Hunter Doherty “Patch” Adams, the American physician, clown and authour who’s character inspired the popular movie is currently in Costa Rica.
Doctor Patch Adam founded the Gesundheit Institute in 1971. Each year he organizes a group of volunteers from around the world to travel to various countries where they dress as clowns in an effort to bring humor to orphans, patients, and other people.
For the first time in 8 years, Clowning & Caring in Costa Rica will bring a Festival to La Carpio, the largest settlement of migrants in Central America and one of the most distressed community in Costa Rica.
The Festival will enrich the annual Clowning & Caring program with additional activities and chances to contribute with clowning, community activism and healthcare to the people of La Carpio.
Patch Adams and the School for Designing a Society invite people to Clowning & Caring in Costa Rica. Since 2008 over 100 clown activists have done wonderful work in San Jose with local healthcare institutions and communities.
Until September 4th, is being held an intense week, during which people can explore ways to care in hospitals, nursing homes, endangered communities, public parks and streets. They will also learn how to bring joy and imagine a desirable society using clowning, performance, music, humor and play.
In addition to performing in clinical settings, there will be daily practical workshops in clown technique, song, poetry, improvisation, along with composing in small groups. Besides, clowns will be given the chance to choose to contribute to activities of La Carpio Festival in alternative to the scheduled program.
Amoung the different workshops, there is one where Patch Adams will be presenting The Gesundheit Project. He will also be talking about Humor and Health and also share his views on Joyfull Living.
For more information in regards to the event, please visit: http://www.patchadams.org/event/costa-rica/