'Naturism is a community where everyone is accepted'

North Yorkshire naturist on mental health benefits of swimming outdoors


It wasn’t until Barry Evans experienced his first outdoor adventure with naturists that he finally felt “accepted” – not just by the world but himself.

Barry, who lives near the North Yorkshire border, describes himself as “short, overweight and shall we say not hugely gifted” – characteristics that he began to own and celebrate since joining the community as a teenager.

Describing himself as a “full time naturist”, Barry works from home and only dresses when he has to. His wife is not a naturist but supports his lifestyle.

There is a whole community right here in Yorkshire with social media pages like ‘Skinny Dipping in the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District’ acting as a safe space to organise meet up’s in some of the county’s most beautiful places.

What is naturism?

  • UK organisation British Naturism describes it as “the practice of going without clothes – whether that is just occasionally at a beach or in your garden, or as a more general part of everyday life.”
  • It is celebrated as a community of body positivity with people of all shapes and sizes involved.

So, for Mental Health Awareness Week 2021, we asked Barry why he loves being a part of the nudist community and how it helped him overcome years of bullying and shame about his body.

“Naturism is peaceful, strip away clothes and stress,” Barry said.

“Everyone is equal and the naturist community are nice and respectful.”

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Source: Yorkshire Press

Original publication 15 May, 2021

Posted on NatCorn 27th May 2021

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