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.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Paying for presence

Robert Earl Burton Fellowship of Friends cult Goethe Room dinner, Apollo, Oregon House, CA
Goethe Room Dinner. Source: Living Presence

"My2Bits" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, August 28, 2011:
Re: Post #139

I went to several of these Galleria ‘teaching dinners’ where, when RB [Robert Burton] was attending, it was not acceptable to eat (i.e. to take a bite or chew one’s food) when someone was talking. If you violated this rule, you ran the risk of being ‘blacklisted’ from future dinners.

Usually, the dinner was an almost continuous dialogue between RB and AB [Asaf Braverman], who would stand in the room with notes in hand. RB would make a comment, AB would comment on his comment, AB would provide a lead-in to RB’s next point on the script, and so on and on. Occasionally, there was a supportive guest comment, but seldom a question.

Many would sit anxiously, course after course, for RB to stop talking and take a bite of his dinner — for that was their signal to quickly chow down a bite of their own before RB and AB resumed their dialogue. The nicely prepared food could hardly be enjoyed, of course, and most of it was taken away in the end, to the benefit of no one.

Eventually, students were coached to dine before these dinners so they wouldn’t be hungry and could be completely attentive. Several “inner circle” members who attended regularly didn’t even try to eat. This bizarre and frustrating experience usually cost $100 to $150.

[ed. - Here is pricing for some 2006 Goethe Room events, provided by "Purchasing Awakening":]
Dining with Robert – Here is Robert’s schedule:
Monday 22:  Goethe Room - Breakfast   8:30 a.m.   $150
Tuesday 23:  Goethe Room - Dinner  7:00 p.m.   $200
Thursday 25:  Thanksgiving Breakfast   8:30 a.m.   $200
Thursday 25:  Thanksgiving Dinner  3:30 p.m.  $350
Friday 26:  Goethe Room - Breakfast   8:30 a.m.   $150
Saturday 27:  Goethe Room - Breakfast   8:30 a.m.   $150
Saturday 27:  Goethe Room-Dinner   7:00 p.m.  $200
Sunday 28:  Goethe Room  12:00 p.m.   $250 at table ($200 with partner, $100 standing)
Monday 29:  Goethe Room - Bon Voyage Breakfast   6:30 a.m.   $150

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