Monthly Archives: November 2014

Calling all members to test for The New Subud Greater Seattle Committee

I am excited to see who will be on this new committee in January, after the testing is complete. I’m asking each member to be willing to test whether it’s correct to for them to serve.

We’ve done much to create the stable organization that’s served you the last 2 years. The Region is willing to offer training to the new team.

For more details click here.

Help Represent Subud Greater Seattle’s Housing Needs

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The Subud PNW wants to ensure that our Subud PNW Houses remain on solid footing from a maintenance, enterprise and cultural perspective. Won’t you bring your skills and expertise to this effort?

In order to plan for our future, so that our maintenance and outreach needs can be met, we’re reforming this committee with representatives from the 3 centers that have houses.  We need and want a representative from Subud Greater Seattle.  Will you be that representative?

For more information, please contact Oswald Norton, chair of the Subud PNW Housing Committee.

Subud PNW Minutes from 10/8/14

– Treasurers report
– The Subud PNW board has approved and adopted a written policy of Anti-Harassment and Anti-Discrimination.  The policy is a part of the minutes.
– Menucha update.
Totals and other news before event.
– Regional Helper Report
– Regional Helpers Report.

For the full minutes click here.

Marius Hibbard Photo Exhibit

St. Georges Temple on Brac (Marius Hibbard)Longtime Subud member and world-class photographer Marius Hibbard is having an exhibition of recent photos he took in Croatia. It’s happening in Anacortes (see flyer below) where he lives and serves on the board of the Anacortes Art Commission. December happens to be Croatian cultural month in Anacortes. The opening is Friday and Saturday, December 5 and 6, at the Croatian Cultural Center. Everyone is invited. And check out the feature on the exhibition in Anacortes Magazine here.


Phillip Quackenbush Memorial

A group of 40, friends, family and acquaintances gathered at the Subud House yesterday for a memorial to Phillip Quackenbush, who died at the age of 78 on Sunday, October 26, 2014. There were Subud people, members of the Council House residential community and even members of a non-duality discussion group of which Phillip was a member.

Francesca Cameron and Oriana Quackenbush, Phillip’s ex-wife and his daughter organized the event and Oriana emceed the proceedings.

Some notes and photos from the event are expected soon. In the meantime this short poem taken mostly from notes I took at the event:

For PQ 1 For PQ 2

Menucha Scholarship Fund



A workshop was held at Menucha this year, the annual Pacific Northwest Regional Kejiwaan gathering and a report was created Paul Woodcock, with comment from Morris McClellan. Among their recommendations:

1) Create a permanent Menucha Scholarship Fund and state its purpose with clarity and inclusiveness. Spread the word that the purpose of the fund is to raise money so that all who wish to share the Menucha experience can be included.

2) Raise funds year round by promoting donation on the website, regular solicitation and several annual fund-raising events. (I suggest that we should start raising money for next year at the end of each Menucha by “passing the hat” for next year’s scholarship funding, maybe a Menucha evaluation/feedback form each year with a solicitation at the end and inclusion of a fund-raising mention with all Menucha- related communications etc.? PW.)

3) Find a volunteer fund/funding program director under the Regional Commitee to help oversee the fund and fundraising and not add these duties to an existing committee position?

4) Funds should be distributed by the method currently used. The process needs to be kept simple (through a personal statement of need by each scholarship applicant?). If there are funding requests that cannot be met one year, those applicants should be moved to the top of next-year’s list. (This important part we did not thoroughly discuss.)

You can download the whole report here:

The next Menucha gathering is November 12-15, 2015.

General Meeting Minutes N.14.14

Subud Greater Seattle General Meeting

Minutes:  Friday November 14, 2014 Eastside. Minutes taken by Hadiyah Carlyle.

Present:  Anne and Evan Padilla, Hanafi Libman, Oswald Norton, Paul Nelson, Ida and Rachman Cantrell, Insiah Caspers, Kathleen Gillette, Elijah Gullixson, Hadiyah Carlyle. Elisha chaired the meeting.


Paul gave report as Sherwin was not available.  Our member donations are down and Air B&B has slowed down for winter, but we’ve exceeded our 2014 projection of $20,000 with $45,000 in revenues by October 31. It is a clear Subud pattern that donations go down as revenues from enterprises go up, so we have to be vigilant in asking members to donate.

Helper Report:

Both men and women have been testing for harmony and …. after latihan.  Helpers seemed to be pleased with this. Elisha suggested that if he were to move to Seattle and be part of this group, he’d think it was a healthy and vibrant group and it was consensus we should recognize that.

Spring Street Center:

The good news is that we received the MSF grant of $10,000 for the handicap ramp that we would like to install.  There is more work to be done and hope the new committee will take us forward on this. Another $5,000 will need to be raised for the chapel crash bar doors. As regional vice-president Oswald said there will be training for the new chair and we will be working now as a region with common problems.  We hope to think of ourselves as a bio-region and have more activities with other centers in the area.

We are planning an Open House, Saturday, February 7, 2015 at the Subud House and plan to put posters around the neighborhood to invite folks to know more about their 40 year neighbor.


Paul reported on recent trips to British Columbia and the effort to use the Cascadia Poetry Festival, which he founded through his non-profit organization Seattle Poetics LAB, and SICA as an outreach effort for the Subud cultural wing. The fest will happen in Nanaimo, BC in 2015 and there will be a significant Subud presence there and perhaps a renewal of the Subud community that had been active there. Paul is also doing outreach to Portland, in the hopes of landing the 2017 festival there at the Subud House and Portland State University and hopes to have the 2018 fest in Canada, either Vancouver or Victoria, including Subud communities as a large part of the organizing committee for each fest.


Oswald spoke about building community and the mission of Menucha. It will happen again the second weekend of 2015 and the notion of making the event open to anyone who wants to attend while still  making the finances balance out is the quest now.

Upcoming Events:

(Photo by Rachman Cantrell)

(Photo by Rachman Cantrell)

Tomorrow (Nov 15) there will be a memorial at 2PM for Phillip Quackenbush. His ex-wife Francesca Cameron and daughter Oriana are staying at the Subud House.

National Dewan and Committee will be meeting in Seattle weekend of Nov 21-23.  They will do latihan with members on Sunday.  We need volunteers for meals and transportation.  Please contact Sebastian if you can lend your much needed services.

Jan 25, 2015 we will be testing for a new committee.  Please come and pre-test if you might want to serve.

The annual birdwalk for the Skagit Valley  group led by Paul Woodcock will take place Feb 14, 2015.  Annie told us what a wonderful day it is, seeing hundreds of eagles.

Evan reported that the  National Susila Dharma Board will be meeting at Seattle in February on the 21st & 22nd.

Volunteers Needed for National Dewan Meeting

National Dewan

National Dewan

The National Helpers and Committee will be meeting in Seattle from November 21 to 23 at the Subud Seattle house.

Subud USA is looking for volunteers to help with:

Accommodations for our guests for Friday-Sunday Night.

Transportation to and from the Airport on Friday and Sunday.

Meals organization for Friday Night, Saturday Morning and Lunch, Sunday Breakfast, and potluck lunch for group.

The Committee and Helpers will be attending the Group Sunday Latihan on November 23, 2014

If you can help in any way please contact Sebastian Tedrow at either or by phone 360.708.2725.

I will be going to Menucha so I will be out of town from Thursday Nov6-9th.

Thanks for your Support and good Wishes.

Sebastian Tedrow

Dewan Meeting Minutes Nov 2, 2014

Subud Dewan Meeting Minutes 11/2/14 (Taken by Hadiyah Carlyle)

Attending:  David Lynch, Sherwin O”Bar, Paul Nelson, Hadiyah Carlyle, Jim O’Halloran

Review of Last Months Minutes


Financial Report – Sherwin O’Bar

Inflows, or revenue,  thru October are $59 thousand, of which $14 thousand is member contributions and $45 thousand is from rentals, primarily Airbnb.  Member contributions are on track to come in at about $2 thousand less than the $18.5 thousand 2014 budgeted amount.  Year end rental income is projected to come in at about $51 thousand compared to the 2014 budget of $20 thousand

Outflows, or expenses, thru October are $52 thousand, of which $22 thousand is rental expense and $19 thousand is occupancy cost.

Net inflows, or income, thru October are $7 thousand.

At the October meeting the committee decided to set aside up to 10% of inflows into a SGS Housing Fund.

Spring Street Center – Paul Nelson

We talked about getting involved with the local community.  It was brought up that people in the neighborhood don’t know what Subud is and wonder about the building.  Paul will attend the Squire Community Council meetings.  David suggested we have an annual open house and open our doors to the community.  We decided our first open house will be Feb 7, Saturday from 2-5.  We will have entertainment and buy food at the co-op and have snacks.

Paul gave a report and said revenues from air B&B are down now but expect to increase again when spring comes.  He will make plans for the winter to encourage Subud members from out of the area to come to Seattle. Revenues through October are over $45,000 and our target for all of 2014 was $20,000, so this year has been a huge success. Cultural outreach through events like the Sam Hamill/Christopher Yohmei Blasdel reading continue. We’ve also had two memorials for beloved local poets contributing the Reception Hall to huge gratitude from friends and family of the departed.

Helper Report – Jim O’Hallorhan

Jim said that both women and men are doing latihan for harmony and healing in the group after Sunday latihan.  The women have also tested for helper development. Hanafi Libman is now active helper on the eastside.  Elijah Gullixson is the new regional helper. 

The men started on an extensive house cleansing.  So far, they have done the upstairs including closets, bathrooms, etc.  They will continue this process and then will have periodic cleansings.

SICA – Paul Nelson

Paul reported that he went to the annual Errington, BC, Subud gathering with Bhakti Watts, Chair of Subud Portland, and Lucas Hille, new Chair of SICA – Canada. Response to the notion of SICA using Paul’s Cascadia Poetry Festival as outreach were positive, especially the men’s testing on it. He was awarded a SICA grant to pay for his expenses and posted a report on his trip here: Paul will also go to Victoria on Nov 5 to follow up with Dave Hitchcock, the organizer of the Errington event.

Upcoming Dates

Next General Meeting – Friday Nov 14 after latihan on the eastside

Memorial for Phillip Quackenbush at Seattle Subud house on Sat Nov 15 at 2:00

Next Dewan Meeting – Sunday Dec 7 at 9:00 am

Holiday Party – Dec 14 after latihan

Phillip Quackenbush Dead at 78

(Photo by Rachman Cantrell)

(Photo by Rachman Cantrell)

Phillip Quackenbush has died from cardiac disease. He passed away on Sunday, October 26, at his home in Seattle. He was 78, and had several health problems but was independent, writing music and making puns until the very end.

A memorial gathering will take place on November 15 at 2PM at Subud House/Spring Street Center, 1101 15th in Settle at the corner of 15th & Spring, celebrating the many aspects of his life. Free thinker, musician, composer, father, brother, friend, he was a Subud member for over 50 years. He was excited up to the last about the next song he was writing, eager to put his gifts out in the world.

Philip Q Poems for Peace

Philip Quackenbush

Philip Quackenbush, described as Subud Greater Seattle’s own resident multi-instrumentalist, played harp at the September 2014, Poems for Peace event and read a poem that punned on the word Fins. (9. 4:47). It may have been his last public performance.

Philip Quackenbush at Menucha 2011 (Photo by Rachman Cantrell)

Phillip Quackenbush at Menucha 2011 (Photo by Rachman Cantrell)

Halim Scott photographs Philip Quackenbush (Photo by Rachman Cantrell)

Halim Scott photographs Phillip Quackenbush (Photo by Rachman Cantrell)

(Photo by Rachman Cantrell)

(Photo by Rachman Cantrell)

Philip Quackenbush SF 60s

Phillip Quackenbush SF 60s (Photo by Rachman Cantrell)