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.


12th Annual Belén Festival

August 2-16, 2017 | Iquitos, 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. 27th – Sept. 3rd, 2017 | 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-smlNov. 5th – 19th, 2017 | 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.

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 20-27, 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 11-18, 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 2018 | 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.

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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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