CFRI Community Retreats

Embrace: A Retreat for Mothers of Children & Adults with CF

Saturday, May 7, 2022 – Virtual Embrace Retreat

Friday, September 23 – Sunday, September 25, 2022 – In-Person Embrace Retreat

CFRI’s 8th annual Embrace Mothers Retreat will consist of two parts: a virtual Retreat on Saturday, May 7, 2022, and (COVID permitting) an in-person Retreat Friday, September 23 to Sunday, September 25, 2022, at Vallombrosa Retreat Center in Menlo Park, CA. Once registration opens, you will be able to sign up for one or both of them. Through art workshops, yoga, journaling, CF resources, and respite time, the retreat offers an opportunity for women who share the CF path to connect and rejuvenate.

CFRI hosts this annual retreat for mothers of children & adults diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, in recognition of the vital role that mothers have in the care of their loved ones. Studies show that mothers of children with cystic fibrosis have extremely high rates of anxiety and depression, and that this may have a direct impact on their children’s adherence to their medical regimen.


“This retreat was life changing! It is so wonderful to be with other women who understand the challenges we face raising our children with CF.”  Mother of an adult daughter with CF

Embrace Retreat is made possible to date through grants from Vertex Pharmaceuticals, AbbVie, and Gilead Sciences.

2022 Virtual CF Retreats

Friday, March 18 – Sunday, March 20, 2022 – “Spring Break” Virtual Spring Retreat

Thursday, August 11 – Sunday, August 14, 2022 – Virtual CF Summer Retreat

The Retreat was created to enhance education, positive coping skills, and social support for people who share common experiences with CF. Due to the pandemic, the retreat will be fully virtual, and will include educational presentations by CF experts and special guests, as well as daily exercise, arts and crafts, support group sessions, and more.

Registration is required. Before the event, we will send you a link to join, a detailed schedule, and a welcome care package.


“I sometimes have a really hard time imagining myself what’s possible in my life. I really rely on my peers to show me that things are possible,. Moving across the world. Getting a master’s degree. Having children. A lot of this stuff, I just don’t think I would have ever imagined if I didn’t meet other people at this Retreat that are doing it and doing it so well. I’m so grateful I got to attend this year, and I’m definitely going to attend next year, and every other time I’m able because it’s just…I don’t know, I don’t have the words. Just such an incredible experience.”

Adult with CF, 39, Los Angeles

The Virtual CF Summer Retreat is generously sponsored to date by Vertex PharmaceuticalsAbbVie and Gilead Sciences.