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.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Get tickets for North Sierra Wine Trail

[ed. - Yuba-Sutter Chamber of Commerce Director of Visitor Services, and Fellowship of Friends business leader, Steven Dambeck, uses the occasion of the North Sierra Wine Trail to promote his Yuba Harvest tasting room cafe, and the Fellowship's Renaissance Vineyard & Winery. Apparently he was not acting in his official capacity when he contacted a reporter from the Sacramento Bee to discuss the annual event. Eight wineries not affiliated with the Fellowship of Friends are mentioned in passing.]

Fellowship of Friends cult Apollo/Renaissance Vineyard & Winery gate house Oregon House, CA
Get tickets for North Sierra Wine Trail
Sacramento Bee
04/14/2015 5:00 AM
04/14/2015 5:02 PM
Tickets are on sale now for the third annual North Sierra Wine Trail, two days of tastings and other wine- and food-related experiences April 25 and 26 in the Yuba foothills.

A dozen wineries plus some area restaurants and retailers will take part in this special event. Advance tickets are $20, available online at; tickets are $25 on tour days at the wineries.
A self-guided tour, the wine trail adventure starts with a commemorative wine glass at the participating winery of your choice. Along with the official “passport,” that glass is your ticket to tastings (plus complimentary appetizers or other food) at wineries from Oregon House to Oroville.

“You can spend two days drinking wine for the price of that one commemorative glass,” said Steven Dambeck of Yuba Harvest tasting room, cafe and market in Oregon House. “It’s really quite a deal.”

Located at 9222 Marysville Road in Oregon House, Yuba Harvest will be pouring wines from all the participating wineries, Dambeck said. Patrons also can sample olive oil and other Yuba-grown products. In addition, Yuba Harvest will host an Argentine asado barbecue at 6 p.m.; reservations are suggested. Call (530) 418-8240.

Among the other stops on the wine trail are: Renaissance Vineyard and Winery, Grant-Eddie Winery, Clos Saron, Lucero Vineyards and Winery, Bangor Ranch Vineyards and Winery, Grey Fox Vineyards, Hickman Family Vineyards, Long Creek Winery and Ranch, Quilici Vineyards, Spencer Shirey Vineyard and Purple Line Urban Winery.

It’s a rare opportunity for the public to sample many of these wines and explore the Yuba wine region, Dambeck said. Several of these wineries are usually open only by appointment.

Their grapes grow in the northern extreme of the Sierra Foothills wine appellation, which stretches across eight counties. The appellation sub-regions of California Shenandoah Valley or El Dorado may be better known, Dambeck noted, but the North Yuba area is gaining notoriety, too.

“Part of what makes this region interesting is the difference in terroir,” he said. “Bangor is at 500 feet (elevation); Oregon House is at 1,700 feet. That’s a huge difference in growing conditions. In our area (Oregon House), on the west-facing slopes, the cabernets are magnificent. On the east-facing slopes, the Cotes du Rhone wines — syrah, grenache, mourvedre, viognier — all do really well.

“The Oregon House wineries such as Renaissance are known for their cabs and syrah while the wineries near Bangor produce good petite syrah, malbec, barbera and chardonnay,” Damback added. “There’s a lot to like.

“What we’re hoping is that more people from Sacramento will come north to discover us,” he added. “This is a great opportunity; the North Sierra Wine Trail happens once a year. And we’re only an hour away.”

Call The Bee’s Debbie Arrington, (916) 321-1075. Follow her on Twitter @debarrington.

Wine trail event brings out area vino lovers
David Bitton
Appeal-Democrat, Marysville, Calif.
April 27, 2015 9:30 AM EDT

Hundreds sampled wines including cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah at nearly a dozen different wineries Saturday and Sunday during the third annual North Sierra Wine Trail event.

"You walk through the doors and you get hit by the smells," said Greg Holman, president of Renaissance Vineyard and Winery in Oregon House. "People like being in a winery."

Wineries in both Yuba and Nevada counties participated, and owners were very pleased with the turnout. Holman said about 130 people walked through the doors at his winery, where wine from both Renaissance Vineyard and Winery and Grant Marie Winery were being poured to upbeat customers who paid $25 to taste wine using a collectors' glass.

"I enjoy the wine, food and talking with people," Anne Palmer of Gridley said while sampling with some girlfriends. "It is such a nice and beautiful day."

The friends enjoyed traveling along the narrow and windy tree-lined roads while making their way from one winery to another.

Grant Ramey, owner of Grant Marie Winery in Oregon House -- formerly known as Grant Eddie Winery -- said he was pleased with the sales he had seen while pouring for people from throughout the region and beyond.

Steven Dambeck of Oregon House was pouring wine from Cordi Winery, which is out of Live Oak, at Yuba Harvest in Oregon House, which he co-owns.

Dambeck said his shop, which also serves food, attracted about 400 people during the two-day event.

"What is really interesting is that we are seeing people from Sacramento and Roseville," said Dambeck, the director of visitor services for the Yuba-Sutter Chamber of Commerce. "We are emerging as a known destination for wine in California."

CONTACT David Bitton at 749-4796. Find him on Facebook at ADdbitton.
Distributed by Tribune News Service

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