Clowns from around the world return to Iquitos, Peru, near the headwaters of the Amazon River for the Belén Festival, an intensive experience in collaborative grassroots community activism. Join us in August!Read More!
Learn how to bring joy and imagine a desirable society using clowning, performance, music, humor and play in August. This experience will change your life!Read More!
Clowning with our Russian friends gives us hope for a world revolution of love! We invite you to join on a two-week adventure to Moscow and St. Petersburg to clown in hospitals, orphanages, nursing homes, & more!Read More!
Check out some more ways for you to get involved at Gesundheit. Yippee!Read More!
Above all, remember what Patch reminds us, that friendship and laughter are truly the best medicine, so get out there and "Spread Joy Indiscriminately"!Read More!
Join Patch and Gesundheit doctors in designing the world’s first curriculum for loving kindness and compassion in health care. Click below to Read More!Read More!
Patch Adams is best known for his work as a medical doctor and a clown, but he is also a social activist who has devoted over 40 years of his life to changing America’s healthcare system. He believes that laughter, joy and creativity are an integral part of the healing process and, with the help of friends, he founded the Gesundheit Institute in 1971 in order to address all the problems of health care in one model.Learn More!
The Gesundheit Institute, a non-profit healthcare organization, is a project in holistic medical care based on the belief that one cannot separate the health of the individual from the health of the family, the community, the society, and the world. Our mission is to reframe and reclaim the concept of ‘hospital’.Learn More!
Formed in 2006, Gesundheit Global Outreach (GGO) encompasses humanitarian clowning missions and aid, educational programs, building projects and community development around the world. The goal of this work is the improvement of the health of individuals and communities in crisis from sickness, war, poverty and injustice.Learn More!
Gesundheit is a model designed to influence discussions of health care delivery systems around the world. As such, our mission is primarily educational and inspirational. Our hospital project delivers care in a context that models our ideal design, while our Teaching Center educates health care practitioners to create their ideal design. Through a variety of educational programming, our aim is to seed/design a variety of projects that move the healthcare delivery system away from the corporate-business context into models of compassion and service.Learn More!