2021 Summit Sessions

Our sessions are relevant to anyone interested in cycling, trails, active transportation, or working and volunteering in the social change space. We have sessions on mobility, policies, community organizing, and avoiding burnout. Enjoy hearing from our stellar line-up of subject matter expert session leaders. 

Session Descriptions

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Dr. Destiny Thomas

Session 1: Why We Should Engage in the Development of Our Growing Cities 

    • Dr. Destiny Thomas from the Thrivance Group will help summit attendees understand why being engaged in the development of our growing cities creates a world where everyone has equitable access to safe neighborhoods, beautiful spaces, social enterprise, healthy food options, quality healthcare, affordable housing, active transportation and clean air and water.
    • Facilitated breakout discussion of sharing how city development affects you
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Charlene Mack

Session 2: How to Organize the Community to Support a Cause

    • Charlene Mack, Strategist and Management Consultant, and Teaching Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School will give summit attendees a crash course in community organizing by walking participants through a process for growing grassroots support and empowering others to support the change they wish to see in the world.
    • Facilitated breakout discussion of how to organize your community
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Kelsey Blackwell

Session 3: How to Sustain your Own Momentum-Cultivating Resilience to Avoid Burning Out 

    • Kelsey Blackwell, Somatic Coach from the Strozzi Institute, and an InterPlay Leader will discuss the importance of combatting fatigue and burnout as we live through multiple overlapping crises. While we may feel a push to keep moving, sometimes maintaining momentum looks like slowing down. In this session, we’ll champion the type of ‘momentum’ that makes space for pause, rest, and self-care. Attendees will come away with an embodied practice for cultivating resilience and for sustaining well-being as we navigate whatever may be ahead.
    • Facilitated breakout discussion of sharing ways to avoid burnout
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Elected Official Policy Panel

Session 4: How to Effectively Engage with Elected officials

    • Moderated by Jaclyn House, KNWA Producer and co-host of Good Day NWA. Jaclyn will interview a panel of women elected officials to talk about effectively engaging in dialogue with them on issues you care about and also about their experience and advice running for office.
    • Facilitated breakout discussion of working within your community's political structure
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Aparna Rajagopal & Elyse Rylander

Session 5: Concurrent sessions for White and BIPOC women to explore Building Inclusive Spaces and Navigating Barriers

    • Summit attendees will split out into two concurrent sessions that create Accountability and Affinity spaces that provide for deeper conversations in a safer space around issues of exclusion and barriers in the trails and cycling sector.
    • A) An Affinity space to help BIPOC women process through exclusionary incidents and structures, build connections around shared experiences, heal in community, and identify strategies that would support them.
    • B) An Accountability space to help white women process through the feelings that arise when they may be unintentionally complicit in exclusion, identify internal barriers that keep them from speaking up and working in solidarity, and commit to tangible action steps to tear down barriers to access, participation, and positive experiences on trails and paths.

This session was not recorded in order to protect the safe space that was created.

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Felicia Ruiz

Session 6: Celebrating your Accomplishments with Ritual and Remedy

    • Celebrating accomplishments is often forgotten in our busy lives. Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz, a traditional healer, will walk attendees through creating their own aromatic spritzer (using the box of ingredients shipped prior) to celebrate accomplishments and participation in the summit and support emotional, physical, and spiritual wellbeing.

2021 OUTDOOR Experiences

8:30am-12:30pm

We enjoyed the beautiful setting of Coler as we blended hiking/walking with yoga, an opportunity to be present outdoors and enjoy the benefits nature had to offer while connecting with other women. We started with a short 15 min walk on the paved trail, followed by a grounding yoga practice. This was great for anyone who was new to being out in nature, excited to learn about places to go hiking, and looking for that mind-body-nature connection.

8:30am ~ Light walked approx 1 mile while catching up with friends and enjoyed the beautiful outdoors.
9:00am ~ 30 minutes of grounding yoga.
9:30am - Enjoyed some coffee, kombucha or treats from Airship coffee and time for reflection.
10:30am - Transitioned to Natural State Rock & Republic in Springdale
11:00am - Joined the Hillfolk team at Natural State Rock & Republic for a class on botanical bundle dying.
12:30pm - Lunch at Natural State Rock & Republic

What you needed to bring:

  • Yoga mat
  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen/sun protection
  • Comfortable, athletic clothing (gym shorts and t-shirts are great!)

Gravel riding is a popular term around the area and may be a totally new idea of riding to you. Really, it’s just about going out on rides that are maybe sometimes paved, sometimes a little dirt, sometimes a little rocky, or all of the above! Northwest Arkansas has some of the best routes that start where the blacktop ends. This was great for those who were comfortable on a bike and excited to try a new style of riding that took them beyond city limits.

  • 9:00am - Met at the ride location to check-in, do introductions, discuss the day, and receive all equipment needed for a good experience. We spent time going over the bikes, talking skills and technique, and riding around to put it all together.
  • 9:30am-11:00am - Gravel ride - length determined by group and guides - minimum of 10 miles, with a maximum of 20 miles.
  • 11:30am - Wrapped up and headed to the lunch gathering at Natural State Rock and Republic.

37 North Expeditions reached out directly with location, waivers, and additional details.

What you needed to bring:

  • Bike / helmet
  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Helmet and bike (either or both if you have them)
  • Sunscreen/sun protection
  • Bug spray
  • Comfortable, athletic clothing (gym shorts, closed shoes, and t-shirts are great!)

We joined Pedal It Forward and gave back while learning how to build a bike. We were at the Pedal It Forward headquarters in Downtown Rogers learned about how the organization works within the community, put some bikes together, and made an impact together.

  • 10:00am - Checked-in, did introductions, discussed the day, and learned about the Pedal It Forward organization.
  • 10:30am - Built bikes! If time allowed, we took them for a little spin around downtown Rogers
  • 12:00pm - Wrapped-up and headed to the lunch gathering at Natural State Rock and Republic.

Cocoon Yoga Lab generously offered a two-part experience:

9:00am-10:30am - Hike & Meditate - Gathered for a glorious morning soaking in nature at Lake Atalanta in Rogers. A casual hike around the lake intermingled with walking and seated meditations. All-levels welcomed for this outdoor experience. Wore comfortable shoes, brought a journal/pen and water. The hike around the lake was around 3 miles. Left renewed and refreshed + sun-kissed with a little dose of nature's vitamins.

10:30am - 12:00pm - Paddle & Play (Limited to 12 participants) - This was a fun way to get your exercise and vitamin D for the day. Learned the basics of SUP in a relaxed group setting. We started on dry land, teaching correct paddle height and hand placement, equipment overview, kneeling and standing on a board, and water safety. Then we took it to the water to learn paddling techniques, turns and more. Once you have the basics, you were free to paddle and play. No SUP experience was needed, but you must have been a confident swimmer. Board, paddle and life vest were provided.

What you needed to bring:

  • Water bottle
  • Comfortable walking shoes for the hike
  • Water shoes for the start of paddleboarding
  • Journal/Pen
  • Towel
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Sunscreen/sun protection
  • Bathing suit or water-friendly clothing

The Ozarks have nearly countless opportunities to get out on the water and paddle around. We discovered the joys of paddling and learned the basics of kayaking. This was great for those who have never been in a boat before and wanted to try it out! Boats, life jackets, and other equipment was provided.

9:00am - Met at Rock & Republic in Springdale to check-in, do introductions, and discuss the day.
9:15am - Shuttle provided for travel to the activity spot on Beaver Lake.
9:45am - Spent an hour or so on the water and then wrap it up and head to the lunch gathering at Natural State Rock and Republic.
11:30am - Return to Natural State Rock & Republic via shuttle.

What you needed to bring:

  • Water bottle
  • Towel
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Sunscreen/sun protection
  • Bathing suit or water-friendly clothing
  • Water-friendly shoes (strapped-on sandals, crocs, old sneakers, and water shoes from Walmart are great!)
  • Camera in a waterproof case (optional)

Always wanted to try the dirt trails in the area but never felt totally comfortable getting out there on your own? We were pumped to offer a chance for first-timers to experience the excitement of riding off-road. This was a great opportunity for those who had never been on dirt trails or maybe tried it out and wanted to learn the basics.

9:00am - For those that did't have their own mountain bike and were borrowing a bike (must be arranged in advance)
9:30am - Group introductions and discussed the day. We spent time going over what mountain biking is, building skills and technique, and riding around to put it all together.
11:30am - Wrapped it up and headed to the lunch gathering at Natural State Rock and Republic.

What you needed to bring:

  • Bike and helmet - Need a bike and helmet? No problem! Please contact [email protected] as soon as possible to make arrangements.
  • Water bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen/sun protection
  • Comfortable, athletic clothing (gym shorts, closed shoes, and t-shirts are great!)
Start Time: 10:00 am
 
Start Location: Climb Bentonville - 801 SW 14th St, Bentonville, AR 72712
 
Details:
Rock climbing is an empowering and exciting experience, no matter how high you climb! Whether it’s bouldering (without ropes) or top-rope climbing (with a rope and harness), it’s a cool opportunity to feel the strength within yourself to use everything from your head to your toes. This was wonderful for beginners and there were no expectations other than showing up and giving it a try.
 
  • 10:00 am - Checked-in, did introductions, discussed the day, and learned about Climb Bentonville.
  • 10:30 am - Learned basic knowledge needed for beginner climbers - equipment, climbing safety, basic knots, and how to belay and rappel.
  • 12:00 pm - Wrapped-up and headed to the lunch gathering at Natural State Rock and Republic.
 
What you needed to bring:
  • Water bottle
  • Comfortable, athletic clothing (gym shorts and t-shirts are great!)
 
Lunch and Reflection:
Following your activity, everyone was invited to a lunch gathering at Natural State Rock and Republic in Springdale. No worries about changing- we were all be coming right from our adventures!

10am-12pm

Perfect for your first time on a bike or maybe your first time in a LONG time. We were excited to spark joy on a bicycle and support you getting on the trail. We reviewed parts of a bike, rode safely, got tips for getting rolling, and how to have the most positive experience!

The group met at 9am to check-in, did introductions, discussed the day, and received all equipment needed for a good experience. We spent time going over bikes, talked skills and technique, and rode around to put it all together. We then wrapped up and headed to the lunch gathering at Natural State Rock and Republic. We all came right from our adventures!

*Needed a bike and helmet? No problem! We discussed this after your confirmation email for the activity.

What you needed to bring:

Water bottle

Sunglasses

Helmet and bike (either or both if you have them)

Sunscreen/sun protection

Comfortable, athletic clothing (gym shorts, closed shoes, and t-shirts are great!)

THANK YOU TO OUR 2021 EXPERIENCE PARTNERS!

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