Madysen had an amazing time at the retreat. It was life changing for her!
Bethanne Acey- Mother of 2013 Attendee
The BF retreat has forever changed my life in a wonderful way. I have developed friendships that will last a lifetime. I have grown spiritually, relationally, and emotionally.
Carley Cottingham- Annual Attendee
Beautifully Flawed gave me the courage to be confident about my limb loss instead of being ashamed. This retreat changed my life in ways that I didn’t even think we’re possible
Alexa Grady- 2015 Attendee
The [Beautifully Flawed] retreat was incredible, it was above and beyond anything I could have expected!
Allie Frick- 2013 Attendee
The Beautifully Flawed retreat was a highlight of my life. It was one of the first moments in life that I truly felt God’s love, even with my flaws. It gave me hope that I can overcome my struggles and it made me realize that I don’t have to do it alone.
Haylee Atkinson- 2015 Attendee


After four successful annual events, Beautifully Flawed has become Friends of Bethany’s most established program. A retreat designed for young women ages 14-25 who have experienced the loss of at least one limb, the purpose of Beautifully Flawed is three-fold: evangelistic, inspirational and encouraging, and practical. It’s also full of fun and creating lifelong friendships! We bring girls together who have experienced something traumatic and let them know that they’re not alone, and that there is a God who loves them and sees them as beautiful.

Past guest speakers include Bethany Hamilton, Lauren Scruggs-Kennedy, Carley Cottingham, and Sarah Hill.  The Retreat also includes experts offering practical health and wellness tips that specifically account for limb differences. Dustin Dillberg of Pain Free Kauai, Bethany’s trainer and co-author of her recent book Body and Soul, assists attendees with postural training, to keep the girl’s spines aligned as their bodies compensate for limb loss. In past years, we’ve had the honor to work with Walking On Water, an organization based in Carlsbad, California, who co-hosts surf lessons for the attendees.











Qualifications: You may apply if you are a female between 14-25 years old and have loss (traumatic, medical, or congenital) of at least one limb.

Application Process:

Application acceptance period: January 19– April 30, 2018

Selection Process: Retreat attendance is limited to 20 young women. Our goal is to allow 15 new attendees each year, therefore priority will be given to qualified, new applicants. Our team prayerfully considers each submission, and reserves the right to accept or deny any applicant at our sole discretion. Applicants will be notified of acceptance or denial by/on May 15th.

Retreat Cost

• Early bird special – $775* when you pay in full up to three weeks from acceptance date ($100 savings – Deposit fee waived).

• Payment plan – $875* which includes a $100 non-refundable deposit due three weeks from acceptance date. The remaining balance of $775 (after deposit is made) can be made in two or three payments.

*Additional fees will be incurred for processing of credit card payments

Retreat Cost covers lodging, meals during the retreat, and transportation to/from San Diego airport.

*Flights are not included in pricing. Each person is responsible for booking their own airfare


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Retreat Sponsor:

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We cannot put on this event without the love, prayer and financial support
of caring people like you. We are grateful to the George and Betty Harbaugh Foundation for partnering with us on the 2017 Beautifully Flawed Retreat.

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