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Canada’s oldest nudist club celebrating 80 years of clothing-free fun
The VanTan club was the first of its kind when it opened in 1939

Canada’s oldest nudist club, the VanTan Club, celebrates its 80th anniversary this Saturday, Aug.10.

Founded in 1939, the club was the first of its kind to open in Vancouver, as well as the country. During the club’s inception, not many people had cars, and, as a result, they’d arrive to the club’s property by bus or on foot.

The VanTan Club celebrates its 80th anniversary this Saturday.
The VanTan Club celebrates its 80th anniversary this Saturday. Van Tan Nudist Club

Nowadays, the club meets at a North Vancouver property, but they no longer have a clubhouse. However, the property offers, “a wood-fired sauna and hot tub, facilities for volleyball, badminton, horseshoes, shuffleboard, croquet, bocci, children’s play equipment, spacious lawns for sunning, and lots of shade trees.”

Prospective members must visit the property up to three times to determine whether their membership application will be considered. The club describes itself as friendly, but without imposing on the personal freedom and privacy of each member. It also describes itself as a “family friendly naturist club” and is affiliated with the American Association of Nude Recreation.

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Source: Vancouver Courier

Original publication AUGUST 7, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 4 days ago

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The persecution of hippies in Formentera 1968/70
The police confidant, the rector of Sant Ferran, was scandalized with the nudity: “They were not violent young people, but if from time to time someone was agitated, we would give him four hosts . “

Far from a supposed tolerance and despite the idealization promoted by tourism marketing, the past hippie of Formentera is marked by the persecution and subsequent expulsion of hundreds of young people by Franco’s authorities, the Civil Guard and organized groups of Formentera in the 1968/70 period. Beginning in the summer of 1967, “summer of love”, Formentera and Ibiza became a stopover on the route that thousands of western youths set out for India and Afghanistan.

Since the arrival of the first “hairy” – as those young people, mostly American, British and French, who bathed naked, worked little and lived with less were known on the island – there were Formenterenses who showed their rejection, but at the same time , many residents welcomed those foreigners who rented houses even if they were in poor condition, consumed in bars and shopped in stores. As the book “The Francoist repression of the hippy movement to Formentera” points out, the authorities of the regime contemplated with concern the fact that the hippie collective was seen with complicity, even sympathy for a notable part of the population of Formentera, a tolerance that threatened to expand to the rest of the country. To clear up any questions about the morality prevailing in the Dictatorship, Franco’s leaders planned an operation to change the perception of those ragged young people who gave the island “an aspect of poverty, misery and abandonment” and with whom it had reached extreme never thought: it is very difficult to go to the beach without seeing several cases (of nudity) , according to one of the reports written by the rector of Sant Ferran, Pep Costa, who served as police confidant.

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Source: Histonudismo

Original publication 07/23/2019

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Auckland nudist beach Ladies Bay set to unveil name options for historical signs

Is it a lady’s or is it for ladies – the history of an Auckland nudist beach’s names may soon be revealed for all to see.

Ladies Bay in the east Auckland suburb of St Heliers has long suffered from multiple spellings of its name – and a questionable reputation.

Now local politician Colin Davis is looking to solve the former with a new sign that spells out both of the site’s English names – and adds a Māori one.

While “Ladies Bay” is the name at present printed on an Auckland Council sign, the place has also been known as Lady’s Bay, prompting the question, who was the lady?

A local politician wants the name "Lady's Bay" and also a Māori name added to a new sign for "Ladies Bay" in St Heliers, Auckland
A local politician wants the name “Lady’s Bay” and also a Māori name added to a new sign for “Ladies Bay” in St Heliers, Auckland

Davis, of the Ōrākei Local Board, citing a local historian and reports on a 1940s plan for a flying-boat passenger terminal at the bay, said she was Eliza, Lady Grey, wife of Governor Sir George Grey.

“… hence ‘Lady’s Bay’, which spelling is recorded in a local history and most often in newspapers in the late 1800s, even up to the 1940s,” Davis said in papers for this Thursday’s board meeting where he hopes to persuade colleagues to support his move.

“Sometimes, but not often, the plural spelling ‘Ladies’ – with an apostrophe – was written.”

He told the Herald that work being done, following subsidence, to build new steps down to the bay gave an opportunity to replace the current sign with one that said “Ladies Bay – Lady’s Bay”.

He wants a Māori name added too, in line with Auckland Council policy, and a separate sign explaining the history of the names.

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Source: New Zealand Herald

Original publication 14 May, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 19th May 2019

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This is the life of the Rainbow Family
As some of its members say, they are “the largest non-organization of non-members of the world”.

The encounters of the Rainbow movement are utopian-anarchist new age celebrations ; events in which the main protagonists are freedom, love and harmony and in which anyone wishing to participate is welcome. No matter who you are or where you come from, there you can enjoy freedom without giving explanations. This event arises as an attempt to create a world without traps, authorities or organizations in which we can be ourselves.

This movement has never existed as a formal institution. Among them they are called “brothers and sisters” and are considered the ” Rainbow Family “.

Guatemala, in Alta Verapaz, Rainbow world meeting, November 2012

The Rainbow movement was born in the USA in the early 1970s, a time when an important collective consciousness began to develop. Tensions arose throughout the world arising from social problems such as sexuality, women’s rights, traditional forms of authority, experimentation with psychoactive drugs and the different and very diverse interpretations of the American dream. Little by little a different and decentralized social fabric was created, elaborated with the thread of the hippie culture, the revaluation of rural life, the spiritual teachings of the American Indians, the oriental mysticism and the street wisdom of the vagabonds.

In 1972, more than twenty thousand people gathered in Colorado to pray for world peace. The intention was to celebrate a unique and unrepeatable event throughout the world, a four-day meeting in some remote and wild place to pray and meditate on how to change the world.

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Source: Info Nudism

Original publication 05/11/2019

Posted on NatCorn 15th May 2019

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The pioneers, a walk through the naturism of Europe at the beginning of the 20th century
They were the pioneers, the first naturists of the Europe of the early twentieth century, with them began a process of development of nudism that has not stopped until today.

The revolt against Victorian dress took another turn in Germany where, in 1903, Richard Ungewitter wrote a book, Die Nacktheit , which supported a return to the attitudes of ancient Greece towards nudity for hygienic and moralistic reasons. In 1905, Paul Zimmerman opened the first social and family nudist complex, Freilichtpark (Park of free light). At the same time another German, Dr. Heinrich Pudor , wrote a book called Nacktcultur , which dealt with the benefits of nudism in coeducation and advocated the enjoyment of sport free of annoying clothes. Dr. Pudor called aristocratic nudity and slavery to clothing a plebeian characteristic, affirming that”All nations that completely disregard the right of their people to nudism quickly become decadent . ” The nudist movement (today international) expanded from these simple beliefs, in clear defiance of what had been a century-long mentality of rejection of the body.

They were times of changes where photography was also beginning to take its first steps, and where the camera was a direct witness of what was happening around it, thanks to this evolution of photography, today we can know and see how the nudity of Then, thanks to photography we have graphic testimonies of the time.

Beautiful and romantic images of our nudist ancestors taken between the years 1906-1942, curious images, some theatrical that seem more paintings than photographs, difficult images to take with the cameras of then, hence the “poses” that the photographed people keep in some of the photographs, images difficult to preserve given the chemical products that were used, hence some do not have the technical quality that would be desirable, but they are no less beautiful.

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Source: Info Nudism

Original publication 05/05/2019

Posted on NatCorn 7th May 2019

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Nudity in the sport of ancient Greece

In ancient times, even before the classical era, for example, during the Cretan Minoan civilization, athletic exercise was an important part of everyday life. In fact, the Greeks credited several mythological figures with athletic achievements, and the male gods (especially Apollo and Heracles , sponsors of the sport) were commonly represented as athletes. While Greek sculpture often showed men completely naked, a new concept appeared for women, "venus pudica" (or partially nude), see " Nike of Samothrace ". Nudity in sports was very common, with almost all sports performed naked. As a tradition it was probably introduced for the first time in the city-state of Sparta, during the late archaic period.

The civilization of ancient Greece (Hellas), during the archaic period, had an athletic and cultic aesthetic of nudity that typically included adult men and adolescents, but sometimes also children, women and girls. The love for beauty also included the human body, beyond love for nature, philosophy, the arts, etc. The Greek word gym means " a place to train naked ." Male athletes competed naked, but most of the city-states of the time did not allow female participants or even spectators at those events, with Sparta being a notable exception. The origins of nudity in ancient Greek sports are the subject of a legend about the athlete Orsipo de Megara . There are several myths regarding these origins; in one, Orsipo loses his clothes during the race for the stadium of the XV Olympic Games in 720 BC, which gives him an advantage and wins. Other athletes emulate it and fashion is born.

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Source: Info Nudism

Original publication 04/23/2019

Posted on NatCorn 27th April 2019

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Petaluma’s Past: When D-Day dawned and nudists descended in 1944
“Nudes is nudes, whether it be good nudes or bad nudes!”

On June 6, 1944, 11,000 planes, 4,000 ships, thousands of smaller craft and 250,000 men invaded the shores of Normandy in northwest France, just 120 miles from German-occupied Paris. This incredi-ble event was to become forever known as “D-Day,” and it was to mark the beginning of the end to World War II in Europe.

The Normandy Invasion.
The Normandy Invasion.

History’s greatest armada had begun crossing the turbulent English Channel at midnight, in a driving rainsquall. Consisting mostly of American, British and Canadian forces, 4,400 of them were to perish as the troops beat down the Nazi coastal defenses. The following day, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill announced that several strategic bridges had already been captured. But, the news wasn‘t all about war, that summer of ‘44.

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Source: Argus Courier

Original publication April 19, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 25th April 2019

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We did not invent clothes simply to stay warm
Clothes are not a necessity for everyone, so why do we bother wearing clothes at all?

Stephen Gough likes to be naked; so much so, it has cost him his freedom. He has spent a combined total of 10 years in prison for showing too much skin in public, having been arrested multiple times.

At some point early humans needed to cover up
At some point early humans needed to cover up Entressan/SPL

Gough, also known as the "naked rambler", prefers to get naked when temperatures warm up. He is not a danger to the public, but when he walked naked from John o'Groats to Lands' End in the UK in 2003, he caused outcries around the country. When he attempted the journey again he was quickly arrested. In prison he was often put into solitary confinement for his refusal to wear clothes.

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Source: BBC

Original publication 19 September 2016

Posted on NatCorn 31st March 2019

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Naturist Witch Trials?

Our world is a remarkable place.

So many people, so many cultures, philosophies, religions and ways of life. And we all are part of it.

There is a problem though. Most of the world isn’t like us. Most of the world prefers to cover up, even when it’s hot, and does the smart thing by buying machines to cool down.

We are the strange ones in this mental picture. Acknowledge it. We don’t do mainstream coverups well when it’s hot. We play along because we have to. We’re being forced into this.

What makes me say this?

You may have noticed a parallel with the Salem Witch Trials in the title of this blog post. This is on purpose and kudos for those who noticed that.

Scene from Salem Witch Trial
Scene from Salem Witch Trial

The Salem Witch Trials happened in the world of Puritans, who wanted to build their ‘City on the Hill’, according to their own pure insights and laws. (Problem was there were no real laws after a while, when England handed over jurisdiction to the locals.)

Naturists and nudists face more and more Puritanism in the modern world. People are become more prude. The mainstream media make people ashamed of their less than paintbrushed and photoshopped body which increases the ‘need’ to cover up. And, take it as you will, religion has its foot in the door as well. Muslims are spreading all over the world, and they are – as far as I know – very inclined to cover the body as well. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: zjuzdme.org

Original publication January 23, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 27th January 2019

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The history behind Milwaukee’s first-ever nudist camp
The 1930s were a stressful time in Milwaukee. Was all that constrictive clothing to blame?

Milwaukeeans needed distraction during the Great Depression. Urbanism, it seemed, was failing them. The great brick and mortar works that had once powered the city were quieting and people were growing desperate and questioning things they had never before questioned.

So, in the spring of 1934, when Dr. Alois Knapp arrived in Milwaukee promising to build a state-wide movement back to nature – and out of clothing – people paid attention.

Mirror Lake in Sauk County, where Wisconsin's first-ever nudist camp was established in 1934.
Mirror Lake in Sauk County, where Wisconsin’s first-ever nudist camp was established in 1934. wikicommons

Knapp was an Austrian. He had trained as a priest, but found the law more intriguing. He and his brother left their homeland between the World Wars and settled on a huge plot of Indiana farmland. Finding Americans to be a people in desperate need of a relaxing and affordable means of escape from the speed of modern life, he transformed 180 acres of the land into a nature resort. At Knapp’s resort, dubbed “Zorro Nature Camp,” clothing was forbidden, bringing to the US the long-established European practice of nudism.

Knapp found a following in both Indiana and across the Midwest. In Milwaukee, a local man named Max Hilbig became such a devotee of Knapp that he pledged 100 acres of land in Sauk County to establish Wisconsin’s first-ever nudist camp. Knapp came to Milwaukee in April 1934 to dedicate the camp and drum up support for his cause. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Milwaukee Magazine

Original publication NOVEMBER 23, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 3rd December 2018

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Better Living Through Nudity
In England in the 1920s and ‘30s, nudism was ideological and utopian. Then the Nazis coopted the concept for their eugenicist Nacktkultur movement.

Today, nudism tends to show up in popular culture as a quirky lifestyle or an easy punchline. But in England in the 1920s and ‘30s, art and design historian Annebella Pollen writes, it was a utopian movement that some hoped might perfect society.

Gymnosophists, a label nudists adopted combining the Greek words for nakedness and wisdom, described their movement in utopian terms. One writer noted that some people experienced “the vague sense of something lacking, of complete happiness never quite achieved… Our experience leads us to suggest that nudity will supply the need.”

Another encouraged readers to “dispense with clothes and with all attributes that are mean, vainglorious and untruthful, and by doing so usher in the Golden Age.”

The nudists’ rhetoric was an extreme version of dress reform arguments that had already helped render corsets and long skirts obsolete. A common nudist complaint was that men’s fashion lagged behind women’s. One writer described waistcoats as a “mongrel born of a tailor’s nightmare. With no arms, half a front and an apology for a back, it is good for nothing beyond collecting junk in the pockets.” Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Daily

Original publication October 28, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 4th November 2018

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The Loss of Innocence and the Joy of Skinny Dipping
Fall and winter will soon be upon us and already I am thinking of summer and the warmth of the sun on my bare skin. We certainly should never wish our lives away as time goes by much faster than when we were younger.

Fond memories of my younger days come to mind when my family lived in the country and I would spend the hot summer days with my neighbor that was my age and also my best friend. He was much more fit than I as he lived on the farm across from our house and all the boys had to help with chores once they got back from school. This was before high school and he was the first boy I saw naked and he convinced me to join him when he had some free time.

Even though I had five older brothers and five older sisters, I had never seen any of them naked. Being from a large catholic family, being nude was a definite no no.

The first time my friend and I were nude together was when we went on a bicycle ride and stopped by a river to have the sandwiches we had packed for lunch. I remember it was a hot and humid day in July and my friend had taken off his shirt. At 11 years of age he was quite toned and tanned compared to my scrawny white skinned body. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Naturist Fab

Original publication OCTOBER 26, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 31st October 2018

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LETTER: Back in the day in Vineland

Having lived in Vineland all my life, I would like to take a walk down memory lane and relate the many experiences, places and people who I knew as a young man in this great city.

Remember, back in the day, there were no electronic devices such as we have today, so we had to communicate by talking to one another, face to face.

A view of 600 block of Landis Avenue as it looked in 1958.
A view of 600 block of Landis Avenue as it looked in 1958.

I grew up on Third and Wood streets, among neighbors such as the Tuckers, Snyders, Lovecchios, Goldsteins, Reillys and the Goodmans, to name a few.

Some of the things we would do as young kids would play box ball in the street, football on the vacant lot on West and Wood streets, and other kids’ games to keep us out of trouble.

Come 4 o’clock, the New System Laundry whistle would blow and we would all scatter for home.

In the summer, we would ride our bicycles down to the Maurice River, where we would “skinny dip.” Continued…Read full original article…

Source: The Daily Journal

Original publication Oct 14, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 19th October 2018

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Nudity in Ancient Greece

While in today’s society the naked body is often seen as something to be ashamed of, in the ancient world nudity was seen simply as a part of everyday life. For the Ancient Greeks, the human body was a sacred thing that was meant to be celebrated in both art and everyday life.

An artist’s idea of how a Minoan priestess queen might have lived
An artist’s idea of how a Minoan priestess queen might have lived

Nude bull leaping

In Minoan culture, while complete nudity was not as prevalent as in other parts of Greece, the Minoan believed in equality for both genders in regards to being bare-chested. A popular sporting event at the time involved young adults, both men and women, who displayed their gymnastic skills by leaping through the horns of a charging bull. For practical purposes, the competitors would wear only a small, thin loincloth to ensure that they had freedom of movement and to avoid any hindrance due to clothing (getting caught up with a bra strap while facing a charging bull is one wardrobe malfunction you definitely don’t want to have). Continued…Read full original article…

Source: A Naked Girl

Original publication October 12, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 17th October 2018

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Nudism and monarchy
It happens that on traditionally nudist beaches, where their presence was always allowed, textiles now seem to be overwhelmingly major, as in heroic times.

On August 16, 1984, 34 years ago, a parish priest led a group of residents of Cangas de Morrazo who, with sticks and stakes, threatened some nudists camped near the beach of Barra , while the municipal police dismantled their tents and the Civil Guard was there. In Orwellian 1984, nudism had been practiced for 15 years on the beach of Barra and had recently been authorized by the competent Civil Government, that of Pontevedra.

The story of the affair made by El País named a priest from another town, not the one who actually participated. The newspaper publicly rectified that error as soon as it had news (in the Sunday edition, circulation much higher than the other days of the week), but the priest mentioned in the first information sued the journalist María José Porteiro and the publishing company of El País by intrusion in his honor. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Info Nudismo

Original publication 09/20/2018

Posted on NatCorn 2nd October 2018

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200 naked people vs the police: The battle to be nude on East Yorkshire beach
Fraisthorpe beach near Bridlington has long been associated with naturism

Despite being one of the East Yorkshire coast’s most popular picturesque beaches telling someone you are heading to Fraisthorpe will still produces a wry smile.

Today the beach is full of families and you can even enjoy a drink in the new Cow Shed Café.

A naked man sitting alone on the beach
A naked man sitting alone on the beach Getty Images

But for 30 years it was officially a naturist beach where you could go and strip bare without a care in the world.

But that all changed in the late 1990s.

We have taken a look back at this beauty spot’s chequered history. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Hull Daily Mail

Original publication 19 AUG 2018

Posted on NatCorn 12th September 2018

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Facebook pulls Auschwitz photo for nudity
Social media giant later apologizes to Anne Frank Center for decision.

Facebook deleted a post this week that included an image of starving children in Auschwitz because of its policy against nudity.

The post was shared by the US-based Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect last week. It linked to an article on the DailyKos about the need for Holocaust education in the United States.

But on Wednesday, the Anne Frank Center complained on Twitter that Facebook had deleted the post.

The Facebook application is seen on a phone screen August 3, 2017.
The Facebook application is seen on a phone screen August 3, 2017. THOMAS WHITE / REUTERS

“Hi Facebook, you removed our post promoting the need for Holocaust Education for apparently violating community standards,” the organization wrote. “You haven’t given us a reason, yet allow Holocaust Denial pages to still exist. Seems a little hypocritical?”

Around six hours later, Facebook responded to the Twitter post.

“We put your post back up and sent you a message on FB,” the official Facebook account tweeted. “We don’t allow nude images of children on FB, but we know this is an important image of historical significance and we’ve restored it. We’re sorry and thank you for bringing it to our attention.” Continued…Read full original article…

Source: The Jerusalem Post

Original publication AUGUST 31, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 4th September 2018

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Mary Beard to present new show about history of nudity

Historian and broadcaster Mary Beard is hoping to challenge attitudes with a new factual series about nudity.

BBC Two have commissioned the University of Cambridge classics professor to present a two-part series that’s been described as a “singular exploration of the role of nakedness” in society.

Mary Beard
Mary Beard

In The Nude Uncovered, Beard will follow the history of naked human bodies in art and their impact on society’s idea of beauty and gender politics.

The 2019 show was announced during the Edinburgh television festival, where executives from BBC Two explained that “Mary will take in a huge range of images; reinterpreting star artworks like Manet’s Olympia and Michelangelo’s David while shining a light on the hidden corners of image making.” The channel further promised that the programme would challenge attitudes to nudity and nakedness. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: The Telegraph

Original publication 24 AUGUST 2018

Posted on NatCorn 3rd September 2018

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Nudists, Nudism and Nudity Throughout History
The Complete History of Nudism, Nudists and Nudity

In this article will explore both nudism and nudity throughout history. While organized nudism, as a movement, is considerably young, social nudity is as old as Adam and Eve.

Nudism and Nudists History Part One – Nudity in the Bible

Nudity In The Bible – When the word nude or naked is mentioned, the first thought is of Adam and Eve. The Biblical Book of Genesis states at the end of Chapter 2 in verse 25 that the man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame. In Chapter 3, after Adam and Eve eat of the fruit of the tree, they become aware of their nakedness and cover themselves in shame. Because nudism exists today in a cultural, social and political context, Adam and Eve would not be considered true social nudists Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Felicity’s Blog

Original publication July 11, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 30th July 2018

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Always Wanted To Try Archaeology? Now Is Your Chance!
Learn hands-on about archaeology with DigVentures while helping to unearth a recently-discovered Bronze Age village on Bodmin Moor.

When: 31st July – 11th August 2018
Where: West Northwood Farm, St Neot, PL14 6QN
Cost: FREE!

Bodmin Moor
Bodmin Moor The Cornwall Guide

Bodmin Moor is now a sparsely populated wilderness, but it was once a hub of civilisation. The moors are peppered with the remains of Bronze Age life, from stone circles, to burial mounds.

But while some of the signs of a successful Bronze Age population are obvious, many of the most important clues can only be recovered through careful, archaeological excavation.

Where did people live? What did they eat? What was life really like for them? And most importantly, how do archaeologists find the answers?

A Bronze Age village has been recently discovered at West Northwood Farm, on the southern slopes of Bodmin Moor, near St Neot.

With distant views to the sea, the settlement contains at least 7 roundhouses. This year, DigVentures is leading an excavation along with St Neot Local Historians. Together, our aim is to recover traces of life from two of the round houses.

Never done archaeology before? Great! Tried it before and want to do it again? Brilliant!

Register to join the dig, and you’ll get to learn hands-on about archaeology, and help unearth the secrets of Bronze Age life, while taking part in a real excavation…

You can join the dig for a day, a weekend, the full two weeks, or any number of days in between

Everyone who takes part in the excavation will get to:

  • Dig alongside our friendly team of archaeologists
  • Learn hands-on how archaeological discoveries are made
  • Record any discoveries you make using our online app
  • Learn how to do archaeological drawings
  • Make a real contribution to our understanding of Bronze Age life in Cornwall!

Always wanted to try archaeology? This is your chance!

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A History of Nudity in Paganism, Wicca and Witchcraft
A Fig Leaf of our Imagination

There are countless quirks about humans, but one of the real doozies is that most are confused, divided and downright ditsy when it comes to their own physical nature. To millions, the human body in its natural state is embarrassing, shameful, indecent or undignified. Its exposure provokes hostility, fear, nervous laughter or mockery. It threatens social standing, challenges order, infringes laws and is often punished with a severity bizarrely incommensurate with the offence.

The Golden Age by Lucas Cranach the Elder circa 1530
The Golden Age by Lucas Cranach the Elder circa 1530

The really odd thing about this is that it’s not generally considered odd at all. The necessity of concealing bits of the human body is taken for granted in precisely the same way that the need to provide animals with trousers isn’t. And they call Pagans irrational and superstitious.

Witches, Druids, and Pagans of many other species tend to be among the minority who don’t buy into humanity’s alienation from its unembellished form, recognizing this to be both symbolic and symptomatic of a desperately unhealthy estrangement from nature. Partly for that reason, as you’re reading this, several thousand Witches and Pagans around the world will be casting their Circles, wearing no more than they wore in the womb. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Felicity’s Blog

Original publication May 10, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 6th June 2018

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¿Dónde nació la cultura del nudismo?

Las vacaciones de verano se han esfumado casi sin que nos demos cuenta. Parece que fue ayer cuando llegábamos a una ciudad costera, abandonábamos las bolsas y maletas en la puerta de un apartamento y corríamos a la playa más cercana. El único requisito para colocar el primer pie fuera del marco de la puerta era haberse puesto antes el bañador.

Hay algunos sitios donde esto último ni siquiera hace falta. Los que prefieren pasearse en cueros por la arena ganan un tiempo precioso: no tienen que preocuparse del traje de baño. Ni del principal, ni de ese secundario que algunas personas llevan para evitar humedades incómodas. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Info Nudismo

Original publication 29/05/2018

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…y con ellos llegó el despelote
No se habían cumplido doce meses del primer gobierno socialista en España cuando 14 personas eran detenidas en la playa de Baroña por escándalo público. Algo empezó a cambiar en los arenales de Galicia desde aquel verano del 83.

El conflicto nudista surgió en Galicia porque hubo gente que bajó a la arena en traje de campaña, en cuiños, tetiñas, piroliñas, perrechudiñas, carrachudiñas y ameixiñas free para defender la libertad frente a la represión, para denunciar las dobles y triples morales, para denunciar la contaminación tanto material como inmaterial que golpeaba y sigue golpeando Galicia y que incluso estaba y está protagonizada por políticos y personalidades importantes que deberían predicar con el ejemplo. Aquellos que ya le conozcan, sabrán que quien así se expresa no puede ser otro que el profesor Miguel Cancio, sociólogo, fundador de la Coordinadora Nudista Ecológico Radical.

Evidente y lógicamente, los de Baroña no fueron los primeros coiristas, de Galicia, así como tampoco se trataba de la primera ocasión en que se producía este tipo de detenciones en nuestra comunidad autónoma. Ya en 1975, varios nudistas habían sido primero detenidos, retenidos, presos, liberados y posteriormente multados por mostrarse a flor de piel en la playa canguesa de Barra. Pero, en el caso de Baroña, tanto por la época en que aconteció, como por los hechos que, unos a otros, se sucedieron, bien puede sostenerse que se gestó el ¿cómo definirlo? ¿vale lo de nudismo ideológico reinvindicativo? Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Info Nudismo

Original publication 20/08/2015

Posted on NatCorn 7th May 2018

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I found a tranche of photos online purporting to be examples of East German naturism (i.e. the DDR).

I can’t vouchsafe for their authenticity, although one or two definitely are -the book and magazine covers in the first two photos.

Another has a ‘DDR’ plate on a car. The car’s from East Germany, then, but it doesn’t necessarily place the model in the country, or underline her place of birth.

When Germany was divided in two after the war and the east fell under communist rule, it was run with an iron fist in many respects, its citizens under surveillance. The Stasi, the East German secret police, spied on its citizens, and one had to be very, very careful who one spoke to about what. So paranoid was the state that the security services analysed garbage. Yes…having your bin (i.e.. garbage can) searched for evidence of ‘western food packaging’ was part of their remit. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: The SL Naturist

Original publication February 24, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 26th February 2018

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Depilación Indiscreta

Al igual que sucede en el mundo textil con los trajes de baño, en el nudismo también existen tendencias…modas capilares, bienvenidos al hilo “depilación íntima”:

Cuando tienes opción de ver fotos antiguas acerca de nudismo, observas que el vello púbico, tanto masculino como femenino, lo hemos ido eliminando de forma inversamente proporcional al avance del siglo XX y XXI.

Los populares dichos “donde hay pelo hay alegría” o “el hombre y el oso cuanto más pelo más hermoso” son hoy más cuestionables que nunca, y es que probablemente por la influencia publicitaria, la influencia del mundo del deporte o la de las películas para adultos, un cuerpo perfectamente depilado parece ser estéticamente más atractivo a ojos de la mayoría, aunque para todo hay gustos y much@s de vosotr@s no estaréis de acuerdo para nada. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Viviendo Desnudos

Original publication 17 febrero, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 23rd February 2018

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Britain’s oldest poppy seller who survived Auschwitz honoured with his own special pins
Royal British Legion bosses have given the special pins to celebrate Ron Jones turning 100

Britain’s oldest poppy seller who survived Auschwitz has now been honoured with his own commemorative pins.

Royal British Legion bosses have given the special pins to celebrate Ron Jones turning 100.

Ron is Britain's oldest poppy seller, aged 100
Ron is Britain’s oldest poppy seller, aged 100 WALES NEWS SERVICE

Former prisoner of war Ron, will sign each pack himself before they go on sale ahead of this year’s Poppy Appeal.

Each pack contains a pin from 1914 to 1918 to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War and to celebrate Ron’s birthday. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Daily Mirror

Original publication 11 FEB 2018

Posted on NatCorn 21st February 2018

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Flashback: Tarrant County nudists threw caution, clothing to the wind

Like to walk around in your birthday suit? Worry about getting enough Vitamin D? The 1930s had a great option for you: nudist colonies. In 1933 a group of more than fifty prominent Forth Worth young people formed their own nudist colony in the woods on the edge of town. Why?

The headline and subhead of an October 27, 1933 article
The headline and subhead of an October 27, 1933 article

Simple: They wanted to “engage in their hobbies of psychology, astrology and nature, and a general pursuit of health.” Far from a salacious affair, the colony genuinely just wanted to hang out, exercise together, and take a lot of “sun baths.” The people who originally formed the colony included married and unmarried couples, their children, some “stags” and “single maidens.” To keep it all on the up and up they even hired a “physical instructor” who was educated about the “pitfalls” and “assets” of nudism. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Dallas News

Posted on NatCorn 21st January 2018

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A quick history lesson, how nudism got started in the USA.

In 1929 the flow of German immigrants and tourists began bringing the roots and ideas of the nudist lifestyle to America. It was Kurt Barthel, a German immigrant, who got the ball rolling by informing people that nudism was very common in Germany and France and spreading to other countries. On Labor Day of that same year, Kurt and 3 other couples in Peekskill, New York began American Social Nudism. Just a few months later the American League for Physical Culture ( ALPC ) was founded and within a couple of months they had over 50 members. In 1931 the Reverend Ilsley Boone came on board. He was elected vice president of the ALPC. Now things were really moving. Social nudism received national attention in North America with the forming of the National Nudist Conference, then several years later it became the American Sunbathing Association and just a short time ago it became (and is still known as) the American Association for Nude Recreation.

It was not as easy as it sounds. Many of the above clubs were raided by police. In 1956, in the state of Michigan, a Christian radio evangelist took it into his liberty to close down the Sunshine Gardens Nudist Resort, although to our satisfaction, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled naturists have the right to practice nudism within private resorts. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Dayton Warm Breezes Naturist Club

13th January 2018
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Historia del Naturismo en Alemania
Historia del Naturismo en Alemania, por TravelBook, 29 de septiembre de 2017 (cedido a Focus y publicado en el número de dicembre 2017, Focus es la revista trimestral en PDF de la FNI-INF)

Los Inicios del Naturismo en Alemania

A veces el Naturismo todavía se le sitúa en el rincón de lo sucio, pero quienes se ocupan con seriedad del tema, rápidamente se dan cuenta de que hay mucho más detrás del Naturismo que simplemente estar desnudo. TravelBook nos cuenta cómo se originó el nudismo en Alemania.

El Naturismo, como su nombre indica, siempre ha buscado una conexión especial de la desnudez con la naturaleza.

Naturismo en la Edad Media. Grabado de Virgil Solis (1514-1562) que muestra escenas de una casa de baños
Naturismo en la Edad Media. Grabado de Virgil Solis (1514-1562) que muestra escenas de una casa de baños

“Había una vez…” un tiempo en el que era normal bañarse y nadar desnudo. En la Edad Media, por ejemplo, la gente se lanzaba desnuda a ríos y lagos, o disfrutaba en casas de baños por motivos de salud relacionados con modelos de la antigüedad o provenientes de culturas orientales. En torno al año 1300 había alrededor de 15 casas de baño públicas en la ciudad de Lübeck. Las prohibiciones de la desnudez en lugares públicos sólo aparecen al principio de historia moderna. Al principio sólo las clases altas eran puritanas. La gente corriente continuó chapoteando en desnudez hasta el siglo XIX. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Federación Española de Naturismo

Original publication 21 diciembre, 2017

27th December 2017
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Heroes of Naturism : Heleen van Royen
Unless you’re a Dutch reader of this blog, the chances are that you won’t know the name Heleen van Royen.

She’s a Dutch novelist, now aged 52, who in her 40s posed for Dutch Playboy, some of the photos from that shoot being featured below. Her books are often described as ‘provocative’, featuring women who fulfil their sexual fantasies, often allegedly based from events in van Royen’s own life, or vivid imagination.

I can’t find an enormous amount of information on her in English (most articles are in Dutch), but what I’ve been able to unearth suggests that from springing to fame as a writer, with sexual fantasies well to the fore, her own life in her ‘fame’ years mirror the characters in her book to some extent. I hope this doesn’t mis-represent her situation, but posing for Playboy looked to be her first foray into possibly fulfilling some of those fantasies. I think we all, as women, at some point(s) in our lives, have wished to step beyond our reality and present ourselves in a more attractive or sexual way. For me, turning 40 meant posing for a portfolio of nude photographs in an ‘arty’ manner, one hangs on the wall in the room where I write. I’m not famous, so unlikely to be offered a Playboy shoot 🙂 but I can certainly see that the experience of undertaking a Playboy shoot might both fulfil some sort of fantasy for Ms van Royen, as well a certainly feeding back into her writing and driving it along having been the focus of a shoot where women are meant to ooze sexuality. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: The SL Naturist

30th November 2017
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‘Buff on the Bluff’ craze on culturally significant Bluff Knoll leads WA elder to call for nude photo ban
An Indigenous tour operator in Western Australia’s Great Southern region wants a nude photo trend in the Stirling Range National Park to end, and would prefer if tourists stopped climbing peaks in the park altogether.

Goreng man and tour guide Joey Williams said the ‘Buff on the Bluff’ social media craze, which results in hikers posting photos of themselves naked once they reached the peak of Bluff Knoll, was disrespectful.

Goreng elder Joey Williams wants nude photos to be banned on the peak of Bluff Knoll.
Goreng elder Joey Williams wants nude photos to be banned on the peak of Bluff Knoll. Poornarti Aboriginal Tours

“Especially if it’s posted up and they have got a beautiful panoramic shot of the top of the hill, but someone’s butt cheeks are on there,” he said.

While Mr Williams said it was OK for people to climb the mountain if they were respectful, he would still prefer it if they did not climb.

“I’m against it, I’ll let you know that,” he said. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: ABC

20th November 2017
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Young Woman Finds Great-Great Grandmother’s Nude Photos From 1890
And People Are Freaking Out

Christmas is a time for family and festivities, but for one young woman, it was a time of great discovery.

A Tumblr user who goes by the name of “Gallusrostromegalus” on the site saw a picture online that poked fun at women today.

The photo was a meme and it joked that women back in the 1800s and 1900s were much more modest than women are now.

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Once she saw it, she recalled one Christmas she’ll never forget. She happened to come across some revealing photos of her great-great-grandmother that were taken in 1890 couldn’t help but disagree with with

Naturally, the story was so funny, she had to post it online for others to enjoy — and boy did people respond to it! While people everywhere are tickled by her story, she didn’t share the original photos themselves — they may have just been too private! Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Little Things

2nd November 2017
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Heroes of Naturism : Gerhard Riebicke

Gerhard Riebicke was a German photographer who photographed, amongst other things, the naturist movement of the 1920s/1930s, just before naturism entered its darkest hour, tainted by association, for a while, with the entire Nazi philosophy of young, energetic and Aryan.

While some of his choreographed nude photography has a dubious element of faintly echoing later, disturbing imagery of the Nazis (not, incidentally, photographed by Riebicke to my knowledge), we can marvel at his capturing of movement and shape. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: the sl naturist

2nd November 2017
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Medieval Censorship, Nudity And The Revealing History Of The Fig Leaf
How did we come to use fig leaves to cover naked figures in art? The tale of the fig leaf is part of the long history of censorship in art.

Those who love Instagram know that there are strict guidelines about the parts of the body that can be shown on the site. While some have risked removal of their photographs by posting nudes, others like artist Claudia Sahuquillo have begun to explore how the material used to cover sensitive areas of the body can themselves be seen as art. Instagram’s censorship of nudity is nothing new. It can be traced back to the Renaissance use of fig leaves to cover nude statues and frescoes.

A mosaic of Adam and Eve from the 5th c. CE now at the Cleveland Museum of Art
A mosaic of Adam and Eve from the 5th c. CE now at the Cleveland Museum of Art Sarah E. Bond

The first mentions of a fig leaf to cover nudity is in conjunction with the book of Genesis (3:7) with the Hebrew words עֲלֵ֣ה תְאֵנָ֔ה. Adam and Eve cover their nakedness with a loincloth or apron of fig leaves that were–as later early Christian commentators noted–quite scratchy. In his commentary on Genesis, the late Roman bishop and theologian Augustine would hypothesize that these leaves symbolized lying, whereas the Venerable Bede noted that they were a symbol of the tendency to sin.

Relief of Adam and Eve from the Sarcophagus of Junius Bassus, dated to 359 CE
Relief of Adam and Eve from the Sarcophagus of Junius Bassus, dated to 359 CE Wikimedia

The earliest depictions of Adam and Eve in the catacombs in Rome (from the third and fourth centuries CE) often show the two shamefully clutching fig leaves to cover their naked bodies. Well into the later fourth century, fig leaves were attached to the story of the Garden of Eden but were notably not applied to all works of art. Classical statuary depicting heroic nudes and other types of naked bodies continued to be appreciated during the late empire. However, the heroically nude statues of classical antiquity began to become a symbol of a “pagan” past within medieval Europe and the Byzantine Empire. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Forbes

31st October 2017
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¿Quién fue Charles Richter? El científico nudista que le puso magnitud a los sismos
El sismólogo estadounidense era un tipo sarcástico que se burlaba de quiénes aseguraban que podían predecir los sismos.

Gracias a Charles Richter (1900-1985) podemos saber la magnitud de los sismos a través de la escala que desarrolló junto al alemán Beno Gutenberg en 1935. ¿Pero qué sabemos de la vida de este científico estadounidense?

Charles Richter siempre tomó con humor a quienes le dijeron que podían predecir sismos.
Charles Richter siempre tomó con humor a quienes le dijeron que podían predecir sismos. Fuente: Dominio Público

Gracias a Charles Richter (1900-1985) podemos saber la magnitud de los sismos a través de la escala que desarrolló junto al alemán Beno Gutenberg en 1935. ¿Pero qué sabemos de la vida de este científico estadounidense? Cont…Read full original article…

Source: RPP Noticias

23 September, 2017, 5:30 pm

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Cornwall’s eight most mysterious unsolved murders and missing person enquiries
These cases have all left investigating police officers baffled and out of leads

Murders and missing person enquiries are always disturbing, even more so when the police are unable to get to the bottom of them and there remain more questions than answers.

There are a number of high-profile cases in Cornwall involving unsolved murders of missing people
There are a number of high-profile cases in Cornwall involving unsolved murders of missing people


Some of the killings were brutal, almost unimaginable in their depravity and the crimes horrified communities and stumped police — leaving questions that lingered for decades afterward, as years passed without a police arrest or even a credible suspect.

We’ve taken a look back at some of the most high-profile Cornish mysteries that remain unsolved to this day. Cont…Read full original article…

Source: CornwallLive

18 September, 2017, 5:20 pm

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Poblados de tradición naturista

En el siguiente documento os presentamos dos poblados de tradición naturista. Probablemente entre ellos haya sus diferencias entre una cultura más de nudismo social con el naturismo más puro. En todo caso en todos ellos la libertad y la conservación del medio ambiente es un emblema reconocido. No olvidemos que para el naturista es una forma de vida, una filosofía con la que afrontar el día a día. Es una manera de desnudarse en cuerpo y alma. Además viaja en familia y los niños pequeños asumen la desnudez como algo normal. El primer poblado que os presentamos probablemente sea el que mejor define la cultura de vida naturista.

El Fonoll.

Es una localidad que durante muchos años permaneció abandonada. Pertenece al municipio de Passanant, en Tarragona y desde hace unas décadas se ha convertido en el pueblo más naturista del territorio.

Las normas de convivencia están bien delimitadas. Quienes elijan El Fonoll para pasar unos días, deben de cumplir una serie de reglas para que no se produzcan altercados entre los visitantes. Así por ejemplo, el desnudo será integral siempre y cuando el tiempo lo permita. Por supuesto, las fotografías están prohibidas salvo autorización de las personas implicadas. En cuanto a los ruidos son bastante estrictos. Se trata de un lugar de paz y armonía por lo que no está permitida la televisión o la música en tonos elevados. Y por supuesto el silencio es obligatorio entre las 23 y las 8 de la mañana. Cont…Read full original article…

Source: Ecologistas y Naturistas

16 September, 2017, 5:30 pm

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The History of Nudity in San Francisco Uncovered

In San Francisco you’ll see naked people on bike rides, lounging on Baker Beach, running in the Bay to Breakers or walking around at the Folsom Street Fair.

A few years ago Bay Curious listener Kelly Hardesty was walking in the Castro with her daughter when they saw a naked man, who wore nothing but white tennis shoes. Her daughter said, “Mommy, Mommy he’s naked.” She replied, “Yeah, he is.”

Jane Warner Plaza in the Castro became a popular spot for nudists.
Jane Warner Plaza in the Castro became a popular spot for nudists. Emeritus Professor Max Kirkeberg, Department of Geography, San Francisco State University

Kelly didn’t want to make a big deal about it, since it wasn’t exactly the most unusual sight in the city, but then a mailman looked at her and said, “I remember when I first started my route, and that used to shock me, too, but now I don’t think anything of it.”

That got Kelly wondering:

“Is it legal to be naked in San Francisco … and if so, has it always been that way?” Cont…Read full original article…

Source: KQED

15 September, 2017, 5:30 pm

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Bates Beach nude section reestablished
Bates Beach is nude again (with conditions) thanks to long-term efforts of SCNA & Friends of Bates Beach

North Rincon Beach (locally known as Bates Beach, named after the beach’s access from Bates Rd.) is at the southern tip of Santa Barbara County, just north of Rincon Point.

The beach was once a safe, family-friendly environment that attracted several hundred people on summer weekends. On the convenient eastern end, people in bathing suits came to exercise their dogs and watch the world-class surfers practice their skills. The more remote western end served many people who enjoyed a clothing-optional beach experience. These traditional uses of the beach served the public well for over 40 years

Nude section at Bates Beach
Nude section at Bates Beach
SCNA and Friends of Bates Beach group photo 2017
SCNA and Friends of Bates Beach group photo 2017

Beach tourists ate at local restaurants, stayed in local hotels, and brought in estimated half-million dollars into the local Carpinteria economy. A cooperative attitude worked well for the local community and allowed law enforcement officials to focus on significant incidents.

In 1977, in response to complaints of inappropriate behavior at several other nearby nude beaches, the county passed an ordinance banning public nudity throughout Santa Barbara. The law was used to close most of the beaches to nude use, except Bates, which continued on with few problems for another 20 years. Cont…Read full original article…

Source: Young Naturists of America

13 September, 2017, 5:30 pm

Spanish Nudist
Spanish Nudist

Neanderthal man in the Natural History Museum in London. Living the same way we do!! 😆😆😆


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