The School for Designing a Society (SDaS), the educational wing of the Gesundheit Institute, is a project of people who want to change society by means of desire, design, & composition.

simple-R-arrow We invite you to imagine and formulate desires for a society different from the current one.



Social Medicine Symposium

May 2016 | Hillsboro, WV

Check back soon for the official announcement of the Social Medicine Symposium!


From Patch Adams regarding SDaS

For years Gesundheit’s mission has revolved around healing and clowning; with SDaS that mission has expanded to include teaching.

I don’t think I’d still be working on the Gesundheit project had I not been a student of the School for Designing a Society.

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Our Educational Philosophy

1614547_10152512988074416_1745246131745733723_oThe School for Designing a Society, founded in 1991, is a project of people who want to change society by means of desire, design, and composition. Rather than scramble for a comfy spot in the current system, spend some time with other interested people imagining and designing a system you would prefer.

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A History of the School for Designing a Society


The idea of the school project was to enhance the usual ways people became politically active–getting involved in single-issue social justice campaigns–by creating a place where people would feel invited to dream, discuss, and act on images of a not-yet-existing society, a society in which today’s problems would be transformed.

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Upcoming Courses

We teach programs in Urbana, Illinois and at the Gesundheit Institute in Hillsboro, West Virginia.

Working with Gesundheit, we offer a curriculum that incorporates the ideas of the Institute and of Patch Adams MD.

  • School for Designing a Society - Summer Program

    June 5th — 26th, 2016

    Desire & Design, Caring & Clowning June 5-26, 2016  | Hillsboro, WV A course in desire and design for people with a passion...

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  • Construct your Humanism! 2016

    July 1st — 29th, 2016

    John M. Stang Elective July 1­ ­- 29, 2016 | Urbana, Illinois Patch Adams MD, Gesundheit Institute and School for...

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  • Art of Care: a week volunteering at the Gesundheit! Institute

    August 13th — 19th, 2016

    August 13-19, 2016 | Hillsboro, WV REGISTER NOW! ⇒ A week dedicated to taking care of the Gesundheit Institute & it's magnificent natural surroundings....

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