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.

Upcoming Educational Courses!

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


Spring Social Medicine Symposium

April 19-22nd, 2018 | Urbana, IL

Organized by Patch Adams MD and School for Designing a Society, the Symposium looks at the impacts of social context on health, disease and the practice of care. We ask such questions as: What’s the effect of poverty and racism on epidemiology? How do we take into account the social as well as physical side-effects of our medicine?

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Spring Wellness Celebration

May 18-20, 2018 | Hillsboro, WV

Wellness is a vital part of Gesundheit Institute and our mission worldwide. We want to offer a weekend to focus on what it means to be well and learn simple and effective ways to incorporate it into our everyday lives. We will learn about wellness of the mind, body, spirit, family and community and how each of these elements affects us in varying ways.

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

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