Upcoming Clown Trips!

Don’t miss out. These trips fill up quick! Register today.

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


“Got clowning? Got design?”, Clowning & Caring in Mexico

February 19-26, 2017 | Mexico City, Mexico

Get an introduction to both with Patch Adams MD and the clowns-designers of the School for Designing a Society in one fun-filled, thought-provoking week in Mexico City! In collaboration with IBERO University of Mexico City.

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Alternative Spring Break to Guatemala City

March 18-25th, 2017 | Guatemala City, Guatemala

Join us for a Spring “Break” in Guatemala City March 18—25, 2017! This will be our 12th annual Alternative Spring Break, and our 10th visit to Guatemala City to be with the beautiful people of Guatemala and our wonderful friends of the clown group Fabrica de Sonrisas (Smile Makers). Each day we are invited to play, explore, dream, and learn.

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Upcoming Educational Courses!

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

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

May 28—June 18, 2017 | 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!

June 11—July 2, 2017 | 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, 2017| 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, 2017 | 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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Upcoming Events!

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


ClownTown Healing Fest

February 24-26, 2017 | Phoenix, AZ

This is a dream I’ve shared with my friend and colleague Patch Adams MD for years. We’ve been doing this health promotional work all over the world, and it’s time to bring our clown healing festival to the streets of America. Join us for the Clown Town Healing Fest (CTHF) on Feb. 24-26, 2017 at the Herberger Theater Center in downtown Phoenix.

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

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