angel Faces retreat applications are available for download.

We are now accepting applications for our next Angel Faces retreat for adolescent girls ages 12-19 with disfiguring burn and trauma injuries.

RETREAT DATE:                                      June 20 – 27, 2016

LOCATION OF RETREAT:                     Wolfeboro, New Hampshire

APPLICATION DUE DATE:                   May 15, 2016


Space is limited. Health care professionals and agencies that are promoting a girl’s acceptance should write a letter of recommendation. We also ask that referring agencies link their organizational websites to the Angel Faces webpage: Having links to our site helps our program in many ways.             

Applications are being accepted for the 2016 Angel Faces Level 1 retreat for girls, ages 12-18, with facial differences or large body surface trauma due to burn or trauma-related injuries. Since 2003, Angel Faces has offered holistic retreats that focus on the psychosocial needs of the attendees. Angel Faces was the first organization to offer this kind of healing retreat, which differs significantly from burn camps. While youth retreats are now available, Angel Faces is the only one that focuses primarily on the specific needs of girls. The program was developed by Lesia Cartelli, Angel Faces CEO, who endured a serious burn injury as a child.

The Angel Faces Level 1 retreat teaches adolescent and teenage girls how to increase self-confidence and improve their self-image, while embracing their trauma and related disfigurement.  Licensed therapists lead sessions on trauma and loss issues, followed by activities that facilitate emotional healing through verbal expression, journaling and art therapy. The girls attend sessions on how to handle stares, teasing and unwanted questions, and do goal-setting exercises. They also receive professional instruction for applying corrective cosmetics and experience therapeutic massage and facials that help them connect with and embrace their body, for perhaps the first time.

Angel Faces’ holistic approach seeks to heal the mind, heart and spirit.  The end result for each participant is a renewed sense of hope.  Girls leave the retreat with skills and tools to create the life they want, overcoming challenges to reach their full potential.  After the retreat, the girls become a part of Angels in Flight, a multi-faceted ongoing support program that reinforces what they learned at the retreat and keeps the conversation and healing going.

Pre- and post-test results show that attendees to Angel Faces retreats experience favorable psychosocial adjustments: Increase in hope; decrease in depressive symptoms; and increase in quality of life. A poster summarizing the 2010 research findings won awards at the American Burn Association conference.

The Angel Faces retreat offers significant personal attention, so we accept fewer than 20 girls per retreat.  Applications are prioritized based on psychosocial needs. Girls are allowed to attend more than once, depending on their need and space availability. Priority is given to girls who have never attended before.

Applications are available for download. Applicants must include a close-up photo (which the corrective cosmetics team will use to determine individual needs for the private consult) and a letter of recommendation from a health care provider.

The application should be mailed to:

Angel Faces, c/o Terry Hewitt, 2235 Encinitas Blvd., #107b, Encinitas, CA  92024

If you have any questions, please contact Terry at or (760) 487-1720.

Angel Faces is a nonprofit and we raise funds through individuals, foundations and corporations to pay girls’ retreat costs. We would, of course, appreciate any kind of donation of support in the name of your patient. Our tax ID number is 20-5718594. Please contact development director Sharon Jones at 760-230-1276 or if you wish to discuss being a funding or research partner of Angel Faces. We will put your company logo on our homepage and announce your support in our e-newsletter and social media.

We look forward to hearing from you and receiving your patient’s application!  Thank you for all you do for your burn/trauma patients.

The Angel Faces Team

Voices of Angels – Testimonials
“I have learned so much that helps me and that I will keep with me forever. The retreat was an experience I will never forget. I formed so many relationships and strengthened other ones. I can’t thank you enough.”

“During this retreat, I have learned so much. My heart and eyes have opened to a whole new world. Being at Angel Faces felt like I gained a whole new family. I can’t even describe how much you have already helped me in just one week. It’s insane.”

“In August it’ll be nine years since my injury and every single day is a new experience for me. So thank you for letting this short average-sized Canadian girl experience the wonders of Angel Faces.”