Online events such a naked yoga, pub sessions and a naked coffee morning have had more sign-ups than usual
For Dan and Charlotte Carlson, being naked feels as right as sitting in an old armchair or having their favourite comfort food. The married couple have been naturists for years, and while in lockdown with their daughters, aged 27 and 29, nudity is the norm for the whole family.
“I will take nearly any opportunity to be naked at home,” says Mr Carlson. “Near the fireplace, on the patio as the weather gets warm, and while working at my desk.”
For the Carlsons, naturism doesn’t feel like the taboo many others see it as. “For the average naturist, it simply feels good to have skin-to-air contact.”
While a clothes-free life is old news to the Carlsons, British Naturism has reported a rise in naturism borne out of lockdown. Andrew Welch, marketing director of the members organisation, tells i it has gained 50 new members in March, and then 160 in April, which, while not big numbers, is a “big percentage rise” for them compared with non-lockdown months. Online events such a naked yoga, pub sessions and a naked coffee morning have had more sign-ups than usual. “I’m sure a healthy proportion of those people are suddenly able to experience nudity at home because they don’t have to get dressed,” says Mr Welch. “They’re thinking, this is nice.”
Original publication 12 May, 2020
Posted on NatCorn 27th May 2020
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