"Fun is the goal; love is the way." —Victor Baranco
Inspired by its founder, Dr. Victor Baranco, and now by his widow, Dr. Cynthia Baranco, Morehouse has been a successful group living experiment for over 40 years. The cornerstone of our philosophy and life-style is the concept of perfection. Our working premise is that people and situations are right the way they are and include the potential for change.
Our research, started by Vic Baranco and his first wife, Suzie Baranco, has explored how people can live together pleasurably, with the group providing support for the individual's goals. We have found that people with increased knowledge and awareness enjoy fun relationships which endure and deepen in intimacy and, moreover, that gratified people tend to treat others with more compassion and love.
Our philosophy is based on the belief that you are perfect (http://www.lafayettemorehouse.com/perfection.html), that the world is perfect, and that you are totally responsible for your life. We believe that perfection includes the potential for change.
Vic recognized that it was imperative to handle communication, sensuality and decision making to sustain a cohesive group of two or more people. The resulting body of Lafayette Morehouse courses (http://www.lafayettemorehouse.com/course.html) report and demonstrate our continued findings in the areas of communication, sensuality, man/woman relationships, jealousy, money, possessions and other issues of group living. Our courses are descriptive rather than prescriptive. It is not our goal to have others live as we do, but rather to offer our findings so that our students can use whatever elements they find beneficial. Those situations that all people encounter and must resolve in order to have happy, fulfilling lives are addressed in these courses. To attain the broadest applicability of our findings, we have sought to include people from all walks of life within our community.
Communication, essential to group living, is the basis of all human relationship and erases loneliness. Through observation and experimentation, we have identified the elements of successful and unsuccessful communication.
In the early 1960's, Vic and Suzie began researching how to improve their sex life. Their approach was unique in that they found it perfect, rather than viewing it as dysfunctional. From that perspective, they discovered how to have a life of sensual pleasure that was ever expanding. They designed a methodology for training others that has been used and further developed by Lafayette Morehouse ever since.
In 1976, Lafayette Morehouse presented the first known public demonstration (http://www.lafayettemorehouse.com/first-demo.html) of a woman in a state of orgasm. The first demonstrations were three hours long, although it soon became apparent that one hour of witnessing a woman in orgasm was more than enough to show that the duration and intensity of orgasm is potentially limitless.
In addition to communication and sensuality, another critical element of successful grouping is the fair distribution of power. The decision-making system Vic designed that has been used throughout the history of Morehouse is the one no-vote (http://www.lafayettemorehouse.com/one_no-vote.html), which is a way to bring about equality in a world of diversity.
In our society, living as an independent family unit is becoming increasingly difficult for social and economic reasons. Isolation and loneliness are also growing problems. We believe that group living is a potential solution to these issues. And besides, it's fun!