This is our 13th annual Alternative Spring Break and (music please!) our 10th year returning to Guatemala City! We love returning to work with our friends The Fabricas de Sonrisas (Smile Makers), a Guatemala City based humanitarian clown troupe. Over the years, we have connected with many organizations and individuals who embrace the clowns role in forming a more loving healthy society.
The trip includes several clown workshops, daily visits to engage with the community (hospitals, orphanages, nursing homes, and more), and many discussions with our group and Guatemalan friends.
Who’s invited to attend? You! You’re invited. This trip is a great way to begin clowning or to expand your clown and community. Each year, we have a mixture of experienced clowns, and participants learning for the first time. We welcome everyone with the desire to approach care in a different way, anyone with the ability and desire to be open and connect. The group is small on purpose–20 people including staff, and we’ll spend a lot of time engaging and encouraging one another. Invite a friend or family member to go with you! We will be a joy-bringing community together.
*You need NOT be in a medical field to attend (or to be a care-giver). No clown experience necessary. Required: willingness to be loving and engaged with others.
Gesundheit! Institute seeks to restore people, communities, systems, and the planet to wholeness and health through laughter and loving care. Our activism promotes the values of generosity, justice, and compassion. On this trip, you can further our mission by embracing the spirit of the clown. We define clowning as “spontaneous improvisational play.”
“Clowning” as described by our esteemed colleague Dr. Carl Hammerschlag
We will live together in a small family-run hotel, the Museo Inn Posada Belen, where we will take meals together around a long table and have time to discuss our experiences.
The day-to-day itinerary of the trip will not be available from the Fabrica de Sonrisas coordination team until closer to March, but this is what a typical day looks like:
Cost – $1550
The payment package includes:
Please arrive before dinner Saturday the 6th. Leave any time on the 13th.
*The tour package does not include your flight to and from Guatemala City
Patch Adams — entered medical school in 1967 to use medicine as a vehicle for social change; promotes and practices living a life of public joy as a revolutionary act; fount of ideas for avoiding burn-out in long-term social justice and health. Enthusiator.
Charlotte Huggins — enjoys clowning, group facilitation, transpersonal ecopsychology, swimming, writing, painting, playing, singing, listening, playing ukulele, laughing, making characters, face paint, color, learning, our planet, collaboration, making things, reading, discovery, stories, plants, flowers, learning, acro yoga, and other things…
Colin McLaughlin– has been with Gesundheit for 6 years, from the Peruvian Amazon to Guatemala City. He is currently a clown at the St Louis Children’s Hospital, as well as a community social worker, a director and playwright, and a musician. This trip is his favorite week of the year.
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