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.

Presented in a reverse chronology, the Fellowship's history may be navigated via the "Blog Archive" located in the sidebar below.

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.

Friday, June 24, 2022

"Ex-Google worker claims religious sect members pushed him out"

[ed. - Video's introduction from Steven Hassan's Freedom of Mind Resource Center. Additional related stories can be found in the Daily Mail, and reactions from American conservatives will be found on The Unz Review website.]

"Kevin Lloyd, who was fired from his division at Google, claims it is because an authoritarian group - known as the Fellowship of Friends - has infiltrated his former workplace. Senior National Correspondent Brian Entin interviews Dr. Steven Hassan along with Charlotte Edwards, science and technology reporter for the Sun; they discuss the history of the Fellowship of Friends, how other authoritarian groups have infiltrated organizations to sway policy, and Lloyd's next possible move to achieve justice."
Steven Hassan (Wikipedia)

Friday, June 17, 2022

"A Sect Lands Google in a Lawsuit"

[ed. - See "Kevin Lloyd files complaint against Google, LLC"]

According to a friend, who sent the photo, "the NYT article appeared on the front page of today’s (Friday) Business section.

It continues on page 5, taking up the entire page." (The photo of Robert Burton by Gary Fong originally appeared

in a 1981 San Francisco Chronicle story about the Fellowship.)

[ed. - The above-cited New York Times article discusses Fellowship of Friends member Peter Lubbers:]

"The Google Developer Studio is run by Peter Lubbers, a longtime member of the Fellowship of Friends. A July 2019 Fellowship directory, obtained by The Times, lists him as a member. Former members confirm that he joined the Fellowship after moving to the United States from the Netherlands.

"At Google, he is a director, a role that is usually a rung below vice president in Google management and usually receives annual compensation in the high six figures or low seven figures.

"Previously, Mr. Lubbers worked for the staffing company Kelly Services. M. Catherine Jones, Mr. Lloyd’s lawyer, won a similar suit against Kelly Services in 2008 on behalf of Lynn Noyes, who claimed that the company had failed to promote her because she was not a member of the Fellowship. A California court awarded Ms. Noyes $6.5 million in damages. 
"Ms. Noyes said in an interview that Mr. Lubbers was among a large contingent of Fellowship members from the Netherlands who worked for the company in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
"At Kelly Services, Mr. Lubbers worked as a software developer before a stint at Oracle, the Silicon Valley software giant, according to his LinkedIn profile, which was recently deleted. He joined Google in 2012, initially working on a team that promoted Google technology to outside software developers. In 2014, he helped create G.D.S., which produced videos promoting Google developer tools. 
Kelly Services declined to comment on the lawsuit"

 [ed. - It appears Google leadership may have adopted The Fellowship of Friends' own practice of bringing "presence" to every moment.]

Speak no evil. See no evil. Hear no evil.


"Google whistleblower claims tech giant's Developer Studio division has been infiltrated by 'pedophilic religious doomsday cult' Fellowship of Friends that was featured in a Spotify podcast series called 'Revelations' last year" (Daily Mail)

Google whistleblower claims their Developer Studio infiltrated by a 'pedophilic doomsday cult' (Video: AI slide show and text of above story.)

"WAKING NIGHTMARE Google ‘infiltrated by religious CULT’ that claims you’re ‘still asleep while awake’" (The Sun)

"Google ‘infiltrated by religious cult,’ ex-employee claims in lawsuit" (NY Post picks up The Sun article above)

"Oh, No! The 'Fellowship of Friends' Is NOT a Kook California Doomsday Cult — Oh, Wait!" 

The Fellowship of Friends on Twitter

Alphabet Workers Union on Twitter

The story even appears on Breitbart.

With their own brand of cult-like programming and conspiracy theories, David Horowitz's Freedom Center and; and use the Google story to further stoke fear and political divisions.

Russian readers

Thursday, June 16, 2022

"The Cult in Google"

Kevin Lloyd (Credit: Will Matsuda, NYT)

[ed. - This article by Kevin Lloyd appears on The New York Times Dealbook provides a synopsis of their story Kevin cites below.]

The Cult in Google

I worked for Google for about three and a half years as a video producer. I was fired because I raised alarm about a doomsday cult that dominated my former team there.

I first joined Google in 2017 as part of Google Developer Studio (GDS), a production company within the heart of Google, making advertisements, instructional content, and produced events, all for different teams within Google itself.

I was fired from my team there in February of 2021 because I raised alarm about a cult within Google, a group called the Fellowship of Friends. The group is well-documented: There are allegations of child abuse, human trafficking, forced abortions, and rape within the group, which has some 1,500 members worldwide and makes frequent prophecies of an imminent apocalypse.

The cult’s members dominate my former team at Google through favoritism and cronyism, not to mention direct payments back to the cult (thus funding its activities). I believe that as a result of my complaints about the Fellowship, I lost my job at Google. I have filed a lawsuit and my story [How a Religious Sect Landed Google in a Lawsuit] is out today in the New York Times. But I also wanted to tell my story in my own words, so here it goes.

I first started working for GDS in 2017. I’d been recommended by my friend, who I am going to refer to as Dan. Dan was also with GDS and I’d known him for over a decade.

Before joining the team, I’d been working in entertainment as a producer; I’d continue that work at GDS, this time in tech. It was my first job out of LA and my first job making good money. I could grow into this role. I was excited for my future, despite having left so much of my life in southern California.

When I showed up in Mountain View, I tried to get the lay of the land. I asked colleagues where they were from, where I should go, and what I should see. Most of them, including my boss and the director of our department, said they weren’t from San Francisco or the Bay Area. Not unusual, I wasn’t from the Bay Area either. What was unusual was that they were all from the same place, a town called “Oregon House,” which turned out not to be a city or an industry hub, but a small rural community about 150 miles north, outside of Sacramento. For a time, it seemed like half of my colleagues were from this very small place in the California foothills hours away from where we worked.

As I made friends at work, we started to talk about this. My colleagues also noticed how prevalent Oregon House was. Cronyism and nepotism is not uncommon, especially in my line of my work, but it was unusual on this scale: At least 12 people in of the 25, or so, I had met, all from this small town, all of whom knew each other beforehand and had close relationships.

The ties didn’t end there either. GDS contributed a lot of business to Oregon House, mostly wine. Oregon House has a winery — called “Grant Marie,” formerly “Renaissance” — from which we’d buy wine by the crate for the events we produced (between nine to 12 a year). They’d even set up booths just to talk about their wine at these events — events like the Google I/O after-party and the Android Summit, large events with thousands of guests. Sundar himself could have drank this wine — it was certainly served around him. The wine was our most consistent feature, and the invoices I’ve seen suggest we were buying hundreds of thousands of dollars worth every year, just from Grant Marie.

I didn’t think much of it until around late 2018, while at lunch before a shoot. I was speaking to my director of photography, a freelancer for that day, meaning someone who didn’t regularly work with us. I asked him where he was from and he told me he was from Grass Valley, a small city north of Sacramento.

“Oh, you’re from the place everyone we work with is from,” chimed in my friend and co-worker, who was chatting with us.

“Oregon House,” I clarified for my friend.

At that, I saw the blood leave the freelancer’s face. He was gravely serious. “Oregon House isn’t a town,” he said. “It’s a cult.”

We chatted uneasily for the remainder of our meal. He told my friend and I what he meant: A group called the Fellowship of Friends lived in Oregon House, a group that our colleagues were likely a part of. I asked my fill of questions and it seemed like this person was pretty well versed on the Fellowship of Friends. But, of course, I couldn’t form a real impression from one conversation. I brushed it off and we moved on with the day. I pretended to forget.

When I got home, I looked into it. The Fellowship of Friends was a real, documented cult: I found support groups where ex-members talk about their time in the group, including discussions of sexual abuse and grooming. There were articles in mainstream outlets dating from the 1990s that described them as a cult (in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Sacramento Bee, to name a few), including an in-depth piece on the group’s “cult wine.” I even found episodes about them on a podcast aptly named “Cults.”

I can describe the cult in more detail. Some of this I learned long after I first looked up the Fellowship of Friends, including very recently through a detailed six-part podcast called “Revelations” that’s entirely focused on the cult.

The Fellowship of Friends is a bizarre group. It claims to have hundreds of members and dozens of “centers” across the world, many in “stately mansions” outside major cities like Paris. They reportedly try to recruit in different countries. One of the things they became known for was placing bookmarks in metaphysical bookstores — some members have described looking for guidance in a book, coming across a Fellowship of Friends bookmark, and joining the group as a result.

The group puts a premium on “high culture.” At its headquarters in Oregon House, in a compound called Apollo, members describe studying philosophy, art, and music, watching ballet performances, and practicing the violin, all while working on the cult’s natural wine vineyards. Members describe paying at least 10 percent of any earnings to the cult as a tithe, with the group receiving millions every year as a result. Its leader, Robert Earl Burton, reportedly goes on lavish shopping sprees all over the world using members’ tithe money, buying European paintings, Ming dynasty furniture, expensive clothing, and exotic animals like white camels and peacocks.

The compound, named “Apollo,” has been referenced as an “ark” and cult members believe that when the world ends, they will help rebuild a new one.

The culture and fine wine hid their other activities though: Robert Earl Burton has reportedly sexually abused dozens of members. Members have described him grooming and sexually assaulting male followers, including minors, and described at least one “love fest” where he tried to have sex with as many as 100 of his male followers in a single day. He has settled a lawsuit by a former member for sexual assault. He reportedly forbade other members from having sex outside of marriage; one member described being fined $1,500 for having sex with a woman when they weren’t married.

I’ve seen statements alleging that women were forced to undergo abortions when they got pregnant because it “wasn’t time for children to be on the ark.” Homosexual relationships were reportedly forbidden (except for the leaders of course) and same-sex couples were forced to break up. Men from across the world were reportedly flown into the country on religious visas to visit the compound before learning that sexual favors were an expected part of their stay — sex trafficking, in other words.

The Fellowship of Friends is also seemingly a patriarchal, Anglo-centric, Europhilic group. Women were disparaged and subservient to male members: Robert Earl Burton taught that women were less spiritual beings than men, and there’s only one woman among the 81 “angels” who look over the group (Queen Elizabeth I). Its leaders were seemingly obsessed with white European culture — Robert Earl Burton’s chateau in Oregon House was created in the style of a French villa, its grounds host a statue of Ganymede, and European arts, music, and dance dominate the group’s culture. One former member called the culture “white supremacist.”

Not only that, but there was pretty suggestive evidence that my colleagues were a part of it. I found property records of both my boss and the director of our department, both listing Oregon House addresses. I also found photos of both of them with the leader, Robert Earl Burton.

It was clear to me what was going on.

I was devastated and furious — I’d been unknowingly supporting a cult, a group with a well-documented history of sexually abusing its youngest members, and I’d moved nearly four hundred miles away to do so. Worse, more than a dozen of my colleagues were seemingly in on it, people like my direct manager. I did not know who I could trust, but I resolved to do something. I thought, naively in hindsight, that if I could make people aware of this, there would be change.

The first chance I got, I brought it up with my friend Dan, who was a manager within Google by this time and, more importantly, someone I knew wasn’t in the cult.

Within a week of my discovery I spotted Dan in our office. I approached his desk and let him know that I had found out something very disturbing about a number of our colleagues.

“I think I know what you’re going to say,” he said, to my surprise. “Let’s go off campus.”

So I drove us to a ramen shop in downtown Mountain View. He told me that he already knew about Oregon House: Another concerned manager had let it spill while drinking, weeks earlier. People already knew, he said.

That didn’t surprise me; it would have been hard not to raise suspicions that something was going on. But what did surprise me was how he dealt with it. He told me that the cult was a problem and he was horrified just as I was after initial research. Despite this, he had softened on them, at least as they existed within GDS. He liked our department lead, Peter [ed. - Peter Lubbers, currently Director, Google Developer Studio], and said he was a “good guy,” despite what he was doing for the Fellowship of Friends. He felt he owed him for a recent promotion.

At a certain point, he said he had thought about both quitting and complaining up the ladder, but ultimately decided against either. He thought complaining could lead not only to the loss of his job, but the destruction of our whole department. The loss of all our jobs. GDS, in his mind, wasn’t on steady ground. A revelation like this would be its end.

He instructed me to keep quiet. He told me not to tell anyone and to tell anyone I had already informed to do the same. He reminded me again that if I complained about this, I could lose my job. Strangely, he threw in that “Peter is a powerful guy.” It was unsettling to say the least.

My anxiety reached new levels. I’d thought there was a path forward, but now I felt trapped. I started looking for other work. As Dan had said, there weren’t a lot of options, good or otherwise, for people working in video productions in the Bay Area. I had work, but it now involved keeping quiet about a destructive cult, a doomsday cult, growing in influence in our department. I heard of new members regularly being added and I saw how existing members excelled, further boosting the status of the Fellowship of Friends within our department. Conversely, it seemed the Fellowship members who were on the outs with the group were made to leave. Seemingly, where you stood with the Fellowship of Friends very much related to where you stood with GDS.

Still, I did as Dan said for longer than I’d like to admit. I cautioned my peers not to talk about the cult, at lunch, in the studio at work. I tried to put distance between myself and the problem. I engaged less with Fellowship of Friends members. I avoided work social functions wherever I wouldn’t be noticed.

One night, it got the better of me. I went to the emergency room thinking I was having a heart attack. I was 31. They said it was nerves, a panic attack, the first of my life. The consulting physician asked me if there was any stress in my life. All I could say was “work.” I knew I had to do something.

I went back to Dan, but his line was clearer now, more rehearsed. At his home, over a drink, he cut me off the moment I raised the cult as a concern. He told me to drop it and, for that day, I did. I felt defeated. Weeks later, I steeled myself and tried again, more forcefully. I wouldn’t back down this time. It was an explosive argument, the first and only I had had with my friend Dan and the last time I’d be alone in a room with him. I begged him to go to HR. I pleaded with him to help me do something. He had access. I did not. I was a TVC — which stands for “temps, vendors, and contractors,” a designation within Google for workers who aren’t full-time employees and are hired by third parties companies, not by Google itself. We do the same work as full-time Google employees — I worked right alongside them — but we don’t have the same corporate benefits.

If I went to my HR department, they’d have no power over Google. In fact, they were entirely beholden to Google. They had disregarded colleagues who had complained about more clear-cut issues like a drunk and unruly manager. “Why are you telling me this?” they’d ask. “Don’t tell me this.”

I left Dan’s that night knowing I’d need to figure this out on my own. Then, COVID happened. Suddenly a dangerous cult seemed like less of a priority. I was allowed to work from home, I even moved to a different state. The problem grew distant and I was finding a semblance of peace. I didn’t have to see my old manager, the director of our department, or even Dan. My work went well. I received only positive reviews, zero complaints, and my client was looking to bring me on as a genuine, full-time employee of Google. Besides that, I was up for a promotion. Things felt better.

Then, without warning or reason, I was fired. The person who actually gave me the decision didn’t know why they were doing it. They said they had no involvement in the decision. They asked me if I knew why I was being fired. I said “I assume you would know, right?” They didn’t. (A funny detail: The raise for that promotion I was given was processed after I was fired, so I received two last checks at the higher rate. Fired and promoted at the same time.)

Even though Dan was not in my chain of supervisors, I’m convinced he helped to orchestrate my termination. I believe he saw me as an existential threat, to him, his colleagues and their jobs. The purported reasoning for my termination was an email I had sent requesting the retention of an editor, which was a completely normal business issue. In retrospect, it looks like Dan was looking for pretext to shuffle me off for some time before that.

In the middle of a pandemic, in a new state, I was unemployed — fired, for the first time in my professional career. I had recently joined the Alphabet Workers Union, the union of now almost 1,000 workers across all Alphabet companies, including Google. I told them my story and they advised that I get a lawyer. Fifteen months later and this is where I am: the lawsuit is pending, I’m still unemployed, and I see no change in the cult that essentially runs an entire department within Google.

Still, I’m optimistic. I was not the first or the last person to complain. I know of at least four former colleagues who’ve also spoken out about this. None of those complaints have thus far been taken seriously, likely because they are coming from TVCs like me. I have heard that agitation against the cult is increasing.

Google knows about this problem. Managers know full well that a destructive cult, a group credibly alleged to be involved in the sexual abuse of possibly hundreds of followers, including children, has significant influence over an important team within the company. Yet they turn a blind eye, ignoring their own workers who’ve spoken out. I’m doing my best to hold them accountable.

If you want to get in touch, email me at

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Seeker of Truth

Asaf Braverman, from his gofundme page

[ed. - Former 20-year Fellowship of Friends member and, since leaving Robert Burton's side, former "conscious being" Asaf Braverman announces a new project. (Seeker of Truth links removed.)]

Hello Friend

In 2022/3, BePeriod will be creating a full-length documentary on George Gurdjieff titled Seeker of Truth. The script of the documentary is replacing the content of the site and is available to read online. It is comprised of five parts. The first has already been produced into video. Watch it here:


The other 4 parts are available to read here:


This project was undertaken with the understanding that a school must give back. It must harness the talent and resources of its members to form an expression that can outlast them.

We will be sending you messages and previews to keep you informed of our progress.

Asaf Braverman

[ed. - See also, more Asaf Braverman history]

Sunday, May 22, 2022

"Bigger Than the Pope: Jennings Brown on Teal Swan & The Fellowship of Friends"

Think you might be in a cult? Want to know the signs? Join Sarah Edmondson and Anthony “Nippy” Ames to talk about things that are...a little bit culty. Or in their case: a whole bunch of culty. As whistleblowers documented in the critically-acclaimed HBO series “The Vow,” Sarah and Nippy have a lot to say about their experience, and burning questions to ask people with similar stories. They’re here to help people understand, heal from, and avoid abusive situations one little red flag at a time. Listen in as they share their stories, have frank and unscripted conversations with other survivors and cult experts, and do a deep dive on how devotion can turn to dysfunction.

(Note: The player should start at the 46-minute mark, where the conversation turns to the Fellowship. You may need to press the control button several times for it start at that mark. If you hear, "flying monkeys," you're in the right spot (and some may be reminded of our friend Bruce Levy.)]

The discussion continues here: Bigger Than the Pope: Jennings Brown on Teal Swan & The Fellowship of Friends (Part 2).


Friday, May 20, 2022

The Deep End


"Insider" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, May 20, 2022:

“The Deep End is an upcoming docuseries—based on the Gizmodo podcast The Gateway—that follows Teal Swan, a self-proclaimed spiritual leader, her tantalizing self-help empire, and those who follow it devoutly.

“Teal Swan is an internet guru who rose to fame for her self-help videos on YouTube, which cover topics ranging from shame, spirit plants, and even cryptocurrency. Her soothing tone and spiritual ideology allowed her to capture the attention of 1.25 million subscribers. The Deep End follows Swan’s rise to prominence, the goings-ons at her spiritual retreat center in Costa Rica, her loyal followers, and the private investigator working to determine the truth of Swan’s organization.”

The Gizmodo podcast, The Gateway, referred to above, was hosted by Jennings Brown. Jennings then hosted Revelations, the recent 6-part podcast about the Fellowship, after meeting Teal Swan’s husband, and former FF member [Ale Gicqueau, aka Vaillant Gicqueau], in Costa Rica.

Can we now look forward to a docuseries on the Fellowship of Friends? 

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Has the Fellowship of Friends existed solely to feed Robert Burton's insatiable appetite for young men?

[ed. - The Russian invasion of Ukraine has raised concerns that refugees fleeing the conflict are falling victim to human trafficking. Following the dissolution of The Soviet Union, similar concerns about human trafficking were raised in relation to the The Fellowship of Friends. Then, Robert Earl Burton saw the opportunity to expand recruiting into former Eastern Bloc nations. His recruiting efforts targeted young, attractive heterosexual males. "WhaleRider's"  satire below comes a little too near the truth. See also: Inner Circle facts]

"Whalerider" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, March 12, 2022:

U.S. Embargo on Exporting Russian Sperm Creates Cult Crisis

Russian Doll House, CA

The recent invasion of Ukraine and subsequent travel restrictions placed upon Russians has severely impacted the futures market of Russian sperm for a Northern California Gay Sex Cult, known as the Fellowship of Friends, who rely heavily upon the high sperm count of young Russian males to feed the insatiable appetite of the cult leader, Robert E Burton, causing him to overtax his domestic sources and prompting his followers to develop new supply chains to entangle unsuspecting young males from other third world countries like Central America.

Burton has also required his followers to call his recent recruiting effort exclusively as a “Special Spiritual Operation” and will immediately expel any follower who uses any other term to refer to his newest international sex trafficking exploit.

Despite recent revelations of what goes on beneath the cult’s gilded veneer of dinners and concerts, critics warn that Burton is unlikely to withdraw his misuse of “higher forces” and will undoubtedly double down in his efforts to secure complete male dominance over the lives of his followers.


"Insider" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, March 17, 2022:

96. WhaleRider [above]

Wow. How did you know?

Robert Burton is actively organizing the relocation of his followers living in Russia to Mexico City, since they do not need a visa to enter Mexico. So far, some 20 followers have made the move, or are in the process of doing so. To accommodate them in Mexico City, at least 2 new so-called “teaching houses” have been opened.

Will Burton travel to Mexico City in the near future? Stay tuned.


 "Insider" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, March 30, 2022:

1. crossroads

Imagine the debt owed by the Russian refugees to Robert Burton. Whatever funds did not come from the Fellowship directly to cover air fare, housing costs in Mexico City, plus expenses for 6 months, came from a massive fundraising campaign that is ongoing. And how will Robert exact his pound of flesh from these young Russian men? Well, Burton will be heading down to Mexico City on Easter Sunday, April 17. Get ready, boys. Line up at the Hilton Hotel, Reforma to make the first installment on your debt, understanding that the debt will never be repaid in full, and regular installments will be expected whenever and wherever Burton demands.


"Insider" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, November 19, 2021:

You have to wonder how many people, both formerly-important old-timers, and the younger generation mainly from Russia and Eastern Europe, understand the depth of the scam perpetrated by Robert Burton: pretending that the Fellowship is an “esoteric school” with a “conscious teacher” helping people around the world to become “conscious beings” so they may go to “Paradise;” while in actuality the Fellowship and its structure of “centers” is, and has always been, primarily engaged in recruiting sex partners for Burton, shipping them off to Apollo (or wherever Burton wants to meet them), and of course raising untold tens of millions of dollars over the years to satisfy Burton’s insatiable appetite for sex and bodily fluids, and also his various spending addictions.

It was never about the “4th Way.” That was, and still is, merely the bait.

Does Girard know? How about Linda? Kevin, Benjamin, Nicholas S? Helga, Mark L (Marcus), Greg H (current FF president)? And then there was Abraham Goldman. And Dorian. And Asaf had to have known everything. And a whole ton of ex-bigshots, and center directors, some still in the Fellowship, some gone, some dead. How many buried in the cemetery knew everything, yet said nothing?

I know it’s just my POV, but to me this is the most important thing to know about Burton and the Fellowship of Friends.

A fake school, a fake teacher, a fake teaching, a fake 4th Way lineage, and many fake promises.


"Golden Veil" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, November 19, 2021:

Insider ~ November 19, 2021 [above]

If the Fellowship of Friends is “A fake school, a fake teacher, a fake teaching, a fake 4th Way lineage, and many fake promises.” then it follows that the students are fake as well.

It doesn’t take long to see that the Fellowship of Friends is not a “Fourth Way” Gurdjieffian school, it’s something else. Some are “seekers” and “find the school,” and are soon convinced that “the School” is what they have been missing their entire lives. As has been said before, prospective students are often attentively “love bombed” – and then assigned various tasks or practices. Probably the only real practices common to Gurdjieff and Burton though is a certain form of hypnosis, a kind of charismatic seduction – and the money con and practice of sex with students. Members are so busy learning the student act they don’t have time to think about Burton’s crass sexual whims, and if they ever do, they indulge in denial and turn a blind eye; cognitive dissonance.


"WhaleRider" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, November 20, 2021:

Never mind whether or not the FOF is a “fake school”, which begs the question…is there such an entity as a “real school”, other than your local university, that is?

Clearly the FOF is a FAKE RELIGION whose belief in a “higher power” is used to justify taking in vast sums of money, avoid paying taxes, sexually exploit male followers, and to protect and enrich the predator in chief.


"diegoriverassquaretrouserleg" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, November 21, 2021:

I somehow missed these podcasts back in 2019. They seem to have no connection with Jennings’s and contain a wealth of historical information, detail and psychological insight.

There are two parts, links are below. I found them to be a chilling and good companion and introduction to Jennings series.

Hard to believe I was involved in this horror show. Burton is a truly sick, perverted fuck. Many of the gory details are out there now for people to find and yet and still, only the surface has been scratched,

Largely the crimes of the early years are documented now and available here and there in the public domain for anyone with a mind to find them and piece them together, but Burton refined his strategies of abuse and got better and better at it, he also perfected ways of isolating himself from prosecution and litigation whilst the predation escalated.

He continues today largely unimpeded, financially supported by the naive and needy and enabled by the knowing and willingly complicit.

Fifty years of lies, abuse, manipulation and madness, predation, greed addiction, coercion and intimidation……….

“I am the brightest light since Jesus Christ” – Burton

Buyer beware.

Listen to Part 1:

Listen to Part 2:


and if you haven’t listened to Jennings’ excellent podcast series, you can find the six episodes here on spotify


"44thWay" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, November 23, 2021:

[Quoting] #23 laughoutloud

“44th way, this is complete 'bollocks'.”

[Quoting] #30 laughoutloud

“Yes, I meant that many know the dry facts, but probably have different perspectives and attitudes about it.”

This is a question that I muse over in my book, without coming to a definite conclusion. Yes, I was a member for over two decades; yes, at one point I was a Centre Director. That doesn’t mean that I was clearly aware of the abuse. I knew that Burton was a homosexual: that is nothing to remark on. I knew he had a sex life, that also is nothing to remark on, of itself. I did not know that his entourage were all heterosexual, nor did I know that religious visas were obtained for them solely to feed Burton’s lust. Even after leaving, it did not at first dawn on me that these so-called consensual arrangements were actually abuse of power. Bear in mind also that we are now all much more sensitised to these issues because of the Harvey Weinstein case and others. It is within my adult lifetime that rape within marriage has been made legally a crime in the UK: perceptions change.

I was aware that Burton had a sex life around the time that the ‘sex exercise’ was rescinded, and it did seem paradoxical (to say the least) that Burton was allowed to have sex while other homosexuals were not, although that rule was also rescinded about that time. (It reminded me of what someone told me many, many years before, that Leon MacLaren, leader of the SES, did not impose any exercise or rule that he did not follow himself.)

To leave the school, one’s understanding – of such information as one has – must be such that it destroys one’s belief that the Teacher is actually what he claims to be, that is, a ‘Conscious Being’ (whatever that is).

What did you know then that you see differently now?

[Quoting] #32 Golden Veil

“It doesn’t take long to see that the Fellowship of Friends is not a 'Fourth Way' Gurdjieffian school, it’s something else.”

[Quoting] #33 WhaleRider

“Never mind whether or not the FOF is a 'fake school', which begs the question…is there such an entity as a 'real school'…”

Indeed. Because we (I assume I speak for all here) swallowed so much nonsense in order to pursue our dream of becoming ‘Conscious Beings’ (and/or ‘immortal at the scale of the solar system’), it seems to me important to look at the underpinnings of the Fourth Way belief system.

If we had not been inclined to believe what we (inaccurately) called ‘B-influence,’ we would not have been attracted to the Fourth Way in the first place.


"Man Number Zero" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, November 23, 2021:

In post 43 [above], 44thWay writes:

“To leave the school, one’s understanding – of such information as one has – must be such that it destroys one’s belief that the Teacher is actually what he claims to be, that is, a ‘Conscious Being’ (whatever that is).”

For some members it seems that no information would be sufficient to destroy their belief in Burton as a Conscious Being. For example, in post 31 Insider gives a list of people who must surely know that Burton is a predator (“Does Girard know? How about Linda? Kevin, Benjamin, Nicholas S? Helga, Mark L (Marcus), Greg H (current FF president)? And then there was Abraham Goldman. And Dorian. And Asaf had to have known everything.”)

Based on what he writes in his books, Girard for one does still seem to believe that Burton is a Conscious Being. I don’t know about the other people on Insider’s list; possibly some or all of them also believe this.

So it seems to be possible to simultaneously believe “Burton is a sexual predator” and “Burton is a Conscious Being”. Burton’s defenders have occasionally posted hints to the blog on how they reconcile these two beliefs, for example “The Lower cannot judge the Higher” or “Conscious Beings are not bound by the rules that apply to the rest of us.”


"44thWay" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, November 23, 2021:

#44 Man Number Zero [above]

Another reason why analysis of what the Fourth Way is for (and whether it is credible) is important. Why would it be ok for a ‘higher’ or ‘more conscious’ being to inflict harm on another?


"Insider" wrote on the Fellowship of Friends Discussion blog, August 29, 2022:

Robert Burton and the Fellowship of Friends are as worried and defensive as I have ever known. Without any doubt, it is related to the flood of revelations, articles and podcasts during the past year.

Recently, the Fellowship bought the domains robertearlburton dot org, com and net, and also robertearlburtonandthefellowshipoffriends dot org and net. They are trying to hog any search engine results that would otherwise be negative towards Burton and the Fellowship.

This act of desperation (really a declaration of war), ordered either by the Board of Directors, or possibly by Burton himself (on advice from his close handlers), indicates that the Fellowship is in its death throes. It will not be continuing for very much longer. All of its leadership and “older students” know this very well, and they have lost all sense of rationality and spiritual purpose.

The average age of the members living in and near Oregon House is around, if not over, 70. There is a virtual army of retired members who have nothing better to do with their little remaining time, referring to their own few remaining years, and also to the Fellowship’s certain demise, as soon as Burton has one more heart attack.

A deep Galleria inner circle member confided in me that Burton’s plans for the Fellowship, the community, and the absurd “new civilization” fable, only took into account Burton’s own lifetime. He has never planned for any continuation beyond that. This “counter-offensive” being undertaken by the Fellowship leadership and high-ranking operatives is meant to keep Burton safe from lawsuits and persecution for his few remaining months or years (in the same way that the armed “militia” keeps Burton physically safe).

Burton is certainly not concerned about the potential loss of new members from the recent revelations. Almost no one is joining anyway, and donations are now so low for the first couple of years (actually, zero for those who catch Burton’s attention, if you know what I mean), as to have no impact on Fellowship finances. [emphasis added]

Whatever we, the ex- and non-members, are doing, visibly or quietly, is having a cumulative effect. Burton is showing himself to be deeply worried about being publicly humiliated, not to mention losing his boys, toys, and personal retirement home called Apollo.