Evan and Annie Padilla in Seville Spain 2019

Evan Padilla has Died

After a freak accident at his Kirkland, Washington home on August 1, 2022, Evan Padilla passed away at 8:30pm Saturday, August 13 at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue, Washington, due to a traumatic brain injury suffered in the fall. He is survived by his wife Annie, eleven children and five grandchildren. Evan is a longtime Subud member who has held many Subud positions, most recently Chair of Susila Dharma International, Chair (twice) of Subud USA and Subud Greater Seattle. A memorial service is planned for 5pm, Saturday, October 8 at the Seattle Subud House, 1101 15th. A more detailed obituary is forthcoming. Our sympathies go to Annie and the family. A special Latihan for Evan will take place this morning (Sunday, August 14) in Seattle, after regular Latihan at approximately 11:45am PDT.


Are you planning to attend Menucha this year? We need to know by 5:00 pm Friday!

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Subud Pacific Northwest has a big decision to make by Friday, and we need your help! Over $11,000 in non-refundable venue fees must be paid to Menucha at the end of this week.

Given the elevated uncertainty after two years without Menucha and the continuing presence of COVID, we are asking that our members take a brief survey (2 questions) to let us know if you plan to attend.  Even if you took the first survey we sent out a few weeks ago, please complete this one as well so that our info is current.

Won’t you please take a moment to let us know your plans?

Many thanks,

Latham Stack
Chair, Subud Pacific NW

Don’t have a Will? Create One for Free!

Have you ever had to “take care” of an estate of a family member or Subud member who didn’t have a will? I have. It’s a mess. And an unnecessary additional burden for those who are already grieving.

I also helped with Lavinia Swanson’s estate. Lavinia was a planner, a dedicated Subud member, who wanted Subud to be able to benefit from whatever money she had left to give. She created a will 15 years before she died, and asked people she trusted to help her. What a pleasure!

So, if you haven’t had the money to pay for an attorney, or, do one of those pay for document web forms, King County Library Systems is offering you, for free, the opportunity to take care of business. Don’t delay and leave your grieving friends and family with this responsibility.
For information on how to create your free will, please click this link.

SICA-USA Sponsors Poetry Postcard Fest

2022 marks Year 16 of the Poetry Postcard Fest & the fest is being supported for the 3rd year in a row by SICA-USA. There are several Subud members who are participating. and there are three slots left for this year’s fest which ends August 31.

Roberta Hoffman created the logo and the festival website:

Some participant testimonials:

Teri Buthman Mahl

As much as I love writing poetry, what I love about participating is the connections I made (though brief) when I receive a postcard in my mailbox. It makes me remember that we are all one and gives me a glimpse into lives of people I may never meet in person but I have seen” them…their creative spirit, their emotions, their love. Poetry postcards are a reminder to open my heart.

 Judy Kleinberg

The Poetry Postcard Fest is both community and practice. This simple medium gives each of us an opportunity to find and share our own voice. Since I first participated, in 2011, writing a short, unprompted poem each day has evolved from a one-month-a-year activity to a daily habit. During that time, I’ve exchanged postcards with hundreds of people, actually met a few in person, and enlarged my poetry network far beyond the local. The connections are vital and I often find myself surprised to remember that I’ve not actually met most of these wonderful poets and artists.

Neal Lemery

The project ramped up my writing, and my appreciation for the “daily write” discipline. What a celebration of the art of poetry and writing! I received such great and inspiring poems from strangers who became colleagues and fellow artists.

Thank you!

A big thank you to the people who help keep our enterprise running smoothly, keep the garden looking lovely and well tended, and keep the house and halls clean, beautiful, and well maintained!

Thank you Debbie, Dawnell and Ricardo for your diligence, attention to detail and skills; and
thank you Antje, our new gardener, and Karen (not pictured, Itrip Seattle owner) for your
significant and greatly appreciated contributions!
We are fortunate to have a competent team who are all easy to work with.

Emmanuel’s Ukraine Photos

Below are descriptions of Emmanuel Aronie’s Ukraine photos in order.  The link to the photos is at the bottom!  He was not able to add the descriptions to the individual photos.

Trio: Oscar Elena and Emmanuel, Luda Tree and ELena,
Rayner Witt with Dobrynin kids, Masha and Paul, Elena and Luda at afternoon picnic, 4-some with Ivan, Emmanuel, Sasha M. and Lazar, after sauna at Sasha’s house,
Stefania – a beauty, National meeting at Subud Cherkassy, everybody was happy , Emmanuel surrounded by beauties Bella Sophia and Alla,
from left to right, 5-some at Subud Cherkassy – Aleksei, Ivan, Rebecca, Emmanuel, Lazar,
Sculpture at Medical Institute in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Tanya Zhebko at home,
Emmanuel at Kharkiv Art Museum, Main Boulevard in Kharkiv, Group shot Subud Dnipro,
Masha Z. at home, Gloria Tkachenkko on bench, Group photo at Subud Dnipro,
Valera and Emmanuel after swim in Dnepr River, 7 photos of people in a state of JOY, after latihan at Subud Dnipro, Valentina at Piano, Tatyana at Dnipro cafe,
group shot cherkassy, group cherkassy, group  Cherkassy, Sarah and Benedikt, Sarah and Emmanuel, Ivan at home in the village,
Village shot foursome with Ivan, older brother, one friend and Emmanuel,
Sunflowers, Vera and Volodya (Kyiv, Elena at Sushi restaurant, Morning photo in kitchen first day at Cherkassy Subud hiouse,
Benedikt and Rebecca, Avant-garde cafe in Cherkassy, Christmas in Cherkassy, Tea Party-CHerkassy,
Marsiyah at home-Cherkassy, Ukrainian heroes Memorial from 2014, Cherkassy tea party, 2022 January 19th at prorub (hole in the ice)on Kreshchenie (Baptism)
Emmanuel, WIde shot 1/19/22 Kreshchenie/Cherkassy, Reshchenie – Leonid, Benedikt-Kreshchenie, Sasha and Emmanuel at Sasha’s home, Dessert (Lemon tart)
at Restaurant in Kyiv, Elevator in Metro / Kyiv, Valentine’s Day prep at shop in Kyiv (early February Kyiv, Elena at home (Kyiv), Arrival in Kharkiv-6:00 am Late Jan. 2022,
Seluji -enterprise of Tanya ZHebko-happy workers, Alla-refugee from Donetsk, Sasha Z. cutter for Seluji, Tanya Zhebko at work # 1, Tanya ZHebko at work # 2, Sasha ZHebko and Emmanuel at
new Seluji premises (before invasion), yard at Danielevskogo Street, Tanya ZHebko at home, Black Cat ballon and Emmanuel at Ustenko’s house
in Dnipro, Cafe Dnipro # 1, Cafe Dnipro # 2, After Latihan at Dnipro Subud house, Street Sculpture # 1 Dnipro, Dnipro-New Mall, beautiful,
Sculpture in Mall-Dnipro, Big Ladie’s high heels-Dnipro, Fish Sculptureat SENATOR restaurant in Dnipro, After latihan in Kyiv,
LEFT to RIGHT – Vladimir, Oscar, Elena, Emmanuel, Luda, ANdrey Z. , Sophia G’s mother-CHerkassy, My grandma Bessie, b. 1873, Rivne, Ukraine,
Beloved housekeeper for first year 1992-1993, Olga Schmidt, Kyiv, Mother and Daughter from Moldova -old close friends Selima and Katya, Vera B-Kyiv,
Emmanuel and Old young friend Zhoo Zhoo, ZHenya ZHebko, 1992-Fall.


Menucha is Happening!

Menucha is happening! 

After two years off due to the Covid virus situation, the Subud Menucha retreat will again happen in the Columbia Gorge thirty minutes east of Portland, Oregon, November 10-13.  Save the date!  Currently registration is being handled by Alexandra TerHorst at SUSA.  More info to come later!

It seems to be pretty much a universal opinion from those who have participated that what happens at Menucha is spiritually uplifting and life changing.  It is somewhat astounding that every year during our closing circles this feeling is expressed over and over again by the attendees.  This venue seems to consistently provide the surroundings for a very deep Subud transformational experience and although most of those experiences come through the latihan, it is hard to discount the value of Menucha as a spiritually uplifting physical location in the world.  I have been to hundreds of Subud gatherings but none have had quite the same experiential quality as Menucha.  I think of the Ramadan fast period as a very special time when transformational things happen and I think of Menucha as a very special physical location for that to occur.  Things sometimes happen during Ramadan that seem impossible at other times.  Those “impossible” things seem to also happen at Menucha.  Who knows why, but it has been proven by the many hundreds of people who have had the ‘Menucha experience’ over the last twenty five years.  God Willing, it will continue for many years to come.  If you are able, please join us for a Menucha adventure!