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.")

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. Read more about the blog.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2022

"Mihai Algiu explains how to recognize a cult"

Mihai Algiu, Psychotherapist
[ed. - This is the first in a series of six videos featuring Mihai Algiu, a former Fellowship of Friends member of Robert Burton's inner circle. It appears Algiu has now cobbled together his own guruship.
According to a source in the community, "While Mihai was deep in the Galleria inner circles, he enjoyed all the perks: free everything (meals, concerts, etc.), power, fleet of Galleria vehicles, expensive clothes, adoration, unlimited sex. To his credit, he discovered someone other than Burton, while still a member and in his 'role.' That was David Hawkins, who resided in Sedona, AZ. Mihai and others were reading Hawkins, and at some point took the opportunity to travel as a group to Sedona for some teaching/'satsang' event. Robert found out and immediately gave them all the usual ultimatum: choose your teacher; you can’t have both. Mihai chose to leave Robert."
(Algiu became "famous" for certain Galleria activities which he and Dorian Matei are reported to have arranged.)]

"diegoriverassquaretrouserleg" wrote in the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, July 10, 2022:
Mihai explains Burton’s sick seduction routine. Burton is a Douchebag number 8 who has been refining and perfecting his game of molestation and rape for 50 years. He gets a lot of help from his enablers, procurers and procuresses.
"Magdalena" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, October 14, 2022:

Mihai was deep in the FOF culture of crime. He was one of the first rank enablers who took their slice of the pie. He abused the trust of the the general membership just as Burton did. He enjoyed the power, life style, money and sex that came with the position he carved out for himself. I don’t think it is OK and that because he moved on he is absolved. He has committed terrible crimes against that part of members that was genuine and seeking for wholeness. So now he is some woke guy in Grass Valley using his charisma to make a living as a therapist. There are plenty of others who fall into that category – the vainglorious and greedy, the corrupt and the opportunistic. Burton could never have done what he did without their complicity. To a significant extent Burton is the product of these people’s connivance. They are criminals.


  1. I beg your pardon...Mihai Algiu!? Yikes..I have seen them come and go and he was one of the biggest enablers, full of himself (still is), taking part in the abuse (which is why he was send away), pimping for Robert, power hungry and loving his position.
    This is a very 'one sided' platform and that is ok, everyone has the right to express themselves but please check on who is actually getting a voice here. The Pot calling the Kettle Black!

  2. I knew this guy Mihai. You had to see him when He was with Robert. He loved this life of luxury in the same way a prostitute does. They were and are all prostitutes. Spiritual ones. He had an astonishing ego, dictatorial and enjoyed with other’s pain. I hope Burton really broke his ass. He is a hasnamuss.