Menucha continues to support our efforts to meet there again in person. They have agreed to apply our deposit for 2021 to the gathering in 2022. Let’s all hold good thoughts for that possibility! The 2021 gathering will take place on Zoom.
Our dear friends at Menucha are struggling to make ends meet, since they have been unable to host gatherings during shelter in place. We have had such special times there, that some of you may feel called to help them. Here is the link to donate if you feel so called:
From the staff at Menucha:
Subject: RE: gorge fire emergency (9.4.17)
Thank you so much for reaching out to Menucha. For now, Menucha is still OK and being monitored by our staff. I don’t believe there is anything that can be done, except by the dedicated emergency professionals in the area.
Our executive director, Spencer Parkes, released this statement on the Menucha Facebook page at approximately 7:15am this morning.
“Good morning friends. Menucha’s on-site personnel were evacuated during the night and our office is closed today. According to the Corbett Oregon Facebook page, the fire is at Crown Point/Larch Mountain, which is just a few miles from Menucha. Please continue to keep everyone in our area in your prayers. We’ll update as often as we can today.”
We appreciate your prayers and support.
Mary Anne Bidondo for the entire Menucha staff
Some vulgar language in this story, but information on how the fire started.
We’re getting past the half-way mark at Menucha and I took extensive notes for a while and wanted to share some things that people have said this year, as well as a few photos so as to serve as a partial documentation of this legendary event.
There have been name changes of Subud people in the last year, births and deaths and many reported being “in transition.” Perhaps because the National Gathering was in Redwood City, California, or because “Mr. Menucha” (Benedict Herrman) has been touting the beauty of the event, there are more Californians here than in years past it seems.
Attendees have come from Vancouver, San Diego, Victoria, Mendocino, Sacramento, Albuquerque, Port Townsend, Portland and Seattle as you can imagine, Bothell, Boise, Philadelphia, Spokane, Santa Cruz, Abbotsford, Anacortes, Los Angeles, Boulder, Bandoun, OR, Issaquah, Flagstaff, Olympia, Victoria and elsewhere. One man from Montreal originally and now in Vancouver said that he has come back to Subud after 30 years and there will be at least one opening here this year.
The opening circle each morning tended to go on A LONG TIME and a few got more than their share of time, but some very fascinating things were said, including:
“Menucha is the highlight of my spiritual year.” (Halimah Bellows.)
“Are we at a million (members) yet?” (Attributed to Bapak.)
“Menucha feels like coming home.”
“Subud is kindergarten for adults.”
“I want to die in a Subud Healing Center.”
“You get to a place of gratitude through suffering.”
There was a film by Lusijah Marx about the work Subud needs to do to feel like a safe place for LGBTQ people and a spirited discussion afterward. Our own Annie Padilla today facilitated a “Blessing of the Hands” workshop that felt very ceremonial, had participants sending forgiveness to each other and featured a poem commissioned for the occasion:
The entertainment Friday night featured the world class cello of new SICA US Chair Hamilton Cheifetz, who was playing an instrument that was over 300 years old. Howard Richman did a sound portrait, totally improvised, of Rosanna Schutte, your humble narrator read poems from his new book American Sentences, Rosanna Schutte performed a half-sung half-read poem/song with the accompaniment of Halimah Brugger and MoMac, Morris McLellan ended the evening in his inimitable singer/songwriter style.
As you can imagine, Menucha continues to be a world class Subud event on the beautiful Columbia River Gorge and not to be missed.
Menucha Rooms are Going Like Hotcakes
Registration Ends this Thursday
please register now!
Join us for Menucha November 12-15 in the breathtaking Columbia Gorge just outside Portland, Oregon.
Great news: The Barn is BACK for 2015!! Cost is $110 for all 3 nights (meal passes are available for an extra charge, or bring and cook your own food at no additional charge!)
Come and join us for great latihans and camaraderie!
Day passes include meals this year (options for lunch, dinner or both) and must be purchased by October 15.
Registration ends October 15 because we must place our meal orders with Menucha.
Many rooms have already sold out, so please register today!
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
From Robina Page:
For over twenty years, SUBUD Pacific Northwest has held its regional kedjiwaan gathering here. However, without you, SUBUD members near and far, it’s is only a place, a dot on the map, an intersection of grid lines, a vacant, if cozy, chateau.
The Regional Helpers and Committee are now gearing up to meet you with open arms and hearts. To rediscover the still and open space that can truly speak to the needs of the members of our region and any visitors from the greater Subud sphere. This is your open invitation to become part of the 25th year of the Menucha experience— join us to listen and be listened to, sing, dance, write, sit, sleep, eat, think, us-think, lose yourself, find yourself, all of the above, none of the above, any combination listed— or not. It is all open, it’s all about YOU.