Monthly Archives: September 2014

General Meeting Sunday, 40th Anniversary 10.12

Dear Subud-ites,

This Sunday (10.5) after Latihan we will hold our general meeting. Among the topics on the agenda are the ratification or elimination of the House guidelines set up a couple of years ago to deal with some incidents that create a feeling in some people that the Subud House was not a safe place.

The Men’s testing showed little support for continuing the guidelines, but showed that the need for harmony in the dewan has been an issue for over 25 years and began to institute a latihan after the regular Sunday latihan, specifically for harmony at Subud Greater Seattle.

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Subud Greater Seattle's Building in 1974

Subud Greater Seattle’s Building in 1974

Sunday, October 12th we will celebrate 40 years in the Seattle Subud House. There will be a potluck after latihan and perhaps the Tedrows will talk about the process of acquiring the Subud House and anyone who cares to can talk about what they see happening to Subud Greater Seattle in the next 40. Let us give thanks for having such a nice place to do latihan.

New Regional Chair

Robina Page, Alexandra ter Horst and Oswald Norton Sept 27, 2014

Robina Page, Alexandra ter Horst and Oswald Norton Sept 27, 2014

The 2014 Subud Pacific Northwest Regional Congress happened Saturday and Sunday, September 27 & 28 at the Portland Subud House. Latihan at 11 was followed by lunch in the Men’s Latihan Hall of the beautiful house that has been home to Subud in Portland for nearly 40 years. Following lunch was the group reports from Subud communities in the region: Skagit County, Seattle and Portland, as well as some discussion about isolated members in the region. Sherwin O’Bar gave an extensive financial report and his skills were lauded by the gathered and Sebastian Tedrow represented the Subud U.S. National Office. Chair Daniel Stralberg was celebrating the, or recovering from, the birth of the third daughter born to him and Sarah. The baby’s name is Rozaria.

Sarah Stralberg & Daughters

Sarah Stralberg & Daughters

New officers were tested and elected, with Marius Harold, Congress Chair, presiding over the proceedings once outgoing Chair Robina Page turned the event over to him.

Portland’s Alexandra Ter Horst was elected the new Chair of Subud Pacific Northwest. Oswald Norton was named Vice-Chair. Their term is for 18 months, as it was decided by the gathered that the Regional Congress be moved to March since it no longer takes place at the annual Family Camp event.

One other item mentioned was the need to reach out to Subud members in British Columbia and beginning to embrace a more bioregional approach to the “Pacific Northwest” region.

MID–VANCOUVER ISLAND SUBUD Sunday, October 19, 2014

From Dave Hitchcock
(Western Canada Regional Chair)

Errington HallHi there.

[This] is an invitation to a Subud gathering at Errington on Vancouver Island, on the afternoon of Sunday October 19.

Thank you to Jane Murray-Smith for making the arrangements to rent the community hall.

I am sending this note to all members in the Western Region, as well as the Group Chairs for Subud Fraser Valley, Subud Vancouver & Subud Victoria, and the Chair of the Pacific Northwest, south of the border.

Please forward this invitation to your members and let them know that a warm welcome awaits them in Errington!

Although the location of the gathering makes it mainly accessible to those living on Vancouver Island, I know that previous events have attracted people from the smaller islands, Lower Mainland and other parts of the region.

So, just in case the date and place work for you, please join us.

If you can let me know that you plan to come, this will help to give us some idea of expected numbers.

I am also taking this opportunity to pass on to our Canadian Western Regional members an opportunity to learn more about what is happening with Subud in Cuba. Alejandra Martinez (Committee Councillor for Subud Canada) has been working hard as a member of the Zone 7 Council to improve our communications with Subud Cuba and has recently started translating the Cuban national magazine “Alborada”, from Spanish into English. If you are interested in reading this, please let me know and I will forward a copy to you.

That’s all for now.

All the best,

Dave Hitchcock
(Western Canada Regional Chair)

On Sunday, October 19, 2014

You are invited to an afternoon of latihan, testing, potluck and socializing.

Where: Errington Community Hall, near Parksville on Vancouver Island


· From the main Island Highway take Highway 4A from Parksville (the old Alberni Highway) and turn left at Errington Road, which is also signposted as the road to Englishman River Falls Provincial Park.

· Stay on Errington Road until you reach the 4 – way stop in “downtown Errington” (where there is the Errington Store and a gas station, but not much else!)

· Just past the 4 – way stop, on your left is the Errington Community Hall.

When: Sunday, October 19, 2014

Time: 1:00 til 7.00 pm

Cost: The total rental cost for the two halls is $175. Estimated $15.00 per person to cover this cost. This amount is flexible depending upon how many attend. Hopefully there will be more than 12 of us, so the cost per person will be less!

Rough Schedule:

1:00 to 1:30 pm: Meet at Errington Community Hall

1:45 pm: Quiet Time

2:00 pm: Simultaneous latihans, followed by testing, or whatever.

5:00 pm: Potluck supper and socializing. Please bring food and drink
to share. There is a fully equipped kitchen.

7.00 pm: Complete clean up and leave for home

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

Subud Dewan Meeting Minutes 9/7/14

Main event decided during this meeting:
Announcing the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Seattle Subud House.  Sunday, October 12th.

This month’s minutes also include:

  • Financial Report – Sherwin O’Bar
  • Men and Women Helper Report – state of the dewan.
    In Seattle, Eastside and the Olympia area.
  • Spring Street Center Report– Paul and Marston
  • Sica Event:  In Celebration of International Peace Day, on Saturday September 20th at 7 pm there will be a Poems for Peace Celebration at the Spring Street Center.
  • PNW Regional Meeting and Selection of new Regional Chair 9/27 in Portland
  • PNW Regional Kedjiwan Retreat: At Menucha Conference Center: November 6-9
    For the complete Minutes, please click here.

General Meeting Oct 5 – Revisiting House Guidelines

From the Dewan meeting of September 7:

Men and Women Helper Report – state of the dewan. 

At our Next General Meeting October 5th we will discus the purpose and use of the Subud Greater Seattle House Guidelines and Our House Prayer.  In preparation for this discussion, both members who requested that these guidelines and prayers be created and posted and those who have been not agreed to their being posted will have a chance to do some testing on Sunday 9/21 with the helpers, after the Sunday latihan.

The general meeting will happen after Latihan and will be a potluck.

House Guidelines (excerpt)

House Guidelines (excerpt)

An Invitation to our Subud PNW Regional Congress

Subud Portland invites us to join them at our Regional Congress one week from this Saturday and Sunday: 9/27 & 28

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Bhakti and I are asking for your presence to support and join with others from the PNW Region on September 27 & 28th to celebrate our region and to elect new leadership.

Please add your love and energy to this Congress.

11:00 a.m. Latihan
Lunch (donation requested)
Meeting and testing

10:00 a.m. Latihan

Blessings and love,
Bhakti and Gabriella

New Mid-Day Ladies Latihan

From Local Helper Lorraine Tedrow:

Women's Latihan Hall

Women’s Latihan Hall

Hi Ladies,

I’m following up on discussions about a daytime women’s latihan. After a number of delays, I am ready to start next week, Thursday, Sept. 18, to have mid-day women’s latihan, quiet at 12:30pm, latihan at 12:45.


Alexa Reads Wallace Stevens

Join Subud sister Alexa (Phyllis) Rosen on Sept 18 as she reads as part of this event:

Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101:

Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101:

Celebrate beloved poems with other local poetry-lovers in this special event, which is free and open to the public. Initiated in 1999, Seattle’s Favorite Poems brings together local luminaries, poets, and community members for an evening of — you guessed it — everyone’s favorite poems. Featured readers include Robert Pinsky, former U.S. Poet Laureate; poet Heather McHugh; filmmaker Lynn Shelton; and Aidan Lang, Seattle Opera’s General Director. Hosted by KUOW’s Marcie Sillman, the night will also feature community members reading their chosen poems.

Presented by: Town Hall, Seattle Public Library, Poetry Northwest, Seattle Arts & Lectures, and Hugo House. Elliott Bay Book Company is the partner bookseller for this event.
Tickets: This event is free and open to the public; no registration required.
Doors open: 6:30 p.m.

CA Getaway Plus Mo Mack fo Less Dough

From Robina Page, Subud PNW Regional Chair:

This is the info from Zoe Landale in BC, who would like Subud members to know about her cottage rental for writers.

Hi Robina. I’m emailing at Dave Hitchcock’s suggestion. My husband and I have just started a new business, a cottage on our property on Pender Island (Canadian Gulf Is) that we’ve turned into a writer’s retreat. At a ladies’ latihan in Victoria recently, people were expressing interest, so I said sure, we’d be happy to rent to Subud folks as well, with an extra price break. Dave says you would be good to talk with, as Chair of the Pacific Northwest Subud region. He mentioned “periodic eblasts.”

Here’s the info.

Foxglove Cottage Writer’s Retreat on scenic Pender Island, BC, is now taking bookings. Reasonable rates with 20% off for Subud members. Charming cottage on a driveway shared with main house, in a sunny clearing surrounded by woods. New. Private. Luxury linens, queen bed, desk, internet, stereo, kitchen, shower, wood floors, Persian rug, porch with loveseat. Gardens. Property backs onto park; dozens of local walks. Easy access from Vancouver and Victoria.

This one room cottage is great for a single person and works comfortably for a couple.
Email:, phone 250-629-0026.

Thanks for your assistance with this!


Zoe Landale

Pender Island Getaway

Pender Island Getaway

Pender Island Getaway

Pender Island Getaway


















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I thought the members of your groups might be interested, and also your writer’s network, Paul.

Mo Mack

Mo Mack

And here is the link to Morris’s Indigogo site that I left out of the earlier email:

I am seeking to raise $3500 and beyond to help me manufacture my new album New & Used Tunes, Vol 2, Dancing in the Light. With your help, I’ll be able to bring this project (8 years in the making) to the conclusion it deserves. It would be great to be able to upgrade some of my equipment, as well.

Mo’s music is great, and he is in an all or nothing fund raiser here.