Our mission is to provide alternative therapy programs for U.S. Military veterans and their families struggling with emotional challenges such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Anxiety, Depression, Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Our services, include, but are not limited to, utilizing  equine therapy, yoga, horticulture therapy, nutritional cooking, woodworking, fly tying, and career coaching. Our ultimate goal is to help our veterans become successful civilians who feel they serve a purpose after returning from their time spent on the battlefield.

What we do


Dare to Dream Ranch, Inc. is a holistic and alternative military retreat for service members, veterans and their families. The programs we offer include:

  • Equine therapy

  • Yoga

  • Reflexology/massage

  • Hypnotherapy

  • Group therapy

  • Horticulture therapy

  • Nutrition education

  • Healthy cooking

  • Exercise

Our programs are designed to help our service members, veterans, and their families with PTSD, anxiety, depression, military sexual trauma and mild traumatic brain injury to overcome their current situations, find their passion, and become successful civilians



Equine Therapy: The purpose of animal assisted therapy is to provide interventions that would not be possible with only a human provider. Equine assisted Psychotherapy utilizes the horse's responsive nature as a therapy tool. They are naturally curious, have individual personalities, and mirror human behavior. The structure provides a unique atmosphere for the client to work through personal challenges. EAP provides clients with in-the-moment experiences to learn how to manage current situations and future challenges with a focus on personal strengths and resources. Through this experiential based therapy, the Veteran gains greater insight into themselves through experiencing natural consequences, successes, and mistakes. There is something to be learned at every step of the process. (Offered by appointments on Sundays. Email karendaltonhealthyliving@gmail.com)

Yoga: Body-based work, such as yoga, increases sense of awareness, safety, and mastery over one's body while building skills to successfully interpret and tolerate physiological and effective states. (Located at Shri Studio in Pawtucket on Monday nights until we have a new location in Foster)

Reflexology: Application of pressure to the feet and hands with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion. It is based on a system of zones and reflex areas that reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands, with the premise that such work affects a physical change to the body. (By appointment only)

Hypnotherapy) Used to create subconscious change in a patient in the form of new responses, thoughts, attitudes, behaviors, or feelings.

(Email karendaltonhealthyliving@gmail.com)

Horiculture Therapy: Learn how to grow your food organically, and reduce stress and anxiety. Go beyond sustainability to integrate and connect people with their natural world.

Nutrition and Healthy Cooking) Learn how what you eat affects your energy, thinking, libido, and your overall health and well being. Learn how to cook what you grow.

Exercise) Builds strength, confidence, and improves your mood.

Job Internship: Resume writing training, interview training, coaching, and job internship opportunities.

Fly Tying and Fishing: It is something you could go through and for a couple hours you could forget what you've been going through and just refocus your energy.

Board of Directors

Karen Dalton, Founder, Executive VP
Karen Dalton, Founder, Executive VP

Certified Health Coach, Executive Director of Rhode Island Academy of Family Physicians. Life long horse enthusiast. Involved in Philanthropy for several years.

Jon Shelburne, President
Jon Shelburne, President

Experience in defending military personnel in courts-martial, administrative proceedings and other military related matters. Professor at Roger Williams University School of Law from August 2002 – August 2011 Bristol, RI. Taught Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Trial Advocacy; Supervised the Criminal Defense Clinic; Director of Competitions. Lt.Col, USMCR2002 – 2011.

Robbin M. Neill MSN-Ed
Robbin M. Neill MSN-Ed

Owns two horses and trains using Natural Horsemanship skills. Has hosted several horse clinics.

Michelle Solomon, Board Member
Michelle Solomon, Board Member

4th year student in doctorate program at Massachusetts School of Psychology. Passionate about helping our veterans and making a difference.

Dr. John Solomon, DO Board Member
Dr. John Solomon, DO Board Member

Family medicine physician in North Smithfield RI. Passionate about making a difference in the lives of his patients.

Christopher Rowe, U.S. Navy Chief
Christopher Rowe, U.S. Navy Chief

Woodworking Program Director