For organizational purposes, the World Subud Association is divided into nine zones. To be able to coordinate the work of the WSA, each zone has a coordinator who represents their countries on the World Subud Council between world congresses. Zone Representatives also chair councils for their zone, are directors of the WSA, and form the voting body of the WSC, along with the WSA Chairperson.
The WSA is also divided into three geographic Areas for assisting individual members and groups in the practice of the latihan. Each Area is represented by six international helpers making a total of 18 world wide.
The Zones are roughly geographically split in the following manner:
Zone 1 Oceania
Zone 2 Part of the Middle East and Southern Asia
Zone 3 Western Europe
Zone 4 Eastern Europe, Northern Asia and part of the Middle East
Zone 5 English speaking African Countries
Zone 6 French and Portuguese speaking African Countries
Zone 7 North America, Cuba, Suriname, and the Caribbean
Zone 8 Central America and the Northern part of South America
Zone 9 Southern part of South America
Currently Zones 1 and 2 are represented by only one person.
The zone councils are, in fact, members of the World Subud Council speaking through their zone representatives. The zone councils are made up of the four delegates from each country of the zone. The zonal representative is chosen by the country delegates from candidates proposed by the countries and two international helpers from the area of the zone. The four country delegates are the chairperson, the committee councillor, a lady kejiwaan councillor and a gentleman kejiwaan councillor.
The term of the zonal representative runs for four years, usually from world congress to world congress, though ideally they are chosen some months in advance to work with the outgoing representative during a transition period.
The work of the zone council is important because the participation of each country delegate is necessary to ensure the democratic running of the WSA.