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 an ominous, yet unspecified new threat late in 2018.) While non-believers shall perish, through the direct intervention and guidance from 44 angels (including his divine father, Leonardo da Vinci) Burton and his followers will 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
on official Fellowship publications and websites,
news archives, court documents, cult education and awareness forums, the (former) Fellowship Wikipedia page, the long-running Fellowship of Friends - Living Presence Discussion, the Internet Archive, the (former) Fellowship of Friends wiki project, 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.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Journey Forth in Milan and at Isis 2007

[ed. - Once again, the Fellowship hosts its convention of the faithful and grand fundraising effort at Isis (aka Apollo.) Beneath the photos, "unoanimo" offers a sampling of the many ways one may donate to the non-profit's coffers.]

Fellowship of Friends cult leader Robert Burton in Egypt

Fellowship of Friends cult leaders Robert Burton, Asaf Braverman, and Dorian Matei in Milan

Fellowship of Friends cult leaders Robert Burton, Asaf Braverman, Dorian Matei in Milan

"unoanimo" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, August 26, 2007:
Following the ballet performance on Wednesday August 22, Robert will be hosting a reception in the Rose Garden by Poseidon’s fountain.

The reception will be held immediately following the ballet, and the dancers will be attending. If you wish a memorable late night gala experience, please come and join Robert and friends.

Prices are: $30 regular or $20 special and include a buffet dinner catered by the Galleria staff.

– We hope you enjoy it with many moments of Presence –

"unoanimo" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, August 26, 2007:
Dear Fellow Students,

During Journey Forth to Isis, the council is sponsoring the following series of discussions to support and deepen our understandings of our inner work. Councilors will be available at the council table at Apollo D’Oro to answer any questions.

“Making the Teaching Practical” with Mihai Algiu

Friday, August 24, 2-3:30 PM at the Prytaneion

From Mihai: During this friendly gathering, using the format of discussion and questions and answers, we are going to attempt to find immediate practical application of Robert’s current teaching so as to further our moment to moment quest for awakening. All questions are welcome.

“Presenting the School to Life”

Monday, August 27, 2-3:30 PM at the Grand Bazaar – small group discussions

Developing an understanding of our inner work in such a way that we can formulate it for prospective students that come to us from a variety of experiences with various traditions, teachings and practices.

“New Forms of Second and Third Line Work”

Wednesday, August 29, 2-3:30 PM at the Grand Bazaar- small group discussions

With the Work I SERVE, second line work now is more about helping our fellow students to be in the moment in a gentle, loving way. It also includes working together to increase our understanding of the keys; sharing what we have learned and being open to hearing what others have learned. Third line work in a center now has a new focus on collecting images and keys from all esoteric traditions.

“Creating a Spiritual Environment”

Thursday, August 30, 2-3:30 PM at the Prytaneion – small group discussions

Using images and the new teaching to inspire and breathe life into the way we use the various old and new forms of the School both in the centers and at Isis

"unoanimo" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, August 26, 2007:
Dear Friends,

To open our Journey Forth to Isis, Robert has requested that we have a Special Welcome Reception on Thursday, August 23, in the Abundance Garden at 5:00 pm. Please join us for this lovely event as we gather around the fountain for a toast with our Beloved Teacher and the beautiful sight of the release of thirty doves.

After this opening, we will enjoy tables of six with our friends around the garden.

This reception will replace the Breakfast Reception that was planned for Monday, August 27, at 8:30am at the Nile Garden Terrace, which has been cancelled.

If you have purchased a package, you may choose between this Special Welcome Reception and the one planned for Wednesday August 29 at Old Lake Nancy.

"unoanimo" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, August 26, 2007:
Dear Friends,

Robert has asked Asaf to host a ‘Journey Forth to Europe’ gathering on the weekend of August 31st until September 2nd in Milan. He intends this weekend to coincide with the closing weekend of Journey Forth to Isis, so that our friends at Isis and Europe will be gathering at the same times. Asaf will host a reception on Friday the 31st, followed by a breakfast and dinner on September 1st, and a meeting and tea on September 2nd. More information will follow later this week.


Kevin B.

Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving. It doesn’t matter.


"unoanimo" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, August 26, 2007:
Dear friends,

As some of you already know, Asaf is spending some time in Europe, traveling through the centres, together with Ansley. He will be based in the Milan teaching house, where we are organising some events: you are all warmly invited to participate. Some will be formal meetings, others will be less formal and we hope especially the latter will allow us to meet Asaf in an environment of simplicity and friendship.

Some of us were with Asaf on his arrival at Istanbul and then in Greece. Together with him and the Athens students we visited archaeological sites, museums, orthodox monasteries, searching for connections with the Schools and with the keys that we already know. My personal perception is that it was above all a journey inside ourselves, where knowledge and theories would become inspiration to the magic of the Present.

One of the aims that Asaf has shared with us for this trip in Europe, is that of helping us, thanks to his close working connection with Robert, to use the teaching in a more personal and creative way.

Asaf invites us all to those events and wants to underline that cost should not be a denying force, therefore please do not hesitate to contact the Milan or your centre directors to ask for a reduction.

The main events will take place in the weekend from August 31 and September 2 in Milan and they are named ‘Journey Forth to Europe’. As requested from Robert, they will take place at the same time as the final events of ‘Journey Forth to Isis’. Since there will be many octaves, any help you could give us will be very appreciated. Please refer to Francesco M. if you are interested. In particular, those who might have financial difficulties for the events, are welcome to actively take part in the octaves.

Please, find here our contacts:

for subscriptions, Gabriella U.

for accommodations, Ilaria B.

With Love, Francesco

Milan Center


FRIDAY, August 31st Reception h. 19,00 – EUR 15,00

SATURDAY, September 1st Breakfast h. 09,00 – EUR 50,00 seated, 25,00 standing


SATURDAY, September 1st Dinner h. 19,30 – EUR 75,00 seated, 35,00 standing


SUNDAY, September 2nd Meeting h. 11,00 – EUR 50,00 seated, 30,00 standing


SUNDAY, September 2nd Tea h. 16,00 – EUR 30,00 seated, 15,00 standing

All the events will take place at the Teaching House, via Zanella

We have a beautiful inner circle, and no shortage of serious students.

Love, Robert

"unoanimo" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, August 26, 2007:
Renaissance Winery invites you to Renaissance Winery’s 30th Harvest

August - October 2007

Harvest time has come!

We welcome any friends willing to join us at 6.30 am at the Prytaneion parking lot. You will be instrumental in bringing the legendary 2007 vintage onto the market.

All you need to bring is a hat and yourself in the present.

Journey Forth by Day – Renaissance Open House

Friday, August 24th, 3.00 pm, Renaissance Winery

Prepare your senses for a remarkable treat. Enjoy a privileged experience of our mountain terroir wines. You will have the opportunity to taste our latest releases. In addition, our winemaking team Gideon, Shawn and Carlos – will offer you a barrel tasting of our 2006 Syrah, Cabernet and Rhone blends.

For your information

If you are interested to participate in any outdoor or indoor activity at Renaissance, we would be happy to have your help for whatever period of time you are available.

Please contact us at ….

Our wines are available at special prices for Fellowship members. For more information, please email carmina@

We look forward to seeing you!

With love,

Renaissance Winery Team

Gideon, Tessa, Shawn, Carlos, Yasuko, Hugh, Massimo, Carmina, John, Patrick, Manuel, Norbert, Ronald

What makes Renaissance wine distinctive?

Our unique terroir leaves its unmistakable signature in each of our wines. Regardless of the variety, all tend to be concentrated, intensely flavored, with pure fruit aromas, a marked spicy/minerally side, and a powerful structure. Consequently, Renaissance wines have outstanding aging potential, and increase in complexity and harmony over the course of many years in the bottle. Even our white wines age exceedingly well, developing rich honeyed, nutty flavors with extended cellaring.

"unoanimo" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, August 26, 2007:
“Let your limbs make the necessary movements, while your heart stays with the Master.”

Dear Friends,

We’d like to invite you to a Special Ballet Fundraising Event with Robert
at the Galleria Gardens this Sunday, August19.

May we celebrate the height of summer with a delightful Middle Eastern dance
performance in the Grand Pavilion, followed by a sit down dinner under the stars
in the Park of Abundance!

Performance begins at 5:30pm. Please arrive at 5:00pm for check-in and
a Margarita Reception. The dress code is casual elegant.

Menu for the Evening

Hors D’oeuvres: Bourikas

1st course: Lemon Chicken Tajine with Couscous

Moroccan style vegetables

Cinnamon perfumed onion pure with deep fried Almonds

Dessert: Chocolate Mousse Au Bergamot
You may reserve your seat by calling ….. or by responding to this e-mail.
Reception and performance – regular $15/ special $10

Seat at the tables of six – regular $35/ special $25

Seats at Robert’s table – regular $100/ special $75

"unoanimo" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, August 26, 2007:
Robert ~ ‘Dear, it looks like you’re putting on weight, maybe you should loose a few pounds; I’ll have Dorian suggest a scale for you.’

Student ~ ‘Robert, I’m pregnant.’

Robert ~ ‘Well, you know, as I said.’

"unoanimo" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, August 28, 2007:
‘Robert’s Practical Insights’ with Mihai


“The aim of this informal gathering is to reveal the pronounced practical element of Robert’ teaching and his way of working with students. The event will be comprised of a collection of some of Robert’s most practical advice and teaching anecdotes that do not usually appear in the teaching events.”


Everybody is welcome and there is no charge. See you there!

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