Introduction


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 most recently the October 2018 "Fall of California Redux.")

But according to Burton, Armageddon still looms in our future and when it finally arrives, non-believers shall perish, while through the direct intervention and guidance from 44 angels (recently expanded to 81 angels, including himself and his divine father, Leonardo da Vinci) Burton and his followers shall 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 from official Fellowship publications and websites, news archives, court documents, cult education and awareness forums, the Internet Archive, the long-running Fellowship of Friends - Living Presence Discussion, the (former) Fellowship of Friends wikispace project, the (ill-fated) Fellowship Wikipedia page, 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.

Monday, February 11, 2019

The Fellowship of Friends global recruiting network

Robert Earl Burton's Fellowship of Friends cult logo
[ed. - According to a former Fellowship member, Robert Burton admitted that his name, and that of the Fellowship of Friends, are "radioactive" on the internet. To avoid negative publicity, and at the same time lure seekers from other spiritual traditions, the Fellowship assumes a myriad of disguises, as suggested by the following list.

The websites below are generally grouped according to their primary target market. Fellowship contacts are also located in Beirut, Bogota, Brussels, Budapest, Copenhagen, Minsk, Prague, San Salvador, Slovenia, and Zurich. At the bottom of this post are sites critical of Robert Burton and the Fellowship. (Click on "Read more.") Updated February 2019.]

ARGENTINA
Recuerdo de sí (Unofficial) (Spanish) (Inactive)
Fellowship of Friends - Centro de Buenos Aires (Facebook) (Spanish)
Mystery and Civilizations (Unofficial) (Inactive)
BRAZIL
Fraternidade de Amigos (Portuguese)
CANADA
Fourth Way School - Toronto (Facebook) (English)
CHILE
Living Presence Santiago (Facebook) (Spanish)
CHINA
[ed. - The following Fellowship sites are managed by Walther Sell.]
The Fourth Way and Esoteric Traditions (Chinese)
The Fourth Way and Esoteric Traditions (English and Chinese)
The Fourth Way and Esoteric Traditions (Facebook) (English)
The Great Way: Journey to the West (English and Chinese)
Journey to the West (Facebook) (English)
The Secret of the Golden Flower (English)
The Taoist I Ching
COLOMBIA
Ouspensky Gurdjieff (Facebook) (English) (Inactive)
FRANCE
Fellowship of Friends Paris (Facebook) (French and English)
Rappel de Soi - Paris (Facebook) (French) (Inactive)
GERMANY
Der Vierte Weg Deutschland (Facebook) (German)
GREECE
Fourth Way School - Athens (Facebook) (Greek and English)
The Art of Divine Presence (Greek)
HUNGARY
A JELENLÉT MŰVÉSZETE (Hungarian) (Inactive)
Robert Earl Burton: Önemlékezés Út az öröklétbe (Hungarian) (Inactive)
INDIA
FoF India (Facebook) (English)
FoF - Mumbai India (Facebook) (English)
Fourth Way India - Rajkot (Facebook) (English)
Fourth Way School India - Ahmedabad (Facebook) (English)
Fourth Way School - Surat (Facebook) (Gujarati and English)
ISRAEL
Fellowship of friends - Tel Aviv (Facebook) | בית ספר של (English and Hebrew)
Jerusalem of the soul (Facebook) (English and Hebrew) (Inactive)
ITALY
Il ricordo di sé. Pratica e tradizione spirituale. (Facebook - Closed Group) (Italian)
Quarta Via Italia - Florence (Italian)
Scuola di Quarta Via - Gurdjieff Ouspensky (Facebook) (Italian)
JAPAN
Self Remembering | 自己想起 Japan (Facebook) (Japanese)
Symbols of Presence in the Japanese Culture (English and Japanese)
The Fourth Way and Esoteric Traditions | グルジェフ「第四の道」と「秘教的な伝統」 (Facebook) (Japanese)
MEXICO
Escuela del Cuarto Camino - Monterrey (Facebook) (Spanish)
Fellowship of Friends Tijuana-San Diego (Facebook) (Spanish)
Recordandonos (Spanish) (Inactive)
THE NETHERLANDS
Amsterdam Being Present Meetup (English)
Living Presence - Amsterdam (Dutch) (Inactive)
NORWAY
Levende Tilstedeværelse Oslo - Fjerde Veis Skole (Facebook) (Norwegian)
ROMANIA
Fourth Way School - Bucharest (Facebook) (Romanian)
RUSSIA
Esoteric School (Russian) (Inactive)

Fourth Way School | Школа Четвертого пути (Facebook) (Russian)

IKIRU a theater of awakening (Facebook) (Russian) (Inactive?)

Онлайн школа четвертого пути: четвертый путь - система, теория, практика (Russian)
SPAIN
Fellowship of Friends - Centro de Madrid (Facebook) (Spanish)
TURKEY
Dördüncü Yol Okulu - Fourth Way School (Facebook) (Turkish)

Dördüncü Yol Okulu Türkiye (Instagram) (Turkish)

Dördüncü Yol Türkiye (Twitter) (Turkish)
UKRAINE
Школа Четвёртого Пути, Киев - Fourth Way School Kiev (Facebook) (Russian)
Онлайн школа четвертого пути: четвертый путь - система, теория, практика (Russian)
UNITED KINGDOM
Fourth Way London/Living Presence (Twitter) (English)
London Fourth Way Centre (Facebook) (English) (Members only)
The Prize is Eternity (Facebook) (English)
UNITED STATES
Apollo Arts (YouTube channel) (English)

ApolloMoments (YouTube channel) (English)

Fellowship of Friends/Blogspot (Google Blogger) (English) (Inactive)

Fellowship of Friends (Tumblr) (English) (Inactive)

Fellowship of Friends Videos (YouTube channel) (English) (Inactive)

Fellowship of Friends (Wordpress blog) (English) (Inactive)

Fourth Way School - Northern California (Facebook) (English)

Fourth Way Today (English)

Fourth Way Tweets (Twitter) (English)

Gurdjieff Ouspensky Self-observation (Facebook) (English) (William Scholte and David Tuttle, Administrators)

Living Presence (English)

Living Presence Monthly (English) (Archive)

Living Presence (Facebook) (English)

livingpresence44 (Instagram) (English)

Propylaia (Inner Circle Squared) (The Fellowship of Friends member portal)

Robert Earl Burton - A Fourth Way Teacher for Today (English)

Robert Earl Burton: Thoughts from a Fourth Way Teacher (English)

Robert's TweetHearts (Twitter) (Robert Earl Burton's Twitter page) (English)

The Art of Divine Presence (English) (Inactive)

The Fellowship of Friends Apollo University (English) (Inactive?)

The Fourth Way (Pinterest)  (English) (Julian Branston's site)(Inactive)

The Fourth Way (Google +) (William Page's site) (Closing April 2, 2019) (English)

The Fourth Way and Esoteric Traditions (Facebook) (English) (Walther Sell, Administrator)

The 4th Way - Gurdjieff - Ouspensky (Facebook) (English) (Public discussion, exploited by Fellowship recruiters)

Fellowship of Friends/Fourth Way/Living Presence cult Ouspensky-Gurdjieff masthead

CRITICISM OF ROBERT EARL BURTON AND THE FELLOWSHIP OF FRIENDS


BELGIUM
Spiritualia (Dutch)
FRANCE
Prevensectes Fellowship of Friends Database (French)
http://prevensectes.com/fof1.pdf
http://prevensectes.com/fof2.pdf
http://prevensectes.com/fof3.pdf
http://prevensectes.com/fof4.pdf
http://prevensectes.com/fof5.pdf
http://prevensectes.com/fof6.pdf
http://prevensectes.com/fof7.pdf
http://prevensectes.com/fof8.pdf
http://prevensectes.com/fof9.pdf
http://prevensectes.com/fof10.pdf
http://prevensectes.com/fof11.pdf
http://prevensectes.com/fof12.pdf
ITALY
Dopo la Fellowship of Friends: Una libera discussione sul lavoro su di sé (Italian)

Il Credino  ("Robert E. Burton e la Fellowship of Friends/La Presenza") (Italian)

Tutto quello che avreste dovuto sapere sulla Fellowship of Friends (Italian)
RUSSIA
"Fellowship of Fools" (Russian)

Трезвый взгляд на Fellowship of Friends (Russian) (CAUTION: may be virus-infected)
TURKEY
Özgür Zihin (Turkish)
UNITED STATES
Cult Education Institute (formerly Rick A. Ross Institute)

Cults, Militias, Odd and Dangerous People (The Fellowship is cataloged with dark and sinister groups)

Fellowship of Friends Discussion Blog (This series of three blogs contains nearly 100,000 comments about the Fellowship of Friends:)
Animam Recro – Fellowship of Friends – a cult for intellectuals
Part 1 through Part 10

The Fellowship of Friends Discussion – Free speech is a dirty business
Part 11 through Part 33

Fellowship Of Friends/Fourth Way School/Living Presence Discussion
Part 34 through current page (On this Wordpress blog, navigate between pages by typing the desired page number into "search" box.)
Fellowship of Friends Wikispaces (Link no longer active, however material from that page is found throughout this blog. In such cases, the Wikispaces source is cited.)

Freedom of Mind Center (Steven Hassan's website)

Internet Archive

Parcast EP68 "Fellowship of Friends" - Robert Earl Burton (Podcast)

Parcast EP69 "Fellowship of Friends" Pt. 2 - Robert Earl Burton (Podcast)

Robert Earl Burton and The Fellowship of Friends (your current location)

Robert Earl Burton and The Fellowship of Friends (Facebook)

Robert Earl Burton and The Fellowship of Friends (YouTube channel) (by "Cult Survivor")

Wikipedia (Archived on this blog, the hotly-contested Wikipedia draft, which moderators eventually abandoned.)

"StrangerInAStrangeLand" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, January 12, 2018:
Just discovered the Fourth Way and was looking for a school and a FB Fourth Way group told me there was a group close to me, I contacted them and had my first meeting …. was taken aback when at the end of the meeting it was announced with great flair that the group was part of FOF. This was after I was sternly told about the “rules” and that they wanted $150/month or 10% of my earnings to “join”. I wasn’t too happy about it. Then I went to the internet and found the “Be” (Asaf Braverman), didn’t know at the time of HIS FOF association, so joined that instead. Then he sent me a note …how did you hear about the Fourth Way …. I wrote back and said I was looking to study, but wanted to avoid any FOF controlled groups … never hear back of course! Looks like I’ve totally dodged a bullet on this one. I got some very distinct flashes of danger and thank everybody for posting this information about FOF on the internet where it can be found and assimilated before any damage has been done. I’ll read Ouspensky on my own. Gurdjieff is a bit hard to follow. Cheers!

3 comments:

  1. Oh man, the FOF syndicate is quite enormous! And in contrast so few comments on this here blog... Btw, it is possible to give such a "religious organization" trouble. I did that with the FOF inspired cult I was a member of in Sweden (Linbu Society). I made the local authorities aware of expensive things the cult had purchased that were not at all in accord with "idealist work." Such as a 50.000 $ boat engine. Became a lot of trouble for that cult. So it's possible to do something. These psychopaths are not invulnerable. Challenge the whole "idealist religious organization" scam. Hey, what about Burtie's antiques? How is that "working for betterment of humanity"? My Gosh, one may also ask: Why do the authorities turn the blind eye? Anyway: It's always good to try and attack such criminals - using the ordinary legal channels.

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  2. Hello, I'm an ex FOF student and I was checking this network list you published and among these websites I noticed you included the Mexican "mesoarte" from a person I know that is not in the school anymore as well. I wish to ask why and eventually to remove it's not associated with FOF in any way. By including this website you are directing very bad publicly to it and it's not suitable with the good service you are doing with this blog. Thank you.

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  3. Thank you for the update on Mesoarte. I have removed the site from this blog. - ed.

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