Nudism and Naturism Articles and Blogs by Felicity’s Blog
Nudism / Naturism is one of the fastest growing forms of recreation in the United States today. Join the growing number of people who enjoy non sexual nude recreation and the nudist lifestyle. You don’t have to be a long time nudist or naturist to participate – all you need is to be comfortable in your own skin.
Body image and body acceptance are an issue that seems to plague many in today’s society. We hope that, with time, people will find out that a person’s character is far more important than what they look like. Through nudism and naturism people learn (very quickly in fact) to feel comfortable with how they look and accept their bodies as they are.
Nudists and naturists from around the world enjoy being naked while in a social setting. There is nothing wrong or shameful about the naked human form!
We all come in different, unique shapes and sizes. Part of the naturist philosophy is the belief that one should not be judged on how they look, what job they do or how much they make… people should be judged on the essence of who they truly are!
The Official Definitions Of Nudism And Naturism:
What is Nudism?
Nudism is the practice of being naked in a non-sexual environment, either in private or wherever it is allowed and accepted. The people who practice nudism are referred to as “nudists.” Some nudists might just occasionally visit a nude beach, while others try to be naked as often as they can.
What is Naturism?
Naturism can be also defined as being naked in a non-sexual setting. Naturism is practiced by people who are referred to as “naturists.” Naturism is often the term used when a person’s lifestyle is not just about being naked but about living by a certain philosophy, values and ethics. Naturists want to promote acceptance, equality, social responsibility and respect for the environment.
What is the difference between Naturism, Nudism and Nude recreation?
In America, the terms nudism and naturism are used interchangeably, and each can have a different definition depending on who you ask or what organization you consult. The main organization for nudism in the USA, the America Association For Nude Recreation (AANR), chooses to promote nudism as “wholesome nude recreation.” All of these terms can essentially refer to the same thing — the practice of being naked in a non-sexual environment whether alone or with others.
There are a few more specific terms used to differentiate the types of nudists out there. One is “recreational nudists,” which refers to people who just want to have fun being naked doing whatever they enjoy, whether that’s partying or hiking or sunbathing. They are not concerned with any philosophy or greater purpose to being nude.
Then there is “ethical naturism / naturist,” which is a way to clearly identify those who live by a naturist philosophy and values. This term is helpful since anyone can call themselves a naturist or nudist without really defining what that means for them. By attaching the word “ethical,” we then know that it’s about more than just recreational naked fun.
This section of my blog is dedicated to Nudism and Naturism articles, stories and experiences:
Research Study Shows How Naturism Improves Body Image, Self-Esteem and Life Satisfaction At last, we have an actual research study about naturism and its positive effects on body image and happiness! The research was published online in the Journal of Happiness Studies on January 21st, 2017. It set out to investigate the “possible psychological benefits of naturism.” As the author notes, naturists have long been making claims about how naturism improves self-esteem, body image, happiness and has many other benefits. But as the situation indicates, “very little empirical research has investigated these benefits or any plausible explanations for them.” This is ... Read more
Review of Coventry Club – Nudist Resort in Milton, Vermont With a three day holiday weekend, Jordan and I had the opportunity to check out Coventry Nudist Resort up in northern Vermont. It’s in the small town of Milton, which is on the eastern side of Lake Champlain on the border of New York and Vermont. It’s about a 30 minute drive from Burlington (and 2 hours from Abbott’s Glen and the Ledges also in VT). From New York City it took us about 6 hours to get there. Entrance sign at Coventry Club Nudist Resort The nudist resort is ... Read more
Abbott’s Glen Clothing Optional Resort & Campground Guest Blog by: Felix Gato Abbott’s Glen Vermont Nudist Resort Review: Vermont is the closest thing we have to Spain, a state where nudity is legal everywhere except a few spots where excess enthusiasm in the public square forced local ordinances limiting it. While there are loads of well-established informal places to just pull over and jump in the river – seems that every river has a road running alongside it – people like to congregate. One popular spot is Abbott’s Glen Resort conveniently just above the Massachusetts border. We used it as ... Read more
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 ... Read more
Mohonk Preserve Nude Hiking Trail and Naked Sunbathing and Swimming At Split Rock Getting Some Naked Sun At Split Rock And the Mohonk Preserve While we still have some beautiful fall days left, I wanted to share a clothing-optional place to go where you can also get your outdoor / fall foliage fix! It’s located in the Mohonk Preserve in the town of New Paltz in upstate New York. It’s about an hour and a half drive from NYC. Mohonk Preserve NY – We first went there on a sunny day in August (2011). There are numerous hiking and mountain ... Read more
Naturist Festivals and Naked Events Happening This Summer 2018 This is a 2018 guide to naturist, clothing-optional and naked events happening around the U.S. and Canada this summer! It’s split into two sections — Naked / Clothing Optional Events (more mainstream events that appeal to naturists) and Naturist Events (organized by and for naturists). The list is focused on big festivals, gatherings and unique events, excluding regular club socials like potlucks, BBQs or holiday parties. Check back here as I will update this list with more events! Summer 2018 Roundup of Naked Events and Festivals All of these events are ... Read more
Where to Find Naked Yoga Classes in NYC Naked or Nude Yoga Classes and Schools in New York City: Naked Yoga NYC Guide – People often ask me what nudie activities they can pursue in NYC, aside from events. Well one of those is naked yoga! What better way to practice mindfulness and get in tune with your body than with naked yoga? Yoga has been increasing in popularity across the country, and naked yoga classes are becoming more common at nudist clubs. It’s a nice throwback to the old health-and-wellness tenets of naturism. In NYC there are studios everywhere, ... Read more
Interview With Fashion Photographer Amelia Allen On Her Book ‘Naked Britain’ Amelia Allen is a fashion photographer who unexpectedly decided to take her work in a new direction by photographing people without any clothes on. She did this by joining up with a community of British naturists, not only to document their way of life but to experience naturism herself. Her book, Naked Britain, is a delightful collection of images introducing us to modern naturists of different ages and body types. It shows them joyfully engaged in a variety of activities, from riding bikes to gardening to playing pool, or ... Read more
Guide To Naked Activities, Nudism & Nudist Groups in NYC I get asked all the time about naturist activities in New York City or nearby, especially in the off-season months. Unfortunately there are no official nudist places within the 5 boroughs. So how else can one get naked here and connect with other nudists? This is my nudism guide to local NYC naturist groups, naked events, nude classes and more! Also, see my roundup of 2018 naturist and naked events happening around the U.S. and Canada this summer. In part one, I list the closest outdoor places including nude beaches ... Read more
Nudist Summer Vacation: Rent A Spacious 2 Bedroom Cabin At Rock Lodge Nudist Club, NJ A modern two bedroom, fully furnished summer cabin is available for rent at Rock Lodge Nudist Club in Stockholm, New Jersey. Take a summer get-away and relax surrounded by nature at this beautiful cabin and club! Rent for your summer vacation or become a member of Rock Lodge and have your own place to return to each visit. Enjoy the beach by the pristine lake as well as the many club facilities. This includes a sauna, outdoor hot tub, tennis courts, nature hiking trails, clubhouse ... Read more