CFRI Community Retreats

2021 Virtual CF Winter-to-Spring Mini Retreat

Friday, March 19 – Sunday March 21, 2021

CFRI’s Virtual CF Winter-to-Spring Mini Retreat was created to enhance education, positive coping skills, and social support for people who share common experiences with CF. The mini retreat is meant to introduce newcomers to our Retreat community and offers a sampling of the activities included in our full-length Virtual CF Summer Retreat (which will take place Thursday, August 19 – Sunday, August 22, 2021).

Activities include daily exercise classes, arts and crafts, rap group (support) sessions, educational presentations with special guests, and fun group-bonding such as game nights, scavenger hunts, and more. All planned activities are designed to help promote physical and positive mental health.

There is no cost to attend. Before the event, we will send you a link to join and a detailed schedule.

Adults 18 years and older with cystic fibrosis, their family members, and friends are welcome. Registration is limited to 100 participants. (Individuals living with CF will have preference.)


“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

Virtual CF Winter-to-Spring Mini Retreat and CF Summer Retreat are generously sponsored to date by Vertex PharmaceuticalsAbbVie and Gilead Sciences.

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

Saturday, May 1, 2021

CFRI’s 7th annual Embrace Mothers Retreat will take place virtually on Saturday, May 1, 2021. 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.

There will be two shorter preparatory workshops on Saturday, April 17 and Saturday, April 24. Space is limited to 30 women. All art, journaling and other supplies will be sent in advance, and there is no charge to attend.

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.


The Embrace Retreat is fully booked at this point. Please email Sabine Brants ( to be placed on our wait list.

“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.