Desire and Design: Construct Your Humanism

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

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 23; $1200 after July 23. 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 23; $1200 after July 23. Tuition includes room and board.

Come to either of the two weeks, or both!



Who should apply?

You are invited to participate.

For the health and safety of all, we ask participants to have had the two vaccines and at least one booster—and be able to show documentation of that. We ask that participants be tested for Covid-19 a week before participating in the program, and bring documentation that they tested negative. When indoors, we ask participants to wear a mask.



How to Apply?

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 the entire fee or non-refundable deposit 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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