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.



Construct Your Humanism: Medical Elective

May 3-31, 2015 | Hillsboro, WV

Spend four weeks in the beautiful Appalachian valley in rural West Virginia engaging in the study and practice of compassion.

Register Now!


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.

Read On!

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.

Learn More!

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.

Learn More!

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.

  • Plant Trees with Patch

    April 14th — 18th, 2015

    Save the Flying Squirrel! —A red spruce planting expedition Source – April 14-18th, 2015 | Hillsboro, WV REGISTER NOW! ⇒...

    Learn More!
  • Social Medicine Symposium

    April 24th — 26th, 2015

    April 24-26, 2015 | Hillsboro, WV REGISTER NOW! ⇒ Register by March 15 to confirm your participation! For those of us...

    Learn More!
  • Construct your Humanism

    May 3rd — 31st, 2015

    John M. Stang Medical Elective May 3-31, 2015 | Hillsboro, WV REGISTER NOW! ⇒ Patch Adams and the Gesundheit Institute...

    Learn More!
View All Upcoming Courses!

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

© Copyright 2015 Gesundheit! Institute

Idea Marketing Group

Non-Profit Web Design by Idea