Harnessing the Power of Nature

Retreats that promote hope and healing—designed for veterans, by veterans. Fellow veterans and certified coaches facilitate mentorship programs, and BotBK9 provides safe outdoor activities for veterans and their families. 

Concentration is focused on life skills, adjusting to the new normal and communication skills and strategies. The series of three weekends are designed to progressively aid the Veteran in advancing their skills. If a service dog is assigned, we include animal husbandry and K9 learning and behavior in the retreat curriculum.


About the Farm

Utilizing over 600A of open space, ponds, and prairie, participants engage in structured activities and explore the natural areas. The retreat facilities are located on a working farm, allowing participants to connect with nature and animals.  If desired, individuals are able to spend time interacting with the various farm animals including miniature donkeys, goats, horses, cows, and chickens. 

On the Farm Activities

  • Homesteading: Hobby Gardening, Egg Production, Canning, and Animal Husbandry

  • Snow Shoe & Cross Country Skiing

  • Trail Running & Hiking

  • Float Boat and Pond Fishing 

  • Archery Program

  • K9 Search & Rescue

  • Detection dog training