Summer Events

Join us at one of these upcoming summer events!


Moonshine Festival with Patch Adams

September 4-5, 2022 | Lewisburg, WV

Would you like to meet Patch Adams in person?  How does a carnival with entertainment, without the rides sound? Come spend time with Patch at our “Mooning with Patch” moonshine festival. Music shows include bands like Diamonds and Whiskey, Brent Atwood, Ricky Gunner, Cliff Waddell, and more TBA.

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Upcoming Educational Courses

We invite you to imagine and formulate desires for a society different from the current one.


Desire & Design: Construct Your Humanism

July 8-12, 2022 | Hillsboro, WV

This summer, 2022, we invite participants to gather—mindful of safety!—in person on the land in West Virginia for five days of putting our minds and hearts together. The intensive will consist of daily presentations, small group discussions, dining together outdoors and on the porch. We’ll provide tools and constraints for designing interventions in systems and constructing action plans towards a desirable society.

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The Laughing Body: the Art of Care

August 14-21, 2022 | Hillsboro, WV

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.

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Upcoming Clown Trips

Formed in 2006, Gesundheit Global Outreach (GGO) encompasses clowning missions, humanitarian aid, building projects and community development around the world.


Clowning & Caring in Mexico!

Clowning & Caring in EcuadorJuly 24-31, 2022 | Mexico City, Mexico

Yes, it’s true!!! We are so happy to announce that the program is back! Be part of the group of international clowns that together with a group of local clowns and university students clowns will explore performance and clowning as a strategy for caring, with daily visits to hospitals, shelters, mental-health institutions, streets and for the first time also a university campus!

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Clowning & Caring in Costa Rica

Costa-Rica-2013-webSeptember 4-11, 2022 | San José, Costa Rica

Clowning & Caring is a unique program combining Gesundheit clowning experience with the educational tools offered by the teachers/activists of the School for Designing a Society. Participants explore ways to care in hospitals, nursing homes, endangered communities, public parks and streets, with daily practical workshops in clown technique, song, poetry, improvisation, along with composing in small groups.

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Practice the Ideas

There are many ways you can get involved in realizing the Gesundheit! mission — contributing to the health of individuals, families, and communities with fun, friendship and the joy of service:

GIVE A DONATION Help build the Patch Adams Teaching Center and Clinic and provide a desirable model for health care. All contributions will go to the Gesundheit Institute and will be used exclusively for the capital campaign.

HOST A FUN-RAISING EVENT to take an active part in the campaign to build the Clinic and Teaching Center.

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR MAILING LIST for announcements of upcoming events and news.

Cant get away?

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Fun-raiser at Home

For the fun-deficient, or those that can’t get away, we offer some hints and ideas on how to host a Fun-Raiser with your friends! Smiles are contagious. Imagine you are an anti-depressant- being publicly happy and generous of spirit is a public-health action. Fun-raising, for a moment, lifts us a little above this troubled world.

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Upcoming Events!

Every so often Gesundheit helps sponsor & promote events around the world!


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If you have ever felt positive about this project and agree with us that it should continue, we hope you'll be able to step up and donate some amount to help us keep going. Thank You!