There is an educational component to all Gesundheit projects—the books, movies, lectures, clowning, global outreach, the model hospital project. In addition, Gesundheit hosts events focused on education—at the site of the future hospital and elsewhere—in the form of medical student electives, summer institutes, health care system design intensives, and conferences.



Health Care Justice Celebration 2017

Dec 27, 2017 – Jan 1, 2018 | Hillsboro, WV

Come join us at our five day Health Care Justice Party at the Gesundheit Institute! These five days are 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 us by celebrating the new year!

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School for Designing a Society in WV:
Desire and Design, Caring and Clowning

Early Summer 2018 | Hillsboro, WV

This session draws on insights and practices from experimental composition, epic theater, poetry, dance, clowning, story-telling, and cybernetics. 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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School for Designing a Society in Illinois:
Construct Your Humanism!

July 2018 | Urbana Illinois

Join us for three weeks in Urbana Illinois (home of Patch Adams) where we’ll offer teaching presentations, experiential exercises, community living, clowning—all centered around your creating an action plan to support and protect your humanism. Open to all people from the caring professions—medicine, education, governance, ecology, arts, parenting, small business.

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The Laughing Body: Art of Care

August 2018 | Hillsboro, WV

We invite you to spend a week in August, reflecting, playing, and living together in the wonderful natural environment of the Gesundheit! Institute in West Virginia. It’s a week devoted to the Art of Care – as a way to better understand ourselves, discover our bodies, and reflect on facets of Care.

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

August 2018 | Hillsboro, WV

Join us in the work/play of health-enhancing, community-centered joyful service during this week, as part of Gesundheit’s Rural Volunteer Program! An ongoing experiment in the therapeutic role of a caring community.

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Course Descriptions

Rather than orienting participants to find a comfy spot in the current social system, this School offers tools, time, ambiance and company in which people can imagine and design a system they would prefer. Find out more about courses offered in relation to a particular program/session, in either Illinois or West Virginia.

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