The Gandhi House

We are so excited to have moved in March 2012 into our house in Rochester’s Plymouth-Exchange (PLEX) neighborhood, at 929 S Plymouth!

If you are connected with a youth, student or community group that likes to do projects, contact us to schedule a time to come and help. We have lots to do keep up the interior and exterior of our ‘Gandhi House,’ as well as to love the community garden next door.

We are so grateful to be here. This building and its history is a wonderful metaphor for our work.

History of the house:

The house was an abandoned building for 17 years and has been being lovingly restored by two friends and landlords of the Institute, David Knoll and David Skinner, along with their construction crew and a host of community helpers. The building provides space for 8-10 workers, a large community workshop space, a meditation room and more. The house is adjacent to a ¾ acre lot which has been rehabilitated to serve as an urban agriculture project as well as a meditative green space available to all.

 Garden House 1

The house and empty lot/garden before and after

Gandhi House: A Living Museum for Sharing Nonviolence

In addition to office space, the house contains a library, a small retail area to purchase ‘Gandhi gear’,a workshop/meeting room space, a meditation room and a kitchen.  Community spaces on the first floor are wheelchair friendly.

Since moving to the Gandhi House, we have hosted dozens of groups and hundreds of students and adults for films, concerts, meetings, dialogues trainings and community service opportunities.









The house and gardens are maintained by staff and volunteers, creating spaces inside and out that nourish the human spirit.  We host “work parties” and welcome individuals and groups interested in community service to help us.  Upcoming projects include installing rain barrels and adding solar energy.


We are delighted to partner with staff from Prosper Rochester and In the City/Off the Grid to host an urban agriculture/youth employment project while providing weekly nonviolence training to staff and participants.  Youth have also been learning “do it yourself” skills, including screenprinting and basic carpentry with David Sanchez.
Plans for 2015 include building a site for a youth employment aquaponics project.  Stay tuned!

We gratefully accept donations for the use of the space.
Will you help us take care of the Gandhi House?  We could use the following items: 

-White plastic chairs

-Earth-friendly all purpose cleaner

-Annual plant/flower bulbs

-Toilet paper








Another way to support the Gandhi Institute is to


  • October 6, 2015 7:00 pmGrief & Empowerment Circle + Introduction***
  • October 8, 2015Work Party
  • October 15, 2015 6:00 pmConversations on Race with Poverty
  • October 20, 2015 5:00 pmConversations on Race with Poverty
  • October 22, 2015Work Party
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