Author Archives: Paul

About Paul

A Subud member since 2004, a local helper and the Rental Agent for Subud Greater Seattle since 2011, Paul helps manage the Subud Greater Seattle website, is a poet with 4 published books on poetry and poetics and is father to two beautiful girls.

Help Shovel Snow!

The ten day forecast looks like snow is pretty certain.

Remember February 2018?

If you can help keep the sidewalk clear next week, let Marston Gregory know so we can be good neighbors, can attend Latihan and lodgers can get in and out of the house!

Skagit Women’s Kejiwaan Gathering


January 24 – 26

Join us for a quiet winter get-away near the Skagit River



The ladies of Subud Bellingham/Skagit Valley warmly invite you to a winter kejiwaan retreat near the Skagit River. There are spaces for 18 guests. Please see the attached flyer. Contact Roosmiwati Reynolds to register; or 360 734-8517 and Julia Hurd with questions; or 360 724-3404.

Tuesday Latihans at 11am

See you at the Subud House

The newest Latihan time is catching on. There has been a woman doing Latihan the past few weeks, but attendance has not built up yet. Men are gathering each week in the men’s Latihan hall Tuesdays at 11am. There has been a Helper on hand every time and here is the future Men’s Helper schedule:

March 19 – Elisa Gullixson
March 26 – Sebastian Tedrow
April 2 – Paul Nelson
April 9 – Paul Nelson
April 16 – Halstein Stralberg
April 23 – Hanafi Libman
April 30 – Elisa Gullixson
May 7 – Sebastian Tedrow
May 14 – Halstein Stralberg
May 21 – Hanafi Libman
May 28 – Elisa Gullixson
June 4 – Sebastian Tedrow
June 11 – Halstein Stralberg
June 18 – Paul Nelson
June 25 – Hanafi Libman
July 2 – Elisa Gullixson
July 9 – TBA
July 16 – Sebastian Tedrow
July 23 – Halstein Stralberg
July 30 – Paul Nelson
June 25 – Hanafi Libman
August 6 – Elisa Gullixson
August 13 – Sebastian Tedrow
August 20 – Halstein Stralberg
August 27 – Hanafi Libman
September 3 – Paul Nelson
September 10 – Elisa Gullixson
September 17 – Sebastian Tedrow
September 24 – Halstein Stralberg

Tuesday Latihans at 11am

Bellevue First Congregational 11061 NE 2nd St

For best results, practice Latihan twice a week. Sundays at 11am are always popular at the Subud House. Friday night Latihans on the East Side in the UCC Bellevue Church (Bellevue First Congregational United Church of Christ) 11061 NE 2nd St Bellevue are also well-attended with quiet time at 7:45.

Now Tuesday Latihans at 11am for men AND women are available and a helper is scheduled on the Men’s side. We hope to see you.

Last Saturday’s Dewan meeting was well-attended with a strong feeling of community, according to our informer, who also says that the testing (on the direction for Subud Greater Seattle, and on how each new Dewan member could contribute to it) was quite “cohesive.” The main receiving was for our group to be more connected and have more energy. A full report is expected soon. Watch this space.

Paul Nelson’s Interviews

Dear Subud Greater Seattle member,

I would appreciate your support of my new book of transcribed interviews,American Prophets, at Elliott Bay Books.

February 3, 3pmElliott Bay Book Company. 1521 Tenth Avenue Seattle.

From their site: Paul Nelson, founder of SPLAB/Seattle Poetics LAB and Founding Director of the Cascadia Poetry Festival, joins us today with highlights from some of the interviews he has collected in his new book, American Prophets: Interviews with Thinkers, Activists, Poets & Visionaries (Seattle Poetics Lab). Included here are Paul Nelson’s interviews with luminaries such as Rupert Sheldrake, Jean Houston, Wanda Coleman, Allen Ginsberg and many others…

Early reviews of the book are in and people are saying that calling them simply “interviews” do not do them justice because of the quality of the content. This project is near and dear to my heart and I hope I see some Subud people there Sunday. Thanks for considering. Paul

Subud Elections

This morning! Sunday, January 27, 2019, Subud Greater Seattle will elect new officers for the Local Committee: Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and At-Large Members. This is the business side of keeping our organization strong and we have had candidates step up for Chair and Treasurer, but we need you to consider serving a two year term to make sure Subud Greater Seattle continues to operate in the best way, ensuring we have places to do our twice-weekly Latihan Kejiwaan and (hopefully) expand our membership.

Please consider bringing snacks to share with other Subud members.

The meeting will commence after Latihan. We hope to see you. Watching this process always renews my faith in Subud and the power of our practice. Let’s also give thanks to outgoing the outgoing committee, especially Jim O’Halloran
and Sherwin O’Bar for all their service.



Subud Jazz with Elisha and Luther

Luther Schutz, Elisha Gullixson, with the prodigious bassist Drew Baddeley will perform this Saturday Sept 29 at 7:00 PM at the Conway Muse, just off I-5 at exit 221.  Love to see you all there.
Benjamin Drazen and Elisha Gullixson in concert, Puebla, Mexico, Subud World Congress, August 7, 2014
Luther and Elisha

Dewan Meeting Minutes, June 23, 2018 Subud Greater Seattle

Below are partial meeting minutes provided by Jim O’Halloran, for the June 23, 2018, Dewan meeting for Subud Greater Seattle:

Jim’s partial minutes and to do list

Meeting called to order 9:30AM after Latihan, without a quorum as chair and secretary had not yet arrived.  A quorum was achieved about 9:45 when Honora and Leandra arrived.
Initial attendees:
Oswald Norton, Marston Gregory, Sherwin O’Bar, Jim O’Halloran, Debbie Santos-Machado, Halstein Stralberg, Paul Nelson, and Lucinda O’Halloran.
Old Business:
Unable to review previous minutes as they were unavailable.  Leandra said she will be sending them out.
Paul noted that the minutes have not been getting posted to the website.
Financial report:
We have a shrinking deficit.  The report from Virgil Woodfield the nonprofit CPA was discussed; and a discussion regarding our tax status ensued.  When Honora and Leandra arrived, the financial report was approved.
A motion was made, seconded, discussed, and approved to pay off the balance of our loan to SPNW, which is currently $2167.  This is the amount estimated for our basement kitchen remodel which it was decided to defer as our rental business is currently very low.
A motion was made, seconded, discussed, and approved to double our loan payment to SUSA.
Sherwin has paid Virgil Woodfield for our nonprofit recommendations.
Liberty Mutual will not insure SPNW with our Air BnB business-we will have to find another carrier.  The current policy will expire in 7-1-2019.  Jim will contact DiFranco Insurance.  Marston suggested Church mutual insurance Co.  Paul mentioned that Air BnB has a $1 million policy.
Sherwin was asked if he would like to have someone else do SGS books-he would be OK with that so he can concentrate on SPNW and also not have a conflict.  It was agreed to seek a replacement.  Sherwin started to estimate how much time was involved, but Jim interrupted him (Sorry!).
Financial report was approved.
Spring Street Center Report:  All projects except kitchen remodel completed, kitchen remodel deferred as currently no rental business.  Not sure if this was approved.
Debbie gave rental report.  Very slow.  Not sure if this was approved.
Childcare:  Jim contacted Daniel Stralberg, Lambert, and Raphael, hearing back only from Daniel.  Daniel indicated that right now they are pretty well set up, but it sounds like a great idea.  Marston said that Haridas and Trisha Singh along with their two sons will be moving to Redmond soon!  They may benefit from childcare also.
Helpers, please test regarding children in house, and whatever issues come up in testing.
Marston suggested having a monthly family event.  Honora and others are enthusiastic about this idea; and Honora suggested we have an event coordinator as our follow-through on events has been very poor.
Post minutes to website
insurance follow-up: Jim, Marston, anyone else—
Childcare:  Jim contact K. T.  Niehoff, Leandra needs someone to partner with on childcare Helpers need to test regarding childcare
Schedule future meetings, at appropriate times & days
Find an events coordinator
SGS bookkeeper
OK, that’s what I have before I had to leave-apologies for not staying, I had not written something else in my calendar and it was not moveable.
Thanks, everyone!
Love, Jim

Subud GS General Meeting Minutes, March 9, 2018

General Member Meeting Minutes 3/9/2018, Bellevue, WA

Attendees: Elisha, Danella, Aakarsh, Rachman, Ida, Ramon, Halstien, Marston, Lucinda, and Hadijah.

SGS Elected Committee: Honora Hildreth, Jim O’Halloran, Sherwin O’Bar, and Leandra Hildreth

Previous General Meeting minutes read and approved.

Financial Report:

Total outflows are currently $3,982.

It is not uncommon to be behind in the beginning of the year.

Recent improvements to the house have been made

Does Airbnb revenue affect SPNW’s non profit church status?

We are consulting a lawyer.

Does Airbnb revenue generate a federal income tax liability?

Portland’s House found that they did not owe any federal income tax with Airbnb.

Do we need to pay County property tax?

The committee is consulting a lawyer.

If we are found liable we will go to the SPNW Regional board for further action.


January and February are record breaking numbers for Airbnb revenue. This is due to two long term rentals during January and February of this year.


This year the committee approved a budget of 7,500 for house repairs.

Blinds have been installed

New carpet on the stairs has been installed

New brochures are being made for both SGS and The Spring Street Center

SGS Event ideas:

kejiwaan or events that can involve kids and friends of members.

Donations at door to raise money for house and member travel.

Open mic nights Honora

Movie Night -Marston

Game Night -Ramon

Raised garden bed in front of house -Leandra

Action Items:

Committee consults a lawyer for tax questions.

Questions stated above.

Helpers to look over SGS brochure and update content and layout.

Men and women helpers to schedule more meetings.