Health Care Justice Celebration

Dec 27, 2018 – Jan 1, 2019 | Hillsboro, WV

“In medical school, I received no lectures on health, care or justice but instantly found them to be the foundations for my practice of medicine” – Patch Adams, MD


The Experience

We invite you to attend our five day Health Care Justice Celebration, December 27 through January 1, 2019 at the Gesundheit Institute in Hillsboro West Virginia!

Organized by Patch Adams MD & the Gesundheit Institute as well as the School for Designing a Society, this celebration is for people who feel called on to create positive change in health care and are looking for sympathetic folks to learn from and strategize with.

Join Patch and the team as we explore the question: how to be an activist while working as a professional in care systems? How can we change the system from within? Guests teachers will offer ideas, examples and inspiration. For part of the week we’ll create short skits, modeling How it is (the Problem), imagining How we’d like it to be (Our dreams! ) and brainstorming (heart storming!) ways to change from the problem to our dreams. (Yes we can!)

Med/nursing students, social service workers, psychologists, teachers, therapists, doctors and nurses, alternative healers, patients, family members of patient—anyone with a stake in health care is welcome. Bonus: be part of our New Year’s Eve Party!!!!



PHOTO 5General Information

Cost | $800 for tuition, room, and board, New Year’s Eve Party (YAY!), and transportation to/from airport/train station. Deposit: $200 non-refundable deposit is required to confirm your participation.

Where? | The program takes place on the Gesundheit Institute’s 320 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains, with mountain trails, waterfalls, extensive gardens, and a lake. Gesundheit’s project-in-progress is a  unique model of holistic health care that will serve as an inspiration for us to coax each other to dream big—in our personal lives, in our community involvement, and in our contributions to global peace and justice

Facilities | Gesundheit lays on a pristine tract of farm and mountain land in rural West Virginia. The dacha, with its onion domes and Russian architecture, serves as a residence and meeting place, and has won awards for its unique design.

Meeting Spaces | Gesundheit Institute offers many unique meeting spaces and classrooms. There are quiet spaces for meditation or study and large rooms to house workshops and classes. Gesundheit hosts events focused on education—at the site of the future hospital and elsewhere.

Accommodations | Accommodation are in dormitory-style group settings. There are laundry machines at Gesundheit that you can use. We offer very slow WIFI (cannot download, cannot use skype, sorry!). Clean sheets and towels are provided.

Travel: Please plan on meeting us in West Virginia on the evening of December 27, 2018. You can plan to leave on January 1, 2019. The only meal we will be providing that day will be breakfast.


How Do I Apply?

Please Read Carefully.

  1. Registration form: Please take a moment to fill out the registration form and make your payment by Credit Card, Bank Transfer, or Check. We suggest you submit your application as soon as possible to guarantee your spot. Be Prepared to pay your $200 deposit to confirm your participation. Register NOW >
    OR if you prefer Send a check payable to Gesundheit! Institute and mailed to: Gesundheit Institute, ℅ Caren Cohen-Heath, PO BOX 307, URBANA, IL 61803.
  2. Please Send your Final Payment by December 15th to confirm your participation. Scholarships are not available.

Questions ?

Please Contact: Caren :

Patch Adams MD & Gesundheit Institute, P.O. Box 307, Urbana, IL 61803

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