2018 Laughing Body Report

The summer workshop “The Laughing Body: The Art of Care” ends in the wild care of the forests of West Virginia Since 2011, our friends Ginevra and Italo (Clown One Italia) and Mariko (Clown One Japan) meet in West Virginia…

2018 Morocco Report

Our third visit to Morocco was wonderful. We had a group of nearly 50 clowns and were welcomed warmly both by our hosts in Morocco and the Moroccan people. From the medinas in Marrakech to the coasts in Casablanca we…

2018 Guatemala Report

Greetings Gesundheit! Family! MamaCha here. We have just returned from our annual Alternative Spring Break Visit to Guatemala City—it was our 9th year there! It was very special for me, as I have been visiting for most of these 9…

Visiting Beslan, Russia with Maria’s Children

I just returned from my first week-long Clown Trip with Maria Eliseeva (of Maria’s Children) to the town of Beslan in Russia. In 2004, a group of rebels entered a school in Beslan, and held the school hostage 2 days….

Spring Equinox on the land!

Hello friends and happy Spring Equinox! The prospect of spring has us all giddy, although we’re currently looking out the window at a beautiful snow covered landscape. We are grateful for this heavy influx of snow and all that it…

On the Intelligence of Love

I, Dr. Patch Adams, believe LOVE is an intelligence. Unlike other types of types of intelligence, love is not taught in schools. Shockingly, the intelligence of love is not taught in public schools anywhere in the world. In my work…

A Frosty, Frozen Winter On the Land

  Greetings from the Gesundheit family in West Virginia! It has been a frosty, frozen winter so far and we have been enjoying our seasonal hibernation. The holiday season was full of love, excitement, and merriment.  We welcome the return…

2017 Year End Report

  Dear friends – As 2017 closes I’ve never felt so enchanted by this life in change. Never in my life has there been a louder song for change; a song where all people in the world, and all of…

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…

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