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Last summer in Freiburg, 19 projects received monies from the $100,000 Project Fund. Some of them are now reporting back (the schedule is different fo each project), as we have been posting here.

Just today, we heard from Aliça Bryson Haynes, who submitted a request to purchase a kiln and a slab roller. She received $5900 from the fund for the kiln. She writes:

"My ceramics business, RARA Studio, is going extremely well! I have got the kiln and it's already saving a huge amount of time and money!" (more…)


SESI Co-chairs, Hammond Peek and Gaye Thavisin, write:

Subud Enterprise Services International (SESI) – our vision and goals for the next 4 years 2018-2022

Vision: To improve the financial strength of our Subud organisation over the 4 years of our term.


1. To actively support new and existing Subud enterprises and projects with advice, mentoring, funding, promotion and follow-up. (more…)


SESI Co-chairs, Hammond Peek and Gaye Thavisin, write:

The Subud Enterprise Services International (SESI) Project Fund idea was first launched at the Basara Youth Gathering in Kalimantan, late 2015, early 2016, and distributed $10,000 among approximately 10 projects. Following this positive experience, the former SESI team organised the very successful, exciting and well received $100,000 Project Fund for the World Congress in Freiburg, where 19 projects (out of 49 projects submitted) ended up receiving support.

Taking advantage of the momentum created at congress, the new SESI team wants to further the idea by creating a new fund. However this new initiative will concentrate exclusively on ‘enterprise’ projects, and aims to make it a revolving fund, where enterprises that have been supported will repay the amount received back into the fund. Beyond that, we hope that the enterprises would also make an effort to support WSA/Subud as a whole into the future. In this manner, these enterprises would begin to fulfill one of the roles that Bapak set for enterprise in general.

For this reason, we have decided to call this initiative the Enterprise Revolving Project Fund, and our first goal is to fundraise a minimum of $50,000 for this purpose. We did in fact, launch the idea rather casually at World Congress, without either of us yet fully understanding the relationship between SESI and Usaha Mulia BV; yet, even so, we collected pledges for over 10% of this amount, which makes us confident that the general idea of supporting each other in our entrepreneurial endeavours, is favoured by many. (more…)


Last year, Henrietta Haines of California learnt about the dire circumstances of the Subud members in Venezuela - due to the crisis the country has fallen into, they were literally close to starving. She launched the Venzuela Food Project that initially focussed on sending them relief food. As she wrote in her submission to the SESI $100,000 Project Fund at World Congress, her goals were basic: "To send as many quality calories as I could. To choose foods that would form complete plant proteins. To send food for each and every member of our members' families. That there would be no administrative charges and transportation costs would be kept as low as possible." (more…)


Former Subud member Sahlan Diver's first novel, The Secret Resort Of Nostalgia, shortlisted for the international Yeovil Literary Festival 2017, has now been published. The novel makes a number of references to Subud, though not by name, and the key idea promoted in the book, the idea of enterprise in the service of humanity, owes a debt to Subud.

Details and purchase links on this web page:


With $17,500, Frances Madden’s CD Project was the recipient of the by far largest chunk of funds from the $SESI 100,000 Project Fund at the 15th World Congress in Freiburg. A number of others also received the full amount, but were considerably less in comparison.

Since then, a number of people have been curious as to why this project in particular received so much. As I myself was not a member of the jury, I asked a couple of them - specifically Andrew Holloway and Hammond Peek - to give me some feedback to share with the curious. I summarise here:


Since the Subud World Congress in Freiburg, much has been happening with the Atalanta project. We would like to share what we are up to in addition to the use of our $3500 grant money received from the SESI $100,000 Project Fund.

Summer 2018 proved to be another successful growing season for the cooperative orchard garden, providing 17 families with fresh produce and surplus going to the local food bank. Atalanta is in the middle of their second annual SeedMoney fundraiser. Last year over $2000 dollars was raised which helped purchase table height garden beds, orchard trees and upgrade the solar system and water delivery systems. Funds from this years campaign will be used to improve paths and the footing under the raised accessible garden beds for a solid, firm, level surface for gardeners of all abilities. (more…)


Dear Brothers and Sisters,

It has been three months now since the world congress, and the new WSA team has been extremely busy getting to grips with our new roles. Most of our time has been spent on the current and 2019 budgets. I shall spare you the details, but the big picture is not pretty.

The missing ingredient, and it has been missing for a while, are Subud-owned enterprises (as opposed to enterprises owned by individuals) that would generate the necessary income for us to be able to provide the services expected of us.

The history of Subud-owned enterprises is sad. It would probably be true to say that we were tempted by the power of the latihan to believe that we are infallible, and we tried to run before we even learned to crawl, with some painful results. The conclusion of most Subud members was to stay away from Subud-owned enterprises altogether.

But, in reality, many groups are involved in an enterprise whether they perceive it this way or not:

Please read Nahum's full message here

Issue 1/0ct/2018 of the SESI Newsletter

Gaye Thavisin, one of our two new SESI co-chairs, with the logistics support of Kitka Hiltula of Subud Melbourne, has put together the first issue of the new SESI team's newsletter. You can read it here.

If you are not on the the SESI mailing list, you can sign up on the right.

We are also posting articles on this site on a regular basis, so please check it out. If you have an article you would like to submit, please send it, with a separate photo or graphic, to


At World Congress, Irwan Wyllie of NSW, Australia, presented the Cooperlink project to the SESI $100,000 Fund on behalf of Mursalin New, who was unable to come to Freiburg. The project was awarded $4924 (more…)

Appeal to Subud Enterprises and entrepreneurs for support to the WSA 2019 Budget

One of the aims for our new SESI team is to make every effort to encourage members in the area of enterprise, to take action to express the guidance, talent and graces received through their years of doing latihan. ‘Putting the latihan into practice’, as Bapak used to say. (more…)

Balodana – A $100,000 Fund Recipient

Dana Todd, opened in San Diego and currently a helper at the Subud centre in Chicago, submitted a project, Balodana, for the SESI $100,000 Project Fund at World Congress in Freiburg. She received support in the amount of $3000. (more…)

19 Projects Received Funding

During World Congress, on August 5th, twenty projects out of the original 49 were chosen as finalists for the $100,000 Project Fund submission process. These finalists had the opportunity to present themselves and their project ideas for a second time; this time, however, they were on the larger stage of the Subud Village Auditorium, in front of the jury and a full crowd of Subud members. (more…)

SESI 2014 to 2018 – Outgoing Chairman, Hadrian Fraval, writes

SESI was given a mandate at the 2014 Puebla Congress, which is on record, and was a continuation of the previous SESI to encourage Subud members to increase their activity in Enterprise. Previously the focus had been to establish large Enterprises which could fund WSA. During our term we had a dual approach: continue encouraging individuals to establish their own Enterprise of a Subud member and, secondly, to make an effort to establish a large Enterprise. (more…)

SESI Awards for Humanitarian Work

Bapak suggested that in Subud, our social and humanitarian work should be funded by profit-making enterprises run by Subud members. So the relationship between Enterprise and Social work has always been key to achieving results for our fellow human beings. (more…)

Opportunities for Entrepreneurs and Enterprises at the 2018 World Congress

SESI Chair Hadrian Fraval outlines how to get involved and to present your enterprise at Freiburg – including some excellent display opportunities for those interested. (more…)

The $100,000 Projects Fund

Get ready to pitch your enterprise or not-for-profit project at Congress. Projects associated with any of the wings are welcome. By Osanna Vaughn. (more…)

Subud Enterprise Goes Into Orbit

A sneak peek at a new app invested in by Usaha Mulia BV that will launch in Freiburg. (more…)

Simple Ways to be a Contributor Towards an Enterprising World Congress

Believe in the importance of enterprise? Hadrian outlines six simple ways how you could make a difference in Freiburg. (more…)

Inclusion – Unity and More

Osanna wonders if to some extent we may have forgotten the role of enterprise? (more…)

A Women’s Enterprise Hub at Freiberg

Calling all Women Entrepreneurs, Kalimantan pioneer Gay Thavisin would love to get you all together at Congress and form a network that stays together afterwards. (more…)

After Basara

Hadrian asked all the young people who received funding at the Basara project showcase to describe the outcome and their experience as a result. Guillaume, Anwar, Audrey & Rosalia, Hamdan, Osanne, Elias and Kibti had a chance to respond this time around. (more…)

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"So Bapak’s prayer for all of you is: Do not ever cease to think of enterprises. We are already beginning to pioneer the way in this direction. We are beginning to discern the way by which we have to go: the way to happiness for all Subud members who have received the gift of God Almighty through the latihan kejiwaan of Subud."
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