New Ramp, New Subud USA Communications Coordinator

Subud Greater Seattle has received the check for $10,000 from the Muhammad Subuh Foundation, to make the Seattle Subud House handicapped accessible. A hearty congrats to Marston Gregory and all the people who had a hand in making this happen!

Contractor and loyal Subud member David Lynch will visit the City planning and permit center this week to establish all the permit requirements and pricing. He says he should be able to start work soon.

And as reported in the recent Subud USA E-Blast, your humble narrator is now the Communications Coordinator for Subud USA:

Paul Nelson Subud USA Communications Coordinator

Paul Nelson Subud USA Communications Coordinator

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Skagit Birdwatching

Paul Woodcock (Birdman)

Paul Woodcock (Birdman)

The annual Birdwalk fundraiser for Subud Skagit happened on Valentine’s Day 2015, and the event was sold-out, meaning a nice little payday to help the community maintain their house on Laventure Road in Mt. Vernon. Unseasonable weather was welcomed by the participants who traveled from Fort Langley and Vancouver, BC, Portland, Oregon, Seattle and elsewhere, and who were led ably by avid birder Paul Woodcock.

Trumpeter Swans, Snow Geese, Red-Tailed Hawks, Bald Eagles, Ducks, Mergansers, Wigeons, Blue Herons and other species of birds were spotted, sometimes in very large numbers, sometimes in such a way that made whole fields white. Marius Hibbard, Subud Skagit’s expert photographer was able to get some quality photos and the gang headed back to the Subud House to honor birds the best way they know how, by EATING one. (A turkey.) The feast at the Subud House was orchestrated by former restauranteur Michael DuBois and was incredible. If you’ve not attended this event, make plans to do so in 2016.


Trumpeter Swans


Paul & his scope


Subud Portland Chair Bhakti Watts, PNW Regional Helper Elisha Gullixson & some of the crew


Yes, bakeries.


A Fantastic AfterFeast of Fowl.


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Save The Dates

Subud Greater Seattle logo

The new Dewan’s First Meeting Minutes.

Western Region Family Gathering. (Surrey, BC, Canada) May 22-25, 2015.

Subud USA National Gathering, September 3-7, 2015, Redwood City, CA

Menucha (Regional Kejiwaan Gathering) November 12-15, 2015, Corbett, Oregon.

Subud Members at Camp Alexander, Crescent Beach, B.C. 2014

Subud Members at Camp Alexander, Crescent Beach, B.C. 2014

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Susila Dharma Board Meetings

The national board of Susila Dharma USA meets in Seattle Feb 12-15 and your hospitality skills are needed to make board members feel welcome. Evan Padilla, Susila Dharma USA Chair, is asking Subud Greater Seattle members to bring a dish to a potluck after Latihan on Sunday, the 15th. Please consider doing Latihan with your Susila Dharma brothers and sisters and, of course, consider vegan and gluten-free options for the potluck.

Susila Dharma USA LogoSusila Dharma USA is a nonprofit organization that supports locally-initiated, humanitarian programs serving communities in the U.S. and around the world. Susila Dharma USA encourages and empowers individuals and collaborative charitable projects to foster the development and fulfillment of human potential and healthy, sustainable communities.

Susila Dharma USA Board

Susila Dharma USA Board


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New Dewan

Ramon at a poetry workshop

Ramon at a poetry workshop

On Sunday Jan 25 Subud Greater Seattle members met to choose a new Dewan. We are grateful to David Lynch and Elisha Gullisxson, for their commitment these past two years to help the center grow as Chair and Vice-Chair.

See meeting minutes here.

The new committee is: Ramon Hildreth, chair, Abideen Gunatilaka vice-chair, Sherwin O’Bar, Treasurer, Hadiyah Carlyle, Secretary and Hadidjah Gregory, Member at Large. Sherwin is continuing as Treasurer and has done a great job in working with the complex finances. The Dewan is looking forward to working with the members to continue the work for Subud.

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Helper Development Event a Huge Success

By all account the Helper Development Day, Saturday, January 24, 2015, was a huge success with breakthroughs reported on both the Men’s and Women’s side of the Dewan and an increased sense of harmony. Hanafi Libman took a few photos. Thanks to all who participated. If you are having some challenging issues in your life, now is a good time to check in with the helpers, as they are ready to use new tools discovered during this event.


Regional Helpers Elizabeth Flanders, Elisha Gullixson and Michael Alexander


Susila Dharma USA Chair Evan Padilla and Elisha Gullixson


National Helper Benedict Herrman and Local Helper Annie Padilla


Local Helper HAlstein Stralberg and Regional Helper Emil Ward


Local Helpers Insiah Caspers and Hadijah O’Bar, Mariam Ross from Clinton, WA and National Helper Sofia Nicoletti.


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African Dance and Drum at Subud House!

spring st danceWe are happy to announce that we are renting the Spring Street Center Chapel to One World Arts Exchange on Tuesday evenings from February through June for drop-in African dance and drum classes, featuring music and dance from Guinea. Sengbe dance, otherwise known as doundoun dance, where you play a stick drum and dance simultaneously, is at 6:00 pm, and traditional dance, with live drumming accompaniment is at 7:30. Classes are taught by Abdoulaye Sylla, who is a former member of his country’s national dance company, Les Ballets Africains. Classes are $15 each, or two for $25 on the same evening. You are welcome to attend class and experience the joy of and energy of African music and movement. These classes will nurture your body and nourish your spirit. For more info, go to It would be wonderful to see some Subud members participating in this exciting event.

spring st sengbe

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Zonal Gathering Ireland (April 2015)

Dear sisters and brothers,

I am glad to announce that the next Zone 3 Meeting will be hold in
Kippure, Ireland, from 3th to 7th April 2015.
On behalf of the Zone 3 countries and council, I would be delighted to
have you with us to share latihan, conversations, chats, food and fun in the beautiful and green venue of Kippure.

With love

Here below you can find as attachment a presentation of the location.
For further information, please contact:
Matthew Weiss
Suzanna Webb

Andrea Vivit
Zone 3 Rep


Zonal Gathering IrelandZonal Gathering Ireland 2

(Download flyer (pdf) here.)

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Jan 24 Helper Development Day

Benedict Herrman

Benedict Herrman

Helper Development Day is this Saturday, January 24, 2015 All 6 Regional Helpers will be on hand, as well as 3 National Helpers to assist local helpers to deal with issues they feel are  important will be discussed and tested, with a likely emphasis on issues of trust and harmony.

Participants will meet together briefly at 10:00 AM, proceeding to quiet time at 10:15 and latihan at 10:30.  This will be followed by open (yet orderly) discussion & testing, open-ended in length, with a potluck lunch break.
This is one of those rare Subud opportunities that has the potential to have a lasting positive effect. Many folks are working hard, on their own dime, to make this happen, so your attendance is strongly encouraged.
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Dewan Elections Jan 25!

Subud House

Subud House

SAVE THE DATE:  SUNDAY JAN 25.  GENERAL MEETING SUBUD GREATER SEATTLE.  IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR.  WE WILL HAVE ELECTIONS FOR A NEW DEWAN.  PLEASE COME AND HELP US PICK A NEW DEWAN.  The Dewan serves for two years.  We have been very fortunate to have a dedicated committee these past years.  We look forward to a new committee to foster the growth of Subud Greater Seattle.  The meeting will take place after latihan and potluck lunch around 12:30.

You may want to consider pre-testing before the 25th, so as to be prepared for that day. It is an exciting time with our centerprise doing well and harmony emerging in the community better than it has been for a long time. Help build that momentum. Thanks for considering serving the greater good of Subud Greater Seattle.

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