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…

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…

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…

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…

10th Annual Belen Announcement Letter

The bells are tolling! This year we celebrate the 10th Annual Belén Festival, the central action of the Belén Project.   We are 10 years into our “marriage”with Pueblo Libre’s families and each year we rekindle and nourish the friendships we’ve been…

The Education Of Compassion

Join Patch and Gesundheit doctors in designing the world’s first curriculum for loving kindness and compassion in health care. “The Education of Compassion”, a 2-6 year curriculum, will be designed for teaching medical students, nursing students and other care givers…

Patch Adams Clinic In Philadelphia

Located in a low-income Philadelphia neighborhood, this clinic will provide community-based health care that is genuinely non-profit, preventive, humane and fun. It is a refuge for doctors and nurses who want time to heal patients. It is a refuge for…

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