About WSA

The World Subud Association

The World Subud Association (WSA) is the international organization for the worldwide Subud community.

Subud is a spiritual exercise or training called the ‘latihan’ which is open to people of any religion or belief. Through this practice, a person may spontaneously experience inner changes that allow one to be more fully human, more sensitive to higher values and usually manifest themselves in a person’s everyday pursuits. Subud involves no doctrine and is not based on following a particular teaching; beliefs are formed based on each individual personal experience.

WSA is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit entity incorporated in the District of Columbia, USA, and currently, 54 national organizations of Subud are members of the WSA. Please see below our Subud worldwide organization.

The main purposes of WSA are to serve the members and to facilitate the development of Subud and Subud activities in the world. WSA provides services to Subud members such as information exchange, publications of Bapak’s and Ibu Rahayu’s talks, and Subud news, and also coordinates support with other Subud organizations for the attainment of latihan premises. WSA organizes international congresses and gatherings and it facilitates activities, programs and projects, which express our shared experience.

Our Aim


To facilitate the worship of Almighty God through the Latihan Kejiwaan of Subud and to provide for the other needs of the Subud membership.


To Preserve the practice of the Latihan Kejiwaan so that it will remain available to people everywhere in the form in which it was originally practiced under the guidance of Muhammad Subuh Sumohadiwidjojo.


To protect the good reputation of Subud.


To encourage peace, harmony and understanding between peoples regardless of their ethnic origin or religion.


To provide educational and other facilities for the development of the full potential of human beings.


To relieve poverty and deprivation.


To encourage the development of a healthy and harmonious inner and outer environment for the well being of mankind.


To encourage cultural activities and the values which enliven and enrich the human spirit.


To encourage the entrepreneurial spirit which enables people to express their true talents and develop the capacity to improve the quality of their lives.


To make available information concerning the Latihan Kejiwaan of Subud.

Our Team

Meet the Team

The team ensures the aims and mission of the WSA and world congress resolutions are carried out. The WSA chair represents Subud in the world and advocates membership concerns. The deputy supports the overall mission. The executive committee maintains the day-to-day operation of WSA and organizes the next world congress. The Zone Representatives represent the member countries in the WSA.

This picture shows the WSA Chair – Nahum Harlap (top middle) and WSA Executive Chair – Suyono Sumohadiwidjojo (top right) with the Zone Representative of Zone 1 to 9, and the WSA Secretary/Administrator (WSA 2018-2024)