Lake  Merritt Area
 Oakland,  CA 
Welcome to the Oakland Morehouse, aka the Institute of Human Abilities! We were the first Morehouse. Our doors have been open as an intentional community since 1968.  Our lifestyle is based on the More Philosophy as described by Vic Baranco. For a history of our house and the beginning of Morehouse, go to

Today, we are a group of people spanning multiple generations living in an 1890's purple Victorian house in the Lake Merritt area of Oakland.  Sometimes we eat together, sometimes we work together on the house, and we generally take care of each other and have fun.  We are dedicated to a lifestyle of doing only what we want to do while being mindful of our responsibilities and our impact on others.  We call this responsible hedonism.“Our philosophy is based on the belief that you are perfect, that the world is perfect, and that you are totally responsible for your life. We believe that perfection includes the potential for change.”*

One thing that sets us apart is our egalitarian social system, the cornerstone of which is a concept called the “one-no-vote”. We believe that everyone’s goals can be met when there is enough communication. If you want to know more about our lifestyle, you are welcome to attend one of our parties or a Mark Group. We also recommend Lafayette Morehouse courses, which describe our philosophy and lifestyle in more depth. Please feel free to call us at (510) 836-9793 or email us at for more information.  We’d love to hear from you. 

*Excerpted by permission from the Lafayette Morehouse website.
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