Registration for Subud PNW Congress included in 2018 Subud USA National Congress

Dear Brothers and Sisters of the Subud PNW Region,

Did you know that if you register for the Subud USA congress and select the box below you will be registered for the Subud PNW Congress for the same price? The PNW Congress is only one day, Friday, May 25th. You will be able to experience general latihans Friday morning and evening. The only additional cost would be for lodging.

I am attending a Regional Congress during this event.

[ ] PNW Regional Congress

We’re at an exciting time for our region.  New members being opened. Members from other areas are moving to our region. We have 3 Subud houses all with committees and helpers serving those communities.  What’s next for our region?  Come to learn about our region and the hopes and plans we all have for our future.

Early registration (15% Discount!) ends March 13th, so don’t delay.

NOTE  Subud PNW members may also choose to register for Day Use only. If you are not staying in the hotel, day use for 1, 2 or 3 days (Friday,  Saturday,  and / or Sunday) are available. In all cases, meals options are available.

For more information on the Subud PNW Congress, please click this link.

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International Helper Report

International Helper Report On Their Visit To the Pacific Northwest

The area three international helpers began 2018 with a beautiful outward and inward experience by visiting four groups in the Pacific Northwest of the United States.  We are currently about half way through our visit to 13 groups in California.

We are very grateful for the hospitality and caring we have received. It is very inspiring to do latihan with many members some of whom have been doing latihan regularly for 40 to 50 years. When we receive to do so we often offer general testing after latihan and the test questions arise to fit the group we are visiting. Afterwards we talk, hear the questions and concerns in each group and share something of our experiences traveling as IHs and information about the world congress.  

In general we find that latihans are very strong and our visits draw people to come who have been away from group latihan. They express an appreciation for a renewed experience of strong receiving.

Some common themes and questions that come up during discussion time are:

  • How are we living the gifts we have received from the latihan in our lives?  
  • How can we talk about Subud in a natural way when we are asked about it?  
  • Concerns about attending group latihans when busy lives, heavy traffic, and aging bodies make it very challenging to get there.
  • Concerns about how to improve communication between men and women and between helpers and committees so that planning and decision making are coordinated.
  • How to support newly opened people so they feel welcomed and cared about.
  • How to create a welcoming atmosphere for younger and newer members so that they will feel comfortable to bring their friends who enquire about Subud.

We were impressed with the good condition of most of the Subud houses we visited. We feel we in Subud are learning to run center enterprises using the houses to bring in income. There are many challenges in maintaining and operating houses that create a context in which groups are learning and growing. Committee members play such an important role in providing spaces for latihan and managing finances.

We feel great admiration and gratitude for the generous ways in which people give of their time and talents. In several groups we see new and younger people coming to do the latihan. And we feel very hopeful about the future of Subud.

Often when meeting with Subud members stories are shared of times the latihan touched others or awakened something inside. We would like to share one such story.

Several years ago, during one of the wild fires that strike California the beautiful home of a Subud family was burned to the ground. As they looked through the rubble hoping to find anything that might have survived, they came across a burned down wall. They lifted up the rubble and saw one remaining sculpture turned over on its back.

They flipped it over and there was the face of our dear Bapak looking up at them, undamaged except for the paint having burned away. The sculpture was created by Liana Kelley, a long time Subud member and very gifted artist. This gift created from hands guided by God of our dear Bapak was the only surviving objects in the whole house. Going through the rubble and coming across this face must have felt like Bapak coming down from above, saying it will ok. God is with you always. Below is a photo of this sculpture.

Mahmud, Sjarifuddin, Suzanne and Myriam


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Friday General Meeting After Latihan

Please join us THIS Friday, March 9th, 2018, for our SGS general meeting at our eastside facilities (Bellevue First Congregational United Church of Christ 11061 NE 2nd St Bellevue, WA 98004)

The meeting will happen after Latihan. You can find out what your committee has been up to.

Bring your energy and questions. Bring your love for the work that your committee and helpers are doing to keep the latihan alive in the Seattle area.

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Flights to World Congress

I found a good deal through American Airlines for getting to the world congress. After hours of online searching I found flying to Zurich, Switzerland and taking a train from there was the best option for us. The flight has a stop in Dallas or New York then on to Heathrow airport in London and then a short flight to Zurich all for $638.00 round trip! The train station is at the airport and takes less than three hours to get to Freiberg at around $60.00 dollars. There seemed to be good connections with not very long wait times. The return flight was even better with only one stop in the U.S. before returning to Seattle. Most other flights to Frankfurt or Basil were a couple hundred dollars more but still envolved taking a bus or train to Freiburg. If you have not made reservations yet this seems like a very good rate.

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Subud Gathering in Crescent Beach


  • the tradition continues! 

Advance Notice

Please help to spread the word!! 


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

The weekend begins after lunch on Friday, June 15 and wraps up before supper on Sunday June 17.

The Alexandra Retreat Centre is situated in the beautiful, family-friendly Crescent Beach area just south of Vancouver, BC, Canada. The centre is set around a central grassy area, surrounded with a fence, making it a safe, relaxed and secure setting for families and children.  The beach, footpaths and nearby village are just a few minutes stroll away. Check out the lodges, cabins and beautiful location at:


The emphasis this year is on relaxation and fun for the whole family! There will be opportunities for events on the beach, organized activities for the children, tasty meals, workshops, preparations for World Congress, socializing, simply hanging out, music, entertainment, dancing and, of course, latihan & kejiwaan activities.


  • “Early Bird” rates until May 1. Final registration deadline is June 1.
  • Choice of full weekend registration with overnight accommodation, day visitor registration and individual meal selection.
  • Overnight accommodation is “first come, first served!”
  • Full registration package, rates and further details will be available in the spring.


  • Offer or join in a workshop.
  • Enjoy the culture as an entertainer or being entertained.
  • Participate in, or observe at, the Susila Dharma Canada AGM.
  • Simply relax, socialize, have fun and chill out.
  • Volunteer at the gathering. We’d love your help, and encourage everyone to pitch in.

Looking forward to being with you at the gathering!                                         Mark your calendars now!

Your Western Regional Council

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Comox Valley Subud Gathering

Cheap Lodging in Cumberland, BC

Saturday April 21, 2018

The Western Regional Helpers invite you to a day or more of latihan, testing and socializing on Vancouver Island.

Where: We will meet initially at the Masonic Hall in Cumberland at 2687 Dunsmuir Avenue.

Then the men, or the women, will head up to the Abbey, half a block away at 2689 Penrith Street, (entrance from First Street) for latihan.


When: Saturday April 21, 2018

Time: 1:00 until 5.00 pm

Cost: If we have 16 people and each person contributes $10, we can cover the cost of the rentals.

• The plan is to go out for dinner locally, afterwards.

• We are looking into billeting for those who may want to stay over on Saturday night.

• There is also the possibility of a latihan on Sunday morning.

• Visitors from Vancouver Island, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, other parts of the Province and the Pacific North West are warmly invited to attend this afternoon gathering on Vancouver Island. Carpooling is encouraged to help share the cost.

• More information will be sent out, as it becomes available – STAY TUNED!!

• The Regional Helpers would like some idea of how many to expect, so if and when you know that you will be attending, please contact Adelia at 250 891 9163.

• If you have any questions, please contact Dave Hitchcock at 250 370 1291 or

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Melinda Wallis Memorial

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From Alexandra Boyer

Dear sisters and brothers of the greater Seattle area,

It has been lovely to stay in your beautiful Subud house. It feels comfortable and clean and welcoming – like home. As soon as Philip and I walked in we were impressed by how well cared for it is. Marston, Paul, Debbie, and Ricardo are doing of wonderful job and everything about the house speaks of attention and care – it’s a place to be proud of, a place where we would like to bring family and friends.

I have to mention the view from our upstairs bedroom (room 2) window. Across the street are several vintage craftsman houses with various homey activities going on. In the middle distance are feathery trees (no leaves in February) and then a crane lit up in deep greens and blues and another with red on its end. Beyond that are sparkling city lights like jewels and then  furthest of all is the incredible sky, all of which is better than watching TV. Through that window I have watched the sunrise and sunset, beautiful sunny days and glorious clouds and pelting rain and even snow.

Let me add that I’ve taken full advantage of the sacred latihan space in the old chapel. It has been there for distance telephone latihans with my national dewan or with ill  sisters; for latihans by myself for whatever reason; and of course for the wonderful latihans with my Seattle sisters. It’s a blessing beyond words. Finally,We’ve really enjoyed having friends come by while we’re in residence.

All in all, this has been a house of warmth, adventures, comfort, and joy. Thank you.

Love, Alexandra (Boyer)

Seattle as Seen from Room 2 by Alexandra Boyer

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Subud Jazz

Ever wonder what the combination of Latihan and Jazz would sound like? Find out every other Saturday and support a Subud Brother as he builds an audience for his unique and accomplished sound. (pdf) From Jim O’Halloran:

Hi, all, and welcome to the pre-super bowl zone!
This time around will be a repeat line-up for me-Steve Kim on bass, and Royce Shorter, Jr. on drums.
I’m looking forward to Steve’s depth of knowledge, commitment to the jazz tradition, and innate musicality,
combined with Royce’s amazing ability to understand what is going on and to
add his unique and fiery interpretation drawing on gospel, jazz, R &B, Hip-Hop, and so much more.
We’ll be playing some originals, jazz, Latin, Blues, African, and so on-like we always do!

Check out Steve here:

And Royce here:

and here:

And Lake Chad Cafe’ here:

Lake Chad Cafe’ 1712 S. Jackson 206-485-7161
Come in, have some delicious African/New Orleans food, Ethiopian espresso, and full bar; and check out the welcoming atmosphere that Felix and Brigitte have created.
Latin dance night on Fridays.

See our schedule on the poster below for the first quarter of 2018—

As usual, no cover; all ages; 7:00PM-10:00PM

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Sunday General Meeting After Latihan

Join us THIS Sunday, January 21, 2018, for a general meeting to happen after Latihan. You can find out what your committee has been up to. Call the Chair of Subud Greater Seattle, Honora Hildreth at (206) 718.9453 if you have any questions.

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