There is an educational component to all Gesundheit projects—the books, movies, lectures, clowning, global outreach, the model hospital project. In addition, Gesundheit hosts events focused on education—at the site of the future hospital and elsewhere—in the form of medical student electives, summer institutes, health care system design intensives, and conferences.




WormHole 2.0
Oct 16-Dec 12 2020 | Webinar & In-place Collaborations


Our social system tells us that human beings are the problem, and that it, the current system, is the solution. We have taken long looks at this system, and we do not want it. We wish to create new social systems and to change our daily patterns of action, and so we invite you to join us in asking: “What would I consider a desirable society?”

Enter the WormHole


Summer Session at Gesundheit!

Summer 2021 | ONLINE WEBINAR

In past years we have gathered in one physical location for School for Designing a Society sessions. This year we are offering a ten-day intensive geographically dispersed while intensively connected. One advantage to doing this course in our homes is that the applied aspects of learning can be immediately tested and redesigned; we can immediately address any losses in translation. How can we counteract the social structures—legal, non-legal, formal, informal—that treat people as something other than people?

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The Laughing Body: Art of Care

Summer 2021 | Hillsboro, WV

2020 Art of Care is Canceled. We invite you to spend a week in August ’21, reflecting, playing, and living together in the wonderful natural environment of the Gesundheit! Institute in West Virginia. It’s a week devoted to the Art of Care – as a way to better understand ourselves, discover our bodies, and reflect on facets of Care.

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Gesundheit Hemp Symposium

Dates TBA in 2021 | Hillsboro, WV

We invite you to join us in May at Our first annual hemp symposium! It will be a weekend filled with hemp education, delicious food, nature and plenty of relaxation. We’ll cover various uses for hemp and its health benefits as well as many other classes.


Course Descriptions

Rather than orienting participants to find a comfy spot in the current social system, this School offers tools, time, ambiance and company in which people can imagine and design a system they would prefer. Find out more about courses offered in relation to a particular program/session, in either Illinois or West Virginia.

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Health Care Justice Celebration!

Holidays 2019/2020 | Hillsboro, WV

Come join us at our five day Health Care Justice Party at the Gesundheit Institute! These five days are for people who feel called on to create positive change in health care and are looking for sympathetic folks to learn from and strategize with. Join us by celebrating the new year!



[Re-Writing, Re-Righting] Cassandra

Sep 16 – Dec 7, 2019 | Urbana, IL & Hillsboro, WV

School for Designing a Society, Gesundheit Institute, and Dr. Patch Adams are looking for people from all walks of life who will commit–as first priority—to studying, discussing, & collaborating on the changing climate of our globe. This is a project of focussing.

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

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