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WSC Meeting – Announcement and Call for Proposals

By WSA Treasurer Hannah Baerfeldt

Meeting agenda
The WSA has several important issues it is currently working on: Amanecer,
WSA endowment fund, centreprises, archives, internet technology & security,
budget concerns, to name a few. However, doing latihan and testing to gain
insight into how best to work together to serve the growth and development
of Subud will be the most important aspect of our gathering.

To keep costs low, the WSA is respectfully inquiring if any country would be
willing to host this meeting by providing a suitable meeting venue for us, hotel
recommendations, assistance with visas, etc.

The time-period most suitable for most officeholders is during:
October 12-28

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Newsletter January 2019 FYI is out!

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By WSA Executive

The WSA Executive is looking for a new Secretary/Administrator to fill the position being
vacated by Salamah Dick LeClaire this spring. She will be staying on until August to ensure
a smooth transition for her replacement. Continue reading…

What would it be like?

By Hannah Baerveldt, WSA treasurer 2018-2022

Have you ever wondered what Subud would be like without the organization of the
World Subud Association? What would happen?

For starters, there would be no protection for the copyrights and trademarks of
Subud, including the Subud symbol and Bapak’s talks. Anyone could copy,
manipulate, misrepresent, alter and twist the original gift Bapak brought to us. And
eventually, they would distort Bapak’s message – for sure. Continue reading…

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THE  FUTURE  IS NOW : Let Us Get Into Action
Delegates at congress need to look into the funding of our Association                                           

Dear brothers and sisters,

today we publish the World Subud Association accounts for the period January to June 2018 (Q 2). Here you will also find the WSA Audited accounts 2017. There we already included World congress advancements.

So far we managed to keep our head above water.

The figures reflect that we are in a World Congress year. Many members followed our call for donations for the assistance fund and sent earmarked donations. Besides the amounts we show here, some more funds came in through the Congress account. Due to the earmarked donations and grants, the income side looks even better than last year. In total, we have USD 267,000 for discretionary spending. But his may not fool us.

The total expenses are USD 222,000 compared to 190,000 last year. This embraces USD 26,000 to bring delegates and individual members to Congress and USD 37,000 for Youth travel to Congress.

The expenses for international helper’s travel are USD 55,000 which is less than in the same period of last year. For media unit, we spent about USD 30,000 so far and for supporting services about USD 55,000 which corresponds to the previous year.  … continue reading: Q_2 letter  The Future is now

letter Q_2 2018 ES El Futuro es ahora
lettre Q_2 2018 FR Le future est maintenant

Dear members,

we are happy to announce that the audited accounts of WSA for 2017
are  available for you to download:

WSA Audited accounts 2017

Details to be published in the upcoming week.

Elias & Ismanah in FreiburgThe countdown is on!

Don’t delay! Register for World Congress now, before the fee increases on June 15th. The World Congress preparations are well underway, and the event promises to be very interactive and creative. WSA Chairman, Elias Dumit, and  Executive Chair, Ismanah Schulze-Vorberg, share some thoughts:

The space for our Congress is great and details have been well attended to. The latihan halls are huge and will be available full time for latihan, testing. etc.. Then we have the “Subud Village”, a space that represents all aspects of Subud in our lives. It’s another enormous space and the layout and design were made graciously by a brilliant team of Subud architects. There are tents outside the main building to provide space for youth, for rest and respite, and for creativity. Sports fields are also available. Cozy corners and tables will see people sitting together, chatting and sharing.

Many members from Germany, Europe and around the world are participating in the preparations by bringing their talents and enthusiasm to the whole project. An amazing and wonderful aspect of all this is the great support and participation of young members, involved in all the phases of the development of the Content and Space for our Congress. They are fully present and integrated. During this World Congress, the wings have a special and central role. So motivation is great! There is a wide and joyful spirit of preparing for this Congress.

The congress team, which started out as a German team, has expanded to include members from all over the world. Its secondary support team also includes cultural diversity. Currently, members in all the German Subud groups are dedicating a lot of time and love to making paper flowers to decorate the congress venue. The idea of a Subud village is something new. It came from opportunities given to us by having very large spaces, but not many small ones. ‘So, let’s all be together under the same roof!’ That speaks to the theme of the Congress which is unity!

At the onset of working to develop the Congress, it was decided that we would make it easy for families to attend, so took out the registration fee for all children under the age of 18. We kept our registration fee as low as we could to cover the basic costs of the venue and development of the content of our Congress. We have found accommodation all over Freiburg, to suit the different budgets of members coming to the Congress, transportation by tram is free and bicycles can be rented for those who want to have a healthy ride to the Messe. Shuttle buses will be provided from the tram to the venue to enable all to feel well taken care of. As for meals, members will be able to choose from a variety of options that best suit their appetites and needs.

In conclusion: The Congress is waiting for you. Please register now! Then bring the best of you, bring your soul, your joy, your talents and your sincere wish to be part of the most amazing project ever: the coming of the latihan kejiwaan into the world and its development. Also bring your tolerance, your openness to see things from a new angle, from a different mind frame. Bring your smiles and your hugs, too. Then be prepared to surrender all as we enter the big space and receive together this miracle. Let’s not just take it for granted. This is the greatest gift of all!
With love from Elias and Ismanah

Connect April 2018


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Call for nominations

Deadline: May 25, 2018 

Hamida Thomas writes:

SDIA is seeking Candidates for the position of Chairperson of SDIA for the coming terms 2018-2022. The Chairperson of SDIA is the chief Officer of SDIA and a member of the World Subud Council (WSC). According to the SDIA Bylaws, “The chairperson shall be the Chief Officer of SDIA, and shall exercise general supervision and control over all activities of SDIA.” In providing leadership of SDIA, the Chairperson leads the Board of Directors, and chairs all meetings of the Board and member meetings of SDIA. The Chairperson oversees the work of the Executive Director of SDIA.

The Chairperson is supported in their function by an international Board of Directors, an Executive Director and an office team currently comprised of 4 contracted staff, all working to expand the donor-base supporting SDIA and SD Network member projects internationally. The term of office is from one Subud World Congress to the next. (August 2018 – Congress 2022)


THE SUSILA DHARMA INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION (SDIA) is a network of SD national organizations and associate member projects from 23 countries. We believe that by working together in an atmosphere of mutual respect we can achieve positive social and economic change that benefits our world. Our members initiate local, culturally appropriate projects in four main areas: community development, education, environment, and health. SDIA builds the capacity of our members to develop and sustain their organizations and projects. We provide training and coordinate technical, financial and human resources. We build connections with donors and provide communication and information-sharing services. SDIA promotes awareness of key issues such as gender equality, child rights, healthcare, sustainable livelihoods, and innovative and effective development practices.

SDIA builds its global presence through its affiliation with the World Subud Association and its consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF). SDIA is also affiliated with the UN Department of Public Information, NGO Section.


The mission of SDIA is to relieve human suffering and promote just and sustainable development through:
• Partnerships and support for grassroots, participatory development and humanitarian initiatives;
• Empowering individuals and communities to engage in positive human, social and economic change;
• Raising awareness of global issues and interdependence.

SDIA’s mandate is to realize the development and humanitarian aims of the World Subud Association.
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Seeking new trustees

Lilian Shulman (MSF Administrators) writes:

The Foundation is seeking active and committed Subud members with experience working harmoniously for Subud, to serve as trustees of the Muhammad Subuh Foundation for a four-year term starting at the World Congress this summer in Freiburg, Germany.

The trustee, as a member of the board for the Foundation, is expected to work collaboratively with other trustees on standing committees (finance, communications, investments, personnel, etc.) and perform other tasks that match their background and experience. The trustee assists the Foundation in its priorities: awarding grants for the construction or improvement of Subud houses, helping to fund international helper travel and international archive preservation. And when funds are available the Foundation may support WSA affiliates to promote cultural, educational, social and humanitarian work for humankind.

The process has three phases:

  • The call for nominations: Members are nominated by their National Chairperson, Zone Representative or an MSF Trustee.
    The deadline for nominations is less than two weeks from now:  April 15, 2018.
  • The selection phase: A nomination committee reviews each nominee’s credentials, performs reference checks and may conduct personal interviews. The purpose of the nominations committee is to find a list of candidates who have the outer qualifications for the position of trustee.
  • The final appointments: This will be made at the World Congress between July 28-30, with the assistance of the International Helpers through testing those candidates who are present and in absentia those who are not present.

If you are interested in a trustee position, please ask your National Chairperson, your Zone Rep or an MSF Trustee to nominate you before April 15th. Also, please contact MSF Executive Director, Lucian Parshall: and he will send you complete information about materials that one needs to submit.

WSA Budget Balanced for 2017,Hilaria, WSA Treasurer
The budget for 2018 is approved
– The Treasure Hunt Continues …

Dear brothers and sisters around the world,

Today we publish the approved WSA budget for 2018 and the fourth quarter financial report for 2017 (Q 4). The year 2017 was a difficult, financially, with reduced income. Nonetheless, thanks to joint efforts on both the income and expense sides, we managed to balance the WSA budget by the end of the year. Additional contributions came in from many individuals, groups, and zones after we notified them in the fall about the tight financial situation. In addition, the officers of the World Subud Association and the international helpers all reduced their expenses to help balance the budget.   Continue reading Q4 letter…

WSA 2017 accounts Q 4
WSA Budget 2018 approved

Español  Carta de Hilaria Q4 y presupuesto 2018
Français Lettre de Hilaria Q4 et 2018 budget

Freiburg WSC2017©Anwar Ziesel_2
WSC 2017 in Freiburg

We are all going to Freiburg!

With our joint effort, we will bring members of all generations
to the 15th Subud World Congress – celebrating our worldwide Unity
Help us to fill the WSA Assistance Fund!

We are hoping that anybody who makes an effort to attend World Congress in Freiburg can be supported even if they don’t have sufficient financial means…

We are positive that with a joint effort from all of us around the world we will be able to fundraise 100,000.- USD. You can donate directly or sponsor other members when you register and pay for your inscription.

You can also start an initiative locally in your group or within your country. Talk about the World Congress, ask your sisters and brothers who would like to go but do not have the means to do so. Find out what you and your group would like to bring to the World Congress and how you will make it possible working towards this common goal. Let’s do this all together!

Who contributes to the fund? Any and all of you who want to bring others to Congress to share in the joy, friendships, activities and gifts that only large gatherings can offer. Come to Congress and bring others with you! And if you cannot attend congress yourself for whatever reason, you are still invited to support others to attend. Some funds have already come in for Youth Travel and for the Assistance Fund, but much more is needed to be able to help as many as possible.

The WSA Assistance Fund will be administered by Hannah de Roo from the Netherlands. For details on the application, procedure go to our website: or write to Hannah

Continue reading & download Flyer for full appeal
Assistance Fund Flyer – English

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Fondo de Asistencia – Español

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Fonde d’aide – Francais


SESI Chair Hadrian Fraval talks about the background to the major project’s initiative the wings will collaborate together on at the World Congress in Freiburg.

SESI has been formed to stimulate and assist members to use their talents to form enterprises and, as a result of their efforts, contribute some of their profit to fund the development of Subud through the WSA. There are examples of enterprises that have been successful and are contributing to the WSA: approximately 20% of the WSA budget is funded in this way. However, the current WSA budget is one of subsistence only. We need to increase the WSA budget to meet the needs for the growth of Subud in the future.

Many of Bapak’s talks encouraged members to carry out activity in their outer lives, that bear witness to their lives being accompanied by their receiving in the Latihan Kedjiwaan. Showing the evidence! But, in reality, this activity does not always get expressed in terms of an enterprise or business.

Many members express their talents in other ways and are not necessarily regarded as being in business. However, whatever activity is chosen to express their talent, there could be an accompanied intention to give some of their rewards to the WSA, in recognition of the gift and good fortune they have received from doing the latihan. All of these forms of activity could be regarded as small enterprises. So, where are the larger enterprises Bapak encouraged us to undertake? Everything worthwhile starts small and, if fortunate, will grow. The point is we have to make a start, and if all we can manage at this time is small endeavors, then let’s start something small.

Tu projecto en el congreso mundial – una initiativa de la SESI

Subud Village - Hall 2
The Subud Village
at the World Congress

Oliver Haitzmann, WCOT coordinator

Preparing the Subud Village has become the most exciting part for the organizing team and all participants. It provides us with energy and perseverance often needed in the process of accepting great challenges. The vision of uniting, in an open but organized space, all the elements of Subud – including the Wings, Youth, WSA-services and programs (e.g. publications, translation services, archives, IT-programs), MSF, the Countries and Zones and many other Subud elements – produces, in this early preparatory phase, a feeling of awakening and anticipation – and a lot of positive energy!

A 6.000m2 hall! Here we want to experience Subud together. The 4 Wings, SDIA, SICA, SESI and SIHA will create one common program. Each individual Subud member is to be at the center. Together we want to feel the underlying values of the Wings, discover and find inspiration through activities or even projects. Successful projects will be presented, learning by experience and the creation of new things will happen. At the end, new project ideas will be put forward and the best ones will be awarded some starting capital. Congress as such will not be the end of something, but a beginning.

The Subud Village program will embrace all concentrated activities, workshops, presentations, workshops with the joint Wing program, and cultural events. There will be a large auditorium, a labyrinth in which the unexpected may happen, a coffee bar with snacks and cakes, and many small sitting areas for retreats, for relaxation, for getting together in small groups; in all exhibition halls, in the central foyer, the long lobby or in front of the convention center on the esplanade.

Even in front of the Convention Center building, further programs will be offered in 3 large tents. The SIHA tent will provide a space for relaxation and retreat with sofas, suitable for a siesta; the SICA tent will have an art and hobby room, workshops and a theater. Another tent will house the family program. Evening entertainment will take place indoors as well as outdoors, on different platforms or in cozy corners.

As exciting as the idea of a Subud Village is, it is an enormous challenge. In order to create, with a tight budget and limited human resources, a cozy atmosphere within these huge and naked convention halls, a lot of creativity and an enormous work load will be required from all participants; I am grateful for having such a dedicated team around me.

Be Enterprising or be a Host

– How to Solve the Structural Deficit
of the World Subud Association

From Hilaria Dette,
Treasurer of the World Subud Association

Dear brothers and sisters,

it has been 35 years this summer that I have been opened in the Wiesbaden group in Germany. In my time as an applicant when reading Bapak’s talks I didn’t understand him repeatedly saying we should be enterprising. Now, serving as treasurer for WSA, I finally can experience first-hand, why Bapak encouraged us to be enterprising. I see this in the broader sense of living an entrepreneurial spirit and making things happen. Bapak must have foreseen, that we would need the entrepreneurial spirit of individual members for the sustainability of Subud.

After this introduction let me present the current financial situation shown in Q 3 (our report of the WSA finances from January to September 2017) which we publish today.  Continue reading and download letter here

Download the WSA 2017 accounts Q3 here


Soyez un entrepreneur ou soyez un hôte – Comment résoudre le déficit structurel de l’Association Subud Mondiale (ASM)

De Hilaria Dette, trésorière de l’ASM

Chers frères et sœurs,
Cela fait 35 ans cet été que j’ai été ouverte dans le groupe de Wiesbaden en Allemagne. Quand j’étais candidate et que je lisais les causeries de Bapak, je n’ai pas compris pourquoi Bapak répétait sans cesse que nous devrions avoir l’esprit d’entreprise. Maintenant, en tant que trésorière de l’ASM, je peux enfin expérimenter de première main, pourquoi Bapak

nous a encouragé à être entreprenants. Je vois cela dans le sens plus large de vivre un esprit d’entreprise et de faire bouger les choses. Bapak a dû prévoir que nous aurions besoin de l’esprit d’entreprise de chaque membre pour soutenir Subud. Continuez à lire et à télécharger une lettre Continuez à lire et à télécharger la lettre


Sean Emprendedores o sean Anfitriones

Cómo resolver el déficit estructural
de la Asociación Mundial Subud

De Hilaria Dette, Tesorera de la Asociación Mundial Subud

Queridos hermanos y hermanas,
Este verano se ha cumplido 35 años desde que recibí la apertura en el grupo de Wiesbaden en Alemania. En el tiempo que pasé como aspirante, cuando leía las charlas no entendía por qué Bapak repetía constantemente que debíamos ser emprendedores. Ahora, sirviendo como tesorera de la WSA,  puedo por fin experimentar de primera mano la razón por la que Bapak nos animó a ser emprendedores. En el sentido más amplio veo esto como vivir con un espíritu emprendedor y hacer que las cosas sucedan. Bapak debió prever que necesitaríamos el espíritu emprendedor de los miembros individuales para la sostenibilidad de Subud. Continúa leyendo y descarga la carta completa aquí

Assistance Fund for World Congress

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Although it is hoped that each Zone can sponsor their own delegates who need assistance to be able to attend the congress, this is not always possible – especially in areas of economic challenges both for the zones and members. The WSA feels its responsibility to be of assistance to meet these challenges. Therefore, an Assistance Fund is being created to help defray the costs for those who are economically challenged to come to Congress.

We are establishing a General Fund to which individuals can contribute. The funds, although administered by the WSA, would be allocated to three different categories of needs: Delegates, General Membership and Youth Travel Fund. These funds would be managed by the WSA but the distribution would be supported by the Zone Representatives for the delegates and general membership, and by the Youth Representatives and Coordinator for youth travel.

We are hoping that by having the contributions go into one fund with the possibility of earmarking donations, we can build up a fund that can cover the overall needs of our brothers and sisters who wish to attend the congress. If the funds in one category surpass the needs of that category – for example, if donations to delegates are in excess of what is needed – then the surplus would be re-allocated to other categories of assistance.

To simplify the registration procedure, there will be no discounts built into the actual registration system. Therefore the Assistance Fund may also cover registration fees if needed.

As transparency is most important, a monthly update on the fund will be communicated to all members. Funds have already come in for youth travel to World Congress and some assistance funds have also been donated.

We thank everyone for their support.

Donate to Assistance Fund

Crowdfunding Initiative

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Project Quest 2018

Do you have a project you want to make happen in the world?

Then join us for this 6 day, ALL AGES Project Quest in Germany, immediately before
World Congress.  Held at a lodge in the beautiful Black Forest, 20 minutes out of Freiburg, from 21 – 27 July, the YES Quest team are offering this ‘Project Quest’, in keeping with the focus of Congress, which is to create activities, projects, and enterprises which express the latihan in the world.

All participants will be expected to come with at least the beginnings of a project idea. As well as the usual Quest activities focussing on personal awareness and life direction, we will work with everyone to develop their project concept, plan it, and enhance their capacity to make it happen. Everyone will have the chance to present their project to a big audience at Congress and will be in the running for the award of cash grants to help put their project into action.

The cost for the six days, including transport to and from Freiburg, Quest program, food, and accommodation is 250 euros.

The program will be designed and facilitated by Marlena Basser and Peter Jenkins, with the assistance of trainee facilitators Rhyana Blakeley, Roland Fraval and Guillaume Sanchez During the Quest we will also give a short training so that Quest participants can assist us with three major Interactive Sessions at World Congress, called: Discovery, Vision, and Action.

If you would like to be part of this exciting Project Quest, please send an email to Marlena Basser asking for an application form. We are hoping to offer some grants towards the 250-euro fee, especially to young participants from poorer countries. Young people may also be able to apply to the International Youth Travel Fund for assistance with air-fares (which are not included in the fee). No matter what your age (18 – 88), if you are interested, you should apply as soon as possible, and definitely before you book your travel to World Congress.

There will be an exciting program, lots of music and fun in the evenings walks in the Black Forest, profound personal insights, support, and celebration.  If you have any questions, send an email to Marlena (Marlena AT or Peter (peter AT

We look forward to making things happen in the Black Forest.

Peter Jenkins

The website for the World Congress is online!

Osanna Vaughn writes
“The website for the 15th Subud World Congress, which will be held in Freiburg, Germany, from July 28th to August 8th, 2018, is now online at:

A special thanks go to Andrea Sillem for all the work she has put into this project. Obviously, a bunch of other people from the WSA Exec and WCOT team has also been involved, and the texts are now in the hands of the translators so that the site will soon be available in different languages.

The site does not yet include the possibility for registration, as that is planned for some time in November; however, it covers just about everything else you would want to know about the coming World Congress.

In addition to this official site, Eugenia Stark is managing the lively Subud World Congress 2018 Freiburg Facebook page, where many questions are being asked and answered. She is very busy with the task, however; so the request to members is to check out the official site first, to see if they can find answers to their questions there.

Looking forward to seeing many of you in Freiburg!”

WSC members in tram in Freiburg
The World Congress Facebook Page is online!

Registration fee for World Congress

During its recent meeting in Freiburg, the World Subud Council approved the following registration fee structure for the 2018 Subud World Congress in Freiburg:

Early bird fee (registering before February 28, 2018): 350.- euros

Normal fee (registering between March 1 and June 14, 2018, incl.): 390.- euros
Latecomer fee (as of June 15): 450.- euros

Children and young members under 18 do not have to pay for registration.
Deadline is up to the 27th of July 2018. Anyone who turns 18 during the congress qualifies as a paying attendee.

Daily fee45 EUR (for all from 18 and above)

A fund to help people needing support for the registration fee will be set up. Applications for support will go through the national committee and zone structures, not directly to the Congress team.
An intention of participation will be possible as of October 2017, while actual registrations will be possible as of the new year.

15th Subud World Congress
in Freiburg

July 28th – August 8th, 2018

You may come for the latihan… to re-connect with friends… to develop your project… to represent your group, your Zone, your Country… to stand for office… to support your Congress proposal… to support the development of Subud. And when you come, you bring your gifts with you – your experience, skills, understanding, talents, hopes, and ideas.

We are developing plans and processes that will draw on these gifts that you bring to define the future we strive for and the means to reach it. When you make the decision to come to Congress, your contribution has begun.

Unity of Subud – Unity of Work – Unity of Purpose

Unity of Subud: The theme for the Freiburg Congress will be “Unity”. This symbolizes the integration and working together on all aspects of Subud – Members, Wings, Youth, Helpers, WSA, Zones and Countries to support the process of taking the latihan into the world. This will be done at Congress through “Unity of Work” and “Unity of Purpose”.

Unity of Work: Previous congresses have often been spread over a wide area. Sometimes there has been a long walk to reach a Wing center or the Children’s area. There have been many ‘breakout’ rooms, sometimes as many as 40. The delegates have been locked away in one room, international helpers in another, and the members rarely see them. At Freiburg, the major Congress action will be unified in one huge space, with the presence and involvement of members, delegates, all the Wings, helpers, zones, countries, and groups. Every element and aspect of Subud will be involved in our unity of work.

Unity of Purpose: It was resolved at the Mexico Congress that: “Our International Subud Organization and especially the helpers pay more attention to the outer development of Subud in line with Bapak’s constant encouragement to make the latihan visible in the world through working together on projects and enterprises”. (Subud Italy on behalf of Zone 3). This is the mandate that calls us to a unity of purpose. The Freiburg Congress will focus on the development of projects that express the latihan in the world.

Three promises

The Congress team invites you to join us in the three promises we make: To do the latihan – to put the latihan into action in the world – through a unity of Subud, of work and of purpose, integrating the individual talents and competencies which are represented in the worldwide Subud family.

Connect Magazine
2nd edition

WSA Treasurer Hilaria
WSA Treasurer Hilaria Dette

Letter from Hilaria Dette,
Treasurer of the World Subud Association

concerning the WSA 2017 Q2 accounts

Invitation: Make the Future Happen –
Prepare yourself for World Congress

Dear brothers and sisters,

Preparations for World Congress pick up speed. The World Congress Organizing Team is working diligently and the coordinator attends several congresses to include countries and individual members in the preparations. Therefore the expenses increased compared to our assumptions when budgeting last year. All other expenses are in their frame.

Before the World Subud Council meeting starts next week in Freiburg, we publish the finance report On the first view you can see that the income from countries, individuals and enterprises is behind the amounts we expected. The gap between income and expenses is about USD 50,000.

Matching fund to be continued – every contribution counts double

Do you remember we had a successful fundraising campaign due to a matching fund last year. This will be continued. Therefore one dollar you send to WSA, means two dollars to be able to carry Bapak’s mission to future generations. Did you ever ask for inner guidance about the significance of sending funds to the World Subud Association?

Where do we spend the money for?

We are spending our funds to carry on Bapak’s mission. International helpers are visiting groups and support members during zonal meetings in preparing themselves for World Congress. In the first half of 2017, they spent around USD 70,000 which is above the expenses at this time in the previous year.

To preserve Bapak’s legacy and make the talks available to members up to now we spend less than by June last year. We didn’t yet send our contribution to Subud Publications International.

The Human activities program is comparable with former years. Last year there has been an exemption because of a restricted donation which we forwarded to the Muhammad Subuh Foundation to spend on Subud houses.

The expenses for the supporting services (USD 50,000) are also comparable with the previous year. This includes travels of the zone representatives, the chairs, and the executive team.

Hope you can follow the preparations for World Congress through the newsletters and the new facebook side. The homepage should be ready by end of August and the registration is planned to open by October.

Love and blessings,


WSA 2017 accounts Q2 ENG
WSA 2017 accounts Q2 SPA

WSA 2017 accounts Q2 FRA
WSA 2017 accounts Q2 IND


TOGETHER AS ONE  – The WSA Annual Report 2016

Together as One - WSA Annual Report 2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In 2016 we continued to work together as one body in harmony guided by the latihan knowing that progress can only happen when we work together in unity. Meetings and events around the world brought together members of our team, these meetings were often held in conjunction with a local congress or zonal events so we could keep in touch with the membership. We additionally had a working meeting in the spring which was necessary to renew our efforts to manifest our goals and our commitment to the service of Subud during the remainder of our term. Working through email and Skype is very supportive but doesn’t replace face to face meetings. We participated actively in the joint Zone 3 and 4 gathering in Poland where more than 400 Subud members young and old came together. The main topics were the preparation of the World Congress in 2018, copyright and publication issues, working groups on WSA Archives and IT issues.

The Americas gathering in Cali, Colombia was a second gathering which saw many of us come together on different levels. The “Gran Salon” in the  International Subud Center Amanecer in Colombia was a major topic. A working group from WSA, Muhammad Subuh  Foundation (MSF), Subud Colombia, Fundación Amanecer and wing chairs are working on a strategy to bring life into this center, renovating the building in 2 phases with the support of the MSF as well as separate fundraising efforts. The title is currently held by MSF for the World

Subud Association. MSF is considering finding new title holders to take over the administrative responsibility. The World Subud Council meeting (WSC) was held in September in Salobreña, Spain. One of the important outcomes of this meeting was the importance of the wings working in an integrated way to create a greater impact in the world. The plans for a joint youth gathering in Kalimantan (Basara Youth Camp) were presented as the first experiment in this joint venture field of the wings. The zone representatives supported by the international helpers and wing chairs, worked hard to set the goals for the next year which would be the year to lead us to 2018, the final step to World Congress. It was determined that our next council meeting would be held in Freiburg using the world congress venue. The World Congress Organizing Team worked diligently to establish the plan for the low of the Congress. Around 28 members have joined as volunteers to head the work of organizing such an event and to work with the city of Freiburg to make sure that the venue is well suited to facilitate our coming together for the work of Subud in the future. We see and acknowledge the fact that our youth need to take an active part in establishing the overall

content and flow of Congress 2018. The year’s events culminated in the exemplary work of all those who planned, facilitated and oversaw the “Basara Youth Camp” in Kalimantan/Indonesia. This camp saw over 150 young people from all over the world come together to grow in their understanding of Subud and the presence and importance it has in their own lives. An important focus was the joint work of all wings present in support of the young members in planning and implementing projects for the benefit of their lives and Subud. We would like to take this opportunity to thank George Demers, Youth Activities Coordinator who passed away on the last day of the Basara Youth Camp in Kalimantan, his final gift to Subud was in the great work done by all for the facilitation of this camp. Thank you, George.


The WSA Team




Message from the WSA TEAM:
During our times together in 2015, we became convinced that our most important mandate is to work together as one body with harmony guided by the latihan and that progress only happens when first there is that harmony and an understanding of unity.

Many events and meetings brought us together. We were able to see which areas of our work needed attention and how to set our goals and direction for the remainder of our four-year term. Many important events throughout the year gave birth to our work for the next three years.

Annual report available in: EnglishFrenchSpanishIndonesian

Nurture the tree – Funding the Future of Subud – Target for 2016 is US$ 250,000Hilaria Dette, WSA Treasurer, writes:
Dear brothers and sisters,
I’d like to share with you news of the current financial situation of the World Subud Association (WSA) and ways of how we can all contribute to a secure future for Subud, nurturing the growth of our Subud tree. Today we publish the 2 quarterly report (Q 2/2016).

The Subud tree shows the fruits to be visible within the next years and the means how we are getting there. At the roots, you can see how the tree can be nurtured by all of us.

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In addition please read the Q2 report in  English

Muhammad Subuh Foundation –
Call for 2016 Proposals
Environmental Challenge Grants

One of the primary missions of the Muhammad Subuh Foundation (MSF) is to foster the creation of new Subud houses and to support the improvement of existing ones. In 2015 the trustees began a grant program directing a limited amount of MSF’s resources to ecological and sustainable improvements of existing Subud properties. This program is being continued for the 2016 award season.

Purpose of grant:

To assist Subud centers that wish to first research and then implement a “green” renovation to their Subud owned property. The challenge is to encourage groups to become more ecologically aware and have efficient as well as healthy buildings. Renovations can deal with a variety of issues that a group wishes to address e.g., energy consumption, water usage, indoor air quality, etc. that will provide for a long-term, positive environmental impact and at the same time enhance the value of their Subud property.

Up to three grants of not more than US$ 5000 each will be awarded this year. These special awards will be provided through the General Fund.

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Connect –
the World Subud Association e-magazine.
WSA Chair Elias Dumit writes:

My dear Subud sisters and brothers,
Welcome to the first issue of Connect – the World Subud Association e-magazine. As our official vehicle, its aim is to present what Subud is about, what we support and encourage.

There are simple but beautiful stories out there that illustrate how much we care for the latihan, how much we care for each other”

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“For your information” – FYIHere is our news report “For your information” – FYI.  We hope you will enjoy this additional communication tool. We would like to inform you more regularly on what is happening within the WSA team, the World Subud Council and at the national and zone meetings worldwide.  We will also update you regularly on our next World Congress 2018.

We will provide a calendar with the meetings where members of the World Subud Council and the WSA team will be present. We would like to find places and spaces to meet in person with you, to join in the Latihan and come into a dialogue about your vision and needs. Your feedback will be helpful to us, especially where it concerns events in your area. Please write us!
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Download FYI #2 in English

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What about a cup of coffee per week for Subud international?

WSA BUDGET 2016 has been approved and the Q 4 the report about the expenses of he previous year have been published

When was the last time you invited a friend for a cup of coffee? Yesterday, last week or last month? Would you invite a Subud brother or sister from abroad traveling through your country? I’am sure you would.

So please think about the value of international Subud work for you and what you can personally afford. One cup of coffee per week for Subud, would that be possible?
Or would you like to pay the coffee for others who can’t afford to do so? Imagine: if each member could support WSA with only one Dollar per week, the current expenses could be paid.

The budget for 2016 has been approved by all zone representatives end of February. It includes about USD 499,000.

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WSA 2015 Accounts Q4


This was our first full year of the new board working together and it was very productive. We awarded grants to 12 centers in 9 countries, launched a new category called “Eco-Grants” to fund environmental improvements at Subud centers, and many more…..

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Message from the chair, Elias:

The World Subud Association team has felt deeply what Ibu Rahayu said to us that the “organization is the vessel and the vehicle to convey the latihan kejiwaan of Subud to future generations”.

Indeed, we understand that the reason Bapak, after receiving the latihan kejiwaan, created the organization for us, for humankind, was to enable us to receive the latihan with the same purity as received by Bapak himself.

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