Introduction


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.")

But 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.

Many regard Robert Earl Burton a narcissist and sociopath, surrounded by a largely greed- and power-driven inner circle. The following pages offer abundant evidence supporting that conclusion.

This archive draws from official Fellowship publications and websites, news archives, court documents, cult education and awareness forums, the Internet Archive, the long-running Fellowship of Friends - Living Presence Discussion, the (former) Fellowship of Friends wikispace project, the (ill-fated) Fellowship Wikipedia page, and the editor's own 13-year experience in the Fellowship. Presented in a reverse chronology, the Fellowship's history may be navigated via the "Blog Archive" located in the sidebar below.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

"Robert Earl Burton meets one of his Russian lovers at the airport."

[ed. - The date of this video was not provided. See also "Cult Survivor's" YouTube channel.]

"Cult Survivor" posted on YouTube, April 23, 2019 and on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, May 2, 2019:


Video description: "Robert Earl Burton meeting a Russian lover at the Sacramento Airport. Burton is the founder and leader of the Fellowship of Friends (FOF), a religious organization in Oregon House (Northern California, USA) that's has been labeled as a cult by several experts. Burton is always surrounded by an entourage of young men from Russia and Eastern European countries and he has been sued for sexual abuse in the past."

"Exposing The Fellowship of Friends Cult and Robert Burton the Criminal"

"Eric Costa's" YouTube Channel "Exposing the Fellowship of Friends and Robert Burton the Criminal"
"Eric Costa's" YouTube channel as it appeared May 5, 2019

[ed. - "Eric Costa" (not his real name), a self-described former member of the Fellowship of Friends recently created a YouTube channel which included a series of videos titled "Exposing the Fellowship of Friends and Robert Burton the Criminal Parts 1, 2, and 3."

Eric states that he was recruited in May 2012 and was an "official member" for one year and an "unofficial member" for five years, leaving the Fellowship in 2018. (The distinction between "official" and "unofficial" is unclear.) Costa lived at Apollo for one month and claims to have been part of the Fellowship's "inner circle."

In Part 1, Costa speaks about the psychological effects of mind control within the cult, the Fellowship's training of "mind control handlers," and how this mind control led him to consider suicide.

In Part 2, he describes his month at Apollo and attending 90 to 100 teaching events.

Part 3 continues his narrative of life at Apollo, including the use there of "slave labor," and a description of how, on his final day in the cult, he disrupted a Fellowship meeting at the Galleria and confronted Robert Burton. Immediately following this, he was excommunicated and put on a train to Los Angeles.]

"Exposing The Fellowship of Friends Cult and Robert Burton the Criminal, Part 1" (excerpt)

"Exposing The Fellowship of Friends Cult and Robert Burton the Criminal, Part 2" (excerpt)

"Exposing The Fellowship of Friends Cult and Robert Burton the Criminal, Part 3" (excerpt)

Monday, April 15, 2019

"Robert seems to only want Fellowship members to survive"

[ed. - In recent days, a photo has emerged showing a letter to the Oregon House community that mysteriously appeared on the bulletin board of the Oregon House post office last October 5th. At a meeting of the Fellowship of Friends congregation that same day, Robert Burton addressed the treasonous act. Beneath the photo and text of the letter are portions of a discussion at the time about Burton's prophecy. See also: Fellowship of Friends to its neighbors: "We are 'conscious beings.' You are not."]

Cult leader Robert Earl Burton only wants Fellowship of Friends members to survive
"We have the letter, but we don’t want to show it...some people just can’t keep a secret. They just got to yack.
The queen of hearts can’t keep a secret. And we are not together with unconscious citizens in Oregon House.
We are not in this all together. We’re with angels and conscious beings.” - Robert Earl Burton, October 5, 2018.
(Posting courtesy of the United States Postal Service)

Text of letter:
October 5, 2018

Dear Oregon House friends and neighbors,

I am a member of the Fellowship of Friends. I need to remain anonymous, or risk being expelled.

I believe in the divinity of our leader, Robert Burton, and in his gift of prophesy. What I don't agree with is the Fellowship's position of not sharing Robert's prophesies with the larger, non-Fellowship, community. Robert seems to only want Fellowship members to survive what is coming.

Currently, Robert foresees a catastrophe occurring early in the morning of October 21.

That is a little over 2 weeks from now. He is being informed by a higher intelligence that California will fall into the ocean, and that the safe zone is above Loma Rica. More than 150 Fellowship members who live outside the area are planning to be in Oregon House during the next 3 weeks to witness the event. That in addition to over 500 members that already live in or near Oregon House.

I am sharing this information with you, which I believe to be true with all my heart, in order to put my conscience to rest. It is only right and fair that everyone receives this message, so you have the option of making preparations as you see fit, just as the Fellowship has been actively preparing for most of this year.

If you want more information, or to verify anything I have shared, you may try calling Fellowship President Greg Holman, at 692-2222, ext 8217. Note that he has not given his approval to be mentioned in this letter, and might not accept your phone call.

I wish everyone the best, firmly believing that wee will all be better, stronger, wiser and more compassionate as we get through this major trial together.

"Tim Campion" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, October 1, 2018:
I am very worried! With Higher Forces indicating to Robert Earl Burton that California may fall into the Pacific Ocean just three weeks from now (October 21st), isn’t it the CIVIC DUTY of Robert Burton, Greg Holman, Ethan Harris, Rowena Taylor, Dorian Matei, Nicholas Spaulding, and others to spread the alarm, to advise local authorities, the California Office of Emergency Services, the Federal Emergency Management Agency? Will the Fellowship of Friends, who proclaim themselves “good neighbors,” secretly plan for a catastrophe, the likes of which haven’t been witnessed since the days of Noah, while keeping their friends and neighbors in the dark? Has Yuba County Supervisor Randy Fletcher been quietly alerted so that he and his loved ones can shelter at Apollo along with Fellowship members arriving from around the globe? And where is The Press? The Appeal Democrat, Sacramento Bee, and others should be all over this breaking story!

"Insider" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, October 6, 2018:
An apocalypse update: Only 2 weeks to go before yet another “fall of California.” The big day is Sunday, Oct 21, early in the morning. Burton is predicting that the ocean will rise 800-900 feet, to about the level of nearby Loma Rica. Everything above that level will survive. 150 FF members from distant centers (especially Russia, Mexico and The Netherlands) will be visiting Apollo at that time, joining the 500+ already living in Oregon House. Burton is taking full financial advantage of the fear he himself has created by having 4 meetings per week (but soon to be 6 or 7), plus another 8 “teaching” events. If nothing else, the flock will be thoroughly fleeced by the time they return home on Oct 22.

"Insider" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, October 10, 2018:
At a recent meeting, Robert spoke at some length about a letter that appeared on the bulletin board at the [Oregon House] post office. He seemed quite disturbed by this act of treason. Apparently the letter alerted the larger community to the Oct 21 “fall of California.” He thinks it was a lady, a FF [Fellowship of Friends] member, who “needs to be in the kings more.”

Here are some highlights of Burton’s rant (parenthetical comments are mine):

“They (non-members) don’t care about the prediction.”

“If it happens (the “fall”), they’ll probably want to get away as soon as they can, because they want a normal life style, get back to electricity and cities.” (Is Burton projecting here?)

“There will be an exodus, probably. Who would want to stay here? You could hardly get in and out of the place.” (Some members were shocked at these words. It sounds like Burton would be the first to leave.)

“There’s no harm, except it’s not a person’s job to do this (share the prediction with the community). It’s for the teacher or the Board, and you don’t want too many chiefs and not enough injuns (sic). If you multiply that times everyone in the room, it’s chaos.”

“Some people just can’t keep a secret. They just got to yack.”

“We are not together with unconscious citizens in Oregon House. We are NOT (emphasized) in this all together. We’re with angels and conscious beings (as he waves his arm and acknowledges everyone in the room).”

[ed. - A witness to the Fellowship of Friends meeting provided the full context for the above quotations. Very generally, Burton's use of "in the queens" refers to volatile emotional responses, and "in the kings" to disciplined intellectual responses.]
“Do you know that someone put out an anonymous letter about the Fellowship working with this date? At the post office, they tacked it up (I think it was a lady), and she was in the queens, thinking she was in the kings. Now the postmaster saw it and removed it immediately and gave it to Greg Holman. But the last time we had a prediction, students would go into the Oregon House Store and they said, “Well, we expected to see you coming here on Gondolas today.” They don’t care about the prediction. It’s out of the question, really. If it happens, they’ll probably want to get away as soon as they can because they want a normal life style, get back to electricity and cities. There will be an exodus, probably. Who would want to stay here? You could hardly get in and out of the place. It doesn’t hurt us, the letter. It’s just sincere but misguided. Yes, and the queens think they are the kings, but they’re not. They don’t have the depth. And there’s no harm, except it’s not a person’s job to do this. It’s for the teacher or the board, and you don’t want too many chiefs and not enough injuns. If you multiply that times everyone in the room, it’s chaos. But overall, you’re handling it quite well. And the person who wrote the letter needs to be in the kings more. We have the letter, but we don’t want to show it. It’s just.. Also, some people just can’t keep a secret. They just got to yack. The queen of hearts can’t keep a secret. And we are not together with unconscious citizens in Oregon House. We are not in this all together. We’re with angels and conscious beings.” - Robert Earl Burton, October 5, 2018

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Celestial cognitive impairment?

Fellowship of Friends cult leader Robert Earl Burton, immersed in his bizarre vision of an earthly Paradise
Robert Earl Burton, immersed in his bizarre vision of an earthly Paradise

[ed. - Perhaps Robert Burton is receiving mixed messages from "Influence C" ("Higher Forces," the gods) or maybe his fading mental faculties are impairing his ability to translate these celestial signals.]

"Insider" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, April 10, 2019:
Speaking of doubting: Two events happened in the past week that have a lot of followers wondering about Burton’s mental condition.

The first was an urgent announcement, which was the following:
“Dear friends around the world,

“Robert is now asking us to let go all of all records of all past teaching events up to the year 2019.

“Specifically, we are to throw away or permanently erase any pre-2019 teaching material (both center library material and personal collections, including daily cards, videos, printed material, and any electronic copies) produced by the Teacher or students in the school. However, this erasure does not include the published books authored by the Teacher, Self Remembering and Awakening, at this point.

“The Teacher explains that this is not the first time our school is undergoing a process of shedding; as we have been given the complete System, we want to pass it on as such to our ‘ascendents’ and not force them to reinvent the wheel. Moreover, the legacy of schools is a complete, finished product–and not the journey it took to get there.

“In relation to this, Robert quoted Berenson, who said, ‘A cultured man is the result of what he has forgotten.’

“Robert added: ‘For us, a cultured man is the result of what he has released, forgotten: the sequence. He has become the culture.'”
The very next day, just when his loyal followers were planning a massive bonfire of Daily Cards and Girard’s books, Burton withdrew the above directive without any explanation.

The second event, a day or two later, occurred at a meeting. First Burton made yet another prediction, that he would continue running the show only for 2 more years. He then woke up briefly, possibly prodded by Dorian, to realize that this contradicted what he had said a month or two earlier; and thus he changed the immediately-preceding prediction from 2 years to 10 years, no doubt to a huge collective sigh of relief from the believers in attendance (except for Dorian, who now has to continue wiping food from Burton’s beard for 10 more years).

Friday, April 5, 2019

Robert Burton orders "erasure" of pre-2019 teaching materials

Robert Earl Burton Fellowship of Friends cult leader orders "erasure" of pre-2019 Fellowship publications
Fahrenheit 451 was published 66 years ago.
Fahrenheit 451, the film, was released in 1966.
Fellowship members will no doubt decipher a
hidden message in this "coincidence."
[ed. - Revealed today, the contents (below) of an April 4th Fellowship of Friends Council directive to the congregation. (See "Celestial cognitive impairment?" for word that Burton rescinded this directive one day later.)

The directive commands Fellowship members to destroy materials that they have purchased from the Fellowship of Friends, that is, their personal property.

(Note: the words "Robert is now asking..." is a euphemism for Robert Burton ordering his followers to obey his command. The use of such phrasing, and the clear understanding of its meaning, dates back to the earliest days of the Fellowship.)

Reminiscent of Ray Bradbury's nightmarish tale, Fahrenheit 451, such censorship imposed on an entire "church" congregation may raise legal concerns.

See also: "Fellowship of Friends editor censors Yuba-Sutter LocalWiki"]
Dear friends around the world,

Robert is now asking us to let go all of all records of all past teaching events up to the year 2019.

Specifically, we are to throw away or permanently erase any pre-2019 teaching material (both center library material and personal collections, including daily cards, videos, printed material, and any electronic copies) produced by the Teacher or students in the school. However, this erasure does not include the published books authored by the Teacher, Self Remembering and Awakening, at this point.

The Teacher explains that this is not the first time our school is undergoing a process of shedding; as we have been given the complete System, we want to pass it on as such to our “ascendents” and not force them to reinvent the wheel. Moreover, the legacy of schools is a complete, finished product--and not the journey it took to get there.

In relation to this, Robert quoted Berenson, who said, “A cultured man is the result of what he has forgotten.”

Robert added: "For us, a cultured man is the result of what he has released, forgotten: the sequence. He has become the culture."

Monday, April 1, 2019

To Robert Earl Burton, it's Origin House, not Oregon House

[ed. - Robert Earl Burton is programming his followers to refer to Oregon House, California as "Origin House," the name Influence C (the gods) have suggested to him.]
"Travelers stopped here on their way to the state of Oregon and to the Columbia River. That is why it is called Oregon House. The word 'Oregon' in Oregon House may be a misunderstanding of the French word for 'origin.' We are origin here. We are original - we are present: Origin House." - Robert Earl Burton, Fifty Years with Angels, p.11

Fellowship of Friends cult leader Robert Earl Burton renames Oregon House, "Origin House"
Robert Earl Burton renames Oregon House, "Origin House." Source: Fifty Years with Angels, p. 11

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Girard Haven's fall from grace

"In particular, if he [Robert Earl Burton] knows what he is doing and we don’t, we have no basis for judging or doubting him. Instead, we simply have to trust him, as a child trusts his parents, or dog trusts its master. If he asks us to do things which seem to have no connection to awakening – or even to be ‘wrong’ – we have no choice but to do them anyway.” Girard Haven, Creating a Soul, page 576

[ed. - Apart from Robert Burton himself, and prior to announcements in recent years of younger, more attractive (male) conscious beings, Girard Haven, who joined the Fellowship in 1973, was regarded the Fellowship's only conscious member.

In the video below, Robert Burton publicly humiliates Haven, offering a glimpse into Burton's petty vindictiveness and thinly-veiled negativity, easily triggered by those who dare challenge his authority.

Girard offers the opinion that he did not think the painting being discussed is the work of Leonardo da Vinci. His comment is followed by uncomfortable giggles in the audience and, due to Burton's hearing impairment, Dorian Matei timidly repeating Haven's insolent words. Burton responds,
 "Well, you know, I don't...myself, I don't judge if it's by Leonardo or not."
He then recalls a similar discussion,
"..and I said that I don't have an opinion on it, because I'm not qualified. I'm not a Leonardo scholar. I don't study Leonardo. And I didn't feel I had to guess. I didn't feel I had to guess and pretend I know. Didn't have an impulse like that."
Burton then proceeds to affirm the artist is either Leonardo da Vinci or Lorenzo di Credi. When Dorian informs him the artist is actually Boltraffio, Burton "artfully" adjusts his earlier expert opinion.]





"Ames Gilbert" wrote in the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, March 2, 2019:
Jeez, it’s hard to keep up. Latest news from the bowels of the criminal enterprise, a.k.a. The Fellowship of Friends, the cult headquartered in Oregon House, California, 95962.

Burton has decided: there are four future ‘conscious beings’.

They are:

Dorian Mattei, Sasha Shalapanov, Nitzan Nitzan, and Samuel Mercer (grandson of Maria Machado).
Fellowship of Friends/Apollo future conscious being Nitzan Nitzan and Steven Dambeck
"Future conscious being" (but only if he remains in the Fellowship) Nitzan Nitzan with Steven Dambeck
Alert readers will quickly note that—wait for it, wait for it—Girard Haven is not on the list.

Great gallomphing goobers! I can hardly believe it myself.

After spending most of his adult life mooning after Burton, writing untold reams of rubbish about how to act more ‘conscious’, whole books of self–referential fluff justifying the actions of a loon (albeit, a ‘conscious’ loon), attempting to square the circle of the Fourth Way with the Precious Sequence™, being obedient and obsequious every moment of his life when not in front of a screen (o.k., this is a family blog)… amusing himself—and being rewarded for all this by being anointed as a ‘Man #5…

… and then having even this meagre recognition denied him? Where is the justice? Why the humiliation? It seems so unnecessary and gratuitous and cruel.

I ‘sorta’ feel for him.

But don’t worry, my source tells me that Girard is taking it well. He has nobly accepted the word of his Master, who has once again treated him as lower than a dog.

This begs the question: what about ‘Solartype’, ‘William’, ‘Nicolas Walker™’, and the rest?
Too bad, you are all ‘in imagination’. The eighty–first angel has announced The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth.

You are mere pretenders, frauds, all of you.

Robert Earl Burton, God–Emperor of Oregon House, has spoken.

So. Be. It and So. It. Is.

Until, at a guess, next week.
Girard Haven as Humpty Dumpty in Alice in Wonderland

Divine Geometry (as only Robert Earl Burton can see it)

[ed. - At a recent meeting during the Spring Journey Forth to Apollo celebration, Robert Earl Burton obsessively opined on the esoteric significance of Leonardo da Vinci's work, revealing hidden messages that, likely, even Leonardo failed to recognize. C Influence even included a touch of Divine Comedy (second video).]


(Note that even the video stream "buffers" in embarrassment.)
[ed. - Below is the image of Leonardo's drawing available in the public domain. To fully enjoy Leonardo's drawing, without all the distracting chatter, mute the video and click on the image below.]

Head of a woman by Leonardo da Vinci. Source: Wikipedia.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Spring Journey Forth to Apollo 2019

[ed. - The Fellowship's "Spring Journey Forth to Apollo" is one of several annual gatherings of the faithful at their Oregon House compound. The highlight of the Spring Festival is the anniversary of Robert Earl Burton's reported "crystallization" as a "conscious being" way back on March 19, 1976. Quite possibly the most historic event to have occurred in Oregon House, the miraculous achievement was witnessed only by Burton and, we may assume, Leonardo da Vinci (and possibly others from among Burton's 44 angels.)

Though it is quite "mechanical" to count such things, the name "Robert" appears 28 times (4 x 7) in the Spring Festival schedule. One might be led to the notion that, indeed, the Fellowship is All About Robert. Still, for someone approaching 80 years of age, this demanding schedule demonstrates Burton's remarkable ability to tirelessly speak of himself and the divine mission for which he was chosen. As he frequently reminds followers, he plays a singular role among the "eight billion" people in the universe.]

Robert Earl Burton's Fellowship of Friends cult Journey Forth to Apollo



[ed. - Robert Burton loves to celebrate Valentine’s Day with his coterie of young men. (Thus, Linda Kaplan has recently stated that the Fellowship now celebrates two Valentine’s Days each year.) The 2019 Apollo events schedule below shows how the Spring Journey Forth and other milestones in The Life of Robert Earl Burton figure into Apollo's annual celebrations. See also, "Official Fellowship of Friends holidays"]

Monday, March 4, 2019

Fellowship of Friends editor censors Yuba-Sutter LocalWiki

[ed. - "Taylor R" (Fellowship of Friends director Rowena Taylor?) recently attempted to whitewash the Yuba-Sutter LocalWiki Fellowship of Friends page. ("LocalWiki is a grassroots effort to collect, share and open the world’s local knowledge.") As shown below, Taylor wiped all critical content, regardless how valid, from this community resource. On March 4th, Gayle Madwin, the creator of this LocalWiki, reverted many of Taylor's edits, commenting, "Restoring links. Please do not delete working links to outside sources," (Those sources include the Sacramento Bee and Marysville-Yuba City Appeal-Democrat.)]

Fellowship of Friends cult in Oregon House/Apollo censors LocalWiki article
Source: Yuba-Sutter LocalWiki