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Dewan Meeting Minutes, Regional Congress

Here are some of the minutes of the last local Dewan Meeting:


March 13, 2016

Attendees:  Ramon, Sherwin and Hadijah O’Bar, Halstein Stralberg, Hadiyah Carlyle

Minutes approved from 2/14/16. (See them here.)

Submitted by Hadiyah Carlyle, Sec’y


Revenues through February were $7,465 (member donations $2,025, Airbnb $5,440)

Expenses were $12,824

*Expenses exceeded revenue by $5,359

It is noted that about $7000 of work is needed now to repair the upstairs bathroom, and although we expect revenue will increase in the next several months, these revenue will be needed to support the upstairs bathroom repair.

Regional Meeting:

Hadijah will coordinate food for lunch this coming Sat (3.19) for the Regional Congress.  Sunday there may be testing.  New regional committee will be chosen Sat. There will be a potluck on Saturday, so please bring something tasty. READ MORE

Testing 1,2, Testing

Dear Subud Greater Seattle Community – please read this update!

In the next few weeks we will have two opportunities for kejiwaan and fellowship with National and Regional Helpers, as well as a Regional Congress, Saturday, March 19th. Here is a handy schedule for you to clip and save and make plans to attend, test on your life’s pressing issues and even have the opportunity to support a creative Subud Brother or Sister by attending a reading and buying a book!

Sofia Nicoletti

Sofia Nicoletti

Saturday, March 19, 10:15am to ??? REGIONAL CONGRESS. Subud PNW people gather to elect new officers and set a course for the region and give thanks to outgoing dewan members for the next two years. Bring food! National Helpers Benedict Herrman and Sofia Nicoletti will be attending. Regional Helpers will also be attending Latihan Sunday, March 20 to work with and support the new committee. The house will be rockin’ both days so come early to get a good seat for quiet time.

Sunday, April 3, after latihan in the Chapel, longtime members and recent authors Halimah Bellows and Paul Nelson read from their new books. Halimah will read and lead a discussion of  Champion Your Career – Winning in the World of Work. Paul will read from American Sentences and be accompanied by Jim O’Halloran on flute. After Latihan, 1-3pm.  Some snacks will be provided.

Saturday, April 9, 10:15am for quiet time and latihan at 10:30, then a Helper Development Day open to all current and former helpers and featuring Regional Helpers.

Sunday, April 10, we’ll have a Kejiwaan Day with Local Helpers, including a potluck after Latihan. Come with your testing questions and your organic, Fluton Gris and dairy-free, vegan food item, or just something good. Chicken? Potatoes? Veggie Stir-Fry? Lasagne? I mean, it’s up to YOU to make this meal good, so don’t “chips and salsa” your beloved Subud Brothers and Sisters. Showtime, after lunch. Who says we’re no fun?

AmazonSmile Purchases Helping SPNW

AmazonSmile LogoDid you know you can benefit Subud Pacific Northwest when you shop online at Amazon.com? Hariana Chilstrom says it is true and sent this note:

“What is AmazonSmile?
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.”
My experience: it was very easy to set up. I was pleasantly surprised to see Subud Pacific Northwest on the list of eligible charities. Anyone who uses Amazon just has to go to the website above and they will be asked to pick a charity. So far, everything I have purchased (books, supplements, etc.) is eligible and Amazon just takes the .5% out of the normal price I pay for the item. This costs me, the consumer, nothing but a bit of time for the extra step to go directly to AmazonSmile instead of the general Amazon site. As far as I can tell, there is no difference between the stock available on both sites.

Ten Aims of Subud

Subud Portland

Subud Portland

I attended the Subud Pacific Northwest Regional Dewan meeting March 28 at the Portland Subud House. The day was full of visioning, reports and a strong sense of community. I took extensive notes and can post a link on this site when they pass muster with Subud PNW Chair Alexadra Terhorst and other officers.

There was talk that the region has no mission and some suggested that we should be operating under the mission of one of our other organizational structures. Subud USA Chair Daniel Stralberg read the Ten Aims of Subud, taken from the World Subud Association Constitution, and it seemed to fit quite well:


1. To facilitate the worship of Almighty God through the Latihan Kejiwaan of Subud and to provide for the other needs of the Subud membership.

2. To preserve the practice of the Latihan Kejiwaan so that it will remain available to people everywhere in the form in which it was originally practiced under the guidance of Muhammad Subuh Sumohadiwidjojo.

3. To protect the good reputation of Subud.

4. To encourage peace, harmony and understanding between peoples regardless of their ethnic origin or religion.

5. To provide educational and other facilities for the development of the full potential of human beings.

6. To relieve poverty and deprivation.

7. To encourage the development of a healthy and harmonious inner and outer environment for the well-being of mankind.

8. To encourage cultural activities and the values which enliven and enrich the human spirit.

9. To encourage the entrepreneurial spirit which enables people to express their true talents and develop the capacity to improve the quality of their lives.

10. To make available information concerning the Latihan Kejiwaan of Subud.

Here are a couple of Wordclouds I made taken from language in one of the breakout groups in which I was a part:

Subud PNW Group 4 wordle 3.28.15 Subud PNW wordcloud 2

One last thing. After the Sunday latihan and potluck, I spotted blooming lilacs! Sure, I love the smell too and wish I had an ap to capture it, but was a little unnerved by such early blooming.

3.29.15 Blooming PDX Lilacs
Your Humble Narrator,

Paul Nelson
Subud Greater Seattle

Menucha Deals!

From Robina Page:

Menucha Map

Menucha Map

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.

The general registration information is available at http://subudpnw.org/menucha.htm – to best enhance your Menucha experience please review the registration information carefully. – Thank YOU!
Please register early and earn a significant price break 



From Robina Page (Chair Subud PNW)

Subud PNW

Subud PNW


1.Kedj Day in Southern Oregon with the Regional Helpers.
This is Saturday August 17. You are invited. For info and to confirm attendance, contact Hellene Chapman: hellenechapman@gmail.com.
2.Portland has received a $10,000 grant from MSF for needed repairs to its house.
They invite us to:  a Subud Family Picnic with food, games and a playSaturday July 27.  5:00- 8:00 p.m.  It is at the George Rogers Memorial Garden at the Iron Foundry in Lake Oswego (Off State Street (main drag), park at Furnace & Green Sts.)
At 7 o’clock, a presentation of Moliere’s LOVERS” QUARRELS.
It is performed outdoors on the lawn, so bring a blanket, lawn chairs, Frisbee & a picnic. The Willamette River  is nearby for swimming
Dogs on a leash WELCOME!  ADMISSION IS FREE.  (Hat passed at the end of the show).
3.Seattle SICA  presents special poetry events ( also supported by a grant from the city Office of Arts). They invite us meet with poet El Habib Louai –
 El Habib Louai is a Beat Scholar from Agadir, Morocco,. He organized 100 Thousand Poets for Change in Agadir, Morocco in 2011.
     The events:
Saturday, August 10th Habib will perform a poem as part of the annual         concert by the Jim O’Halloran Quintet at Bradner Gardens at 1730         Bradner Pl S, Seattle. 6:30PM.
Sunday, August 11th, he’ll discuss the Beat poets from a Moroccan perspective at the Seattle Subud House at  12:30PM.
 Monday, August 12th. Habib’s featured reader at the North End Forum at the Wedgwood Ale House, 8515 35th NE, Seattle. 8:30PM.
Thursday, August 16th, he’ll discuss the Beat poets from a Moroccan perspective at the North Cascades Institute’s Environmental Learning Center near Sedro Wolley, WA. 7PM.
4. HELP— There are many wonderful things happening in Subud. Do you have enough computer skills to send out messages like this with piazzz?
I do not- or this would be more fun to read.
Please get in touch if you can do this occasionally.