Our Story


To promote healing by inspiring authentic relationships that connect people in mind, body, and spirit.


Founded in 2015 by healthcare professionals and humanitarian clowns to encourage people to live healthier lives. We are guided by clown healing principles that rapidly establish spontaneous, truthful human connections.


We offer personal and professional development training programs that demonstrate the art and science of relating, communicating, and healing.



In 2007, in the jungles of the Amazon a group of humanitarian clowns who were also healthcare professionals began conducting public street clinics in the streets, marketplaces, and plazas of Iquitos, Peru. We invited people to talk about anything that might be of concern to them, and they responded enthusiastically. In brief 15-20-minute encounters they spoke freely with a knowledgeable, non-judgmental, compassionate, active listener, and often made profoundly impactful connections on participants; the clinics continued for years.

In 2016, Dr. Carl Hammerschlag, an internationally recognized psychiatrist, author, and humanitarian clown and Hayley Sklar Shapiro, a community organizer, performance artist, humanitarian clown, and LGBTQ+ activist, brought this preventive mental health model to streets in the U.S. as the Clown Town Healing Fest (CTHF); a three-day extravaganza that took place in a public park in downtown Phoenix, Arizona, and brought together a wide range of healthcare resources to inspire people to live healthier lives. In addition, we conducted a unique workshop for healthcare professionals that incorporated the science of healing connections, and clown healing principles to teach caregivers how to quickly establish intuitive, heart-centered connections.

The CTHF was enthusiastically received and attended by thousands but putting together such an event proved difficult to sustain and we have refocused our efforts as The Healing Corps (THC). We now offer our unique workshops not just to healthcare providers, but welcome organizations and individuals interested in learning more about the art and science of communicating and relating to people authentically.

The Healing Corps is a skill-based training program in how to connect with people in respectful, believable relationships that are the predicate for our survival as a species and planet.