33rd Annual Russia Clown Tour with Patch Adams

November 5th – 19th, 2017 | Moscow & St. Petersburg, Russia

(North American departure for Russia on November 4th)

*Registration has Ended for 2017. Contact the Trip Coordinators for special requests.*

Gesundheit! Institute Global Outreach is pleased to invite you to join 33rd Annual Russia Clown Tour with Patch Adams.  This two-week adventure will take you to Moscow and St. Petersburg to clown in hospitals, orphanages, nursing homes, and everywhere else we go. No experience required!


This amazing trip is filled with participants from all walks of life. Our clown family will assemble from many corners of the globe, across generations and with all levels of experience to explore and exchange healing, playfulness, love, performance, community and culture. We are excited that you are considering joining us!

Read Patch’s Invitation Letter!

Tour Information
Our arrival is eagerly awaited by a host of Russian friends who love and care for us as family. Many of our local friends and volunteers are connected to the clown tour through Maria’s Children, a Moscow based organization serving orphans and children with special needs through art and advocacy. The Maria’s Children community has been part of the Russia Clown Tour for more than 20 years and is a fundamental part of the tour experience.

The daily itinerary is made by our Russia team. In addition to clowning in different types of institutions, we will have many clowning opportunities on the streets, in restaurants and everywhere we go in Russia. There will be some site seeing and cultural opportunities, some free time, and special dinner parties and events in the evenings. We usually travel everywhere together on a bus, occasionally however, we will take taxis or travel by metro.

John G. At Red Square 1

If we had typical days, they might look like this:

  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Travel by bus to clown at a hospital or orphanage
  • Lunch
  • Travel by bus to another clowning gig
  • Dinner and sometimes an evening program
  • !Please be Aware! This trip is an extremely active trip with a very full schedule that can include lots of walking and stairs, long bus rides, infrequent bathroom stops, late meals, and late night travel.
  • We have a NO-WHINING policy.

Trip Coordinators

General Information

Tour Package Includes: Accommodation in 3 or 4 star hotels (with a roommate), Meals (except for 2 dinners), Transfer to and from airport, Transportation by tour bus, Transportation from Moscow to St. Petersburg, and Visa support (letter of invitation and voucher needed to obtain a visa) for $2900.00*. Also included is a ticket to THE MARIA’S CHILDREN GALA FUNDRAISER in Moscow!

Optional: Additional $1000.00 for a Single room without a roommate.

Tour Package Doesn’t Include: International and Domestic Airfare (about $800-$1200 from USA), Visa and Visa Processing (about $200 depending on country), and The Russia Tour does not have scholarships available for participation.

Traveling from the USA? Plan to leave on November 4th to arrive in Russia on the 5th.

Want to Participate?

Space on this trip is limited. Total Cost is $2900.00. We register participants on a first come first serve basis and the trip is known to fill up quickly.

  1. Download and Read 2017 Russia Information Packet.
  2. Fill out the Electronic Registration Form & be prepared to please pay your $750 non-refundable deposit.
  3. Fill out the Electronic Gesundheit Institute International Release Form. (Or download the form below)
  4. For Tax Deduction please fill out G-Tax-Deduction-Letter
  5. If under the age of 18 please fill out the Parental-Authorization-for-International-Travel

Questions? Contact Sharon or Chris with questions or concerns.

Paid your Deposit? If you have already made a deposit and need to make a final payment.

Downloadable Forms

We ask you to fill out the following forms:

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

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