Come! Celebrate! Live Music! 50 years of Grace in our Seattle Subud House

Everyone is invited, members, non-members, children, and friends; and welcome to attend (please bring a favorite holiday food) to the potluck Holiday Party and celebration of the 50th year of Subud Seattle owning our property.  Please join the festivities on Sunday, December 10, around noon (after 11AM latihan).  There will be 50 printed mugs available to  commemorate this event. A donation to cover the costs (and contribute to the building costs) is requested.

Live music will be provided by David Lynch and Maryka Ford.

[From an article that Sebastian Tedrow did with Chuck (now Robert) Cary]
“The history of Subud in Seattle starts in 1959. We were opened by a group of Subud Members from Vancouver BC. Members of the Vancouver group were originally opened by the Von Bissings who I believe were on a world tour to promote Subud and sailed from San Francisco to Vancouver in a yacht.”

The article continued: “Ann and I were opened in what later became the first Subud House in Seattle… Sebastian: The address is 959 Broadway E. It is currently a Bed and Breakfast – ‘The Bacon Mansion.’” Cary continued, “Before it became a Subud House it was leased by an organization called the ‘Center of Integration’”. [To read the full article, click here]

After the group was no longer able to lease the house, it rented a storefront on Belmont and Olive in Seattle. It was in a crime-ridden area of the City with heroin sales happening in the area and in the adjacent tavern, according to an interview that Paul Nelson did with Sebastian and Robert in March of 2022. After doing some fasting for help with finding a suitable building, the group was led to our current location. [To hear the full interview, click here.]

After seeing the building Lawrence Crouse wrote a binding check for $500 for the purchase of the house, He and Roseanna Crouse provided the main part of the loan with Bob and Andrea Maynard among others contributing as well. Sebastian Tedrow agreed to be the chairman and to sign the documents for the loan.

Rachman Cantrell discovered an article that Robert (now Sebastian) Tedrow published in a SUSA article and wrote about it in this post from May 26th of 2021. It included a picture he took of the house in 1973. To read that article click here

One of the first renovations that the house received was in 1976 when Bapak came to visit and what is now the ladies latihan space was converted into his bedroom and the toilet on the first floor was added.

Other renovations have happened since then through the contributions of many current and former members including Evan Padilla, Marston Gregory and Insiah Caspers. It is their efforts that have modernized the house and made it possible for us to continue to worship Almighty God in our own facilities.

It is only through the efforts of those willing to serve our community that we have purchased and been able to maintain our facility. Please consider becoming one of those members that does the hard work of keeping it possible for us to worship in our own facilities by becoming a member of our committee in January of 2024.

General meeting and election of officers after latihan Sunday, January 14th.

We ask all Subud Seattle members to consider serving on the next committee in preparation for our selection process on Sunday, January 14th after latihan.  Please open yourselves to the possibility of serving our community

Positions to be tested are chair and vice chair.

The current committee will be available for mentoring and guidance should the new committee want that.

Holiday Party and 50th anniversary of the purchase of the Seattle Subud house!

Holiday Party and 50th anniversary of the purchase of the Seattle Subud house!
We are having a party after Latihan December 10th to celebrate the holidays and the 50th Anniversary of our purchasing our Seattle Center.

All ages; members and non-members welcome!  It’s a potluck!

Your Help Is Needed 
In order for us to celebrate we need to collaborate on:
– Decorating and Setup
– Tear Down & Cleanup

We can potentially setup Saturday night!

To volunteer, email our chair Jim O’Halloran

Message from Rayma and News Items

Rayma’s Experience at the Kejiwaan Retreat

Gathering at Menucha Retreat Center this past weekend with 85 Subud members left me with a
feeling of gratitude that I carried home and remains with me as I write. There was enough of
everything. Enough together time, enough apart time, enough time for latihan and testing,
enough support from fellow travelers on this path.

As is the tradition, we sat in a large circle at the beginning of our time together there. Each of
us introduced ourselves and said a few words about why we had come and what we hoped for.

At the end, again in a circle, we each shared a bit of what we were taking away. This year, the
take-away for many was a feeling of deepened experiences in the latihans, and more connection with others present and within our greater Subud community. Love, really. I pray that feeling travels with each of us into our daily lives in the aftermath of our time together.

It was great to connect again with lots of long-time Subud members, and with some of their adult children, and also to meet Jennifer, who had come after being opened just 4 days earlier
in Palo Alto. Not only that, but seven members from Subud Canada made the trip, too!

My take-away was a sense of reawakening and reconnection. A sense of possibilities. Thank you to everyone who put in a lot of hard work to help make this past weekend a reality.
-Rayma Norton

Holiday party and 50th anniversary of the purchase of the Seattle Subud house, Sunday, December 10th!  Planning is in progress, volunteers needed!
Annual general meeting January 14th, 2024, with election of officers.  Will YOU be one?
Likely event February 11th, 2024.  A Super Bowl alternative!
Want to go to a latihan?  Here are some options!
Sundays in Seattle 11:00AM
Tuesdays in Seattle 10:00AM
Frequent Thursdays on the Eastside in each other’s homes, Men and Women, 7:30 PM, dessert and conversation after,
contact Rayma, Rachman, or Oswald for current times and directions.
Thursdays in Kent: 6:00PM, currently just men, but there is room for Women also.  Contact Daniel.
Some Thursdays in Seattle, Men only (currently), 6:00 PM. Check with Nathaniel.
Some Fridays on the Eastside, 5:15 PM, currently Women only, but there is room for men also.  Contact Annie.

Rasjad Hopkins Has Passed!

Rasjad with Bapak and Sharif in Marin County, California.

Rasjad Hopkins on the way to a Subud meeting, circa 1968.

Rasjad Hopkins, a long time Subud member and one of the founding members of Subud Seattle has passed over to the next world.  Below is a link to a Zoom interview I did with him in July of 2022.  It gives some history of the beginning of our group, his very interesting life happenings and some of his Subud experiences.  It is quite powerful and well worth watching till the end!  The video is 34 minutes long.

Click the link below to see the YouTube video.







Many Thanks to Jim O’Halloran, Rayma and Oswald Norton for their work.


This coming Sunday October 29th after latihan in the womens’ hall.  We won’t have use of the entire house.
Proposed agenda below.
November 9-12th
December 10th after latihan
January 14th after latihan

Review Agenda

Approve Previous Minutes

Helpers’ Report

Old Business

Upstairs windowsill rot

Outgoing Message

SDUSA donation? SICA donation?

Late (very late) 50th Anniversary of Subud house?

Cracks in Womens’ ceiling

Awning for back door to Womens’ hall installed.

Roof Replacement (FYI since it’s a big expense when it comes).

MailChimp update

Basement Kitchen: Consider 4 options.

  • 1. do nothing,
  • 2. give members $3,000 to beautify room as they see fit
  • 3. scaled back Paul Lowe bid to countertops, maybe a new sink and maybe a dishwasher if we can get free from Albert Lee for free or greatly reduced price
  • 4. Gut the room and put in steel racks on wheels so room can be quickly reconfigured (retain sink?)

New Business

For next year, do we want one weekend a month for the group?

See current monthly proposed list.

How many for helper events?

How many for general meetings?

How many for just getting together?

MailChimp recipient list update.  Are you getting emails?  If not, would you like to?

Holiday party December 10th

Annual general Meeting January 14th Election of new chair and vice-chair.

An invitation to ask committee about what they do, what such a commitment involves.

David Freeman and Salamah O’Brien documents:  sorting, identifying, keeping or moving on to SUSA archives.


Sundays in Seattle 11:00AM
Tuesdays in Seattle 10:00AM
Thursdays in Kent: 6:00PM, currently just men, but there is room for Women also.  Contact Daniel.
Some Thursdays in Seattle, Men only (currently), 6:00 PM. Check with Nathaniel.
Frequent Thursdays on the Eastside in each other’s homes, Men and Women, 7:30 PM, dessert and conversation after, contact Rayma, Rachman, or Oswald.
Some Fridays on the Eastside, 5:15 PM, currently Women only, but there is room for men also.  Contact Annie.

Cascade Poetry Festival Info from Paul

From Paul
The 7th Cascadia Poetry Festival was held at the Subud House October 6-8, 2023. It was produced by the Cascadia Poetics Lab, founded in 1993 by longtime Subud member Paul Nelson.
The event featured many internationally-known poets, Brenda Hillman of Berkeley, California, Robert Bringhurst and Jan Zwicky of Quadra Island, British Columbia, Cedar Sigo of Poulsbo and the Suquamish Tribe, Tess Gallagher of Port Angeles and Andrew Schelling of Boulder, Colorado. Readings, workshops, a tour and reading in Kubota Garden and talks like Eco-Poetics and Bioregional Typography were offered to attendees. The house was full for almost every event. The festival was also the official launch of Cascadian Zen: Volume I, Bioregional Writings on Casacadia Here and Now. Co-edited by Nelson, Jason Wirth and Subud member Adelia MacWilliam of Cowichan Bay, BC, it is available through Watershed Press, another project of the Cascadia Poetics Lab. The festival’s 8th iteration is set for the Subud House November 1-3, 2024. Video of the event will be posted online in the next few weeks:  With gratitude for the Subud community’s support of this event.


Free Tickets!   Last Regional Kedjiwaan at Menucha!  General Meeting!  Annual Meeting and Selection of New Officers!

We have five free tickets to the Cascadia poetry Festival.
They will be available first come-first served.  Please contact our Subud Brother Paul.
General Meeting!
Sunday, October 29th after Latihan, agenda coming soon!  We will meet in the Womens’ hall as we will not have access to the entire house.
Annual General Meeting and election of officers Sunday January 14, 2023 after Latihan.
Please consider testing if you should be the next chair or vice chair.  The previous committee has served since January 2017.  I’t time for a new committee.  The current members are happy to provide history, context and guidance.
Regional Kedjiwaan Registration will close this coming Monday 10/9, for the Subud Pacific Northwest gathering.  The last one at Menucha. 
Message from our SPNW Vice Chair, Honora Drew:

“It is exciting to see the names as registrations come in.  If you join us, you will see folks who haven’t been to a gathering in a while, and some who are fairly new to Subud.  Come find renewed community, deepened Latihan’s, and new conversations.   Help us honor this wonderful place one last time!”We’ve opened up more slots in the Barn and there is still space available in Ballard and Wright Hall. We’ve priced this year’s event to make it more affordable for our members to attend this last event at this location. All day passes allowed by Menucha are sold out, but “Top Bunk” (Economy Dorm) and Barn places are still available for just a little more money.( you can sleep elsewhere) 3 days for only $285, or 2 for $180. 

To immediately register for this event, please use this link