Desire and Design: Construct Your Humanism

July 16-22 and July 23-29, 2023 | Hillsboro, WV

Scholarships are available!

Join Patch Adams and the School for Designing a Society for 2 separate 1-week-long workshops! (attend either or both)

Week 1: Construct Your Humanism July 16-22, 2023, Hillsboro, WV

Inspired by environmental justice, abolition movements, water protectors, Black Lives Matter, community arts, LGBT solidarity, Braiding Sweetgrass, The Yes Men, Habrá Una Vez, Octavia Butler … and dismayed by how dehumanizing our institutions and systems can be, thwarting compassion and empathy … We invite you to a full week on the land in West Virginia to Construct Your Humanism. We’ll elicit from each other descriptions of the humanism we wish to see in the world. We’ll offer tools & strategize ways to put our humanism into practice. We’ll share meals, walks in the woods, excursions, stories, festivities; hear guest presenters; create poetry, performance, art, action plans, friendships.

>> Early bird payment–$800 before July 1; $1200 after July 1. Tuition includes room and board.


Week 2: Learn Humanitarian Clowning July 23-29, 2023, Hillsboro, WV

Patch and friends have brought clowns to war zones, refugee camps, nursing homes, hospitals, juvenile detention centers, maternity wards, schools, refugee centers, neighborhoods—following the motto: clowning is a trick to bring love close. We invite you to a week of exploring this idea of humanitarian clowning. Does it mean we need to create a character? or two? Lean tap dance? A few songs? Create skits? Devise costumes? Delve into the ridiculous? Surely cultivate curiosity & sensitivity … We’ll make clowning excursions to nearby places: nursing homes, VA hospitals, parks. We’ll be joined by various expert and inpert clowns passing through the neighborhood (to be announced!).

>> Early bird payment–$800 before July 1; $1200 after July 1. Tuition includes room and board.
Come to either of the two weeks, or both!

How to Apply?

Scholarships are available!

Registration consists of 2 parts.

  1. Application form: Please take a moment to fill out the application form. We will then contact you to arrange a phone interview. After the phone call, you will hear back from us concerning your acceptance in the program. I’m ready to apply.
  2. Payment: After the interview and Upon your acceptance, we ask that you pay either:
    • $200 non-refundable  deposit due before July 1st, or
    • $800 (before July 1st) for either event of your choosing (inclusive of deposit), or
    • $1600 (before July 1st) for both events (inclusive of deposit).

    This can be online via secure PayPal account or with a check payable to School for Designing a Society. I’m ready to pay.

Have Questions? Need some Help? For more information contact Susan ⇒

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

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