Nathan Numkena

Program Facilitator

A married father of 3, Nathan has been at the Milan ranch since we opened our doors in June of 2018. He is a Program Facilitator as well as our Safety Officer. Nathan feels blessed in his role here at the Ranch and also as a Lieutenant and Paramedic with a local fire department. “I am so fortunate to have two jobs that I love. I am amazed that I can support my family and at the same time be able to give back to a world that has given me so much”. Nathan is a Native American and continues to explore his roots as he moves forward with his journey to a better self. In doing so, his journey led him to the Canadian Ranch where he was gifted the knowledge of a native led Sweat Lodge. He brought that knowledge back with him and now facilitates the Milan Sweat Lodge. Nathan truly appreciates the recovery process as he continues to face his own recovery from mental illness. “There are some real and definite parallels that I can relate to. I consider myself very lucky that life has forced me to reassess who I am and how I relate to the universe around me. Most people get to walk around content with life but I was literally on my knees begging for help and I had to change. Out of that darkness a path revealed itself and the journey just keeps getting better as long as I stay diligent and do the right things”.

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The vast techniques and processes that they incorporate along with the amazing environment and facilities at Top of the World Ranch are what I, as a recovering alcoholic and addict, find essential in physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual healing and growth.


AMAZING facility with a knowledgeable, friendly staff. I recently had the opportunity to tour the ranch and I must say that I was thoroughly impressed. The facility grounds are expansive and absolutely peaceful. Perfect setting for healing, discovery, and recovery.


The Main Lodge is unlike any other treatment center...from the counselors' offices, the programming rooms, the games and leisure rooms, to the Chef's culinary skills...i was in awe. The staff, effortlessly, made me feel welcomed. I felt I belonged, I was safe.


On Top of the World Ranch , the place is amazing. The facility is beyond beautiful and lead by a staff that is the best in their field. It is tucked away in the country, just outside of the Quad Cities. Very conveniently located near airport or any of the Interstates , very easy to get to.

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