Latin America South

Zone Representative: Urraida Arratia, Chile
Approximately 300 members, 15 groups, 6 countries, and 6 Subud houses.
Zone 9 comprises the southern countries of Latin America. In 2003 Brazil was one of two countries hosting the Americas Gathering, in Aguas de San Pedro. With members from all of the Americas, as well as from Europe and other distant countries, it featured youth activities, entertainment, a large art exhibition in the center of town, as well as several meetings, including the World Subud Council and the Muhammad Subuh Foundation. Colombia hosted the first part of this Americas Gathering at Amanecer.
Subud Chile has been focusing on enterprise support by hosting meetings and actively supporting various businesses and renovations for the Subud Hall in Santiago. There are many active young members in Chile meeting together, attending international gatherings, becoming helpers and participating in general.
In April 2009 Subud Chile celebrated fifty years of Subud in their country with a party at the Santiago House (photo) and a property was purchased for the La Florida group, also in 2009.
A lovely Subud hall surrounded by the mountains of Cordoba at Mina Clavero, Argentina, has hosted international meetings and has been a focal point for Subud life there. It was designed by Muchtar Martins, an architect from Portugal, and built with contributions from Argentinean, Portuguese, Brazilian and Chilean members and a loan and grant from the Muhammad Subuh Foundation. It includes a two-bedroom guest house. The Buenos Aires group also owns a Subud House not far from the downtown area.
The members in Lima, Peru, purchased a lovely Subud House in 1991 (photo). It was later renovated through a grant by the Muhammad Subuh Foundation and includes two latihan halls, a kitchen and dining area, and a large garden, and a room for helpers.
There are 11 Susila Dharma projects in the Zone, with seven being in Argentina.
Chairperson Groups/Centers Members
Argentina Macario Conti Buenos Aires (Bogado, Villa Crespo), Mina Clavero, Nono 67
Brazil Lucas Mestieri Aguas de San Pedro, São Paulo, Rio de Janiero 60
Chile Renato Sotelo Providencia and La Florida in Santiago, Temuco, Villa Rica, Antofagasta 155
Peru Rodrigo Cesar Cornejo Lima 14
There are also members in Paraguay and Uruguay plus in most countries there are members who do not live near a group. FurtherZone contact information.


Photo: Zone 9 Gathering Gathering in Argentina, November 2011
Zone 9 holds regular Zone Council meetings. In 2011 Argentina hosted the council and in 2010 Brazil hosted a Zone 9 Gathering and Council Meeting. (Read a report from Mauricio, former Zone Representative) In 2009 the council met in Lima, Peru and in 2008 they met in Santiago, Chile. There is a Zone 9 web site that includes information on events, reports and council minutes and
Watch a photo montage from the 2011 Zone Meeting.

There is a also a listserver for the Spanish-speaking Subud community, delivering newly translated Bapak and Rahayu talks, various newsletters and other communications to approximately 900 addresses.  In addition, to read about the excellent work on behalf of Spanish translations in general, visit the ‘Publications and Translations‘ page herein under ‘Media Programs’.

2012: Zone 9 Congress Reports 2012 in English and Spanish

2011: WSA Chair visits Colombia, Argentina, Chile, English, Spanish, November
2010: Susilowati de Urrejola; Chile Earthquake Relief Report, August (English) (Spanish), from Renato Sotelo, Chair; Zone 9 Council meeting, November Spanish, English; WSA Chair 4th Quarter Report (with visit to South America), English, Spanish, November
2009: Osanna’s diaries: visiting Chile part one and part two, April
2008: Zone 9 Meeting (English, Spanish), April; Zone 9 Meeting Minutes (Spanish), May