocino, Sacramento, Albuquerque, Port Townsend, Portland and Seattle as you can imagine, Bothell, Boise, Philadelphia, Spokane, Santa Cruz, Abbotsford, Anacortes, Los Angeles, Boulder, Bandoun, OR, Issaquah, Flagstaff, Olympia, Victoria and elsewhere. One man from Montreal originally and now in Vancouver said that he has come back to Subud after 30 years and there will be at least one opening here this year.

The opening circle each morning tended to go on A LONG TIME and a few got more than their share of time, but some very fascinating things were said, including:

“Menucha is the highlight of my spiritual year.” (Halimah Bellows.)

“Are we at a million (members) yet?” (Attributed to Bapak.)

“Menucha feels like coming home.”

“Subud is kindergarten for adults.”

“I want to die in a Subud Healing Center.”

“You get to a place of gratitude through suffering.”

There was a film by Lusijah Marx about the work Subud needs to do to feel like a safe place for LGBTQ people and a spirited discussion afterward. Our own Annie Padilla today facilitated a “Blessing of the Hands” workshop that felt very ceremonial, had participants sending forgiveness to each other and featured a poem commissioned for the occasion:

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The entertainment Friday night featured the world class cello of new SICA US Chair Hamilton Cheifetz, who was playing an instrument that was over 300 years old. Howard Richman did a sound portrait, totally improvised, of Rosanna Schutte, your humble narrator read poems from his new book American Sentences, Rosanna Schutte performed a half-sung half-read poem/song with the accompaniment of Halimah Brugger and MoMac, Morris McLellan ended the evening in his inimitable singer/songwriter style.

As you can imagine, Menucha continues to be a world class Subud event on the beautiful Columbia River Gorge and not to be missed.






Kathleen Gilette

Kathleen Gillette

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Subud Puebla 50 Year Celebration

Subud Puebla at 50Subject: Fwd: FW: Invitación 50 Aniversario Casa Subud Puebla​
Dear all:
I hope everyone is wonderful, with peace and joy in your hearts.
I want share with all of you, that on November 28 we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Puebla Subud House, and if you can’t be with us in person we want you to be there in spirit.
During this celebration we remeber the history of the house, the visits of Bapak, we will unveil the plate of the 50th anniversary, record the audio and take photographs.
Hopefully the remodel of the house will be concluded. We are grateful for the support of Muhammad Subuh Foundation.  I send all my love to you on behalf of Subud México.
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Queridos todos:
Espero que se encuentren con mucha alegría y con mucha paz en sus corazones.
Quiero decirles que el próximo 28 de noviembre celebraremos el 50 aniversario de la Casa Subud Puebla, y así como nos gustaría que estuvieran aquí, también nos encantaría saber que están en espíritu en el caso de que no puedan acompañarnos.
Durante esta celebración recordaremos la historia de la casa, las visitas que hizo Bapak, colocaremos las placas conmemorativas de la celebración de los 50 años, habrán memorias de los miembros fundadores y realizaremos registros de lo ocurrido en audio y fotografía.
Para entonces habremos concluido con la remodelación de la casa que logramos con el apoyo de la Fundación Muhammad Subuh con quienes estamos infinitamente agradecidos.
Yo les envío a todos un enorme abrazo y todo mi cariño a nombre de Subud México.
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Upcoming Bellingham / Skagit Valley Calendar Items

Skagit Birdwalk



Kedjiwaan Day, B-SV Subud House, Sunday, November 1, 2015
Latihan at 11 AM followed by potluck lunch and
kedjiwaan items to be decided at that time.

General Meeting, B-SV Subud House, Sunday, December 6, 2015
Latihan at 11 AM followed by potluck lunch and General Meeting
Main item under dicussion: the 2016 Bird Walk

Bird Walk, Saturday, February 20th, 2016
Birdwalk in daytime, ending with dinner provided by B-SV group and latihan.
Further details to follow later.

Please provide any other calendar items that you would like added to this for future notices.

Serena DuBois for the B-SV committee

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Quiet Before and After Latihan

Subud Women Helpers

October 2015

Recently both members and helpers have expressed concerns about respecting the practice of quiet before and after latihan.  The recommended practice is to be quiet for at least 15 minutes prior to beginning the exercise (latihan), and at least 5 minutes after we finish.  This means, Please, no talking in the latihan room before and after the latihan. Exceptions are when one of the helpers makes an announcement before or after latihan or initiates talking after the latihan. Please be considerate of others by using a quiet voice and/or whispering in the adjacent rooms (the quiet/green room and handicapped entry).

Please be considerate of others by observing this practice and to the best of your ability. minimize noise and distractions when you enter, especially if you are late.

If you wish to receive through testing about the purpose and value of observing quiet before and after latihan, please let one of the helpers know before latihan.

Thank you.

With love,

Lorraine, Lucinda, Insiah, Hadidjah and Ann

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Testing Sunday After Thanksgiving

From Local Helper Jim O’Halloran:

Penguin Hello Is thisThe Men and Women helpers of SGS cordially invite any interested members to participate in testing after Latihan Sunday November 29.  This can be directed by the interests of the participants, potentially ranging from “What is testing” to awakening testing to testing regarding vexing personal issues to testing suggested by Ibu Rahayu.

The helpers intend to set the time aside to let the time after general Latihan unfold naturally and organically.  It is the hope of the helpers that this will provide benefit to members and the group.

If you have specific questions or needs you are welcome to give one of the helpers a call or email prior so  they can prepare for your needs.

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Oct 4 Dewan Meeting

Here is the financial report from Sherwin O’Bar, presented at the last local Dewan meeting:

FINANCIAL REPORT:  Sherwin reported that the revenue/income through Sept is $60,924.  Expenses are $56,276, resulting in $4,648 excess of revenue over expense.  Projected revenue for October through December shows a decrease of Airbnb revenue compared to prior months while member donations are projected to end the year at several thousand under budget.  Year end projections at this time show Revenue of $73,173, expenses of $75,323 resulting in $2,150 excess of expense over revenue.

See the rest of the minutes here.

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Menucha Rooms are Going Like Hotcakes
Registration Ends this Thursday
please register now!


Join us for Menucha November 12-15 in the breathtaking Columbia Gorge just outside Portland, Oregon.

Great news: The Barn is BACK for 2015!! Cost is $110 for all 3 nights (meal passes are available for an extra charge, or bring and cook your own food at no additional charge!)
Come and join us for great latihans and camaraderie!

Day passes include meals this year (options for lunch, dinner or both) and must be purchased by October 15.

Registration ends October 15 because we must place our meal orders with Menucha.
Many rooms have already sold out, so please register today!


Questions/Registration issues?
Contact Alexandra terHorst at (503) 956-1715
or email me
We look forward to seeing you there!
The Menucha Team

PS That fabulous annual clothing exchange/SD fundraiser at Menucha new has a brand new name: Juliet’s Balcony! Please try to select some new or gently used clean clothing items and accessories from your closet and bring them along in your suitcase for this fun event.  More details here.
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Subud Members Dahlan and Honora Foah Create Master Choral Work

Right now, this minute, in Budapest, Hungary, history is being made as the creative team record a new and exciting multi-media opera based on ancient and new scientific ideas and images about the Creation of the universe.  It’s called The Birth of Color, A Marriage of Darkness and Light

It is the collaboration of Honora Foah (story, concept, director, producer), Dahlan Robert Foah (producer), David Brendan Hopes (lyrics), Lucio Ivaldi and Tristan Foison (composer).

For more details on this exciting work, please visit their website:  Here there is a link to a YouTube Video with a view into their creative process.

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