Upcoming events

  • 24 Mar 2018

    String Thing 6

    Join us on March 24th at Johnny’s Irish Pub for String Thing 6 — hosted by North Star String Band…
  • 29 Mar 2018

    The Social Life of Guns: Research Symposium

    On March 29-30 we’re cosponsoring an interdisciplinary research symposium on the social life of guns with the University of Rochester’s…
  • 02 Apr 2018

    Spring Nonviolence Intensive

    We are excited to announce our four-day Spring Nonviolence Intensive in collaboration with Paul Chappell, a West Point graduate, international peace…
  • 05 Apr 2018

    Soulforce: Honoring the Legacy of Gandhi and King

    One of our friends has graciously offered the Gandhi Institute the use of their home, so we’re throwing a party and raising…

Programs & Activities

School Climate Transformation: Institute staff work with Rochester students and teachers  in conflict resolution spaces, through workshops, after school programs, presentations and hands on projects  to create healthier, more loving school climates for students, teachers, administrators, and parents.

Workshops & Trainings: The Institute offers learning opportunities to groups of all kinds on a donation basis. Workshop content is adjusted to best serve the group, and may include racial justice, leadership, conflict resolution, or nonviolence education.

Gandhi Service Fellowship Program: This year-long academic program mentors Rochester-area undergraduate and graduate students in nonviolence philosophy and skills while helping them to design and implement projects addressing community needs.

Summer Youth Facilitation Institute (SYFI): This paid apprenticeship prepares high school students to be peacemakers, training them in facilitation skills and nonviolence education.

Sustainability Initiatives: The Institute maintains two gardens on an adjacent one acre parcel in a USDA food desert neighborhood.

Gandhi House:  Located in a former abandoned building in Rochester’s Plymouth-Exchange neighborhood, the Institute hosts hundreds of visitors each year. The Gandhi House is utilized by dozens of local groups annually for meetings and events.

Words about our Work

I found the workshop on Saturday deeply inspiring and full of wisdom! I loved the process for community building also. To me, it seemed like everyone was very engaged. I am using the insights and tools from Saturday every day.


Rev. Dr. Pat Youngdahl, Downtown United Presbyterian Church

The Gandhi Institute training was an awesome experience for all AmeriCorps members involved… There was a constant flow of new partners, groups, and therefore, ideas that required openness and honesty, and trust… Facilitators, with their own experiences leading nonviolent groups in the city’s high schools, intervened to model potential changes in our approach that proved very helpful. All in all, the intensive training with the Gandhi Institute gave us all very concrete tools to have in our back pocket [and] also proved to be a great release of stress.

Maeve Willis

Maeve Willis, Rochester AmeriCorps

It is very important that inner city children have the opportunity to be a POSITIVE part of their community on a grassroots level. The individuals at the Institute understand this and they customized experiences that helped children of all ages understand how to be valuable assets to their community. I am very grateful to have the Gandhi Institute and will continue to support them as they support the Rochester City School District.

Djinga St. Louis

Djinga King-St. Louis, Vice Principal at School 16

Gandhi & Nonviolence Cards

April Gandhi Decks

Our Gandhi & Nonviolence Knowledge Cards are traveling the world, bringing Gandhi’s philosophy to life in meaningful, fun ways.