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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

2018 Morocco Report

Our third visit to Morocco was wonderful. We had a group of nearly 50 clowns and were welcomed warmly both by our hosts in Morocco and the Moroccan people. From the medinas in Marrakech to the coasts in Casablanca we…

2018 Guatemala Report

Greetings Gesundheit! Family! MamaCha here. We have just returned from our annual Alternative Spring Break Visit to Guatemala City—it was our 9th year there! It was very special for me, as I have been visiting for most of these 9…

A Frosty, Frozen Winter On the Land

  Greetings from the Gesundheit family in West Virginia! It has been a frosty, frozen winter so far and we have been enjoying our seasonal hibernation. The holiday season was full of love, excitement, and merriment.  We welcome the return…

2017 Year End Report

  Dear friends – As 2017 closes I’ve never felt so enchanted by this life in change. Never in my life has there been a louder song for change; a song where all people in the world, and all of…

2017 Russia Report

The 33rd Annual Russia Clown Tour was wonderful. Over 23 clowns from 10 different countries were joined with Russian clowns from Maria’s Children, we all came together to spread love, joy and kindness.   We spent one week in Moscow and one…

Why I’m an Activist

When I see all the heartbreak around the world, I am reminded why I chose to be an activist in the first place. After three hospitalizations in one year due to attempting suicide, I told myself, ‘you don’t kill yourself, you make…

Construct Your Humanism 2017 Report

  Couldn’t attend the 2017 Construct Your Humanism session—and would like to know what happened? The “Construct Your Humanism, 2017” education session took place this June 12-July 2 in Urbana Illinois, the home of Patch Adams MD, Susan Parenti, and…

10 Positive News Stories from Patch

Hello my friends! Lots of people have been calling me and telling me how sad, mad, or angry they feel about the political discussion lately. We would like to share 10 positive stories that happened this past week. 1. Federal…

Second Annual Veterans Clown Trip

G!GO report from Johnny Glick and Charlotte Huggins Guatemala City, December 2016 Gesundheit Institute clowns teamed up with US and Canadian veterans, both retired and active duty, for our second foray into humanitarian clowning. Ten veterans suffering the wounds of…

2016 Festival de Belen Report

by Carl Hammerschlag, MD For the 11th time we gathered in Iquitos Peru for the Belen Festival, an extraordinary gathering of clowns from all over the world who spread joy, build relationships, and promote health and healing in community. This…

INTERVIEW WITH MARIA ELISEEVA By Justin Lifflander

Every November I see Sheremetyevo Airport transformed: strange people in bright costumes and funny hats appear, surrounded by clouds of soap bubbles. In their midst a tall oddity sporting a blue mustache stands out. He marches about the airport with…

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