FAQs

What courses do you offer and how do I sign up?
For information about courses, please go to lafayettemorehouse.com.
 
Do you have communal meals?
We have them fairly often. It’s very informal and participation is entirely voluntary. Sometimes we have evenings of fine dining just for fun.

Are you an eco-commune?
No, but we appreciate that we have a fraction of the carbon and environmental footprint than we would have were we all living in separate houses and apartments.  Moreover, we purchase recycled paper products whenever possible, actively participate in the municipal recycling and composting programs, conserve water, and often use recycled materials in our construction projects.

Do you grow your own food?
No. However, some people love gardening. There are some culinary herbs growing in the yard and two lemon trees.

Are you polyamorous?
No. Everyone in our community is free to enjoy whatever types of relationships bring them pleasure within the context of the one-no-vote.  Some of us are celibate, some are monogamous, others are single, and some have a range of relationships with other people. We think all forms of relationship, within the law, are right.

Are you government subsidized?
No. We are self-sufficient. 

Why is there an American flag in the front yard?
We’re grateful to live in a country that believes in creating a more perfect union and encourages the pursuit of happiness. 

Do residents pay rent? 
No, we don't pay rent. We live together as a household and share the expenses. These are called More Shared Dues.

Are there any rules?
Only two rules: [1] don’t do anything you don’t want to do and [2] don’t put glasses on Vic’s floor. That second one comes down to respecting the wishes of your housemates. Of course, residents make agreements with each other on various aspects of living together. 
 
How do you make decisions as a group?
We use a system called the “One No-Vote.” Anyone who makes a new proposal should ensure no one in the group objects before moving forward. Each group member has the power to cast an irrevocable “no-vote” which means whatever’s being proposed can never happen. While no-votes are rarely cast, giving everyone this power helps to ensure that we remember to take everyone’s viewpoints into account; it’s how you treat the people you love.
 
Can I come and visit?
Usually, yes, this could be arranged through us by making an appointment, but please note in these days of shelter in place we’re not open for regular public events, parties, or to new people moving in. We’re a safe pod with guidelines in place that protect us and the essential few with whom we come in contact in the outside world. We are, however, having parties on Zoom, so please feel free to contact us.

Can I live with you?
Although we aren't actively looking for new residents now, there is usually always space here for people who are sincerely interested in our lifestyle. Generally, the first step is for people to get to know us and our community – by coming to parties and groovies at our house, by attending Mark Groups, and by taking Morehouse coursesThe reason that our lives are so good and that our group has thrived since 1968 is that our lifestyle is based on the More philosophy. There are courses that explain this philosophy and summarize the results of our more than 50 years of research into group living.  The courses are really the most effective way to find out what we're up to. We strongly recommend the Basic Sensuality course. After you've spent some time getting to know us and you've taken Basic Sensuality, the next step would be to do the Evaluacy: An Oakland Morehouse Guided Tour.  This is a two-week residential intensive during which you explore in depth how we live. You will learn about us and we will learn about you.