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.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Fellowship of Friends land and growers targeted by DEA

[ed. - To my knowledge, Jewers, Domingo, and Stefani are all current Fellowship members. This enterprise is clearly one way to meet Robert Burton's high-pressure "donation" demands. UPDATE: A September 4, 2014 Appeal-Democrat story tells of the arrest of former Fellowship of Friends member Jonathan Fairoaks in the Oregon House-Dobbins area. It's a bit ironic that the Fellowship-backed Yuba Environmental Science Charter Academy is known as YESCA. "Yesca" is slang for marijuana.]
Feds raid 8 Yuba foothills properties in pot bust

By Rob Parsons/ADcrimebeat

2012-09-21 15:47:11

Federal marijuana raids Thursday in Yuba County were the result of two five-month investigations headed by the US Drug Enforcement Administration, according to a search warrant affidavit filed in federal court in Sacramento.

Andreas Jewers, 47, Juan Jose Domingo, 47, and Elizabeth E. Stefani, 43, all of Oregon House, were arrested and booked into the Yuba County Jail on suspicion of conspiracy and cultivation of marijuana for sale, DEA spokeswoman Casey Rettig said.

All three posted $100,000 bail bonds and were released a short time later, authorities said. They are set for arraignment Oct. 23 in Yuba County Superior Court.

Attempts to reach them by phone were unsuccessful.

They were not named in the affidavit. Cultivators frequently list fictitious names on property paperwork to help avoid detection, according to the affidavit.

One of the investigations started in April when Yuba County sheriff's Deputy Mark Heath met with DEA officials to discuss multiple properties in the foothills believed to be growing marijuana commercially for the last several years, according to the search warrant.


Aerial surveillance of properties, conducted several times between April and August, confirmed the location and size of multiple marijuana gardens, records state.

Agents used a California Highway Patrol helicopter to take aerial photographs of the grow sites.

Ground surveillance was not possible because of each site's remote location, according to the affidavit.

At least eight properties were searched in Oregon House and Smartsville on Thursday on Loretta Lane, Begonia Way, Wildflower Way and Leafwood Way. Agents said between 50 and more than 100 plants were seen at each location over several months, according to the affidavit.

Several other area properties were also raided Thursday, but details on those investigations were not available.

It was not clear how many warrants were served or if anybody was else was taken into custody.
Sheriff's departments from Yuba, Nevada, and Butte counties assisted the DEA, along with NET-5 task force agents, US Homeland Security, and the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigators, Rettig said.

Agents said they hoped to find other evidence indicating a sales conspiracy, but have been mum about what was actually found during Thursday's raids.

[ed. - Andreas appears in this video titled apollo.mpg.]

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