Robert Earl Burton founded The Fellowship of Friends in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1970. Burton modeled his own group after that of Alex Horn, loosely borrowing from the Fourth Way teachings of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky. In recent years, the Fellowship has cast its net more broadly, embracing any spiritual tradition that includes (or can be interpreted to include) the notion of "presence."

The Fellowship of Friends exhibits the hallmarks of a "doomsday religious cult," wherein Burton exercises absolute authority, and demands loyalty and obedience. He warns that his is the only path to consciousness and eternal life. Invoking his gift of prophecy, he has over the years prepared his flock for great calamities (e.g. a depression in 1984, the fall of California in 1998, nuclear holocaust in 2006, and most recently the October 2018 "Fall of California Redux.")

According to Burton, Armageddon still looms in our future and when it finally arrives, non-believers shall perish while, through the direct intervention and guidance from 44 angels (recently expanded to 81 angels, including himself and his divine father, Leonardo da Vinci), Burton and his followers shall be spared, founding a new and more perfect civilization. Read more about the blog.

Presented in a reverse chronology, the Fellowship's history may be navigated via the "Blog Archive" located in the sidebar below.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Robert Burton's inability to "be the words"

"Right action is the way the Self proceeds in relation to conscience."

- Robert Burton, Via Del Sol January 16, 1973  Volume 2  Number 13

Robert Burton at Mount Carmel (aka The Farm), 1974. Photo: Drew Kampion

[ed. - Robert Burton's preoccupation with sex has been described in many testimonies to be on a most carnal level. The following quotations from 1972 show Robert ("R.") has been incapable of "being the words" he has preached from the very beginning.]

 "Via Del Sol" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, August 7, 2007:

Early in its history, the Fellowship of Friends produced a printed publication (published approximately once a week), called “Via Del Sol”. This issue (Volume 2 Number 9, December 19th 1972) featured a collection of Robert Burton’s intellectual gems and purest distillation of his high understanding on the subject of sex. Italics are in the original.

Physical sex, in its deepest meaning, is designed to perpetuate the species, and insure nature of a vehicle for transmitting planetary and celestial influences to the earth. Man’s physical pleasures are secondary to this aim, and, in general, a by–product of nature’s hidden aim.

The sex center is not an intelligent brain. It has a dull, plant–like intelligence. At times, it is quite a vulgar brain, and may be easily aroused by uncivilized levels of intelligence.

If a person has a full relationship with another, then sex may be a part of the whole. Without this factor, then one is in tramp and their sex life does not relate well with the mass or whole of their being.

Humans have been tricked by having their sex organs covered or hidden since birth, making them appear mysterious. This is why some people move from person to person having sex. They try to discover (or steal) what is hidden about the other person, and having found the secret move onto another person seeking the same hollow goal.

To have sexual relations with a partner who is at a lower level of being is to be in tramp. Flirtations are a form of tramp in sex and are sex energy leaks.

Martians, as a [body] type, have the least need or desire to abstain from sex. Mercuries follow them in this area.

The machine creates enormous quantities of sex energy; nevertheless, whan we lose sex energy, it can be a weary day.

Most men deviate in the quest for their Self by being engulfed in a woman’s problems, which she often offers a man as a means to gain his attention. Women put themselves to sleep by being conditioned to accept a subservient role to men. This refers to machines in both cases and not thyself. One of the ways schools in the past avoided this mechanical manifestation was through monasteries. The higher we can raise our level, it will be seen we are a vacuum moving amongst life, each a monastery amongst humanity.

It is not generally harmful for students to be at a level in their life where they are confused about sex aims. They may fluctuate between a desire to engage in sex and a desire to abstain. Remember the Self is born as a result of friction; and sex is most often an area of friction.

The sex center is a machine designed to seek out its magnetic opposite in physical union. It does not care for abstinence or transcending itself.

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Jennings Brown reports on 3-year investigation of Fellowship of Friends

[ed. - The following podcast announcement comes from The series also receives mentions on Distractify, FanSided, geektyrant, Gizmodo,, and sidekick.]

A doomsday cult in Northern California known by wine lovers for their vintage is set to be the subject of a new podcast series from Blumhouse Television and Vespucci.

Spotify will launch Revelations, which premieres on October 3, hosted by The Gateway’s Jennings Brown.

The six-part series tells the story of the Fellowship of Friends, which was founded by Robert Earl Burton, an East Bay schoolteacher who began preaching out of a van in Berkeley in the 1960s before founding the fellowship in 1970 and building it up to around 2,500 members.

The group ran the successful Renaissance Vineyard and Winery between 1982 and 2015.

The series comes from Spotify’s Parcast, created in partnership with Blumhouse Television and Vespucci, the company behind Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s Mask of Sanity audio series and Mamoudou Athie’s Chighali. Gilded Audio also produces.

“The echos of NXIVM in Revelations are sadly all too familiar, and make this story Jennings Brown uncovered all the more necessary listening,” said Chris McCumber, president Blumhouse Television.

“After three years of meticulous and unflinching reporting from Jennings, we are delighted for this story to finally come to light. Jennings has an uncanny ability to balance the tightrope of hard hitting journalism and intimate portraits of survival,” added Vespucci co-founders Daniel Turcan and Johnny Galvin.

Jennings Brown added, “I’m glad to finally be sharing the story of the Fellowship of Friends, its members, and its survivors—and I hope this series leaves listeners with a better understanding of the dynamics of spiritual abuse. I appreciate that Vespucci and Gilded Audio understood and supported this story from the beginning, and I’m grateful that Blumhouse Television, Parcast, and Spotify are helping us tell it.”



The Fellowship of Friends is an elite and secretive spiritual organization. Ex-members say it’s a doomsday cult and that its leader, Robert Earl Burton, preys on his followers. On October 20, 2018, journalist Jennings Brown was at the Fellowship’s extravagant compound, observing the final black-tie dinner before the end of the world. Robert had predicted the apocalypse was going to begin the next morning and Jennings wanted to report on the community as it prepared for a global catastrophe. But Jennings soon realized the end-times prophecy was just the beginning of the story. He’d spend the next three years investigating the Fellowship and its dark secrets. Revelations is a Spotify Original from Parcast. Produced by Blumhouse Television, Vespucci, Gilded Audio, Jennings Brown, and Dan Rosato. Hosted by Jennings Brown.

If you have any information you’d like to share about the Fellowship of Friends, please email or leave a voicemail at 347-480-3527.

This series includes discussions of sexual violence. If you are a survivor of sexual assault and need to talk to someone, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.4673 or visit If you are outside the U.S., Pathways Safety International can be reached at 833.SAFE.833.









Saturday, September 18, 2021

The fourth way to nowhere is published

The fourth way to nowhere by Martin Braybrooke

The fourth way to nowhere: The search for cosmic consciousness and the triumph of the ordinary

a quest for the meaning of life, a critical analysis of the esoteric system of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky,
and my 27-years in a fourth way cult

By Martin Braybrooke

[ed. - Martin was a member of the Fellowship of Friends for 27 years. His blog can be found here.]

"44thWay" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, August 26, 2021:

My book, ‘The fourth way to nowhere’ is almost ready. Readers of this forum will probably feel that I pull some of my punches, and some may prefer that I would have performed a more overtly aggressive demolition. Certainly some of the material on this forum and on the REB blog would merit that. However I have explicitly confined my commentary to what I myself witnessed, referring readers to the blog in the footnotes, and I think in the end the demolition is quite thorough. Perhaps it will lure some current members into reading it. I have not used my real name for personal reasons, although I would not be ashamed to be associated with what I have written if that were my only concern. I hope at least some of you will buy the book and post honest reviews on Amazon, even if you hate the book.

 Author's introduction on Amazon:

My father was by turns a Quaker, a Catholic and a Buddhist, my mother an atheist, and my primary school teacher believed that her dog was the reincarnation of her previous dog. Thus I grew up a natural skeptic. It is odd, therefore, that I ended up believing a large number of the unprovable fragments of an unknown teaching that is Ouspensky and Gurdfjieff's fourth way, as embellished by the leader of a modern fourth way cult.

This book is a careful critique of a whole set of beliefs related to, but not exclusive to, the fourth way path of inner development. At the same time it is a personal history of how the author, despite a modern education, got drawn into a cult, and believed (to quote the White Queen in Alice), at least 'six impossible things before breakfast.'

Those readers already familiar with the fourth way, and perhaps even members of one or other of the organisations that have sprung up in connection with it, should find the analysis in this book useful and perhaps challenging. There are indeed ideas in the fourth way worth considering, not least the idea of self-remembering, which has a lot in common with more recent movements such as mindfulness. There are other ideas which are questionable, or remain to be proven, such as the fourth state of consciousness or the idea of recurrence: Ouspensky's version of re-incarnation. No genuine seeker after truth should be deterred from asking her- or himself, "what do I really know, what is merely provisional, and what is likely to turn out to be wrong?"

This is also a plea that one aim of any spiritual or psychological practice or movement should be kindness, if humanity is to survive the various catastrophes that now threaten it, and an assertion that aspirants to self-development can arrive, with the right efforts, at a place where it is no small achievement to be content to be ordinary.

Monday, July 26, 2021

Dorian Matei involved in Browns Valley crash

Robert Burton and heir apparent Dorian Matei


[ed. - (NOTE: This post has been updated, as I previously reported incorrectly that one of the motorcycle riders died in the collision. I have placed this post in the timeline on the date the accident occurred.) The following article comes from the Johnson Attorney Group.]

YUBA COUNTY, Calif. (July 26, 2021) — A Browns Valley Road motorcycle accident happened Monday afternoon at Marysville Road.

The collision happened about 1:02 p.m. on July 26th on road also known as State Highway 20, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Two motorcycle riders and a white Toyota Sienna minivan collided due to unknown circumstances at the intersection. The two-way roadway has double yellow lines and there is a stop sign for motorists on Marysville Road, but not on the highway. Also, there is a 76 Service Station at the corner of the intersection. It’s unknown what actually led to the collision at this time.

Tow trucks removed all three vehicles from the crash scene including the Harley-Davidson Road King and a Harley-Davidson Fat Boy, the report said.

Paramedics responded due to at least one person suffering major injuries. The CHP report [below] did not provide any further details about the collision at this time.

However, this article will be updated as more information is made available. 

Investigators seek to determine liability for the Browns Valley motorcycle accident.


[ed. - Dorian Matei, Robert Earl Burton's presumed successor, was driving the Fellowship of Friends-owned Toyota Sienna minivan involved in this collision with two motorcycles. While we have few details about the accident, a Washington State law firm representing the two motorcyclists injured in the collision has assigned a private investigator to the case. A GoFundMe campaign has been launched by the couple's daughter: Mike and Sherri's Medical Fund. The following statements appear on that campaign's webpage:]

Mike and Sherri were involved in a motorcycle accident on July 26 2021 while on a road trip. They were traveling to their next destination along Highway 20 in California when they were struck by a van. Both Mike and Sherri have sustained substantial injuries.

Sherri is in Sacramento, CA, where she is continuing to receive care from the trauma team in the ICU for her critical injuries.

Mike is in Marysville, CA recovering from a head injury and awaiting surgery to repair a shattered leg along with other injuries.

All contributions will go towards medical costs for Mike and Sherri and to assist the family's ability to be by their side during this time. We appreciate your help and keep us in your thoughts.

Thank you.

Venmo can be used as an alternative.



August 11, 2021 by Shannon TomakOrganizer
My family and I would like to say thank you to all who have donated and helped share our story, we are truly grateful.

Mike is being released from the hospital after a series of successful surgeries to repair his leg. He will be continuing to recover with physical and cognitive therapy over the next several months.

Sherri is continuing to receive care in the ICU to regain consciousness. This will be an extremely long road to recovery over the next several months to years. Our goal is get Sherri back to Washington where she can be with her family as soon as possible.

This is an extremely difficult time for our family. We will continue to do our best to update as we learn more in the weeks and months to come.
[ed. - Below is a transcript of the California Highway Patrol radio communications following the collision. Source:]


Monday, July 12, 2021

What Makes a Cult a Cult?

[ed. - The following is from The New Yorker July 12 & 19, 2021 issue. The New Yorker podcast of this story is also available.]

All of us hold some beliefs for which there is no compelling evidence.Illustration by Cristiana Couceiro; 
Source photographs from Corbis / Getty; Ferd Kaufman / AP (Children of God); Haruyoshi Yamaguchi /
 Alamy (Aum); Frédéric Soltan / Corbis / Getty (Auroville); Sandhi Satria Graha / EyeEm / Getty
 (mountain); Keiko Hiromi / Alamy (flag)

What Makes a Cult a Cult?

The line between delusion and what the rest of us believe may be blurrier than we think.

Male cult leaders sometimes claim droit du seigneur over female followers or use physical violence to sexually exploit them. But, on the whole, they find it more efficient to dress up the exploitation as some sort of gift or therapy: an opportunity to serve God, an exorcism of “hangups,” a fast track to spiritual enlightenment. One stratagem favored by Keith Raniere, the leader of the New York-based self-help cult NXIVM, was to tell the female disciples in his inner circle that they had been high-ranking Nazis in their former lives, and that having yogic sex with him was a way to shift the residual bad energy lurking in their systems.

According to Sarah Berman, whose book “Don’t Call It a Cult” (Steerforth) focusses on the experiences of NXIVM’s women members, Raniere was especially alert to the manipulative uses of shame and guilt. When he eventually retired his Nazi story—surmising, perhaps, that there were limits to how many reincarnated S.S. officers one group could plausibly contain—he replaced it with another narrative designed to stimulate self-loathing. He told the women that the privileges of their gender had weakened them, turned them into prideful “princesses,” and that, in order to be freed from the prison of their mewling femininity, they needed to submit to a program of discipline and suffering. This became the sales spiel for the NXIVM subgroup DOS (Dominus Obsequious Sororium, dog Latin for “Master of the Obedient Sisterhood”), a pyramid scheme of sexual slavery in which members underwrote their vow of obedience to Raniere by having his initials branded on their groins and handing over collateral in the form of compromising personal information and nude photos. At the time of Raniere’s arrest, in 2018, on charges of sex trafficking, racketeering, and other crimes, DOS was estimated to have more than a hundred members and it had been acquiring equipment for a B.D.S.M. dungeon. Among the orders: a steel puppy cage, for those members “most committed to growth.”

Given that NXIVM has already been the subject of two TV documentary series, a podcast, four memoirs, and a Lifetime movie, it would be unfair to expect Berman’s book to present much in the way of new insights about the cult. Berman provides some interesting details about Raniere’s background in multilevel-marketing scams and interviews one of Raniere’s old schoolmates, who remembers him, unsurprisingly, as an insecure bully. However, to the central question of how “normal” women wound up participating in Raniere’s sadistic fantasies, she offers essentially the same answer as everyone else. They were lured in by Raniere’s purportedly life-changing self-actualization “tech” (a salad of borrowings from est, Scientology, and Ayn Rand) and then whacked with a raft of brainwashing techniques. They were gaslit, demoralized, sleep-deprived, put on starvation diets, isolated from their friends and families, and subjected to a scientifically dubious form of psychotherapy known as neurolinguistic programming. Raniere was, as the U.S. Attorney whose office prosecuted the case put it, “a modern-day Svengali” and his followers were mesmerized pawns.

Until very recently, Berman argues, we would not have recognized the victimhood of women who consented to their own abuse: “It has taken the #MeToo movement, and with it a paradigm shift in our understanding of sexual abuse, to even begin to realize that this kind of ‘complicity’ does not disqualify women . . . from seeking justice.” This rather overstates the case, perhaps. Certainly, the F.B.I. had been sluggish in responding to complaints about NXIVM, and prosecutors were keener to pursue the cult in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, but, with or without #MeToo, the legal argument against a man who used the threat of blackmail to keep women as his branded sex slaves would have been clear. In fact, Berman and others, in framing the NXIVM story as a #MeToo morality tale about coerced consent, are prone to exaggerate Raniere’s mind-controlling powers. The fact that Raniere collected kompromat from DOS members strongly suggests that his psychological coercion techniques were not, by themselves, sufficient to keep women acquiescent. A great many people were, after all, able to resist his spiral-eyed ministrations: they met him, saw a sinister little twerp with a center part who insisted on being addressed as “Vanguard,” and, sooner or later, walked away.

It is also striking that the degree of agency attributed to NXIVM members seems to differ depending on how reprehensible their behavior in the cult was. While brainwashing is seen to have nullified the consent of Raniere’s DOS “slaves,” it is generally not felt to have diminished the moral or legal responsibility of women who committed crimes at his behest. Lauren Salzman and the former television actor Allison Mack, two of the five NXIVM women who have pleaded guilty to crimes committed while in the cult, were both DOS members, and arguably more deeply in Raniere’s thrall than most. Yet the media have consistently portrayed them as wicked “lieutenants” who cast themselves beyond the pale of sympathy by “choosing” to deceive and harm other women.

The term “brainwashing” was originally used to describe the thought-reform techniques developed by the Maoist government in China. Its usage in connection with cults began in the early seventies. Stories of young people being transformed into “Manchurian Candidate”-style zombies stoked the paranoia of the era and, for a time, encouraged the practice of kidnapping and “deprogramming” cult members. Yet, despite the lasting hold of brainwashing on the public imagination, the scientific community has always regarded the term with some skepticism. Civil-rights organizations and scholars of religion have strenuously objected to using an unproven—and unprovable—hypothesis to discredit the self-determination of competent adults. Attempts by former cult members to use the “brainwashing defense” to avoid conviction for crimes have repeatedly failed. Methods of coercive persuasion undoubtedly exist, but the notion of a foolproof method for destroying free will and reducing people to robots is now rejected by almost all cult experts. Even the historian and psychiatrist Robert Lifton, whose book “Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism” (1961) provided one of the earliest and most influential accounts of coercive persuasion, has been careful to point out that brainwashing is neither “all-powerful” nor “irresistible.” In a recent volume of essays, “Losing Reality” (2019), he writes that cultic conversion generally involves an element of “voluntary self-surrender.”

If we accept that cult members have some degree of volition, the job of distinguishing cults from other belief-based organizations becomes a good deal more difficult. We may recoil from Keith Raniere’s brand of malevolent claptrap, but, if he hadn’t physically abused followers and committed crimes, would we be able to explain why NXIVM is inherently more coercive or exploitative than any of the “high demand” religions we tolerate? For this reason, many scholars choose to avoid the term “cult” altogether. Raniere may have set himself up as an unerring source of wisdom and sought to shut his minions off from outside influence, but apparently so did Jesus of Nazareth. The Gospel of Luke records him saying, “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.” Religion, as the old joke has it, is just “a cult plus time.”

Acknowledging that joining a cult requires an element of voluntary self-surrender also obliges us to consider whether the very relinquishment of control isn’t a significant part of the appeal. In HBO’s NXIVM documentary, “The Vow,” a seemingly sadder and wiser former member says, “Nobody joins a cult. Nobody. They join a good thing, and then they realize they were fucked.” The force of this statement is somewhat undermined when you discover that the man speaking is a veteran not only of NXIVM but also of Ramtha’s School of Enlightenment, a group in the Pacific Northwest led by a woman who claims to channel the wisdom of a “Lemurian warrior” from thirty-five thousand years ago. To join one cult may be considered a misfortune; to join two looks like a predilection for the cult experience.

Friday, April 23, 2021

The Fellowship of Friends global recruiting network

Robert Earl Burton's Fellowship of Friends cult logo
[ed. - According to a former Fellowship member, Robert Burton admitted that his name, and that of the Fellowship of Friends, are "radioactive" on the internet. To avoid negative publicity, and at the same time lure seekers from other spiritual traditions, the Fellowship assumes a myriad of disguises, as suggested by the following list.

The websites below are generally grouped according to their primary target market. Fellowship contacts are also located in Amsterdam, Beirut, Bogota, Brussels, Budapest, Copenhagen, Ljubljana, Prague, San Salvador, Sao Paulo, Yerevan, and Zurich. At the bottom of this post are sites critical of Robert Burton and the Fellowship. Updated April 2021.]

Recuerdo de sí (Unofficial) (Spanish) (Inactive)
Fellowship of Friends - Centro de Buenos Aires (Facebook) (Spanish)
Mystery and Civilizations (Unofficial) (Inactive)
Fraternidade de Amigos (Portuguese) (Inactive)
Fourth Way School - Toronto (Facebook) (English)
Living Presence Santiago (Facebook) (Spanish)
[ed. - The following Fellowship sites are managed by Walther Sell.]
The Fourth Way and Esoteric Traditions (Chinese)
The Fourth Way and Esoteric Traditions (English and Chinese)
The Fourth Way and Esoteric Traditions (Facebook) (English)
The Great Way: Journey to the West (English and Chinese)
Journey to the West (Facebook) (English)
The Secret of the Golden Flower (English)
The Taoist I Ching (English)
Ouspensky Gurdjieff  (Facebook) (English) (Inactive)
Fellowship of Friends Paris (Facebook) (French and English)
Rappel de Soi - Paris (Facebook) (French) (Inactive)
Der Vierte Weg Deutschland (Facebook) (German)
Fourth Way School - Athens (Facebook) (Greek and English)
The Art of Divine Presence (Greek)
A JELENLÉT MŰVÉSZETE (Hungarian) (Inactive)
Robert Earl Burton: Önemlékezés Út az öröklétbe (Hungarian) (Obsolete)
FoF India (Facebook) (English)
Fof - Mumbai India (Facebook) (English)
Fourth Way India - Rajkot (Facebook) (English)
Fourth Way School India - Ahmedabad (Facebook) (English)
Living Fourthway Presence (Facebook) (Gujarati and English)
Fellowship of Friends - Tel Aviv (Facebook) | בית ספר של (English and Hebrew)
Jerusalem of the soul (Facebook) (English and Hebrew) (Inactive)
Il ricordo di sé. Pratica e tradizione spirituale. (Facebook - Closed Group) (Italian)
Questione di Presenza: Il lavoro in una scuola spirituale (YouTube) (Italian)
Scuola di Quarta Via - Gurdjieff Ouspensky (Facebook) (Italian)
Self Remembering | 自己想起 Japan (Facebook) (Japanese)
Symbols of Presence in the Japanese Culture (English and Japanese)
The Fourth Way and Esoteric Traditions | グルジェフ「第四の道」と「秘教的な伝統」 (Facebook) (Japanese)
Escuela del Cuarto Camino - Monterrey (Facebook) (Spanish)
Fellowship of Friends Tijuana-San Diego (Facebook) (Spanish) (Inactive)
Recordandonos (Spanish) (Inactive)
Amsterdam Being Present Meetup (English) (Inactive)
Living Presence - Amsterdam (Dutch) (Inactive)
Levende Tilstedeværelse Oslo - Fjerde Veis Skole (Facebook) (Norwegian)
Fourth Way School - Bucharest (Facebook) (Romanian)
Esoteric School (Russian)
Fourth Way School | Школа Четвертого пути (Russian)
Fourth Way School | Школа Четвертого пути (Facebook) (Russian)
IKIRU a theater of awakening (Facebook) (Russian) (Inactive)
Онлайн школа четвертого пути: четвертый путь - система, теория, практика (Russian)
Fellowship of Friends - Centro de España (Facebook) (Spanish)
Dördüncü Yol Okulu - Fourth Way School (Facebook) (Turkish)

Dördüncü Yol Okulu Türkiye (Instagram) (Turkish)

Dördüncü Yol Türkiye (Twitter) (Turkish) (Inactive)
Школа Четвёртого Пути, Киев - Fourth Way School Kiev (Facebook) (Russian)
Онлайн школа четвертого пути: четвертый путь - система, теория, практика (Russian)
Fourth Way London/Living Presence (Twitter) (English)
Fourth Way School UK (Facebook) (English)
The New Age (Fourth Way Harmony) Meditation Center (Facebook) (English)
The Prize is Eternity (Facebook) (English)
Apollo Arts (YouTube channel) (English)

ApolloMoments (YouTube channel) (English)

Fellowship of Friends/Blogspot (Google Blogger) (English) (Inactive)

Fellowship of Friends Videos (YouTube channel) (English) (Inactive)

Fellowship of Friends (Wordpress blog) (English) (Inactive)

Fourth Way Today (English)

Fourth Way Today Podcasts (English)

Fourth Way Tweets (Twitter) (English)

Gurdjieff Ouspensky Self-observation (Facebook) (English) (William Scholte and David Tuttle, Administrators)

Let's Talk about The Gurdjieff Work (Facebook) (English) (Public group exploited by Fellowship of Friends recruiters)

Living Presence (English)

Living Presence (Facebook) (English)

Living Presence - North America (Facebook) (English)

livingpresence44 (Instagram) (English)

Propylaia (Inner Circle Squared) (The Fellowship of Friends member portal)

Robert Earl Burton - A Fourth Way Teacher for Today (English)

Robert Earl Burton: Thoughts from a Fourth Way Teacher (English)

Robert's TweetHearts (Twitter) (English) (Robert Earl Burton's Twitter page)

The Art of Divine Presence (English) (Inactive)

The Fellowship of Friends Apollo University (English) (Inactive)

The Fourth Way (Pinterest)  (English) (Julian Branston's site) (Inactive)

The Fourth Way (Google +) (English) (William Page's site) (Closed April 2, 2019)

The Fourth Way and Esoteric Traditions (Facebook)  (English) (Walther Sell, Administrator)

The 4th Way - Gurdjieff - Ouspensky (Facebook) (English) (Public group exploited by Fellowship of Friends recruiters)

Theatre Classics (English) (Nicolas Walker's Square Talk Productions YouTube channel)


Fellowship of Friends/Fourth Way/Living Presence cult Ouspensky-Gurdjieff masthead


Spiritualia (Dutch)
Prevensectes Fellowship of Friends Database (French)
Dopo la Fellowship of Friends: Una libera discussione sul lavoro su di sé (Italian)

Il Credino  ("Robert E. Burton e la Fellowship of Friends/La Presenza") (Italian)

Tutto quello che avreste dovuto sapere sulla Fellowship of Friends (Italian)
"Fellowship of Fools" (Russian)

Трезвый взгляд на Fellowship of Friends (Russian) (CAUTION: may be virus-infected)

Сенсационная версия «могущества» Гурджиева, его философия, танцы и эннеаграмма (Russian) (See: 3:51:00)
El Pais - Icon Design (Spanish)
Özgür Zihin (Turkish)
Cult Education Institute (formerly Rick A. Ross Institute)

Cults, Militias, Odd and Dangerous People (The Fellowship is cataloged with dark and sinister groups)

Cult Survivor's Handbook

Fellowship of Friends (Wikipedia) (Archived on this blog, the hotly-contested Wikipedia draft, which moderators eventually abandoned.)

Fellowship of Friends (Wikipedia - current article)

Fellowship of Friends (Wikispaces) (Link no longer active, however material from that page is found throughout this blog. In such cases, the Wikispaces source is cited.)

Fellowship of Friends Discussion Blog (This series of three blogs contains nearly 100,000 comments about the Fellowship of Friends:)
Animam Recro – Fellowship of Friends – a cult for intellectuals
Part 1 through Part 10

The Fellowship of Friends Discussion – Free speech is a dirty business
Part 11 through Part 33

Fellowship Of Friends/Fourth Way School/Living Presence Discussion
Part 34 through current page (On this Wordpress blog, navigate between pages by typing the desired page number into "search" box.)

Freedom of Mind Center (Steven Hassan's website)

Internet Archive

Parcast EP68 "Fellowship of Friends" - Robert Earl Burton (Podcast)

Parcast EP69 "Fellowship of Friends" Pt. 2 - Robert Earl Burton (Podcast)

"Prezi" presentations (various) (These may be products of school studies concerning cults.)
Cult Project by Mattie R - September 19, 2013

The Fellowship of Friends by Ethan Milsark - December 5, 2016

The Fellowship of Friends by Natalie Kaye and Odelia Forman - December 20, 2016
Robert Earl Burton and The Fellowship of Friends (your current location)

Robert Earl Burton and The Fellowship of Friends (Facebook)

Robert Earl Burton and The Fellowship of Friends (YouTube channel) (by "Cult Survivor")

"StrangerInAStrangeLand" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, January 12, 2018:
Just discovered the Fourth Way and was looking for a school and a FB Fourth Way group told me there was a group close to me, I contacted them and had my first meeting …. was taken aback when at the end of the meeting it was announced with great flair that the group was part of FOF. This was after I was sternly told about the “rules” and that they wanted $150/month or 10% of my earnings to “join”. I wasn’t too happy about it. Then I went to the internet and found the “Be” (Asaf Braverman), didn’t know at the time of HIS FOF association, so joined that instead. Then he sent me a note …how did you hear about the Fourth Way …. I wrote back and said I was looking to study, but wanted to avoid any FOF controlled groups … never hear back of course! Looks like I’ve totally dodged a bullet on this one. I got some very distinct flashes of danger and thank everybody for posting this information about FOF on the internet where it can be found and assimilated before any damage has been done. I’ll read Ouspensky on my own. Gurdjieff is a bit hard to follow. Cheers!

Friday, March 12, 2021

"Cult Vibes: Fellowship of Friends"

[ed. - "Happy Hour Gets Weird" podcast hosts Cassie and Tiffany report on their research into Robert Burton and The Fellowship of Friends.]

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