Close this search box.
Nonviolence in Action​
The M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence is a nonprofit located in Rochester, NY that embodies the vision of its historic namesake.
Support Our Garden
Help is needed cleaning and refitting our basement as a grow room to support our community garden and food share program.
Previous slide
Next slide

Nonviolence is shaped by principles that guide our actions as we work for change.​

From small acts of kindness to mass movements for change, nonviolence moves our care for other people into action.

Nonviolence helps us organize our community to refuse to cooperate with injustice. It gives us ways to engage our community in solutions and alternatives.

Nonviolence offers practical and effective tools to achieve justice in a way that breaks the cycle of violence.

It takes courage to stand up for peace and justice. Nonviolence unleashes that courage within us.

Our Mission is to help individuals and communities develop the inner resources and practical skills needed to achieve a nonviolent, sustainable, and just world.

Our Four Pillars

Restorative Practices

We practice and preach culturally informed restorative practices that are a hallmark of Gandhian and Kingian nonviolence as well as many Indigenous cultures worldwide. These restorative practices save money, reduce trauma, and are often more effective than our current justice system.


We enact the connection that Gandhi saw between nonviolence and sustainability by growing our community garden for and with neighbors, by making conscientious purchasing and financial policies, and by keeping vegetarian at the Gandhi House.

Racial Justice

We work to recognize, interrupt, and undo racism – a systemic form of dehumanization embedded in U.S. economic and social systems – in order to stop violence at its root. We enact anti-racist practice in our staff and board as well as in our work and community engagements.

Nonviolence Education

We teach the critical skills of nonviolence by serving youth ages 12-24 through school programs and adults through workshops, presentations, and book groups. We also spread nonviolence through our “Gandhi and Nonviolence” cards and our Nonviolence Now media project, in partnership with Nonviolence News.
Student conversations
Families connected to the garden
Events and workshops
Youth and adults trained

Rochester Roundtables: Walk the Talk (December Meeting)

Join us in this community empowerment series, rooted in essential dialogues. This series is focused on bringing together generations, to draw on collective wisdom towards naming, understanding, and galvanizing around …

Breakfast Chats

Come to get to know us and talk about your part in supporting nonviolence in Rochester and beyond. Join our Directors for breakfast & conversation!

Online Grief Circles (July-December ’23)

“Every one of us is an expert on what it is like to live on an endangered planet.” -Joanna Macy Grief circles Thursdays 12-1 pm EST What keeps you up …

Interviewing Dominic Barter

Perspectives on Peace: Transforming Tomorrow is the MK Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence’s podcast and we were lucky to welcome Dominic Barter for a conversation on Restorative Work! What follows is

Read More »

We acknowledge the land on which we gather is the treaty territory of the Haudenosaunee Peoples.