Would you like to know about Husein Rofé, one of the first pioneers of Subud?

When my wife and I lived in San Francisco, Husein Rofé would come to visit the group and we’d go out and have dinner together.  He was such a gentle and interesting man and we made a connection. Because of that, every time he was coming into town we’d get together and he’d share stories of his life.

Sharif and Astuti Horthy have just published his autobiography, “Veil of Light”, through their Purple Pagoda Press.  They describe the book this way.

“In 1951 he arrives in Central Java, in newly independent Indonesia. Here he discovers an unknown spiritual practice called Subud, a transformative experience that is passed from person to person without any teaching involved. He becomes convinced of its universal significance and feels called to make it better known. Through a series of adventures and uncanny coincidences, he succeeds in bringing it to the attention of seekers in the West.”

To learn more about Husein and the story of the early days of Subud, please visit their site  where you can purchase a copy.

Also available there is the memoir of Sharif’s mother, Countess Ilona Edelsheim Gyulai, titled “Honour and Duty”.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Bapak’s Birthday party!

Friday night after the Eastside latihan Oswald, Marston and Hadidjah brought goodies to share!  We sat in a circle and shared our various memories and experiences of Bapak.  It was a very nice evening and it was good to be reminded of what Bapak has brought us and how important is the gift of the latihan!  Danella mentioned she had shared some of her experiences in ‘Subud Reminders’, a web site with many Subud members shared experiences.


See it here: http://remindersofreality.weebly.com/index.html

Photo of Bapak by Sim’on Cherpitel

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

World Congress registration countdown!

The countdown to our 15th Subud World Congress is on!

Over 2000 Subud sisters and brothers from 69 countries around the world have registered for the World Congress. As of now, we are only 200 paying registrations away from our break even! This HAS helped us to keep the registration fee at €390 until the end of June. (the registration fee was supposed to go up to €450 ON the 15th of June already).
We are well aware that we in Subud love to decide at the last moment; never-the-less it would support the congress organizing team a lot if you register as soon as possible.

To register please go to www.subudworldcongress.org/registration

For on-going news updates, please visit: www.subudworldcongress.org

If you should have difficulties finding affordable accommodation, we still have
some beds left at the Old Town Hall! You just have to pay €180 for 13 days and €50 more for breakfast. Contact: viktor.boehm.wcot2018@subud.org.

Please click here to get a sense of the numbers involved in this World Congress!

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Subud Jazz at Conway Muse

Join us!

Luther Schutz and Elisha Gullixson would love your company on Saturday, June 23rd at 7pm, as would bassist Drew Baddeley and tenor saxophonist Jon Anderson for a repeat of the fabulous April 13th  concert at the Conway Muse in Conway. WA.

Luther and Elisha

The Conway Muse is north on I-5 about 1 1/4 hours from Bellevue.

The venue opens at 6pm and food can be ordered during the performance. We’re looking forward to seeing you there.

From the Conway Muse website:

Join Luther Schutz, Elisha Gullixson, Drew Baddeley and John Anderson for an intimate evening of vocal jazz standards.

Luther, a retired ER physician and long time Skagit County resident, has been singing non stop since the age of six. Over the years he has explored many different vocal genres(He is a founding member of “Midlife Crisis”). For the last several years he has been entranced by the “Great American Songbook”,and has put out a well received CD of jazz standards.

Elisha has been playing piano since 1947. He has a committed respect for the discipline and joys of jazz and is a gifted soloist and accompanist.



Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Subud Jazz at Conway Muse

From Jim O’Halloran

Lucinda and I had excellent experiences at the national congress.

The Latihans were great for both of us, I suspect in no small part due to being during Ramadan.  Hadijah O’Bar is the new SPNW chair!  We will miss her as a helper, but our feeling is that her presence and experience will serve the region very well.
Another highlight for me was attending Isman Kanafsky’s session on Latihan in daily life.  I’ve been working on it ever since!  He shared some printed materials-here is a truncated excerpt from Bapak’s talk November 29, 1977, “If we want to experience the possibility of improving our being – that is, returning our being to its original state, to clean it out again – we have to receive the latihan every moment, every second, as Bapak showed with his pulse.  Every second, every heartbeat, we have to experience the latihan.”

It was great to reconnect with Subud brothers and sisters from throughout the country-and meet new ones.  Entertainment night was excellent with really great poetry, piano playing, guitar playing, and singing-plus a dance piece.

I left the congress feeling reinvigorated and reinspired!


Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on From Jim O’Halloran

Help Send Aarkash to Congress:

Marston Gregory

My experience is that World Congresses are often life changing Subud events and so I have been moved to help our recently opened brother, Aarkarsh Gotthumukkala who is off at graduate school in Maryland and as with all students short of funds.  

I offered to do what I could to help him go including putting his airfare on a credit card.  

The next step is registration, food and lodging.

He has offered to work in the Childcare area so he certainly will be earning his keep…so to speak.  He has tutored young students in Math and is a Math wiz. He does latihan with the Washington D.C. group when there at college.  

I have set up a GoFundMe account to collect funds for his travel costs.

Please just click on this link to donate:  gf.me/u/iiym5d 

Thanks for any support you might give.


Marston Gregory

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Will you Help Subud PNW Grow?

Dear Subud PNW Members,

This coming Friday we will be selecting our new committee and regional helper teams.  I thought it would be good to reflect on where we are right now and where we might be able to go.

 We are financially sound

We have put aside money in our housing fund and in our reserve account so that we currently have the ability to take care of our financial needs.

 We have held a regular annual kedjiwan event for over 25 years

For over 25 years the Pacific Northwest Region has hosted a kedjiwan gathering at the Menucha Conference Center east of Portland. Organized by the regional helpers, this event has served thousands of Subud members in and outside of our region.

We have three centers we own

Our Portland, Bellingham/Skagit Valley and Seattle centers have buildings we use as places for the latihan, enterprise and hosting events throughout the year.  These centers, assets created through the hard work and dedication of the members of these areas, are important in showing new members that we are able to work together to achieve something.

We have four other groups who meet for regular latihans

In Boise, ID, Spokane, WA, Flathead Valley, MT and Eugene, OR we have members who meet on a regular basis to continue their practice of the latihan.

We have regular monthly latihans two times a month

Due to the efforts of your regional helpers and a member who has regularly emailed the announcements and taken care of our phone-in system, we are able to offer regularly scheduled regional latihans for isolated members who are not near a group.

We have a regional website where we tell our stories and make announcements

During this term your committee, with the help of Paul Nelson, we created our new regional website.  We have used the site to publish regional board minutes, tell each other stories and announce upcoming events.  The power of this website is that, with MailChimp technology a regional newsletter is created and sent to every member of Subud PNW with the news of the week.

We have men and women interested in joining Subud

Recently, in Seattle and Portland, we have begun to have a new group of mostly young men and women coming to find out about Subud and getting opened.

How much time does it take?

I did a brief survey of your regional committee and helpers on the time they spent doing this work for you.  Those details are below.  Please review and consider: Are you willing to add your time and efforts to help Subud grow?

Are you willing to help Subud grow?

Both at our annual Kedjiwan event at the Menucha Retreat Center and in local meetings, I’ve heard the phrase: “We’re shrinking.  What can we do about it?”  If you will be willing to be a part of the many hands it takes to keep Subud growing by volunteering regionally or locally, we’ll find out together.

With Love and anticipation of a great Regional Congress,
Oswald Norton
Regional Helper

Time spent in Committee Work

Role Event Time Spent Working w/others
Chair Monthly Board Meeting Planning 30 min
Chair Monthly Board Meetings 60 min
Chair Helping in Menucha Planning 1-2 hours/year
Chair Helping Plan Arts Camp 2 weeks
Chair Coordinating with others on regional business 2-3 hours/month
Vice Chair Monthly Board Meeting Planning 30 min
Vice Chair Monthly Board Meetings 60 min
Treasurer Monthly Board Meeting Planning 30 min
Treasurer Monthly Board Meetings 60 min
Treasurer Quarterly Financial Reports 1-2 hours
Treasurer Paying Regional Expenses 2-3 hours/month
Secretary Monthly Board Meeting Planning 30 min
Secretary Monthly Board Meetings 60 min
Secretary Monthly Board Minutes 1-2 hours/month
Website Edits Adds content to SPNW website as needed 1-2 hours/month

Time Spent In Regional Helper Work

Role Event Time Spent Working w/others
Woman RH Monthly RH Meeting 30-45 min
Man RH Monthly RH Meeting 30-45 min
Woman RH Bi-Monthly Regional Latihan 30-45 min
Man RH Bi-Monthly Regional Latihan 30-45 min
Woman RH Monthly Regional Board Meeting 30-45 min
Man RH Monthly Regional Board Meeting 30-45 min
Men & Women RH Annual Planning Retreat 1-2 days
Men & Women RH Menucha Planning Retreat 1-2 days
Men & Women RH Menucha Event Leadership 4 days
Men & Women RH Visiting Centers and Isolated Members 1-2 days every other month. Shared amongst the team.
Woman RH Latihan Support Art’s Camp 2-3 days
Man RH Latihan Support Art’s Camp 2-3 days
Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Will you Help Subud PNW Grow?

Reflections and a request from your regional helpers

Dear Sisters and Brothers of the Pacific Northwest Region,

We are now 2 weeks away from our regional congress and we have a request of those of you who pray.  Would you please pray that strong candidates step forward to test for positions on our regional committee and for the positions of men and women regional helpers in for the next term?

Committee Candidates

To those of you who are considering answering that inner voice in you that is asking, “Can I do the work of the committee in our region?” I can assure you that should you become our new chair, or vice chair, you will be provided training and assistance in understanding the role and responsibilities.  You will assist in the further development of a strong region, with a solid set of bylaws, regular meetings and financial health.  You will have the opportunity to help our region to grow further through your efforts.

If possible, please grab a local helper and pretest regarding putting your name forward.  If this is not possible, testing can occur at the congress.

Regional Helper Candidates

To those of you who are considering answering that inner voice in you that is asking, “Can I do the work of a regional helper in our region?” I can assure you that should you become a regional helper, both Elizabeth Flanders and I are committed to assisting you in understanding the role and responsibilities of this job.

The role being primarily to serve the regional members in a way that you will discover during your term.

The responsibility is to just be sincere in doing the work and willing to grow as the work helps you to grow.

Also, know that if you travel out to visit our members, there is a budget for regional helper travel so that this work can be facilitated.

If possible, please grab a local helper and pretest regarding putting your name forward.  If this is not possible, testing can occur at the congress,

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Reflections and a request from your regional helpers

Memorial for Rainer Burrows

There will be a gathering on Saturday May 12 at 1:30PM at Subud Greater Seattle House, in memory of Rainer Burrows, who left this life on March 12.  Please come and join us in honoring our dear brother and his years of active service to Subud.

After the memorial, there will be a reception.   Food and refreshments will be provided, and you are welcome to bring an additional dish to share.

From Legacy.com and the Seattle Times:

Keith “Rainer” Burrows

Keith Lyon Burrows, born January 10, 1937 in Prescot, UK, honed his artistic talents at the Liverpool College of Art before joining the American Greetings Hi-Brow Studio in Cleveland, 1968, where he met his future wife Helaine. In 1975 they moved to Bellevue with their two children to begin a graphics and printing business buoyed by their background and skills.

Rainer was an exceptionally loving and devoted father and avid kids’ soccer coach. He served his God faithfully, lending help in many roles in the Subud organization.

March 12, 2018 he gently passed on, supported by his wife of 49 years; his son Lewis (Carol), daughter Alyssa; brother Philip (Sandra); grandson Brad and a beloved extended family.

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Comments Off on Memorial for Rainer Burrows

The Fab 4 at the Conway Muse


What a night!    A call for “More, more” came from the packed house. And at the end of the evening a standing ovation!   The audience loved it. I was thrilled to be witness to the magic.

Luther Schutz with his unique style of sophistication and soulful singing, the swinging piano improvisations of Elisha Gullixson, with Drew Baddeley playing a fascinating virtuoso double bass, and a very smooth John Anderson on tenor saxophone, mesmerized a packed house. All at the Conway Muse, the noted entertainment spot in Skagit County, Washington.  https://conwaymuse.com

We all listened intently to a wide range of tunes with major emphasis on the much beloved jazz standards. Gee, they were good. A special treat was the trio’s treatment of “Secret Love”, Doris Day’s old sock. The  audience went wild.  Luther said, “And we didn’t even practice [this one].”

Such a delight to witness four people enjoying themselves to the hilt and at the same time giving their all to the music.  Nice. The cohesion was like listening to a freshly oiled gate. Smooth. Very smooth.

By Danella Mauguin

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Fab 4 at the Conway Muse