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Overcoming the Odds

Haven Shepherd diving into a swimming pool

For Haven Shepherd, 2018 Beautifully Flawed retreat attendee, living life as an amputee is all she’s ever known — but that hasn’t stopped her by any means. It’s a life she’s embraced to the full, a life of looking challenge straight in the eye and saying “game on,” a life of overcoming odds, inspiring young people, and accomplishing world-renowned achievements, all with an unwavering trust and faith in God.

Coming Full Circle

Andrea Zavala with Bethany Hamilton

We have a saying at Beautifully Flawed — it’s the filler we see between a prayer and a miracle, just as God changes the page from tragedy to triumph — and it is “But God.” “But God” moments follow a time of despair or crisis, signifying a pivotal change brought about by divine intervention. They reveal God’s ultimate authority and transformative power in seemingly impossible situations. When we feel hopeless, He is still writing our story.

From Attendee to Leader

Josh Reed wakesurfing

No one wishes to walk through fire. No one dreams of journeying through the difficulties. It goes against everything in our human nature that desires safety, comfortability, and control. And yet, what if?

Beauty from Ashes

Carley and Bethany Hamilton showing off their stumps

Much has transpired in Carley Shoesmith’s life since she stepped out of the van in Del Mar, CA to attend her very first Beautifully Flawed retreat in 2013 — the inaugural retreat for the foundation. Her story hasn’t been easy by any means, yet, it’s one filled with hope, a story of how God took chapters of pain, disappointment, and loss and used it for good, turned it into purpose.

As Iron Sharpens Iron

Ira Rich surfing

So often, it’s the people that have gone before us that pave the way for our victory. It’s those who have fought for their breakthrough, and walked through the fire to find their healing that fill others with contagious hope. The belief that if God did it for those before, He can do it for me too.

Support Us at Mike Hess Brewing This April

Back for April 2024 is our fundraising efforts with Mike Hess Brewing of San Diego! For the third year in a row, Mike Hess Brewing has chosen the Beautifully Flawed Foundation as one of their Charities of the Month. April is a particularly special month for us as well as it is Limb Loss Awareness […]

2024 Retreat Applications Now Open!

UPDATE 5/30/24: Retreat application deadline has been extended! The new deadline is Friday, June 7th, 2024. Applicants will be notified of their application status by June 24th, 2024. We are excited to announce that our applications for our October Beautifully Flawed Women’s Retreat (BFR) Forge Men’s Retreat for those with limb difference are now open! This year, the […]

WATCH: Our 2023 Beautifully Flawed Retreat Highlight Video

Words can’t even begin to describe all that God did at the 2023 Beautifully Flawed Retreat in Del Mar! We witnessed a total of 21 young women with limb difference come from all across the country and God do the impossible! We saw fears conquered and courage take flight as attendees got into the ocean […]

WATCH: Our 2023 Forge Retreat Highlight Video

The Forge Retreat 2023 was like no other! We saw so much new growth take place in more ways than one. Whether it was surfing, wakesurfing, jiu-jitsu, gym workouts, or stepping on a ride at a theme park, the men all rose to the occasion to face challenges, fears, and uncomfortableness head on and discovered […]

Our 2023 End of Year Mailer

As we gear up for 2024, we believe God is calling us to do even more retreats and events, along with relaunching our conferences. God is doing big things, and we are so excited for what the future holds. For our year end fundraising goal, we are looking to raise $70,000 in order to hit […]