Compass Point Yoga

Join us for Compass Point Yoga on the Courtyard with RYT Jennifer Sieben EVERY THURSDAY from 5:45 – 6:45pm

Walk in yogi’s can purchase a pass for $7 day of class or purchase a Yoga Punch Card for $25  good for 5 sessions over 8 weeks.

Walk-in: $7

Punch Card: $25

Yoga cards purchased but not used due to COVID -19 will be honored.

Since this is an outside class, please watch the weather – check our FACEBOOK to see if there are changes in class due to inclement weather.

Please consider bringing your own yoga supplies or you can use ours – arrive masked and keep your mask on until you are seated on your mat on the courtyard.  Respect social distancing and help all those in attendance feel as comfortable as possible.

Patio Yoga Classes at Compass Point
Compass Point Urban Yoga on the Courtyard

Compass Point YOGA

Join us for the return of Compass Point Urban Yoga on the Courtyard with RYT Jennifer Sieben EVERY THURSDAY from 5:45 – 6:45pm

Walk in yogi’s can purchase a pass for $7 day of class or purchase a Yoga Punch Card for $25  good for 5 sessions over 8 weeks.

Walk-in: $7

Punch Card: $25

Yoga cards purchased but not used due to COVID -19 will be honored.

Since this is an outside class, please watch the weather – check our FACEBOOK to see if there are changes in class due to inclement weather.

Please consider bringing your own yoga supplies or you can use ours – arrive masked and keep your mask on until you are seated on your mat on the courtyard.  Respect social distancing and help all those in attendance feel as comfortable as possible.

Patio Yoga Classes at Compass Point
Compass Point Urban Yoga on the Courtyard

Beginning Backpack Adventure!

Join us March 13th and 14th for this excursion to Arkansas for the perfect beginning backpacking adventure!   We’ve scoped out the trail, planned the camping spot and we’re prepared to guide you, support your experience on the trail and have a GREAT adventure with YOU!  We will travel to Hobbs State Park near Beaver Lake where we’ll hike a 8.5 miles on the Pigeon Roost Trail.  Although this is a beginning backpacking adventure, the trail is rated as moderately difficult and strenuous due to several hill climbs. The trail winds through narrow hollows and up and along rugged ridges. It travels through stands of native pines, hardwoods, and typical Ozark vegetation.  There are several locations that offer great views of the Van Hollow branch of Beaver Lake.  Participants can choose to arrive Friday and arrange lodging or camping on their own.  The trail is located in the Hobbs State Park Conservation Area approximately 20 minutes from Rogers, Arkansas.

What are you paying for?  We’ve done all the planning, made reservations, made contact with area park rangers and have a plan if an emergency arises. We’ve also pre-hiked and chosen a campground.  We’ll ensure that we have filtered drinking and cooking water, firewood and s’mores for dessert!  In addition, we’ll provide you with a gear list, clothing suggestions and a BONUS pre-hike and pack weigh-in event at the Perry Lake Trail on Saturday March 6th at 10am to help you hone your plan.  Two experienced Dirty Girl Guides will be with you every step of the way!

When:  Saturday March 13th through Sunday March 14th, 2021  (The average temperature range for these date is from 39* to 60* – perfect!)

Check in time:  Saturday March 13th 10:30am

Estimated completion time: Sunday March 14th 1:00pm

Bonus Hike and pack weigh-in:  Saturday March 6th 10am Perry Lake Trail (details provided with registration)

 

 

 

Mindful Monday Session 4

Join us each Monday in January to cultivate mindfulness in your daily life.  Mindfulness is a wonderful tool to support us in our daily lives.  It is a researched based practice that is shown to reduce stress, anxiety and depression.  

The class will consist of 4 in person sessions during which we will  discuss how to incorporate mindful practices into our daily lives.  We will discuss, practice and create something in each session.   There will be weekly “homework” assignments to support the process.  As with many Dirty Girl Adventures, a focus on mindfully connecting with nature will be emphasized.  The 5th session will be a mindful walking experience to celebrate our connection to nature.  

Monday sessions are at Compass Point 800 North Kansas Avenue from 6:15 – 8:00pm the location for the Mindful Mile will be TBD with a start time of 10:30am

Session Dates are Mondays in January – 4th, 11th, 18th and 23rd with a bonus Mindful Miles experience on January 30th starting at 10:30am.  We will walk silently on a beautiful trail and observe the Kansas River prior to breaking our silence.

Denise Selbee-Koch has been a Social Worker and Outdoor Adventurer for almost 30 years.   Her personal mindfulness practice has significantly deepened within the last 8 years and she is eager to teach and support others in the development of their own practices.  Denise’s focus is on connection with nature and nature processes to support mindful intention within her daily living.

COVID-19 Procedures:  We will follow all current guidelines for gathering including social distancing, masks and sanitizing throughout this class.

Mindful Mondays: 4 Class Sessions + 1 Mindful Mile

Join us each Monday in January to cultivate mindfulness in your daily life.  Mindfulness is a wonderful tool to support us in our daily lives.  It is a researched based practice that is shown to reduce stress, anxiety and depression.  

The class will consist of 4 in person sessions during which we will  discuss how to incorporate mindful practices into our daily lives.  We will discuss, practice and create something in each session.   There will be weekly “homework” assignments to support the process.  As with many Dirty Girl Adventures, a focus on mindfully connecting with nature will be emphasized.  The 5th session will be a mindful walking experience to celebrate our connection to nature.  

Monday sessions are at Compass Point 800 North Kansas Avenue from 6:15 – 8:00pm the location for the Mindful Mile will be TBD with a start time of 10:30am

Session Dates are Mondays in January – 4th, 11th, 18th and 23rd with a bonus Mindful Miles experience on January 30th starting at 10:30am.  We will walk silently on a beautiful trail and observe the Kansas River prior to breaking our silence.

Denise Selbee-Koch has been a Social Worker and Outdoor Adventurer for almost 30 years.   Her personal mindfulness practice has significantly deepened within the last 8 years and she is eager to teach and support others in the development of their own practices.  Denise’s focus is on connection with nature and nature processes to support mindful intention within her daily living.

COVID-19 Procedures:  We will follow all current guidelines for gathering including social distancing, masks and sanitizing throughout this class.

Get to Know the Dirty Girls: Mary Hogan

Back in 2014 when Mary Hogan heard about Dirty Girl Adventures from a co-worker, she had no idea it would end up changing her life for the better. She went home from work that day, did some research and signed up for a kayaking event at Lake Perry later that month. 

“I’d always been a water girl. I grew up boating and had done lots of canoeing in my life,” says Mary. 

In fact, on a family canoeing trip years prior, she had to rent a kayak because the outfitter ran out of canoe rentals. She enjoyed the kayak and decided to purchase one, but never had anyone to go with. 

After retirement, Mary was in a wired state-of-mind. She didn’t have her co-workers to talk to every day or much of a reason to leave the house. Everything worked itself out for her after joining Dirty Girl Adventures. She found an empowering clan of women who enjoyed outdoor adventure and other similar activities as she does, such as quilting. 

“Dirty Girl Adventures has opened up so many opportunities for me and has brought so many wonderful women into my life,” says Mary. 

Mary has gone on many adventures outside of DGA with other Dirty Girls. From rafting down the Buffalo River and ziplining in Arkansas, to wine tasting and kayaking in the Eminence, Missouri area, she has connected to a clan of women who are always ready for an adventure, no matter where.

When Mary signed up for the very first Ass Kicker kayak paddle in 2015, she didn’t think she could do it and she most definitely didn’t think it would become her favorite adventure memory.

“I didn’t think there was a chance I could ever kayak 20 miles. But I did. I have learned that I don’t have limitations,” she said. 

Some of Mary’s favorite places to adventure in Kansas are the hiking and biking trails in Perry, the Iliff Commons trails and Banner Lake in Holton. Although she loves to hike and kayak Kansas, she has an adventure bucket list that includes hiking the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and various places in colorful Colorado. 

Aside from adventuring and helping out at Compass Point, Mary is also a longtime Purple Martin landlord. These birds depend on humans to provide them with a nest during their migration from Brazil to Canada. The birds arrive mid-March and start laying eggs in early May. Babies begin hatching in June and usually leave by mid to late July.

“Helping the Purple Martins brings me joy and a way to do my part in nature,” said Mary.

You can catch Mary at Compass Point helping out at the shop or on an adventure. Here is a photo of Mary with a beaver skull she found on a kayaking adventure this summer. 

Get to Know the Dirty Girls: Karen Stockwell-Withers

Karen is in the midst of her third season as a Dirty Girl Club Member and loving it. A few years back, she found out about Dirty Girl Adventures at a teaching conference. During this conference, she met another woman who was already involved with the club and was introduced to DGA. 

Throughout her life, she has always loved nature and the outdoors, but her love continues to grow for it as she gets older. “I think I fall more in love with the outdoors as I age because I’ve had issues with depression in the past. The outdoors provides me with so much peace and happiness. Also, the more I learn about climate change and the effect humans have on the environment, the more I see a need to protect nature.”

Since joining the club, Karen says it has provided her with a community of like minded women who all have a common love and passion for the outdoors, which has been hard for her to find.   “Before finding the Dirty Girls my only outdoor buddy was my husband, now I have a ton of people to do things with,” she says. Having a group of ladies to go exploring with is wonderful for Karen, and makes her realize that there are lots of other women that care about the outdoors as well. 

Her favorite and most memorable Dirty Girl Adventures event was during her first year of being a member. Karen and some other Dirty Girls did a weekend getaway to Camp White and hiked the Tallgrass Prairie. “I knew I found the perfect group during that weekend,” she says. 

Karen and her husband have lots of places on their adventure bucket list that they plan to check off. Currently, they are goal setting for their adventure in Iceland in three years. They are going for their ten year anniversary and plan on camping all over the country and seeing puffins while they are there. MCI started offering it as their first direct international flight, so this helped them choose Iceland as their anniversary adventure. “We watched a Discovery Channel episode on puffins and Iceland. Then, I started seeing tons of pictures of Iceland on Twitter from all of the outdoor accounts I follow. What made it a solid decision was recently on a hike in Glacier National Park. We met several people who have been to Iceland and they told us how gorgeous the country is, so we decided it would be the perfect place to go.”

They plan on taking their new puppy, Moose, on their future adventures with them. Bosco, their other dog has gone on many adventures, even kayaking. Moose will be going camping with them for the first time this summer. Pets make outdoor adventure all the more enjoyable! 

Karen is thankful for all that DGA has brought to her. She is inspired and excited for her future outdoor adventures with her fellow Dirty Girls,  her husband and puppies. 

She is also the leader of the Dirty Girl Adventures Book Club at Compass Point. Check our event calendar to join Karen in discussing some award winning stories!

Get to Know the Dirty Girls: Julie Justus

Julie has been a member of Dirty Girl Adventures since the very beginning in 2013. She grew up and lived most of her life in California where she loved hiking, body surfing and camping.  “Adventure was in my heart,” says Julie. Life eventually took her to Kansas after her children were born and it was at this point that she lost her connection with the outdoors. 

“The bugs were scary and the weather was too extreme so I stopped and stayed inside most of the time.”

That all changed when she met Denise in 2005. When Julie’s son was six, they enrolled him in the local baseball program. Denise’s husband Marcus was the coach and Denise and Julie became immediate friends. Coming from California, Julie didn’t have much hope that there was any adventure in the fly-over state. However, Denise encouraged her to go outside and adventure with their kids through 4-H.

“Together we took our kids to every corner of the state through the 4-H geology program. She later took me hiking on local trails that I didn’t even know about.”

Over the many years Julie has lived here, she knows that although Kansas will hinder your adventure at times, if you are patient, there are many beautiful places to explore. “I love Kansas now and call it home. I know that Denise and I will continue to be good friends for a lifetime,” she says. 

Since Dirty Girl Adventures started back in 2013, Julie’s life has changed. She says she has met so many women that are from different backgrounds that she would not have met if it weren’t for DGA.  

“Dirty Girl Adventures has brought many different women into my life and has opened up the love to see people where they are. There is no judgement in this club. We all accept each other and bond with the common love of the outdoors.”

Julie’s favorite memory as a Dirty Girl member was the very first Ass Kicker. The Ass Kicker is an event where Dirty Girls kayak 20 miles of a section of the Mighty Kaw.  It was during this trip that she met many women who are now good friends.

“It was a memorable kayaking trip because it was our first tough adventure. We were in it together and we all finished with accomplishment. Firsts seem to always be more memorable than others.”

From the very beginning of this awesome club, Julie has been there to see it grow into the amazing community it is now. 

“Dirty Girl Adventures helped instill the love of the outdoors in my heart again and showed me that you can adventure anywhere you are.”