Join us in an intense week during which we’ll explore our ways to care in healthcare institutions, endangered communities, public parks and streets; and will learn how to bring joy and imagine a desirable society using clowning, performance, music, humor and play. This experience will change your life!Read More!
We invite you to spend a week dedicated to reflection, play, and rediscovering the joyful and creative potential of our body and of our inner Nature (our soul), while basking in the wonderful outdoors of the Gesundheit Institute in beautiful West Virginia.Read More!
The Gesundheit Institute is in its 50th year of reclaiming and reframing the idea of "Hospital", as concept, physical structure, symbol and site of the medical system in its largest possible scale. Healing is to be a loving human relationship not a business transaction.Read More!
Above all, remember what Patch reminds us, that friendship and laughter are truly the best medicine, so get out there and "Spread Joy Indiscriminately"!Read More!
Patch Adams is best known for his work as a medical doctor and a clown, but he is also a social activist who has devoted over 40 years of his life to changing America’s healthcare system. He believes that laughter, joy and creativity are an integral part of the healing process and, with the help of friends, he founded the Gesundheit Institute in 1971 in order to address all the problems of health care in one model.Read Patch's Bio!
The Gesundheit Institute, a non-profit healthcare organization, is a project in holistic medical care based on the belief that one cannot separate the health of the individual from the health of the family, the community, the society, and the world. Our mission is to reframe and reclaim the concept of ‘hospital’.About Gesundheit!
Formed in 2006, Gesundheit Global Outreach (GGO) encompasses humanitarian clowning missions and aid, educational programs, building projects and community development around the world. The goal of this work is the improvement of the health of individuals and communities in crisis from sickness, war, poverty and injustice.What We Do
Gesundheit is a model designed to influence discussions of health care delivery systems around the world. As such, our mission is primarily educational and inspirational. Our hospital project delivers care in a context that models our ideal design, while our Teaching Center educates health care practitioners to create their ideal design. Through a variety of educational programming, our aim is to seed/design a variety of projects that move the healthcare delivery system away from the corporate-business context into models of compassion and service.Learn More
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