Satyagraha House is situated in the residential neighbourhood of Orchards in Johannesburg, and was the home of Mohandas Gandhi from 1908 to...
Satyagraha House is situated in the residential neighbourhood of Orchards in Johannesburg, and was the home of Mohandas Gandhi from 1908 to 1909. Within these walls, the future Mahatma created and developed his philosophy of passive resistance. The house was built in 1907 by Gandhi’s close friend, the German architect Hermann Kallenbach, and today it begins a new life.
In all, seven rooms are spread out between the original house, the cottage added a few years later and the modern wing built in 2010. The Satyagraha House is now a registered part of the country’s historical heritage and presents an innovative accommodation concept linking guest house to museum.
Satyagraha House is a living museum with a very different character and experience to its guests. The house has been returned to its original state. The dining room, opening onto the back of the garden, is under a reading room of strong symbolic importance - the mezzanine on which Gandhi had chosen to live. In the front of the house, on either side of the door, two Rondavels are dedicated to the exhibit that continues in the living room, comfortably laid out around a large chimney.
A spiritual library with a collection of works of various philosophical currents is available. The garden invites guests to pursue their meditation with centennial trees, rough stones, earthen pots and an organic vegetable garden. Guests will have the opportunity to see the Gandhi loft where Mahatma Gandhi slept, prayed and fasted, meditated, wrote and got the greatest inspiration known today as passive resistance and human rights.
Initiation to yoga and meditation remains the main activities on the property and these activities are available on request. All meals are strictly vegetarian and organic products are used as well as non-alcoholic beverages but freshly squeezed natural fruit juice is served.