Presented in reverse chronology, this history stretches from the present back to the Fellowship's 1970 founding, and beyond.
(See "Blog Archive" in the sidebar below.) It draws from many sources, including The Fellowship of Friends - Living Presence Discussion, the Internet Archive, the former Fellowship of Friends wiki project, cult education and awareness sites, news archives, and from the editor's own 13-year experience in the Fellowship.

The portrait that emerges stands in stark contrast to sanitized versions presented on the Fellowship's array of
alluring websites, and on derivative sites created by Burton's now-estranged
disciple, Asaf Braverman.

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Girard Haven Biography

[ed. - This profile of the only other supposed "conscious being," (in this case a "Man Number 5") in the Fellowship is an Internet Archive capture from the Gurdjieff-Ouspensky Centres website. For a different perspective on this biography, see "A Personal Farewell" and "Elena's Story". For a perspective on Haven's "teaching," see this September 6, 2007 Fellowship of Friends Discussion post by "Elena".]
Girard Haven

The Early Years

Girard Haven was born in March 1945 in Fort Benning, Georgia, and lived in North Carolina, Ohio and Utah before his family settled in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale a few weeks prior to his twelfth birthday. After receiving a degree in mathematics from the California Institute of Technology in 1966, he spent the next seven years programming computers and hiking in the mountains of California and the Southwestern United States.

Girard Haven Joins the Fellowship of Friends

Although he had always been interested in spiritual matters, apart from reading a few books and dabbling with yoga, Girard made no serious attempts to pursue them until July 1973, when he simultaneously learned of the Fellowship of Friends and began to read In Search of the Miraculous by Peter Ouspensky. Upon encountering the idea of self-remembering, he immediately recognized that he had found the purpose which had been lacking in his life. Three days later, he joined the Fellowship, where he met Robert Burton and accepted him as his Teacher.

Girard Haven as a Disciple of Robert Burton

In July 1975, Girard Haven became the center director in Los Angeles. Subsequently, he also directed the centers in San Francisco and London, England, before returning to Apollo at the end of 1983, where he remained for the next eleven years. At various points during these years, he served on the Boards of Directors of both the Fellowship of Friends and Renaissance Vineyard and Winery, and held the positions of President of the Fellowship and Dean of the Fellowship Council. His primary role in the Fellowship has been to teach the practical methods of personal evolution taught by Robert Burton. In this capacity, he has traveled to Fellowship centers around the world and has led over one thousand meetings. He also maintains active correspondence with Fellowship members worldwide. Some of this correspondence has published under the title With Love, Girard, while excerpts from transcripts of some of the meetings have been collected in the book Notes from a Conscious Teaching.

In addition, in 1983 Girard Haven started the Fellowship Forum, a monthly publication for members for the discussion of the ideas and methods practiced in the Fellowship. The material that he wrote during his ten years as editor and publisher of the Forum was eventually used as the basis of the books Creating a Soul and The Prize is Eternity.

Girard Haven now lives at Apollo, where he continues to serve both his own evolution and the members of the Fellowship by writing, teaching, traveling, and remembering himself.

Girard Haven books

Notes from a Conscious Teaching
Creating a Soul
The Prize Is Eternity

1 comment:

  1. A systematic systemizer, if ever there was one ! Some of us act from "symbolic little acts of faith", and, therefore, ascend, spiritually. The whole point is to "Rise Above" as the Royal Air Force advertisement goes. Haven is left - still - playing with "toys of ridiculously simple complexity", on the Fellowship floor. What a failure !