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New year’s Eve at the BASARA Youth Gathering in Kalimantan.

In this issue Rahman Connelly invites reflection on the potential for growth and development in Subud…

Also In this issue 

IN THAT DARKNESS… the world situation
IN A TIME OF UNCERTAINTY … a Subud member reflects
A TIME OF RETREAT… Australia in lockdown…
CELEBRATING MSF… the 30th anniversary
ENTREPRENEURS… interviews with Subud entrepreneurs
A TRULY ORIGINAL PROJECT… Hanafi and Levana report
ISTI JENKINS ON BANNERS… Part 1 of an interview
YUM ANNUAL REPORT… from this Indonesian Foundation
CITY OF ANGELS… memoir by Laura Paterson
MOMENTS OF BLESSING… Sebastian Paemen writes
CUBBY SANCTUARY… Irwan Wyllie continues his popular series
PAUL NELSON POEMS AND PROFILE… Paul writes from Seattle
HERMIA BROCKWAY … a much-loved Subud member passes
POEM TO A GRANDDAUGHTER… from Laura Paterson


WOW Borneo Seeks Help From Subud Members

Harris Madden writes . . .

You may be aware of WOW Borneo, the Subud Enterprise led by entrepreneur Gaye Thavisin, which provides riverboat tours into the rainforests, wildlife and villages of Central Kalimantan. You may not be aware that after trading successfully for over ten years, this pioneering enterprise has been without customers for the past 18 months. We are now at the point where we either need to raise capital or probably close down within the next month or two.

WOW Borneo is offering shares to Subud members in an effort to urgently raise USD 50,000 which will see us squeeze through at least 12 months on a tight budget and until the market returns. We’re doing that with the investment funds held in escrow by an independent third party and returned to investors if we don’t reach the minimum amount we need. I joined the business as a shareholder and director last year and am working with Gaye to turn things around. We are hoping to find a way through until tourism resumes. Perhaps just as importantly, we are also keen to open up WOW Borneo (PT Kalimantan Tour Destinations) to become a collectively-owned Subud enterprise that goes on to use its existing business and experience as a platform to do other things in Kalimantan. Investment is of course risky but maybe you’d consider joining us?

If you’d like more information on how to participate, feel free to contact Harris or Gaye directly by email: or

Or you can download the WOW Borneo ‘Invitation to Invest’ document here.


I was at the Basara Youth Gathering in Central Kalimantan over New Year. In all the time I was there, I don’t think I saw anyone with a book or a magazine, but I saw everyone with a mobile phone which they consulted many times a day.

It’s time for Subud Voice to start communicating via social media… so we are looking for a young person to co-edit SUBUD VOICE on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, TWITTER ETC… Contact Harris at

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HARMONY & RESULTS – THE SUSILA DHARMA CONFERENCE Yayasan Saudara Sejiwa in Bandung … Read on

RAPUNZEL, RAPUNZEL is a story by Harris Smart about how the world of dreams, myths and fairytales can erupt into everyday life… Read on

PARIS, FRANCE is a story by Harris about a visit to Paris in which he was robbed by gypsies… it also has something to say about photography… Read on

PARIS: JAZZ is by Lawrence Brazier and is also set in Paris and has something to say about jazz and other things… Read on

THE STUTTERER a is a chapter from Husain Chung’s book GOD THE THERAPIST (available from and gives an insight into the way that Husain works with people… Read on

RELAX! THE BODY KNOWS THE WAY is a reflection by Harris on the nature of the body as an indicator of the inner nature and a portal to spiritual experience… Read on

WOOF: Lawrence Brazier sends a story from Vienna… Read on

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