Green Shoots at SICA Britain
Rohana Darlington writes about signs of new life.
After a period of turmoil in Subud Britain, focused on heated disagreements about a proposed property purchase, I was heartened to learn of some more encouraging developments. With the pandemic still rife in our country, people are nevertheless trying to discover how to live their lives differently with the virus. During lockdown, many members have been working hard behind the scenes and one of the results is a re-vamped SICA Britain website.
This is a remarkable achievement, featuring a variety of Subud artists’ creative projects including all kinds of personal expression from painting through sculpture to manufactured items and theatrical performances. Do visit it at www.sicabritain.co.uk to discover more. Or contact Marianna Lassalle, SICA Britain Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in acquiring any item on the site.
SICA Britain are currently applying to become a charity with the aim of offering education, mentoring, grants and support for cultural endeavours that enhance the development of humanity and the environment through the arts, culture and the sciences.
They aim eventually to run an eCommerce website that will enable members to directly sell their products, services, workshops and events to the public. Members would give 15% of each sale to SICA Britain to enable these activities to progress. Recently there have been a number of zoom meetings concerned with how to develop enterprises and there is to be an actual in-person meeting at Bristol in mid-November.
I was particularly interested to read about the plan to develop an eCommerce website as this would be such a good way to raise funds for Subud. Recently I participated in a fundraising effort in aid of SDIA (Susila Dharma International Association) to support their many humanitarian projects. Organized by Ruminah Benoy, a competition featuring designs for greeting cards, inspired by people’s experiences during lockdown, was advertised.
I entered a design I created after a trip to my son and daughter-in-law’s garden pond, as we were only allowed to meet out of doors. My design of irises and dragonflies skimming over the still water was one of the designs selected and the cards sold gave people a lot of pleasure and benefited the charity.
As it happened, as a professional designer I’d been working on a collection of images for greeting cards and this is just one example of how selling goods on a SICA Britain eCommerce website could work well. In the UK, it’s estimated that each person buys an average of 30 cards a year, so funds could soon accumulate from just this one category of goods.
So, it was really great to learn that despite all our differences we can all come together in this constructive way. Let’s hope these green shoots can burst forth into other productive projects.
[Reprinted from Subud Voice, December 2021]
PEACE GREETING CARDS
Angel of Peace
Dove of Peace
Designed by SICA artist Rohana Darlington, these are now available with 15% from each sale to SICA funds.
Two different designs on the theme of peace:
ANGEL OF PEACE & DOVE OF PEACE, they are both 6” x 6” (15.5cm x 15.5cm) printed on white card with white envelopes, blank inside for your own message.
They are sold in packs of 4, (2 of each design) and are £10.00 including postage and packing, supplied in padded envelopes.
To order, please email Rohana at email@example.com so she can give you payment details. Thank you!