Monthly Archives: November 2020

Ibu’s Thanksgiving

We in America are celebrating Thanksgiving this week (Happy Thanksgiving!), but our very own Ibu Rahayu celebrated her 75th birthday March 13th with an American Thanksgiving table as well as the traditional Indonesian rice mountain and condiments!

Men ‘s Tuesday Latihan

A few men are once again doing Tuesday Latihan in person at 10 AM. The latihans are limited to 4 men, wearing masks and keeping social distance, and they are disinfecting all touched surfaces afterwards. If any men are interested in attending, they should check in with Evan Padilla or Paul Nelson to make sure that the group size does not exceed 4 people.

October Treasurer’s Report

SGS Treasurer Summary Report: October

Income and expenses

Building Rentals

We had a no AirBnB or Hall Rentals in October. Income from our new relationship with iTrip is not expected until the beginning of 2021. 


Donations dipped in October. We have been able to average $1,816 a month in donations, due primarily to a couple of members providing large donations, and, due also to our regular contributing members. Thank you to those who contribute! Your steady level of support has helped us stay within our 2020 budget needs during this extraordinary time.

October Expenses

Our expenses have been kept to the minimum required to keep the building healthy and looking great for potential renters. We are able to continue to pay for cleaning, gas, electricity, water and garbage. 

Our main outflows in October were related to the September water damage. The cost for the cleanup was $5,485. Farmers Insurance reimbursed us for $4,485 of the costs. We paid the $1,000 deductible.

Future Expenses

Your committee continues to monitor and keep our costs as low as possible. There are some expenses needed to prepare the building for our new rental agency, iTrips. iTrips is also helping us keep costs low until we start to generate income. We will continue to manage our costs to drive them down in any way we can. 

Your Donations As Important As Ever

Your committee appreciates everyone’s financial support of our center during this time of great transition for all of us.  Your continued donations are vital if we are to cover our costs through the end of the year.  Thank you for your continued support.

Important! New name for donation checks to Subud Greater Seattle

Use only “Subud PNW – Seattle Center” on any future donations to our center.  Bank rules, recently changed, are delaying deposits.  Please be sure to change the “Pay To The Order Of” section of your handwritten or automatic withdrawn check from your account and use this name.

If you intend to make your donation to the Region, please earmark your check Subud PNW.

Pledges still being accepted

Please fill out a pledge form online if you haven’t already.

Thanks for those who have setup monthly donations

Thanks to all our monthly donators who have a recurring donation sent from their bank.  You save on envelopes and stamps.  And, you don’t have to remind yourselves to write a check. These regular checks really help us meet our monthly commitments to the region and pay for our use of our facilities. 

If you’d like to know how to setup a recurring donation to our group through your bank, please contact me, Oswald Norton.

Call-In Latihan on Friday nights!

We are continuing to have call in latihans on Friday nights for all members.  The call-in number is 1-425-436-6260 and the code for men is 8632438 and for the ladies 2426147.   We can experience the latihan whenever or wherever we are and it can be as strong as in the physical group!  I would encourage members to join in and try it!

The way it works is that we call the number (1-425-436-6269) and give the code ( men 8632438 and ladies 2426147) , then announce our name when joining.  There is a quiet period from 7:45 PM till 8:00 PM, then the helper assigned will announce the beginning of the latihan.  You can listen with your phone or you can mute the voices if that is a distraction.  Usually at the end of the latihan we have a check-in to share how we are coping with life, health, changes, etc.  This has been a valued addition!  Please join us!  Keep safe!


Retro Subud photos:  Bapak visits Skymont, 1970 (click the link for the whole album.)

Subud USA Zoom Gathering

Subud USA successfully conducted its National Gathering on Zoom November 7th and 8th. The event started with a reading of a Bapak talk on harmony. It was wonderful to see so many familiar faces and be reminded of all our brothers and sisters sheltering in place across the country!

Zoomooka? SICAmooka?

Luther Schutz


We’ll celebrate Subud culture on Friday, November 13, 2020, at 7pm PST on Zoom with a virtual rendition of the annual SPNW Kejiwaan event’s culture night. Each performer will take five minutes to give you a taste of their art and those confirmed include:

Susilawati Bryant, Hamilton Cheifetz, Michael Cooke, Elisha Gullixson, Lucas Hille, Michael Koach, David Lynch, Morris McClellan, Jim O’Halloran, Albert Palmeter, Lawrence Pevec, Riantee Rand, Renata Reid and Luther Schutz.

Paul E Nelson is inviting you to a ZooMooka.

Topic: SICA-USA ZooMooka
Time: Nov 13, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Susilawati Bryant

*Susilawati was born on Kaien Island in The North Pacific, just south of The Alaska Panhandle, in the Canadian province of British Columbia. She was raised in the colonial cities of Prince George, Vancouver, & Kelowna, BC.

“Born Singing!” is a title of one of her albums. When meeting a new human she is often heard saying “Hello! My name is Susilawati & I would rather sing than talk & I would rather swim than walk.” Still true, today. From reverie to the irreverent, & some might say irrelevant, Susila’s writing is significantly influenced by rhythm, rhyme, & the zeitgeist of her times.

Susilawati was Class Poet for her Prince George 1962 Graduation Class, continuing with a UBC Memoir-writing group of five since 2004, & was accepted into SFU’s Editing Certificate Program.

Lucas Hille: Music Bio (the Subud version)

I began singing in the 1960’s, an outcome of my spiritual practice called Subud.

In the early days, I sang in Subud cover bands, one of which was named “The Open Jaw Flight Band.” We had some illustrious gigs in a few Legion Halls in and around Vancouver.

At some point, early on, a few songs came to me, mainly in Country style, because some of the music I enjoyed and played was in that genre. In time, more complex songs began showing up, such as “Little Boys’ Pockets”, aka, “The Child In Me.”

At the time, a reporter who heard me sing “Pockets” at an open mic wrote:

“Lucas isn’t Dylan and he isn’t Lightfoot. He might just be better.” In hindsight, I think her comments both excited and scared me.

In the mid to late 1970’s, a singing Subud brother, Isman Kanafsky, moved to Vancouver, and we formed a band to support the songs he had received. We played mainly at local Subud functions, although we did travel in my Volkswagen Van to San Mateo, ostensibly to play for Bapak, who was giving talks there. Once we had arrived, Isman received that it would not be right for us to play for Bapak, which was disappointing and a bit frustrating, to say the least. This group dis-banded when Isman moved back to the U.S. Isman sparked, for me, an interest in singing and playing from inner guidance, although it would be many years before I would get close to having that experience. Ah, purification….

To follow my dream of being a Country artist, I went to Nashville in the 1990’s and recorded two songs with a label there. This was not a pleasant experience, however, it was a learning one, and I returned to Vancouver more determined to follow music as a spiritual, healing path.

Joining me on this path were Miles Simons on saxophone and Salvador Pedraza on acoustic bass. We released one album, “Destination Peace Of Mind”, from the title of one of Isman’s songs. Sadly, Salvador had to move home to Mexico, and he was replaced by Paul Edwards on Warr Guitar. Our band name was “Spirit Road”, and we played at local coffee houses, churches, one festival and one Subud conference.

In 2016, I recorded and released “Spirit Road”, an EP featuring my daughter, Veda, Kim Brandt on bass and guitar, and Sophia-Ray Schmidt, the daughter of Petrice Brett, reading her amazing poem, “Breathe Out, Breathe In.” This EP was the closest I have come to releasing a fully SICA project: the cover image was an original painting by Aisjah Cassidy, the layout and graphics were by Arifin Graham-an award winning Subud designer, photography by Simone Cherpitel, and, most of the musicians were in Subud. In reviewing this EP, Harris Smart wrote: “This is a collection of original songs with a spiritual resonance. There is definitely a light, peaceful, devotional feeling to these songs.”

I am currently working on a new, 5-song EP with help from my amazing daughter, Veda.

You can find me on:, Spotify and at

The journey continues…

With love and Spirit,


Morris “Mo Mack” McClellan

Morris “Mo Mack” McClellan has been steeped in traditional and roots music. He grew up in a musical family where he was introduced to many forms of folk music, and went on to study the history of Country & Western Music in college. Now, his performances feature old country music, blues, rock & roll, classic folk, contemporary folk, and his own compositions.

About Jim O’Halloran

Music means everything to me. I love it because it challenges me to find my center and connection with each note—and the silence between each note— and because it’s a shared experience that impacts each individual differently.

I’ve performed internationally with various ensembles, including leading the Afro-Cuban jazz bands Chela and Freezerburn. My experience over the years has given me not only an extensive list of tunes, but a deep reserve of excellent players to call for specific needs.

I’m currently playing with my own groups, including the Jim O’Halloran Trio, quartet, quintet, and sextets which specialize in jazz, Afro-Cuban, and African music.

When I’m not playing or writing music, I enjoy reading, bicycling, spending time with family, and cardiac electrophysiology (yes, really—I’m an RN-recently retired). I also love going on walks near our home in Seattle with Lyle, the best dog in the world.

Jim O’Halloran, Flute

Jim graduated Magna Cum Laude from Eastern Washington University. He did post graduate study with Felix Skowronek and attended master classes with Julius Baker and James Galway. Jim has played internationally based out of Seattle since the late 1970’s. He was the leader and composer for afro-cuban jazz bands Chela and Freezerburn. Jim has played with Orquestra Yerbabuena, Mambo Cadillac, Expresión Latina, Global Village, Orquesta Ilusion, Latin Dimension, Orchestra Zarabanda, the Deano’s House Band, Michael Nicolella, Bochinche, and Charanga Danzon. Jim is currently playing with his own group, the Jim O’Halloran Trio and Quintet including top Seattle players D’Vonne Lewis, Royce Shorter, Jr., Jacques Willis, Marina Albero, Bill Anschell, Dean Schmidt, Farko Dosumov, Osama Afifi, Ben Verdier, Ricardo Guity, Lance Lu, and Denny Stern.

Jim’s music is available on Spotify, Amazon, and iTunes.

Riantee Rand

Riantee Rand was born in Paris, France, where her first book of French poetry was published. After traveling around the world she moved to the Mendocino Coast with her husband and 3 children in 1973. She participated in poetry readings, radio shows and contributed to reviews, magazines and anthologies with her poetry, articles and short stories all over the country. She has been a translator of French Poetry and Art Essays. Two books of her poetry, one of non-fiction, one of travel stories and a fictionalized memoir are in print as well as her first book for children.

Renata Reid

Renata Reid is an acupuncturist, a silk painter, designer, and writer of poems. She divides her time unevenly between these avocations to alternately satisfy her muse and the need for food, shelter, and a lifelong addiction to fine art supplies and visiting distinctly soulful places. You can find her on social media or by googling the first two words of this bio, especially when combined with the words, “Alison” and “Bretell” or “silkpoetry.”




Luther Schutz bio

Luther Schutz

Luther Schutz

I grew up in NYC in a musical family, the son of Juilliard graduates. My father worked on Broadway musicals and I remember spending a lot of time backstage over the years.

Leaving NYC for California and medical school at age 21, I became part of the Bay Area folk music scene.
In the ensuing years I have been a singer-songwriter, a member of several bands and vocal ensembles, including Inner Voices, Midlife Crisis, and Equinox. Lately I have been singing jazz standards and exploring the Great American Songbook with my dear friend and brother Elisha Gullixson.

I have lived in rural northwest Washington for the last 43 years with Maryam, my wife of 50 years. I retired in 2010 after a 33 year career as an ER doctor. We have four children and eight grandsons!