Since 2009 Heartbeat has offered a series of camps and retreats to engage new youth musicians in our programs, and to deepen the Heartbeat experience for existing members. These retreats are an experience like none other. Our March 2011 Desert Retreat, overlooking the Mizpe Ramon Crater, brought together 30 musicians for three days of music creation, learning, and dialogue. Our summer camp in July 2011 offered a more intensive five-day experience for the most dedicated Heartbeat members and gave birth to the Heartbeat All-Star Band, paving way for the Mic is Stronger Tour. We will continue offering seasonal camps and retreats as they have proven to be the best way to strengthen our community and propel us towards our local activities throughout the year.