CLOWN ONE ITALIA. The story.

Our red-nosed volunteer commitment began when Italo met Patch Adams in 1994 at a holistic medicine convention in Milan, Italy. Patch – a doctor, clown, artist, and “shaman” – was in Italy for the first time to present the revolutionary…

Paying Tribute to Dr. Carl Hammerschlag

Dear Friends, our precious brother Carl Hammerschlag has died. Carl was a clown, a doctor, and he was my friend. We go back decades. After our first meeting, we shared our love for each other’s company and our shared projects….

2021 Year End Review

For 51 wonderful years, we at Gesundheit want to thank you all for your ongoing support! We cannot wait to invite you all back to attend our clowning trips or educational programs. Your donations have kept us going strong. Please…

Go Johnny Go

Dear Friends, I’ve heard there is an interest in my state of health. I feel fabulous. On March 2, after three extensive surgeries on my left foot for MRSA, I realized that what was left of the foot meant that…

Basking in the Beauty that Surrounds Us

As we enter into the busy, bountiful, verdant season that is early summer we are basking in the beauty that surrounds us—feeling grateful for this land and all she gives. The trees are blooming and the wildflowers are painting the…

2020 Year-End Review

Hello, my friends, Patch Adams here, writing to you from the office of my lovely partner Susan. This year has been an interesting one. Every day is a gift and during this Pandemic, which has caused so much pain and…

Construct Your Humanism – 2020 Summer Session Report

Since the early 1990s the School for Designing a Society has offered intensive summer programs on the land in West Virginia. Inspired by the Gesundheit vision of community as health care, we offered a crash course on dreaming of social…

Garlic Harvest On the Land!

Hello—greetings from Adam + Holly on the land here in Hillsboro, WV. We wanted to stop in and give a little update on what’s been happening over here this year. Another beautiful, luscious, green spring full of foraging for ramps…

Clowning & Caring in Ecuador 2020 – A report on my gratefulness

For the 11th year we traveled to the astonishing city of Quito in Ecuador, to bring ourselves, our intensions of loving and caring, our vulnerabilities, our strengths among hundreds of people in one of the most heartwarming and welcoming country…

Sky Walker Clowns – Nepal 2020

From 27 April to 6 May 2020, we will go with a small group of volunteer clowns to Nepal.     The first stop will be in Kathmandu, where we will stay at a B&B facility which is also a…

E.G.G.S. Report – European Gesundheit Group Supporters

The first European symposium of clown volunteers from all around Europe recently ended, bringing together our clown tribe, the E.G.G.S – European Gesundheit Group Supporters. We met in Cerro Veronese, Verona, Italy, from July 18th to July 21st, 2019. With…

Maria’s Children’s Summer Camp Report

Maria’s Children’s Summer Camp – Uchma , Volga River July – August 2019. From 22 July to 6 August we attended the Summer Camp near the small village of Uchma on the Volga River, designed by Maria’s Children, a humanitarian…

Get to know Ginevra

Hi friends—this is me, Ginevra Sanguigno, of the workshop “The Laughing Body the Art of Care”. Patch Adams has asked me to tell you a little about myself, and why I created this workshop. Years ago, I first visited the…

Get to know Dario

Dear you, who is reading this article, My name is Dario and I’m the coordinator of Clowning & Caring in Costa Rica. But only 10 years ago I had never clowned before in my life!  It was August 2009, I was about…

2019 Morocco Report

Patch Adams led another amazing humanitarian trip to Morocco from March 27-April 4. This third annual tour included over 15 clowns from the USA, Italy, Russia, Germany and Japan. Moroccan friends of Gesundheit Foundation helped coordinate and participated along with their family members…

Spring Clown Trip to Guatemala

Our bonds are growing stronger, our children are growing up together in a team where care, love, and attention CAN and DO shape the physical reality of an environment for a moment, or a week, or change the course of…

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

My first introduction to the United States came shortly after I moved to Virginia, from an army base in Germany. Everyone in the army was like family, brothers in arms, they would say. While I was living in Virginia, I…

An Evening of Fun and Performance, for Compassionate Healthcare

What’s your love strategy? Sunday, Dec. 2nd, 2018 | Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center Where is the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center?? 202 S Broadway Ave Ste 1, Urbana, Illinois 61801 Hi friends—we’re packing baskets with intriguing goodies that will be part of…

Patch Adams Talks About his Love of Books!

 Wowie! I could go on forever about my love of books! The house is filled with books, and it’s a fraction of what’s waiting in West Virginia. If there is any topic you are curious about, I’m sure there…

2018 Laughing Body Report

The summer workshop “The Laughing Body: The Art of Care” ends in the wild care of the forests of West Virginia Since 2011, our friends Ginevra and Italo (Clown One Italia) and Mariko (Clown One Japan) meet in West Virginia…

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