Back on the Block K9

Transitional Service Members and Veterans along with their families -

Agricultural/Farm Based Retreats

[PTSD] [MST] [TBI] 3-day Treatment Programs!



Contact:  (515) 233-1186






Service Area: IA


Serving: Transitional Service Members and Veterans along with their families




Retreats: 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.


3-Day Treatment Program: Our Program can provide relief, direction and hope to you and your family with a series of sessions that take place at our relaxing facilities in Lucas, Iowa. There is no cost to you. You are responsible for travel to get to the facility.


​We will use tools not typically offered by government programs. At the end of your session, we will help you decide which tools work the best for you and we will help you make a plan for continued healing once you get home.


​Our programs are typically three days long.  We do provide day trips coordinated through the Des Moines Veterans Administration.


​You will be with a small group of 6 – 10 other participants who are dealing with the same issues that you are.  The session will be staffed with a small team of professionals and a veteran Team Leader that will provide individualized care that is customized to your needs.


​Our facility is located on a working farm around Lucas, Iowa. This allows you to take advantage of the peaceful surroundings, welcoming farm atmosphere and animals.  We encourage comradery with the other participants. You will be sharing a room with another veteran.  For Couples’ and Family Sessions, you and your significant other will have your own bedroom.


​During your session, you can expect to spend each day rotating through a variety of different activities that focus on renewing your mind, body, and spirit.  You will also have some free time and community time with the other participants.