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Beat Retreat 2023

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Registration is now open cancelled for 2023!

Unfortunatey the 2023 Beat Retreat camp has been cancelled due to low applications. However, we will be holding camp in 2024 so keep watch for more details this fall.

Don't miss out on the opportunity to see old friends and make new ones! The Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance (CCHA) along with the Beat Retreat is happy to present the 14th annual Beat Retreat camp September 7-10, 2023. 

What is the Beat Retreat?

The Beat Retreat is a fun-filled, four-day annual retreat for adults (18+) living with congenital heart disease (CHD). You’ll have an opportunity to participate in a mix of traditional camp activities such as campfires, canoeing, crafts, archery, initiative games, yoga, and skit night – all geared to your physical ability and comfort level. Equally important, you’ll have an opportunity to chill with new friends and build life-long friendships, share and learn from the experiences of others living with CHD. You will also have the opportunity to chat with healthcare professionals in a relaxed and informal setting as well as a couple educational session geared towards the needs of adults living with CHD. In short, it’s a weekend of fun, friends, firsts, and great food.

The Beat Retreat is a place where you can…

• Connect with and learn from others with a similar heart history.

• Develop skills to better manage your healthcare needs and cope with the challenges of CHD.

• Have lots of fun!

When is the Beat Retreat? September 7-10, 2023. If you can't attend for the entire weekend, come for the part you can!

Where is it held? Camp Ki-Wa-Y – located on Paradise Lake, just 15 minutes north of Kitchener-Waterloo.

Is there a minimum age to attend?  Yes. You must be at least 18 years of age by the first day of the retreat (September 7, 2023).  

Do I need to be a member of CCHA to attend the Beat Retreat?  Yes. Membership is free and you can sign up online via this link or the JOIN at the top right of this website. Being a member automatically makes you part of the congenital heart disease community - which helps when we go to industry and the government for funding for our programs. You will also receive email updates from us (but not too many!).

How much is it to attend? The 2023 registration fee is $150. That covers your food, accommodation and activities for all four days. That’s a fantastic deal! In fact, it's about half the actual cost; fundraising and CCHA covers the rest. You can pay by e-transfer to (be sure to note that funds are Beat Retreat registration fees) or by cheque mailed to CCHA

How do I register? Applications are not currently being accepted

What is the deadline to register? Applications and registration fees are due by August 18, 2023 or when the camp is full. There are 50 spots for campers so be sure to register early.

Where can I get more information?

What is on this year's agenda?  We are still working on finalizing this year's agenda, we will post soon.

Interested in starting a Beat Retreat camp in your province?

The Beat Retreat is looking to expand. If you are interested in helping to bring the Beat Retreat to your province, please email Jennifer at

Check out how congenital heart disease stacks up against better recognized diseases in Canada! So many affected and so little awareness and funding! Get involved with CCHA, donate, and spread the word about the growing population of of "survivors" so that we can get the care and support we need to live long, healthy lives!


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