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25 YEARS OF SUBUD UKRAINE Apr 24, 2017 top of page
Marsiya Belinska and Rebekka Sandra Lykhatska write:

This summer Subud in Ukraine celebrates its 25th birthday. What a great chance to meet all together and recollect how Subud started here…

Yes, 25 years have passed since that day we first heard the word “Subud”, spoken from the stage of a big conference room, first in Kiev and then in Cherkasy. Emmanuel (then Seth) Aronie came to Ukraine from the USA, together with a group of healers on a program-trip called “A Healing Arts Workshop Program in the Soviet Union” (hypnotism, fire walking, aerobics, meditation, etc). Among them there were some of his good acquaintances, who had invited him to join them, Emmanuel said, “I asked if it would be within the guidelines of the program to present Subud, and the answer was yes.”

So, Kiev, May 15, 1992: first each “healer” makes a presentation, which will be followed by 3-day workshops, and the people choose which to attend. In his letter from Kiev to Subud USA, Seth wrote, “First night in Kiev, about 300 people showed up for the general session, in which all the ten “healers” made their presentations. My introduction went for six or seven minutes, with translation. But before I made this short talk, I already felt some light energies. In fact, as particular people took their seats in the audience, I felt several times an impulse inside. As you might expect, these were the people who ended up coming to the Subud workshop and being interested in the latihan. In Cherkasy, a city one eighth the size of Kiev, 22 people came back a second time and “signed the book”. In Kiev, 31 people – 22 women and nine men signed up. The sex breakdown in Cherkasy was similar – 16 women and six men. Why the women were more touched, I have no idea. The great majority reported having significant inner experiences, before or during the workshops.”

Read the full recollections of Subud Ukraine over the years

Photo: A recent picture of Subud Ukraine members, including visitng International Helpers, Arifin Konrad and Dahliani Drezja)

Note: The anniversary will be celebrated from August 24 to 26, 2017 in Cherkasy. Please check the events page for contact details.

WORLD CONGRESS - A BIG CHALLENGE Apr 21, 2017 top of page
Romina Vianden-Prudent WCOT Coordinator writes

The upcoming World Congress 2018 in Freiburg is a source of great joy, inspiration, fulfilment, and at the same time a big challenge – for Subud Germany and Zone 4, for the officers and the team and, naturally, for me and my family. Beyond words is the grace that I feel comes with this job, and a kind of resilience which I think is an inevitable quality during this period.

The team consists for the moment of more than 20 people, mostly from Germany. We are lucky to have sisters from Austria, Britain, France, Lithuania, Netherlands and even Canada and Indonesia working with us, some of them as translators. After a first process of team-building and sorting out fields of work, we initiated some policies, guiding principles and procedures to structure our work (don´t forget: the Coordinator is German!!!).

But, like cucumber that never followed the European ruling to become straight, our team follows its own path with the heedful company of our national helpers.

Our structure today shows two levels: 1. WCOTeam and 2. Steering Circle. The first is the vessel where the broth is boiling. 28 people are working at the moment in the WCOT. Ideas and concepts, activities and planning, motivation and enthusiasm, all of this is placed here and builds the mould to create the foundation of the Congress. We structured the WCOT recently in 6 sectors (Finance, Program, Customer services, IT + Media, Marketing + PR, Facility Management) and each sector is now headed by a sister/brother who has the capacity (especially in terms of time) for more intense involvement in the work. The steering circle is formed by these 6 people and they establish the appropriate temperature for the broth to boil at and add some spices. Understandably, it is easier for decision-making and to keep to the budget-line to meet in a smaller group. These two committees meet alternately.

We recently discussed, and deepened our understanding through testing, the appropriate amount for the registration fee. The majority felt that we should agree on a low price strategy, knowing that by doing so we will have to fill in gaps with sponsoring and donations. But we want to allow as many members as possible to attend the congress. The registration software and website, the logo, visas, congress bazaar, accommodation and catering, tourism and family program, are the items that keep us busy at the moment. Other will follow soon.

We will attend some of the upcoming national congresses in Europe, the SDIA AGM and other events in line with the financial possibilities to provide face to face information and the opportunity to share impressions about the city of Freiburg. The Zone 4 meeting in Greece and the WSC meeting in Freiburg, both this summer, will give direction to the architecture, program and nature of the Congress 2018.

We send out newsletters on a regular basis. Please drop us a line at worldcongress2018@subud.org if you want to receive it.

For me, the keys to a successful period up until July 2018 for are: The well wishes of our brothers and sisters in Subud, patience amongst those who have to work closely together in the different teams, and the individual willingness to work hard with the help and guidance of the Almighty!

Growing old gracefully, dying with dignity Apr 20, 2017 top of page
Introduction to the April 2017 SDIA eNews

SDIA members deal with big issues, some which are headline events, some of which need more exposure.     One issue that has for years been almost taboo in many cultures is death, and the care for those who are dying.

Care for the elderly is also a subject that some ‘Western’ societies have not liked to discuss too much, perhaps because it reflects badly on us and because we harbour guilt about how our elderly are treated. However, as populations age and the medical body is able to prolong life in situations where survival would previously have been impossible, there is an increasing awareness of the importance of addressing the issues, which are, after all, going to affect all of us, sooner or later.        

How do we want to be cared for when we age? How and where do we want to die? What do we want to happen if we get a terminal illness?

'Developed' countries have been facing up to the situation of ageing populations for some time now, and many majority world countries are now ‘catching up’. Demographics are slowly changing to match the pattern of richer world countries and, as life expectancy rises, they are finding themselves facing similar problems. The traditions of caring for older people in the home, and of people dying at home, may still be strong, but different societal trends mean that as populations get older everywhere, care of the elderly will increasingly become an issue. And when there is no help from the government, the problem is vastly compounded.

SDIA has five member projects that work in the area of care for the elderly and care for the dying, or have programmes in this area. The April 2017 issue of the SDIA eNews looks in more detail at some of their work.

Read more...

SWIM Apr 19, 2017 top of page
Editor Emmanuel Williams writes:

I had no idea when I started this SWIM project that it would last as long as it has. Welcome to the 8th issue. One of the joys of SWIM work is the discovery of talents hitherto unknown to me.

In this issue there are excellent poems by Stefanie Brown, someone I'd never heard of. Turns out she's currently creating her first book of poems. There's lots of good creative work from previous contributors in these pages. Serafina Harper's back. Adrienne Thomas and Maya Spall are back with strong poems. Michael Cooke sent a characteristically manic piece. Marcus Bolt has a great story, and there are some of the cartoons that he and Dirk Campbell did years ago, and which it’s a pleasure to revisit. There are fine photos by Lucien Parshall and Emily Conyngham.

Issue 9 is already growing... God willing it will feature excerpts from Braids, a novel by John Panopoulous, who died some years ago, and from a book by Hussein Rofé, which is being edited by Sharif Horthy. There’ll be informal accounts of their work by a couple of Subud archivists. And, I hope, more wonderful art by kids. And creative work by second-generation Subud members, please.

I’m also considering the idea of doing a special themed SWIM about education. Topics:

  • What is a human being?
  • How do we help kids become human beings, rather than simply citizens and/or consumers?
  • How can we help kids be ready for a world in which steady jobs are increasingly hard to find?

If you’re a teacher/parent/student and have thoughts about these topics please send them to me, along with a short bio. You’ve got 2 months.

Read and enjoy Issue No. 8 of SWIM

ASIAMET (formerly Kalimantan Gold Corporation) STOCK TRANSFER Apr 18, 2017 top of page
Leonard Van Hien writes from Jakarta

Subud members who invested in Kalimantan Gold Corporation (now Asiamet Resources) should by now have received a new stock certificate, a letter dated 3 April 2017 and a Stock Transfer Form from the company's share transfer agent Computershare.

For the many Subud investors who do not have a London stock broker account, it may be at this point worth considering donating the shares to the Muhammad Subuh Foundation. This can be accomplished by completing the Stock Transfer Form.

It is possible that the value of the shares will increase. However, it seems unlikely that many Subud investors will know of anyone willing to buy the shares privately. Without a London stock broker account it will not be possible to trade the shares on the stock exchange in the open market. By donating these Asiamet shares to MSF value will be preserved for Subud and will be professionally managed going forward.

Further information can be requested from Lucian Parshall, Executive Director at MSF

If you have any queries about any aspect of our shareholder services, please contact Sophie de Freitas, Client Relationship Director of Computershare at: Computershare Investor Services (Bermuda) Limited, c/o Queensway House, Hilgrove Street, St Helier, Jersey JE1 1ES. Telephone +44 (0) 370 707 4040, fax +44 (0) 370 873 5851 www.computershareoffshore.com

GOOD VIBRATIONS Apr 16, 2017 top of page
Soeln Lees of SDIA informs:

Spotting orang-utans from the river, learning about permaculture, Dayak dancing, basket weaving, creek swimming, and getting involved in local communities... All of this and more was on the programme of the sixth Human Force camp, held in December last year at Yayasan Permakultur Kalimantan (YPK).

And we are doing it all again in July this year!

The Human Force Camp is held at a Susila Dharma project every year or so for around two weeks. This is a fabulous and often life-changing opportunity to visit and work in a project and to learn about a different culture and country. The last camp, held in Kalimantan, Indonesia, is rumoured to have been the best ever. If you missed out, now is your chance to catch up…

Like the last one, the focus of this year’s camp will be permaculture and culture, environment and community. As a participant, you can expect to help YPK develop its permaculture demonstration site, carry out activities in a local children’s home and with the Bina Cita Utama students, learn about the challenges facing local communities and the environment, and go home feeling inspired and confident to take positive action in your own community.

You will also take part in Global Awareness workshops, reflecting on issues like sustainability, human rights and voluntourism, with contributions from local experts on the issues faced by people in the area. And we can guarantee that you will have a LOT of fun and make new friends, as well as hopefully feeling a warm glow from achieving something useful. (The food’s delicious too!)

Past participants have called this experience ‘unforgettable’, ‘magical’ and ‘life-changing’. If you don’t believe us, check out some testimonials here.

Interested? Read all the details

GRADUALLY RETURNING TO NORMAL Apr 14, 2017 top of page
Irwan Wyllie sends an update

Journalists would say life is gradually returning to normal after the floods that decimated northern New South Wales (Australia) a couple of weeks ago. But that is a superficial reading. Although the piles of rubbish lining Murwillumbah’s streets are being removed, for many people it will be months before normality seeps back into their lives.

The other day I dropped into my local garage for new tyres. A muddy line three meters up the wall records for posterity the moment the flood waters peeked. The mechanic told of one employee who despite losing his house and possessions, still turned up a few days later to help the clean-up of the garage.

Last week I travelled to Sine Cera, the rainforest retreat owned by Morningside C.A.R.E. – a small charity founded and operated by Subud members. It is a two hour journey through some of the most beautiful scenery in Australia. Every creek is a muddy scar in the landscape.

In the small town of Kyogle, the service station has a tiny blue line marked 2017 high above the shelves of chocolates and chips. Seeing my astonishment and quietly proud of their resilience, the owners directed my attention to another mark two meters higher - the 2008 flood. Even this far from Murwillumbah, the deluge had been significant. The number of people in the region affected must run into the thousands.

There’s something humbling about such natural disasters. Nothing is sacred. Old timber farm houses normally hidden beside tree-lined creeks were visible for the first time; their shady seclusion shredded by the water, their air of stability and certainty shattered. Located on high ground, the Sine Cera buildings were not affected but the creek that runs through the property was still at near full force (photo) as it cascaded down from the neighbouring National Park. The flood has permanently changed the course of the creek. What was one stream is now two - flowing either side of a tiny island of sheoaks arched in balletic poses by the force of the water.

Apart from some who experienced property damage, all our Subud brothers and sisters are safe.

YES QUEST PORTUGAL Apr 12, 2017 top of page
From various sources:

YES Quest is an experience of self discovery where you will participate in activities and be given different tools to help you get a better sense of who you are and what you want out of life. It is a ten-day process that will end with you making a plan of action to achieve a personal goal for the upcoming year.

This year a YES Quest is being planned for Bucelas in Portugal (photo), from July 18 to 28.

Guillaume Sanchez, a YES Quest trainee facilitator writes: You wanted a way to explain to people what the YES Quest is all about, so here is a little video presentation made from a previous Yes Quest. Enjoy and share with those you think might be interested.

The YES Quest team has prepared a form to fill out as an Expression of Interest

You must be at least 18 years old. Filling out this form does not make you a YES Quest participant yet. This is to see who is interested in joining the event, starting July 18 at Bucelas (20mns from Lisbon, Portugal).

Because the Yes Quest is an intense and personal process to understand one's self, you need to show us that it's something you want to be a part of. This is why this form may take you up to 20 minutes to fill out.

The deadline for filling the form is April 20. If selected, the cost for the full 10 days YES Quest will be 250€—incl. program, food & accommodation.

You can also follow developments on the YES Quest Portugal FB page or at WordPress

RETURN TO THE KINGDOM OF ROHAN Apr 07, 2017 top of page
Staff writer:

Hammond Peek, two-time Academy Award winner (The Return of the King, 2004, King Kong, 2006) with multiple other awards and nominations under his belt, hung up his sound-recording head-phones a couple of years ago and said good-bye to the industry he had worked in for 36 years.

One could say, however, that Hammond is still part of the entertainment business: a part-time job finds him working a couple of times a week for Hasselfree Tours of Christchurch, guiding Lord of the Rings fans and other visitors to New Zealand on day outings to Mount Sunday in the Rangitata Valley.

Mount Sunday? What makes Mount Sunday entertaining and particularly worth a visit? Well, apart from the stunning beauty of the location, Mount Sunday (photo top left) is the site where Edoras – the capital of Rohan – was built for the filming of Tolkien’s trilogy, directed by Peter Jackson. To be precise, it was the Golden Hall of Meduseld that was built atop Mount Sunday - most of the rest of the town seen in the movies appears thanks to the magic of computer graphics.

Hammond (photo right) has so many entertaining anecdotes about the making of the movies and the region in general, that he surely makes an excellent guide. In true Kiwi style, however, he is very low-key about his Oscar achievements, something he generally only refers to if appropriate later on during a tour. This fact was underlined by travel writer/reporter Mike Yardley, who recently took the trip up to ‘Edoras’ and wrote an entertaining, very descriptive article about it titled Cinematic High Country Magic, including this comment towards the end:

“Hammond was an exceptional guide: authentic, easy-going, wickedly humorous with a commanding breadth of knowledge. But he was also incredibly understated in a quintessential Kiwi kind of way. Driving back to Christchurch, Hammond finally revealed that he was Hammond Peek, the double Oscar-winner, who sound engineered the Rings trilogy, after first working with Peter Jackson on Heavenly Creatures in 1994. Hammond actually won his second Oscar for sound mixing King Kong.”

(Both photos were taken from Mike Yardley's article)

REMINDER TO "STUCK" SUBUD INVESTORS Apr 07, 2017 top of page
Leonard van Hien writes from Jakarta:

KALIMANTAN GOLD CORPORATION (renamed Asiamet Resources Ltd)

On 5 April 2017, I asked the executive chairman of Asiamet, Tony Manini, about the position of “stuck” Subud shareholders following the company’s delisting from the Toronto stock exchange. My enquiry and Manini’s same day reply are copied below. The main message to stuck shareholders is to ensure their address details, as currently informed to the company, are up to date otherwise they will not receive a new certificate and the old one will be null and void.

Message to Tony:

I know several of the original shareholders - those who don't yet hold their shares in a broker account - are hoping that following the Toronto delisting they will be able to transfer their shares without a Medallion Guarantee. Will the new Bermuda-regulated transfer procedures please be explained shortly?

Tony's reply:

Please refer to the announcement on Wed Jan 25, 2017 entitled Asiamet Resources Voluntarily De-listing from TSX Venture Exchange.

Bottom line is provided they are registered shareholders and their address is up to date, they will receive new Bermuda registered certificates and the Canadian registered certificates will be null and void. If they wish to trade the shares they will need to open an account with a London broker, fill out a DI issuance form and send the Depositary Interest (DI) issuance form together with the new Bermuda registered share certificate to the London broker. The shares will then be entered onto the CREST system and be tradable by their broker. Medallion guarantee not required.

SUBUD PERFORMERS AT THE BRIGHTON FRINGE FESTIVAL Apr 05, 2017 top of page
Taken from Subud Central London newsletter The Good Reed

Working through the anatomy of a SICA Production is like walking on a tightrope for many SICA people. The blocks and drawbacks are so intimidating that many fall by the wayside. Yet despite all, preparation for the 2017 Brighton Fringe Festival which takes place in May has started. Daily rehearsals are already in full swing for the SICA production of The Life and Death of Puppet King Richard ll. The director and Shakespearean actor Gregory Gudgeon, whom A Good Reed wrote up in its March issue, has collected a small team to work on the launch. Alongside him in the team are Lucas Augustine (Adamson) and Willi Kerr. Lucas, an actor, is the sidekick in the production acting to Gudgeon’s Richard ll, and at the same time supplying the props during the performances. “Two actors in a one-man show,” Gregory laughs. Willi Kerr has designed the sets and props as well as the theatre seating for the venue for what is known as The Cave at the ONCA Gallery, Brighton.

Apart from the usual fanfare of publicity through the Festival and Media outlets, the SICA Team has chosen a novel way of showcasing and entertaining the public from the present time to the end of May. They have established a Twitter account for their main character, Richard ll. All Twitterers are being invited to check in regularly where they can catch up on what Richard ll might have said if Twitter had been a communication tool of his time. Like modern heads of State, Richard will voice his views at any time of the day or night as he doesn’t sleep so easily with the problems he has on his mind. “Uneasy sleeps the head that wears the crown”. To follow Richard, go to his Twitter account: https://twitter.com/PuppetRichardII ...

Please read the full article

Further information about the performance

Members interested in signing up to The Good Reed (an excellent newsletter), please write to the editor

Adrienne Thomas, directed by Gregory Gudgeon, will also be performing her A Murder of Ravens during the Brighton Fringe Festival, from May 14 to 18, at the Rialto Theatre. Further information about the performance

COLOUR, AN ALL-EMBRACING EXPERIENCE Apr 03, 2017 top of page
Staff writer. Based on an article in The Good Reed:

Susan Webb, artist living in Dublin and Kejiwaan Councillor for Subud Ireland, is sharing the news of an exhibition of works by her father, Kenneth Webb, in celebration of his 90th birthday. Kenneth, who was born in London in 1927, moved to Galway, Ireland over fifty years ago, and is one of the foremost painters living there today.

From the Kenny Gallery website: Throughout his career, Kenneth has been fascinated by a variety of themes. He gets hooked onto an idea, becomes almost obsessional in exploring it, and has to paint his way out of it. "Whenever I am taken by a theme, I seem to have to start all over and invent my own pictorial structure". These pictures are deeply personal, evocative of his remarkable garden in Connemara, and of the blanket bog around his home there. We see the wild flowers, the pools, the rocks, the turf banks, the textures and shapes and moods of an ever-changing landscape. There is a real sense of place about his work, the place being Ballinaboy which is for him magical, full of mystery, sensuality and colour. The artist needs an emotional element in his paintings which gives them an atmosphere and a mood, and this Kenneth likes to express through colour.

The exhibition Kenneth Webb at 90 is being hosted by the Gladwell & Patterson gallery in Knightsbridge, London and runs for a month starting on May 12, 2017. The address is: 5 Beauchamp Place, London, SW3 1NG.

(Picture: Salmon Leap, Autumn (oil on canvas))

TROPICAL CYCLONE DEBBIE HITS HARD Apr 02, 2017 top of page
Staff writer:

In the last week, the states of Queensland (southern part) and New South Wales (northern part) in Australia were hit twice by Tropical Cyclone Debbie. Members from the Sunshine Coast down to the Gold Coast have been impacted in varying degrees, with loss of power and general storm damage. The town of Murwillumbah, where Subud members from the Tweed Valley area meet regularly for latihan, is one of the hardest hit. Irwan Wyllie writes:

"Everyone is safe, but Bruce Ray and Natasha are marooned after the bridge to their area was washed away. They are without power and have only enough food for a couple of days. There are several families in that area in the same situation. They are getting messages out so I'm sure emergency services will get food to them.

The other close call was Rayner and Lydia Sturton who had just moved into a new house on the river. Her mum, Harlimah Armytage (90), had just moved in downstairs. The bottom storey was inundated but they were safe upstairs.

The river, that had risen to the highest levels ever (6.2 m), has dropped again. It continues to be a swirl of sinister brown mud rather than the placid black and silver flow that normally slides peacefully through our green valleys. As we were driving out of the area, we crossed creeks littered with household appliances- refrigerators, washing machines. Kids bikes, soccer balls had been bound in grass and sticks and jammed high into tree branches. On the road between Uki and Murwillumbah, the incredible force of tons of water had scoured out the smaller creeks and rivers - everything flattened in a 100 metre corridor of destruction, large trees jammed under bridges, cars sitting incongruously in the midst of paddocks. All that remains of a vegetable shop beside one section of a creek is a slab of concrete half levered out of the ground.

In town, streets full of household debris were criss-crossed by people quietly carrying out their muddied mattresses and fractured furniture. Neighbour helping neighbour. All of them in a bit of a daze. As we drove around, a lump of emotion stuck in our throats. Everyone was quiet, calm, getting on with the cleanup but a sense of communal shock was hidden in that silence.

Even though we had driven into Murwillumbah to find one of our cars that was in town for its service, we felt like disaster tourists and did not stay long. We had found our car crushed (maroon station wagon in the photo) with other vehicles under a railway overpass. It had been completely submerged - a write off.

We drove to Hannah and Gregory Thomas's on high ground and met up with Mursalin and Mariani New, and Jeremy and Andia Melder. Although none of our homes had been directly affected, there was comfort in being together. It will takes months to repair this damage"

Please watch a video made at Murwillumbah by Jeremy Melder (this may only be visible to Jeremy's FB friends)

YUM FOR A HEALTHIER CIPANAS Mar 31, 2017 top of page
Taken from the March 2017 YUM Newsletter

Recipes for Change:

Last September, Yayasan usaha Mulia (YUM) welcomed Rob Atkinson (photo credit), co-founder of Recipes for Change, a crowdfunding platform that uses recipes to fundraise for various projects around the world.

Recipes for Change is helping YUM to fundraise for the Mother and Child Health Program in Cipanas, West Java. The program focuses on providing local women with health and nutrition consultation, monitoring babies and toddlers’ health as well as distributing food and nutritious supplements when necessary.

Every year, YUM serves around 500 women and 500 children in five different health posts. We expect to see a reduction in malnutrition and stunted growth among the community’s children thanks to this program.

By donating a minimum of $10 on the website, you will receive 5 traditional Javanese recipes. Go to: https://www.recipeschange.org/ product/mother-and-child-health-program-in-west-java/ for more information.

Organic vegetables from the YUM Organic Farm, Cipanas:

Since 2011, the farm has provided fresh organic vegetables to individual customers in Jakarta as well as restaurants and resellers. The farm now works with several local farmers to connect them with a market to sell their produce. Our hope is that more farmers will be interested to farm organically in the future.

These two news items are taken from the March 2017 YUM Newsletter

AN ARTIST'S LIFE Mar 31, 2017 top of page
Taken from the second issue of the WSA magazine CONNECT

Since she was a child, Lorraine Salamah Arden has always been drawn to the arts. After she joined Subud in 1963 during the World Congress in Briarcliff, New York, she felt to stop painting and after a period of time to become a sculptor.

“In 1968 I was doing latihan at my house with two Subud ladies who were friends of mine. The latihan seemed to be a ‘fast forward’ of how the rest of my life should be. We felt that I should study sculpture and bronze casting,” said Lorraine, then added that she felt the most important part of the latihan seemed to be an assignment for my old age. “When I was old I was to create a series of sculptures of ‘holy women’. We were all saying the names of the holy women: Mary with the infant Jesus; Fatima, daughter of Mohammad; Ibu Sumari, wife of Bapak; Rochanawati, daughter of Ibu Sumari. We were all also saying ‘Rahayu’; but none of us had ever heard of her at the time as she was still very young.” 

In 2014, when she was 79 years old, Lorraine started making these sculptures. The ‘Holy Women’ series was completed in 2016. She then decided to make a series of holy men too. "So I did sculptures of Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Mohammad and Bapak." She hopes to raise enough money to cast the Subud ones in bronze. “My next project is to write a book about my experiences as a Subud member and illustrate the book with pictures of my art,” she added.

Many thanks also to Lorraine for her willingness to be the official agent for WSA for many years. She lived in the right place at the right time - Washington DC.

Please click to download the full issue No. 2 of CONNECT

KALIWOOD MEDIA HUB Mar 30, 2017 top of page
Pierce Vaughn writes:

Thanks to the support of Subud Enterprise Services International (SESI), I was granted $2000 to start a media training hub together with Borneo Productions International, in our office in Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia.

The intention was to create a place for young people to learn Video Editing and be part of a creative community. Our hopes are also to attract talented and passionate young people who want to be part of our film efforts here in Kalimantan.

One challenge we faced was sourcing the computer components that we wanted. It is generally more difficult to find specialist equipment in Indonesia and finding the right parts took longer than expected. But thanks to the support of our BPI Office manager who is also our IT guy, we managed to put together two very nice computers. BPI contributed a few parts after we went slightly over budget. Two people have already started using the computers and have been learning the basic skills quickly. Our next step will be to socialize the project with the local universities and on social media.

I would like to express my gratitude for supporting this project. I hope that in the future I will be able to contribute something back to fund and help someone else with a project that they are passionate about!

Watch this entertaining little video to see the challenges of putting together a custom-made computer!

A SUBUD HOUSE IN CANBERRA…A STORY OF PERSISTENCE… Mar 29, 2017 top of page
Harris Smart writes:

On Saturday, March 25, the brand new Subud house was opened in Canberra, Australia's national capital. It was a big day not only for Subud in Canberra, but for Subud in all of Australia. We have had Subud houses in most state capitals, but this is the first time we have had a house in the very center of things, the capital where the federal parliament meets and we have all the institutions of nationhood gathered.

The creation of this house has been a long story. Construction only began a year ago, but really the whole story goes back to the early 1990s when a few Subud members and families came to Canberra to live. It has been a story with many ups and downs, of ambitious hopes and plans, followed by painful disappointments. But most of all it is a story of effort and persistence paying off in the long run.

About 70 people gathered for the opening of the house, many coming from other parts of Australia. There was a celebratory meal, a special cake was cut, and the hall was declared open. In his speech, Kenneth Collette, the national chair said, "The personal commitment (over many years) of the Canberra members in bringing the project to fruition is truly inspiring! I know that members around Australia (as well as overseas) are thrilled with the achievement. I am sure that the new building will be a focal point for not only for Subud members but also the wider community."

Maxwell Fraval read a prayer which had been specially composed for the occasion. It began, "We are gathered here with our brothers and sisters from around the country and from overseas to give thanks, as we mark both the end of a long journey, and the beginning of a new one, in the life of the Canberra group. We ask forgiveness for the many mistakes we have made along the way and pray that as we move forward, we can work together in a way that reflects the qualities of Susila, Budhi, Dharma."

Excellent entertainment followed. SICA chair, violinist, Sebastian Flynn, played Irish tunes accompanied on keyboards by Maynard Gold. Then Frances Madden, singer-songwriter and jazz pianist, took the stage with brother Maxwell on bass. The night concluded with free-form joyous dancing.

On the following day, Sunday the 26th, we had the first official latihans in the new house.

Fuller details will be shared in the April issue of Subud Voice.

WORKING WITH REFUGEES Mar 28, 2017 top of page
Taken from an article by Erica Sapir in the latest Subud Voice

As the refugees crisis mounted during 2015, we at Puppeteers Without Borders (PWB), looked for a proposal through which puppetry could bring some sort of relief to children and/or, eventually, to adults. The occasion came in Bonn, Germany, where there are several centers for refugees, who often stay for a few months or longer.

Towards the end of 2015, our local P.W.B. colleague, Stefan Birckmann, made contact with the organisers of one of the centers, the Palusheim, host to some 250 refugees, children, families, young men and older people. The organisers agreed to receive us for an open plan program, to introduce ourselves to the refugees and offer a time and space for creativity, leading eventually to some form of puppetry activity.

Romina Vanden-Prudent, chairperson of Susila Dharma Germany, living in Bonn, agreed to sponsor the program and do all the fundraising needed for the project. That’s how at the beginning of 2016, I went from France where I live, to the refugee center for the first 10 day visit, to make the first contacts and see what possibilities would open up…

...The meetings with the refugees were intense, although not many in numbers. Many refugees, specially the women, were reclusive, shy, and probably too preoccupied with their daily struggles. The children seemed to all suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. However some very touching contacts were made; some of the children ended up wanting to draw for hours and were happy to learn new techniques. Some of the adults opened up to tell their stories, and even speak in metaphors. Some mothers made wonderful, heart-wrenching drawings.

Please read Erica's full article in the April 2017 issue of Subud Voice

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The official Ipswich launch event of a unique collaboration between local creatives Stefan Freedman and Lois Cordelia will take place on Friday 28th April 2017, 19:00 - 22:00, at Red Rose Chain, Gippeswyk Hall, Ipswich, UK. This event is part of the Suffolk Supports Refugees programme. Malka is a short film (4m 52s) dedicated to refugee children everywhere, evoking the journey of a young girl refugee, Malka, and her mother across wilderness and hardship in search of safety. The film features haunting acoustic music and lyrics by Stefan Freedman, accompanied by atmospheric mixed media illustrations by Lois Cordelia. The film in its entirety can be viewed here. Public sharing of the film is encouraged. Read more

Welcome to a new and very different exhibition at the Green Chair Gallery. Making Ends Meet (photo) runs from March 18 to May 19. Photographer Hamish Scott-Brown shows us - reminds us of - parts of the world where people's every day lives mean they may only just get by. But that isn't the whole story. In Making Ends Meet we'll be showing you 30 black and white images, exhibited in three phases of 10 across the nine weeks of the exhibition. The subjects of the images come from countries as geographically separated as Romania, Vietnam, India and Ladakh, but who are linked together by their shared basic level of hand-to-mouth existence. BUT you'll see that while some really suffer, others who are also only just “making ends meet” may do so more successfully and perhaps with less stress, and even "happily". This exhibition may perhaps be a lesson - an education - for us all.

Emmanuel Williams writes from the US: To my pleased surprise the pack of my riddles that was published by Pomegranate Communications some years has sold over 15,000. So Pomegranate contacted me late last year saying they wanted to publish a second pack. I sent them more riddles and here's the proof (picture right) for the cover they mailed me. Riddles Volume No. 2 will be on sale in June. I have found my niche as an old man.