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A Day in the Life at Rhode Isand’s Nudist Camp
We sent one brave reporter to spend a late-summer day at Dyer Woods Nudist Campgrounds in Foster.

The most intimidating part of social nudity is the parking lot. You see more, from the panorama of your windshield, than you could ever absorb in polite company. Eye contact, after all, is an important social skill.

You park alongside a smattering of sedans, pick-ups and a shiny black Caddy and you’re presented with two options: Get out of the car or leave in a hurry, spraying the naturalists in pebbles and dust.

Me: I wonder for a moment if I should wear my prescription sunglasses. I pop them off, then put them back on, open the door and walk over to a cloister of bodies by a cabin with a retro RC cola machine in front. There are thin bodies and robust bodies; hairy bodies and artfully shaved ones. Nearly everyone is over the age of forty, and most are closer to sixty. I’m greeted by a bearded, jolly-looking man. (Huffiness, I think, would be tough to pull off in the nude.) I extend my hand, trip on a tree root and dive forward, careening toward his nether region.

This is off to a swimming start.

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Source: Rhode Island Monthly

Original publication July 17, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 2 days ago

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The “Right to Bare All”… and other news from Ile du Levant

If you’re a keen advocate for naturism, and you haven’t yet made a visit to Ile du Levant, you need to move that up on your bucket list. It’s one of a handful of places that has self-identified as the birthplace of naturism. (Germany and Croatia contend for this distinction as well!) At the very least, it seems to be something of a naked renaissance town at the moment, but more about that later.

Part of the adventure of coming to the naked island in France is catching the ferry from the port of Le Lavandou. Since the boat makes two stops, one at Levant, and the other at neighboring Port Cros, it’s fun to play the “I wonder who will get off the boat on which island” game. This time, the boat was quite full, and nearly every person on board disembarked at the first stop – Ile du Levant!

Mind you, we had been in transit for nearly twenty-four hours having made our way from Newark Liberty Airport, through Brussels, then on to Marseille. After another two hours in the car, and a 40-minute ferry crossing, I was itching to embrace the late day Provençal sunlight, free from the bondage of North American travel-wear! Thirty meters up the path from the port, a quick bathroom stop, and voila! Naked!!

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Source: The Meandering Naturist

Original publication 23 June 2019

Posted on NatCorn 2 weeks ago

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Row erupts between naturists over grass damage allegations
A ROW has erupted between two groups of naturists following allegations members of the club had damaged some grass.

Lakeland Outdoor Club, which rents a field at Haverigg Haws for the use of its members, has been split in two after a number of members were thrown out of it.

One of the evicted members, Russell Davies, said he could not understand why his membership had been revoked.

Row erupts between Haverigg naturists over grass damage allegations
Row erupts between Haverigg naturists over grass damage allegations

“The club are saying myself and about 10 other members have damaged the grass in the field,” the 52-year-old said.

“They said because a caravan had been there it’s damaged the grass.

“They’ve come up with this trumped-up charge but we haven’t done anything; the people who are running the club want us out for whatever reason.”

Mr Davies, from Wigton, said one woman who has been barred from the club had been a member for 40 years.

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Source: The Mail

Original publication 28th June 2019

Posted on NatCorn 3 weeks ago

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Nudists, township start rezoning appeal battle

The two sides in a rezoning dispute for a nude campground faced off in a preliminary hearing Tuesday morning.

Freedom Fields Naturalist Ranch owners Yvonne Gibson and Hector Gravelle are appealing a 2017 decision by Stone Mills Township council that denied their request to re-zone their property to allow the expansion of the campground.

Tuesday’s meeting set a date for a hearing and confirmed the list of people seeking to take part as parties or participants.

But before that, LPAT member Thomas Hodgins asked the two sides if they could find a solution on their own.

“Is there an opportunity to settle this?” Hodgins asked.

Freedom Fields Naturalist Ranch owners Yvonne Gibson and Hector Gravelle leave the Stone Mills Township municipal office after a Local Planning Appeals Tribunal meeting in Centreville, Ont. on Tuesday, June 25, 2019.
Freedom Fields Naturalist Ranch owners Yvonne Gibson and Hector Gravelle leave the Stone Mills Township municipal office after a Local Planning Appeals Tribunal meeting in Centreville, Ont. on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. Elliot Ferguson/The Whig-Standard/Postmedia Network

Gibson said she and Gravelle were open to finding a settlement but the township’s lawyer Tony Flemming said his clients want the issue to go before a hearing.

Five people – mostly neighbours of the Freedom Fields – and the Ontario Federation of Agriculture applied to be participants in the hearing, allowing them to submit written comments for consideration.

All of those applying for participant status are opposed to the campground’s expansion, and included Jim and Susan Denison, Michael Mulroney and Chris Howland.

“I am very interested in this matter,” said Mulroney, who described himself as the third-generation of his family to live on a property adjacent to the Freedom Fields site.

The OFA opposed the campground being expanded on land that could be used for agricultural purposes.

Gibson said she objected to the tribunal allowing her neighbours take part as participants.

She argued that none of those applying failed to show the re-zoning application violated the township and county official plans or provincial policy statements about rural development.

Gibson said most of their submissions were “biased, discriminatory and libellous” and focused on the nudity at the ranch rather than planning issues.

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Source: Whig Standard

Original publication June 25, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 4 weeks ago

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Couple quit high-flying jobs to set up naked resort in Mediterranean
A BRITISH couple have ditched their careers to set up a naturist resort in Greece.

While some Mediterranean destinations are seeing a dip in tourism due to the uncertainty of Brexit, that’s not the case for Mark and Sam Taylor.

The couple’s naked ambition shocked family and friends when they first launched their surprising venture over a decade ago.

Fortunately for the duo, their naturist resort has paid off and they have grown a loyal customer base over the years.

NATURISM: Sam and Taylor set up a naked resort in Greece
NATURISM: Sam and Taylor set up a naked resort in Greece MARK TAYLOR / BNPS

So far this year they have an unprecedented occupancy rate of 84% and are still taking bookings from Brits who prefer to go naked for their holidays.

Mark, 47, said: “We are aware that the tourism trade has been hit by Brexit but this is our busiest year ever.

“The vast majority of those customers are repeat bookings. We’ve had regulars that have come back every year since we started.”

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Source: Daily Star

Original publication 20th June 2019

Posted on NatCorn 4 weeks ago

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Another nude swim planned at Calgary pool

Swimsuits will be optional at a public swim event next month being organized by Calgary Nude Recreation.

Scheduled for July 7, the event is open only to group members and their guests. Attendees must pre-register and the location is not being released publicly.

Organizer Naked Jeff, who declined to give his real last name, said they’re hoping to attract “like-minded people” to the event.

Calgary Nude Recreation is planning a clothing optional swim at a Calgary pool in July.
Calgary Nude Recreation is planning a clothing optional swim at a Calgary pool in July.

“The numbers we aren’t so concerned about, we’d rather have a good group of people,” he told CTV News Calgary.

“Nudity is a really big deal in our culture and we’re working on that and we recognize that a lot of people kind of need to see it for themselves. They visualize what they think it might be and it’s usually not very accurate compared to reality.”

Jeff said the group aims to push “body positive values.”

“We’re encouraging people to be shameless about themselves in their truest form, basically, acceptance of other people and being friendly,” he said.

“It’s respecting people regardless of what they are or are not wearing, which is really needed in our culture.”

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Source: CTV News Calgary

Original publication June 18, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 5 weeks ago

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How I got naked in front of strangers at the nation’s second-oldest nudist resort in Littleton
Littleton’s Mountain Air Ranch is a nudist resort with a relaxed, community-oriented vibe

Here’s how I got naked in front of strangers: First, I drove down U.S. Highway 285 to the North Turkey Creek Road turn-off, where I followed globs of evergreens to a snaking dirt road that led to Littleton’s Mountain Air Ranch, the nation’s second-oldest nudist resort.

I entered a key code to raise the gate, headed to my room, stripped down, nervously walked to the clubhouse and voila — naked in front of strangers.

A swimming pool at Mountain Air Ranch, a nudist resort near Denver Colorado.
A swimming pool at Mountain Air Ranch, a nudist resort near Denver Colorado. Mountain Air Ranch

Now why I got naked in front of strangers, that’s a little harder to explain.

The Mountain Air Ranch bills itself as a family nudist resort. It was founded in 1935 for the purpose of Social Nudity, which means that you can be naked in a relatively public setting without infringing upon the privacy of others who don’t want to see your bits. Today it’s home to 20 full-time residents and more than 500 year-round members, many of whom stay on the grounds in RVs and pop-ups. There are rooms for rent, though, like the one in the tri-level, 80s-era, suburban-style home I rented one night in April.

This is not something I normally do. I’ve never been to a nudist resort, and my anxiety over partaking was as high as yours probably is thinking about getting naked in public. Still, I wanted to do it. I’ve always been curious about this lifestyle, envious of the care-free attitudes that I assumed nudists possessed. As a constantly-worrying neurotic, that sort of liberation appealed to me, the way that we grown-ups romanticize and covet the innocence of childhood.

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Source: The Know

Original publication May 22, 2019

Posted on NatCorn 30th May 2019

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Nude swimming sessions are still going strong in Chester after 43 years
The sessions at Northgate Arena have been held since 1976

Each Saturday evening, around 50 people meet for a swim at Chester's Northgate Arena. It's a group made up of members of various ages, and it's a great chance for all of them to socialise, keep fit and have a good catch up. Nothing unusual about that, you might think. But actually, there's just one thing that's different about these swimming sessions as opposed to regular ones. All the swimmers are completely naked
Nude swimming sessions are held at Northgate Arena by Wirral Naturist Club
Nude swimming sessions are held at Northgate Arena by Wirral Naturist Club

They're members of the Wirral Naturist Club, which has been holding regular sessions at the Northgate Arena almost every week since 1976. Member Rod Burkey explained more about the club, which was founded on the principles of 'family naturism' and consists mainly of couples and families with some singles making up the membership. "We have members of all ages, backgrounds shapes and sizes," he said. "We're a friendly group, who enjoy socialising and keeping fit – although you may very well find that there is more talking than exercising! "Our swims are open to all ages and we are happy to attract and welcome anyone who wants to give naturism a try. Prospective members have to fill out a form and attend three swim sessions before being able to become members which gives all involved a fair chance to find out if they wish to continue," explains Rod. And if you haven't tried Naturism before, Rod insists there is no need to be embarrassed - it is 'a most pleasurable experience'. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: ChesireLive

Original publication 16 MAR 2019

Posted on NatCorn 18th March 2019

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Grinning and baring it at the Nelson Sun Club
A Nelson naturist club has turned 50. Warren Gamble went to uncover truths and misconceptions.

As the sun sets over the Nelson Sun Club, we go for a stroll.

A tui flits across the fairway, a cooler breeze rustles through the gum trees. I’m not dressed for the drop in temperature.

As part of my mission to get the full naturist experience at the club – motto: Stay a while, we’ve got nothing on – it’s all or nothing. I choose nothing.

Camaraderie is a key benefit of the club, members say.
Camaraderie is a key benefit of the club, members say. Virginia Woolfe

Walking with me on the rolling fairways of the club’s pitch-and-putt nine-hole golf course are secretary Lorraine, wearing just a leopard-print head scarf and a gold chain necklace, vice-president Andrew, in a hat and sandals; committee member Geoff in a floppy hat and red t-shirt and president Russell, positively overdressed in an akubra-style hat and floral shirt.

Not a pair of pants in sight. I’m equipped with only a pen and notepad, which subconsciously moves south towards areas that have not seen the sun in a while. It takes an effort to keep writing.

It takes an effort not to chicken out of the whole thing. Fifty-plus years of conditioning that you wear clothes in the outdoors, especially in company, is a hard thing to shrug off. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Stuff

Original publication Feb 23 2019

Posted on NatCorn 24th February 2019

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Nudist mecca reopens its pools more than three years after it was destroyed in deadly wildfires – and day passes start at just $25

  • Harbin Hot Springs in Middletown, California is accepting reservations online
  • It will resume accepting visitors beginning this Saturday
  • The popular hot springs resort was devastated by the 2015 Valley Fire
  • Four died and 76,000 acres were destroyed in the Northern California blaze

A nudist resort near San Francisco is reopening its doors for the first time in three years after a wildfire left it in charred ruins.

Harbin Hot Springs in Middletown, California is now accepting visitors who pay $25 for day passes from Monday through Thursday and $35 on Friday.

The resort will resume operations on Saturday [19 January201], according to the SF Gate.

Burned out remains of the popular nudist destination, Harbin Hot Springs, is seen after the Valley Fire roared through the area near Middletown, California on September 14, 2015
Burned out remains of the popular nudist destination, Harbin Hot Springs, is seen after the Valley Fire roared through the area near Middletown, California on September 14, 2015 AFP/Getty Images

The same heart-shaped pool is seen above after its refurbishment
The same heart-shaped pool is seen above after its refurbishment Harbin Hot Springs

In September 2015, the Valley Fire which started in Lake County quickly spread and destroyed more than 76,000 acres in Northern California, killing four people and destroying almost 2,000 buildings.

It took firefighters about a month to fully contain the wildfire, which caused at least $921million in insured property damage.

At the time, the Valley Fire was the third most destructive fire in California history.

Harbin Hot Springs is just a 30 minutes drive from Napa Valley, part of which was affected by the fire. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Daily Mail

Original publication 17 January 2019

Posted on NatCorn 21st January 2019

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Can’t find a naturist resort to buy in Australia? Try this one in New Zealand
Weighed down by life – and clothes – in Australia?

Consider taking the rare opportunity to own a nudie business across the ditch: Kati Kati Naturist Park, in the North Island of New Zealand’s sunny Bay of Plenty, is for sale.

The clothing-optional, 5.7-hectare holiday park about two hours’ drive from Auckland has eight units, five onsite caravans, 51 powered sites, 40 tent sites and a three-bedroom house.

Amina and Tom Carrigan who run the Kati Kati Naturist Park.
Amina and Tom Carrigan who run the Kati Kati Naturist Park.

The sellers are asking for $NZ380,000 for the 28-year business lease ($360,000). Matt D’Anvers from Coffeys Tourism Properties, who is managing the sale, said: “It’s completely natural all the way through,” with manicured gardens, a secluded bush drop and a river. There is also mini golf, pétanque, careful security, and, as long as they abide by the “compulsory nudity” rule for swimming – a pool, spa and a sauna for guests.

So, what’s it like running naturist accommodation? Tom Carrigan and his wife, Amina, have run the park – the only commercial naturist accommodation on the north island – for two years. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Commercial Real Estate

Original publication December 14, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 17th December 2018

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Volunteering at your naturist club
Years ago, after we had set our first careful steps into naturism and when we were browsing the internet for a new naked place to visit we stumbled upon a mention “federation membership required”. What was that supposed to mean?

Until then, a naturist campground to us was just like a textile one where you could show up, pay and setup your tent. Now, apparently, we were in need of some membership card.
It only took a couple of clicks to figure out that naturism was in fact something pretty well organised. That there were actual federations taking care of the rights of naturists and guarantee a safe environment. They organise events where it’s possible to get in touch with other naturists and what appealed the most to us, they would give us a card that promised entry to places where until now we wouldn’t be allowed.

Unlike in many other countries, in Belgium it was not possible to directly become member of the naturist federation. One has to become member of a naturist club. So that’s what we tried to do. We picked one of the 10 or so clubs, it didn’t really matter which one as long as we would be able to get federation membership, and received a form to fill out. Name, age, gender, address, all the regular questions, and then “What can you do for our club?”
Well… euhm… yeah…

What can we do for your club…

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Source: Naked Wanderings

Original publication December 10, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 11th December 2018

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Size does matter: big vs small nudist camps

The difference in nudist camps is enormous, ranging from the small 10 spot campground which normally caters only to members and once in a while a guest to huge naturist villages like Cap d’agde in France.

The choice can be difficult, where do we want to go?

Both types have of course their advantages and disadvantages, and what seems to be an advantage for one isn’t necessarily the same for someone else.

To help you find out what fits best in your perfect nakation, we’ll give you some of the characteristics.

It’s easy to imagine that the amount of facilities on the bigger camps is much bigger than on the smaller camps, but that doesn’t make them better. Swimming pools for example. Most nudist camps have one and the smaller camps often won’t have a 25 meter pool. But what’s the need when you only have about 20 guests at one time? Unless you’re planning to practice your swimming skills, you’ll have enough space in the smaller pool. When, on the other hand, there’s only one big pool on the larger camp, it might get a cramped from time to time. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Naked Wanderings

Original publication September 7, 2017

Posted on NatCorn 4th December 2018

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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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The after hours swimming club where everyone gets naked
Blinds have to be drawn, windows are blacked out and you have to sign in at the entrance

Every fortnight Plympton Pool hosts a rather special event for one of the city’s more unusual organisations.

On the surface ‘Plymouth Sun Club’ sounds fairly nondescript, you might be inclined to believe it’s a group of sun chasers desperate to sunbathe in spite of our mostly cloudy and unpredictable weather.

Perhaps they’re massive fans of right wing tabloid journalism and cheap coupon holidays? (Thankfully not)

In reality Plymouth Sun Club is a group of people who like to get naked.

Two club members baring all
Two club members baring all Erin Black

This starkers society started life as the ‘Sunwest Club’ but folded in the late 1990s. In 2012 a man reinstated the group after finding there was nowhere in the city for naturists to meet up and practise their hobby.

The Sun Club as we know it today has been running since its inaugural event in April 2013 and has around 30 members.

Understandably some constituents of the group like to keep their pastime private.

This is probably because the nudist lifestyle is still the butt (sorry) of jokes and judgement, despite, shock horror , the fact we’re all naked underneath our clothes. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: PlymouthLive

Original publication 24 SEP 2018

Posted on NatCorn 26th September 2018

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Cleaning Up Naturism: What an amazing start!!

A little over two weeks ago I blogged about the current problems existing within the nudity/naturism culture in Australia. Or more specifically how the culture has been hijacked and has completely lost its appeal to anyone considering involvement. I identified problems in which many of you can relate and I asked all of you to get involved in the first step of the process; Cleaning up online.

What a response we’ve received so far!!!!!!

The last two weeks have been overwhelming. We have received so much support from our followers and its so incredible to see so many people willing to get on board with us and what we hope to achieve. We’ve had a number of people who have previously stayed silent about all the messages they’ve received starting to “call these people out”. A number of people from existing naturist communities both within Australia and around the globe have also reached out and thanked us for starting this campaign. Whenever someone comments something inappropriate on our photo’s, before any of our admin team have even seen the comment, there have already been a number of comments from you people “calling them out” and letting them know that their comments are not welcome here! AMAZING!!!!! Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Get Naked Australia

Original publication 31 Jul 2018

Posted on NatCorn 26th August 2018