2017 Russia Report

The 33rd Annual Russia Clown Tour was wonderful. Over 23 clowns from 10 different countries were joined with Russian clowns from Maria’s Children, we all came together to spread love, joy and kindness.   We spent one week in Moscow and one…

On the Land at Gesundheit!

Hello! Welcome to our first ever post where we will hold space each month to discuss events and happenings on the land at Gesundheit! Institute here in the beautiful hills of Hillsboro, West Virginia. Let’s start by introducing our little…

Why I’m an Activist

When I see all the heartbreak around the world, I am reminded why I chose to be an activist in the first place. After three hospitalizations in one year due to attempting suicide, I told myself, ‘you don’t kill yourself, you make…

Construct Your Humanism 2017 Report

  Couldn’t attend the 2017 Construct Your Humanism session—and would like to know what happened? The “Construct Your Humanism, 2017” education session took place this June 12-July 2 in Urbana Illinois, the home of Patch Adams MD, Susan Parenti, and…

The Teaching Center at a Glance

The Gesundheit Institute’s Teaching Center is currently under construction by our good friends at Design.Draw.Build! This 19,125 sq. ft. passive solar structure will feature a Green Roof, 8 Classrooms, Residence for 50 Students, Performance Hall, Black Box Theatre, and more. The Teaching…

10 Positive News Stories from Patch

Hello my friends! Lots of people have been calling me and telling me how sad, mad, or angry they feel about the political discussion lately. We would like to share 10 positive stories that happened this past week. 1. Federal…

Second Annual Veterans Clown Trip

G!GO report from Johnny Glick and Charlotte Huggins Guatemala City, December 2016 Gesundheit Institute clowns teamed up with US and Canadian veterans, both retired and active duty, for our second foray into humanitarian clowning. Ten veterans suffering the wounds of…

2016 Festival de Belen Report

by Carl Hammerschlag, MD For the 11th time we gathered in Iquitos Peru for the Belen Festival, an extraordinary gathering of clowns from all over the world who spread joy, build relationships, and promote health and healing in community. This…

INTERVIEW WITH MARIA ELISEEVA By Justin Lifflander

Every November I see Sheremetyevo Airport transformed: strange people in bright costumes and funny hats appear, surrounded by clouds of soap bubbles. In their midst a tall oddity sporting a blue mustache stands out. He marches about the airport with…

A List of Movies about Capitalism that I Recommend

I get a lot of criticism for calling capitalism the worst disease in history and the probable cause of our extinction. I will not list the many hundreds of frightening books in my library educating global warming. I cannot expect…

Leap of Faith

Last week, I visited with Paula Murphy in Boise, ID. Paula is a wonderful chiropractor who I hope will join us in West Virginia. Recently, she has taken up the trapeze, and teaching others how to use it. So, I…

Wounded Vet Trip

It’s been 6 months since we had our first wounded vet trip. I’m so heartened by the results and look forward to the next. Each of our clowns paired off with a vet. I was joined on this journey by…

Suzanne reflects on Clowning & Caring in Costa Rica

It was a late evening in August 2015, I was sitting outside in San Jose, Costa Rica, in an open space. It was late and dark. We were about 20 people listening to Patch Adams. My 23-year-old son was there,…

Morocco! by Lion

My first clowning adventure. by: Jeffery “Lion” Forbes Those 11 days changed my life like very few moments ever had. I had been corresponding with Patch Adams since before the movie came out, yet had never met him face to face. When we finally…

Patchs End of the Year Letter

Gesundheit has had a great year, infecting the world population with peace, justice, and care for all people. Thanks to a bequest from Merry Kay Powell, and help from Bruce Perlowin we have raised enough funds to put our first…

Mama Therapy

I was just in Paraguay for the first time, thanks to the great efforts of two medical students–Andrea and Daniella. In one day I did a 4-hour workshop, a 2-1/2 hour lecture, and 1 hour of clowning with 6 medical…

Belén Festival Mural Painting

Every year, Sose and I consider how to develop interventions that engage otherwise unnoticed spaces and deliver a clear message addressing issues identified by the community.  Our first steps when we work around a theme are to talk to people…

My Aunt Mary

Oh! What a treat! I contacted my father’s younger sister Mary (92) who lives in Indiana. I haven’t seen her in 50 years when Wildman and I went to a wedding of Jean–dad’s other sister’s (Martha) daughter. She was exited…

Red River Institute Spring Conference 2015

I’ll be the featured speaker at the Red River Institute Spring Conference 2015 on April 25th at the First United Methodist Church in downtown Shreveport. The Red River Institute’s Annual Spring Conference provides a unique opportunity for health providers of different…

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