Upcoming Clown Trips!

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Formed in 2006, Gesundheit Global Outreach (GGO) encompasses clowning missions, humanitarian aid, building projects and community development around the world.


The Belen Festival

belen1August 3-12, 2018 | Iquitos, Peru

Sponsored by Gesundheit! Institute and Bolaroja Clown Doctors of Peru, Clowns from around the world return to Iquitos, Peru, near the headwaters of the Amazon River for the Belén Festival, an intensive experience in collaborative grassroots community activism.

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Clowning & Caring in Costa Rica

Costa-Rica-2013-webAug 26-Sept 2, 2018 | San José, Costa Rica

Clowning & Caring is a unique program combining Gesundheit clowning experience with the educational tools offered by the teachers/activists of the School for Designing a Society. Participants explore ways to care in hospitals, nursing homes, endangered communities, public parks and streets, with daily practical workshops in clown technique, song, poetry, improvisation, along with composing in small groups.

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Clowning in Russia

russia-group-2011-smlNovember 3rd – 17th, 2018 | Moscow & St. Petersburg, Russia

GO!CLOWNS brings international volunteer clowns to Moscow and St. Petersburg every November for our longest running clown mission. Working together with Moscow-based Maria’s Children this is an unparalleled experience in joyful service to orphanages, hospitals, residential facilities for the elderly and special needs, and more. Learn more about the Clowning in Russia trip by following the link below.

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Upcoming Educational Courses!

We invite you to imagine and formulate desires for a society different from the current one.


Summer Session at Gesundheit!

June 3 – 23, 2018 | Hillsboro, WV

Join us for three weeks in West Virginia where we’ll offer starting concepts, experiential exercises, community living, creative projects, humanitarian clowning, wide-ranging discussions. In these activities we’ll explore humanism as a counter to the de-humanism we find in our current society. How can we counteract the social structures—legal, non-legal, formal, informal—that treat people as something other than people?

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The Laughing Body: Art of Care

August 17-24, 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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Upcoming Events!

Every so often Gesundheit helps sponsor & promote events around the world!


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Practice the Ideas

There are many ways you can get involved in realizing the Gesundheit! mission — contributing to the health of individuals, families, and communities with fun, friendship and the joy of service:

GIVE A DONATION Help build the Patch Adams Teaching Center and Clinic and provide a desirable model for health care. All contributions will go to the Gesundheit Institute and will be used exclusively for the capital campaign.

HOST A FUN-RAISING EVENT to take an active part in the campaign to build the Clinic and Teaching Center.

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR MAILING LIST for announcements of upcoming events and news.

Cant get away?

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Fun-raiser at Home

For the fun-deficient, or those that can’t get away, we offer some hints and ideas on how to host a Fun-Raiser with your friends! Smiles are contagious. Imagine you are an anti-depressant- being publicly happy and generous of spirit is a public-health action. Fun-raising, for a moment, lifts us a little above this troubled world.

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