Discover Top of the World Ranch

There are many areas around the lodge and residence to relax and take in the beauty of the ranch and surrounding land. We have strategically placed contemplative area benches throughout our trails system. We have Mill Creek running through the property, along with many old growth oaks and other hardwoods. Surprisingly many Cedars also call the ranch home.

The serenity, the beauty, the outdoor activities, the physical, emotional and spiritual awakening while experiencing them… strengthens our recovery from addiction. The ranch helps to awaken that which has been asleep. The ranch helps to open us up, helps us to experience the sunset rather than just see it. The hole in soul begins to fill and in turn begin to heal.

The beautiful natural surroundings allow us to feel deeply, to find our best selves, to connect to a higher power and to connect to others in a way that a more institutional setting simply cannot.

Our trail system offers a variety of terrain. Whether walking up and down the hills or along the flats of the creek, you will experience your private sanctuary. For those in better physical condition we have Mt bikes to ride as well. Best to bring your own helmet. If you do not have one we do.

Explore Top of the World Ranch, Milan, Illinois


Fire pit

Our clients often gather at our limestone rock fire pit to watch a roaring fire and engage in heartfelt and supportive conversation with one another. We will often offer programming outdoors as well.


The labyrinth, a path for walking meditation, is a special tool when used with mindful intention, to lessen stress and gain serenity. Labyrinth walking has been proven to increase levels of relaxation, clarity, peace, centerdness, openness, quiet and reflectiveness, and reduce levels of anxiety, stress and agitation. According to the U.S. Labyrinth Society: “The experience of labyrinth walking supports recovery, renewal, integration of the whole person, and facilitating a sense of harmony.”

At the ranch, you can meditatively walk our labyrinth or just sit in the peacefulness of the labyrinth’s forest setting.


The 3 acre lake at the ranch sits in front of the lodge. It has been stocked with Bass, bluegill & catfish. Fishing is an opportunity and must be done with barbless hooks so that we can maintain a healthy fish population. The lake also has a beach area, and we have canoes for your enjoyment.



There are countless places to walk, hike, or mountain bike. Depending on the time of year, you will also have opportunity to snowshoe. You can also walk our 12-step trail.

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