29th Annual Russia Clown Tour with Patch Adams

November 9 - November 23, 2013
(North American departure for Russia on November 8th)

Thanks to ALL who joined us in Russia for the 29th annual Russia Tour! Check back for next years trip!

Gesundheit! Institute Global Outreach is pleased to invite you to join 29th Annual Russia Clown Tour with Patch Adams.  This two-week adventure will take you to Moscow and St. Petersburg to clown in hospitals, orphanages, nursing homes, and everywhere else we go. No experience required! 

Group Shot 3(John Glick/Russia Clown Trip 2004)

This amazing trip is filled with participants from all walks of life. Our clown family will assemble from many corners of the globe, across generations and with all levels of experience to explore and exchange healing, playfulness, love, performance, community and culture. We are excited that you are considering joining us!

Read Patch's Letter of Invitation ⇒

Tour Information

Our arrival is eagerly awaited by a host of Russian friends who love and care for us as family.  Many of our local friends and volunteers are connected to the clown tour through Maria’s Children, a Moscow based organization serving orphans and children with special needs through art and advocacy.   The Maria’s Children community has been part of the Russia Clown Tour for more than 20 years and is a fundamental part the tour experience.

The daily itinerary is made by our Russia team. In addition to clowning in different types of institutions, we will have many clowning opportunities on the streets, in restaurants and everywhere we go in Russia.  There will be some site seeing and cultural opportunities, some free time, and special dinner parties and events in the evenings. We usually travel everywhere together on a bus, occasionally however, we will take taxis or travel by metro.

If we had typical days, they might look like this:

  • Breakfast at the Hotel
  • Travel by bus to clown at a hospital or orphanage
  • Lunch
  • Travel by bus to another clowning gig
  • Dinner and sometimes an evening program

!Please be Aware!

  • This trip is an extremely active trip with a very full schedule that can include lots of walking and stairs, long bus rides, infrequent bathroom stops, late meals, and late night travel.
  • We have a NO-WHINING policy.



The Tour Package includes:

  • Accommodation in 3 or 4 star hotels (with a roommate)
  • Meals (except for 2 dinners)
  • Transfer to and from airport
  • Transportation by tour bus
  • Transportation from Moscow to St. Petersburg
  • Visa support (letter of invitation and voucher needed to obtain a visa)

Optional Items:

  • Additional nights in hotels before or after trip (cost TBA)
  • Single room (cost TBA)

The tour package does not include:

  • International and Domestic Airfare (about $800-$1200 from USA)
  • Visa and Visa Processing (about $200 depending on country)

The Russia Tour does not have scholarships available for participation.

*Gesundheit! and our Russia team are working hard to keep the trip cost low. Please be prepared to pay $3100 + airfare and visa expenses. It is likely the cost of the tour will come down by several hundred dollars. Exact cost will be announced in the summer.

Want to Participate?

Space on this trip is limited.  We register participants on a first come first serve basis and the trip is known to fill up quickly.

1) Download and Read Russia Information Packet #1 ⇒

2) Fill out the Electronic Registration Form ⇒

3) After you fill out the form you will receive information to make a $750 non-refundable deposit. Please do not fill out the form unless you are prepared to make your deposit. Check, paypal, and bank transfers accepted.

Feel free to contact me with any questions about registering for the tour.

Thank You and we hope you join us!

- Morrighan Clinco, Russia Tour Coordinator

Trip Coordinator
Morrighan Clinco has been a clown since her thirteenth birthday on her first Russia tour in 1997. She is delighted to spend a 5th year as the Russia Tour Coordinator. Her role is to prepare our group for this trip, feel free to contact her with questions of any kind including clowning!

Downloadable Forms

2013 Russia Information Packet75.5 KB
Patch's Invitation Letter37 KB
Gesundheit Institute Release Form24.5 KB
Parental Authorization for International Travel23 KB
Gesundheit Tax Deduction Letter30 KB