The Gandhi House

House 3

On March 2012, the Gandhi Institute moved into the Gandhi House in Rochester’s Plymouth-Exchange (PLEX) neighborhood, at 929 S Plymouth!

History of the house:

The Gandhi 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 in partnership with the Seedfolk City Farm, as well as a meditative green space available to the neighborhood.

seedfolk garden






The house and empty lot/garden before and after photographs  (by Lisa Barker) 


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 hundreds of groups attending 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 are so grateful to be here. This building and its history is a wonderful metaphor for our work. If you are connected with a youth, student or community group interested in service projects, contact us to schedule a time to volunteer or set up a workshop. Upcoming projects include installing rain barrels and adding solar energy.

annual birthday gatheringWilson Day 1

Front Gardenmulching
We are delighted to partner with staff from Seedfolk City Farm and In the City/Off the Grid to host an urban agriculture/youth employment project while providing weekly nonviolence training to staff and participants.  Plans for 2016 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: 


  • Fabric
  • New Socks
  • 150 ft medium outdoor extension cord with standing cord storage reel
  • 1 gallon exterior oil based primer
  • 2 gallons exterior latex paint
  • Floor-standing presentation easels (portable, able to hold poster board and flip chart paper pads)
  • Meditation cushions (round ones)
  • Earth-friendly all-purpose cleaner
  • Earth-friendly dish soap
  • Brita water filters
  • Postage stamps
  • Copy paper
  • Toilet paper


Another way to support the Gandhi Institute is to




  • September 13, 2016 6:00 pmConversations on Race
  • September 20, 2016 6:00 pmConversations on Race with Poverty
  • September 21, 2016 6:00 pmConversations on Race
  • September 28, 2016 6:00 pmConversations on Race with Poverty
  • October 2, 2016 2:00 pmOpen House
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