Introduction


This portrait of the controversial "conscious teacher" Robert Earl Burton, founder of The Fellowship of Friends, stands in stark contrast to the cult's alluring
Living Presence and Ark in Time Network websites.

Much of the material presented here is derived from three primary sources:
The Fellowship of Friends - Living Presence Discussion, the Internet Archive, and the Fellowship of Friends wiki project.

Wednesday, February 28, 1996

Creative marketing

The Fellowship is known throughout the wine industry for its attempts to barter. Wine is offered in trade for virtually anything that is needed. Most summarily dismiss such proposals as ill-conceived, if not downright illegal.

The St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco features Renaissance wines, but they are being sold on consignment, a violation of Federal and state law!

Thursday, February 1, 1996

Fellowship of Friends featured in Elle Magazine

[ed. - This is an Internet Archive capture of the Fellowship webpage.]


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ELLE Magazine 1996
Yuba County, CA, is better known for rattlesnakes and lousy coffee than for wine and spirituality. But the Renaissance Winery and its surrounding community are working to change that. The vineyard has come a long way since its meager first harvest in 1978. (The crop was so small it took only ten minutes to pick.) And the Fellowship of Friends, as the winery’s organization is known, has started to draw crowds. The group’s members (2,000 worldwide) follow the teachings of mystics George Gurdjieff and P. D. Ouspensky and believe that the challenge of life is spiritual evolution. At Renaissance that purpose seems clear: The Friends have developed an orchestra, a dance company, a rare-book bindery, and the most manicured rose garden this side of Versailles. Some help out in the winery, which has produced an award-winning Cabernet and a rich, honeyed Riesling, others simply come to soak up the intellectual fare. Nonmembers don’t have to buy into the philosophy, but they are welcome to stop in for a performance, a meal at the bistro, or just to find out how Renaissance is redefining the term “wine and spirits.” Alice Feiring


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