Jim’s notes from the meeting:
It was hot! 95 degrees.
Evan Padilla is the next Susila Dharma International chair. He plans to enact the receiving from testing about over the next 4-5 years. Evan has proposed an SD dinner in Seattle sometime this fall, and Debbie has agreed to cater.
The next international congress will be in Kalimantan.
Other comments and reflections:
Ibu Rahayu felt content was lacking in the congress. The international helpers did hardly any content testing before Ibu spoke. Afterwards they did a little more.
One member felt it was their least favorite international congress, but wonderful Latihans. Inconvenient, possibly due to being older. The site was nowhere near anything.
Overall for most the food was not a big hit. Good one day, but same menu for the entire congress. Coffee was good. Lousy service at hotel.
Another member had a very nice place to stay, cool, pleasant, inexpensive-Air BnB-easy to get to the congress, although a few stops away on mass transit.
Met people from Russia, Columbia, Spain, good groups, can tell they will stay in Subud for a long time. Great stories about openings, including someone who pointed to a picture of Bapak after their opening and said that guy was walking around the room during their opening (!).
The Latihan was so powerful. It was just incredible!
A regional member missed the bus and had to take a cab to Zurich airport. Another bus with the same destination would not accept his ticket, even though there was plenty of room on the bus. The cab was very expensive!
Many expressed it was great to reconnect with friends from all over the world and to make new friends from all over!
Another member did 2-3 Latihans a day, testing in between and is still floating! One series of tests was how is it to walk under the influence of various forces.
We have new international helpers and chair. Benedict Herman is a new international helper. Benjamin Boyce is a new national helper.
A former international helper mentioned their experience of receiving during testing for such situations was VERY clear and cut through questions from people who were not involved in the testing.
The congress had lots of entire families present, and they were very integrated into Congress- That was GREAT!
There are lots of young people in groups Europe, S. America, and L.A.; very vibrant strong groups.
The layout of the “Subud Village” was a hit for many people, and led to flexible spontaneous interactions. Young people designed the Subud village. They started at the Freiburg meeting 2 years ago.
It was intentionally set up so it felt personal. Marston has pictures.
Another member’s high point was seeing Eva Maria, former SGS member, now in Hawaii. Husband Greg Doland was opened at the Congress. His opening was very powerful- “hot stuff” Balls of light, angelic beings.
David Lynch has a video of kid’s light show performance from dusk till night. It included a big light lantern puppet!
Rachman’s photos and video regarding Greg Doland’s opening are in links on the SGS website.
Hi Everyone in the Western Region.
As I thought, some Subud members appreciate reminders, because 10 registrations came in after the last one! But, this is your final chance, as the registration deadline for this year’s Bethlehem Retreat is September 10 – just one week away.
- Some have asked:“Who is already registered?”
- Here they are:
- Regional/Isolated members:
Maemunah Doran (Regional Helper)
Ramon Kubicek (National Helper)
Rohana Laing (National Helper)
Ivar Wik (applicant)
Hanafi von Hahn
Rohana von Hahn
Nur Ali Storto
Subud Fraser Valley:
Mahmud Nestman (Regional Helper)
Patricia O’Byrne, Dave Hitchcock, Helena Hitchcock, Elfrida Schragen, Thalia Corchia, Deanna Bird, Rechelle Morgan. That’s a total of 29, so far, and we still have room for more!! If you thought you had registered, but don’t see your name on the list, please let me know!
Financial assistanceis available. Just let me know on your registration, how much you can afford. If you plan on traveling by ferry as a foot passenger and need a pick-up, just include the terminal and arrival time on your registration form.
Attached is the registration package for this year’s gathering. As we are getting close to the registration deadline (June 10), please either send your registration by email or let me know that your “registration is in the mail”.
Others have asked:“What happens at a Bethlehem Retreat?”
This largely depends on what is decided at the Opening Circle on Friday evening, but to give you some idea, attached is the schedule from last year’s (2017) retreat.
Here are more comments from some Subud brothers and sisters who have been to Bethlehem in the past:
“As an ‘isolated’ member it is very meaningful for me to attend Bethlehem Retreat Centre as well as one or two other gatherings a year if I can afford them. I need as much group latihans as I can get! Bethlehem was affordable; the meals were excellent for the cost, the common rooms very comfortable for meetings, opening and closing circle etc. I love the round chapel for latihan and testing and the regional and national helpers gave us lots of care and attention, with many members finding opportunities for personal testing and support for life challenging issues. The setting on the lake is world class, with beautiful lawns and garden areas, and even a labyrinth for those who enjoy contemplation while walking. I am very grateful to everyone who made this retreat possible and I recommend it highly to all Subud members!”
“While I was at one of the airports waiting for a flight I remembered something Sudarto had said years ago. It seems that a Subud member had asked him if it was really necessary for Subud members to Latihan together or be in groups or attend gatherings. From what I remember, Sudarto told this member that Subud members were like lumps of coal. You gather all these lumps together and put them in a bag, then the drawstring is tightened and you begin shaking the bag. After maybe a few years you open up this bag and look in. You still see lumps of coal but at least now they have become smooth and shiny. While you close up the bag again and continue shaking for more time. Then one day you open up this bag and instead of finding a bag full of lumps of coal you have a bag full of diamonds. That for me sort of summed up the Bethlehem gathering we just had. For an isolated member, which I now am, this past weekend was like heaven on earth and I got to share and or experience it with some of the most beautiful diamonds I have ever met.”
Please don’t delay, register today!
Bethlehem Retreat Organizer