Health & Wellness Speaker


Patch Adams

Director of Gesundheit Institute

Dr. Patch Adams has dedicated his life to the belief that “healing should be a loving human interchange, not a business transaction.” A warm, witty, medicine man who is simultaneously a healer, teacher, clown, and entertainer, his dynamic lectures offer creative solutions to the major issues in health care delivery, and are guaranteed to be provocative, exuberant, challenging and fun.

Adams achieved international attention when the Hollywood blockbuster Patch Adams, starring Robin Williams was based on his life. The film was nominated for two Golden Globe awards for Best Picture and Best Actor.

Adams is the director of the Gesundheit Institute, a centre of holistic medical care based on the belief that one cannot separate the health of the individual from the health of the family, the community, the world, and the health care system itself. In its 40-year history, Gesundheit has offered care to tens of thousands, given workshops and lectures in over 65 countries, built and supported clinics, schools, and orphanages from El Salvador to Cambodia, and brought the joy of clowning to many parts of the world damaged by violence and injustice.

Living A Life of Joy

Two hour lecture or three-four hour workshop using an hour of exercises, an hour of ideas on being happy and the remainder to explore the audacious idea of never having another bad day. Patch discusses how to discover the incredible thrill of choosing to live everyday with joy. The focus of this lecture/workshop is life as a choice.

The Joy of Caring

One to three hour lecture on the thrill of helping others. This inspirational talk includes much dialogue to explore burnout prevention for caregivers. The focus of this lecture/workshop is the magic and power of care, not only in the patient’s life, but also in the caregiver’s life.

Humor and Health

One to three-hour look at the relationship between humor and the health of the individual, community or society. In this funny and inspirational lecture Patch discusses his 30+ years of clowning experience. When Patch and Susan are hired as a team, they teach the audience performance and perform a wonderful clown stage show (15 minutes at the end).

Medicine For Fun, Not Funds

One-to-three hour lecture on the history, philosophy, and future of the Gesundheit Institute and includes a deep dialogue with audience/participants. Patch introduces Gesundheit as an example of “medicine for fun, not funds” and helps the audience design, explore and implement their own dreams.

What Is Your Love Strategy?

One – to – three hour lecture on the importance of having a strategy for loving yourself, the planet and others. Patch provides insights into the need for such a strategy and also takes a close look at the conception of “love” and the theory of “strategy.” Patch offers his approach and helps the audience design, explore and implement their own love strategy.