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.



Desire and Design, Caring and Clowning

May 28—June 18, 2017 | Hillsboro, WV

Situated in the beautiful natural and built environment of the Gesundheit Institute, the intensive combines seminar, group work, and assignments with walks, clown trips, and other opportunities for engaging with the local environment.

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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.

  • Health Care Justice Celebration

    December 27th, 2017 — January 1st, 2018

    Dec 27, 2017 - Jan 1, 2018 | Hillsboro, WV “In medical school, I received no lectures on health, care or...

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