Not everyone who likes to be naked is interested in joining an
organization or club with that express purpose. After all, most
people who use computers don't belong to the ACM or a computer club,
and usually they don't even subscribe to computer magazines. For that
matter, people who like to wear clothes usually don't belong to
an organization for that purpose either.
There's more to life than beaches, resorts, and campgrounds, too. One
can be naked at home any time without being on anyone's mailing list
and without paying a nickel of dues. For many, just living a normal
life and pursuing one's own personal interests - without wearing
clothes, and in the company only of family and perhaps a few friends - is
There don't seem to be any surveys which give conclusive information
about this, but it seems likely that there are many more people
who often choose to be naked
at home than there are who participate in social "naturist"
activities such as visiting nudist clubs or clothing optional beaches.
For people like this, going about normal daily activties at home
without wearing clothes (usually or
occasionally) is their only involvement with "naturism".
Such people may live alone or with their families or others. These
others (if any) may or may not share this preference for nakedness
themselves, but it is surprising how easily, in most cases, everyone
involved becomes accustomed to others' preferences about wearing
(or not wearing) clothes.
What are people who enjoy being naked like - as people? Maybe the easiest
way to get an idea is to visit the Web sites of some of them. Here's
a sample of some others:
- Peter is a teacher of Theatre at Illinois State University and
an accomplished photographer.
Disorganized social nudity
OK, what if you like being naked and being with other people -
at the same time? You still don't necessarily have to seek out one of
those elusive clubs/camps/resorts operated just for "nudists", or
travel (perhaps) hundreds of miles to find an agreeable nude beach
or skinnydipping location.
On the social side of things,
it turns out that there are many other activities and
interests that people pursue, and some of these tend to be anywhere from
a little to very friendly towards nakedness. Again, some of these
affinity groups have formal clubs and organizations, while others are
very informal. If there are formal organizations, they may or may not
officially tolerate or encourage nudity - but in all cases, it isn't
an unknown to them.
Here are a few "special interest groups" and pursuits
that seem to have more than their share of participants who like to be
naked, together with some selected Web resources for each of them.
You won't find much discussion of nudity at many of these sites, and
officially they might not even care to be associated with the idea.
Note: I don't personally, by a long shot, participate in many of the
It would be an unusual person, I think, who would want to -
and one with an extraordinary amount of time on his or her hands besides.
The range is simply as wide as possible to increase the likelihood there
is something here that you might be interested in. If there is
and you want to let me know of other good resources, please send me
Pagans are probably, in general, some of the most nudity-postive
folks you're likely to meet outside of organized nudist groups,
since many pagans celebrate their rites "skyclad", i. e. naked.
- All Wiccans are Pagans, but Pagans are a broader class, including
many ancient spiritual traditions such as ancient Greek religion.
In practice, most moderm Pagans feel an affinity with the Wiccan
tradition. Many, but hardly all, Pagan/Wiccan groups believe in
conducting their rites skyclad.
Pagan/Wiccan Electronic Resources
- These pages are a large index of Pagan and Wiccan electronic
resources. It is possible to search by keyword or category.
- This is another site, based in the UK, containing information and
links on Paganism in general and Wicca in particular.
Frequently Asked Questions for Pagan Digest Mailing List
- The Pagan Digest Mailing List is another popular path of communication
for pagans. Their FAQ is extensive.
Help for Pagans
- This page belongs to the Pagan Discussion Circle of Grinnell College.
It offers some thoughts that may be helpful to people interested in
starting pagan groups at colleges and universities. The issue of nudity
- Various informational pages on Paganism, including ritual
- There are many links to both paganism and naturism sites on this
Getting Started Pagan
- "Dr. Leisure", a writer on naturism, learns about Paganism.
Wicca na hErin
- This is the Web site of Janet and Stewart Farrar and Gavin Bone,
Irish Wiccans who have written many books on the subject. Their books
frequently make note of the skyclad tradition in Wicca.
Fantasy Fest is a "costume celebration" held in late October
(just before Halloween) in Key West, FL. Many costumes are painted
on rather than worn. "Real" costumes are often on the brief side - it's
pretty warm in Key West.
Fantasy Fest Page
- This is one of the original Fantasy Fest pages, by Kim West.
Key West Fantasy Fest
- This is a whole series of pages on the subject, by Ed Falk.
It includes a page especially on body paint "costumes". There are
also links to other Fantasy Fest sites.
- More pages, by Curt McClain. Many pictures and information on the
event. Some more of Curt's Fantasy Fest pictures are
Steve Dimse's Fantasy Fest Pictures
- Still more pictures, and perhaps the best collection of body
Official Key West Fantasy Fest Website
- Official page from the Key West Association for Tourist
CyberConch's Key West Fantasy Fest 1996
- Daily calendar of activities
Hippies weren't the first "bohemians" - they followed the "Beat
Generation", who weren't the first either, of course. But they probably
went further in the acceptance and practice of nudity. If you aren't
between about 40 and 55 then the Hippies may be only a curiosity to you,
and even if you are in that age range, the culture just may not be
your "thing". Still, bohemians and people who simply like to be naked
usually have many open minded attitudes in common.
Wild Bohemian Home Page
- This really good site, a labor of love by Colin Pringle, deserves
an award or two. It has all kinds of stuff about Hippies, Beatniks,
the Rainbow Tribe, Deadheads, and much more. Not much about nudity
per se, but a gateway.
Esalen Institute Home Page
- There isn't anything here yet, but keep checking. This is where
a lot of the bohemian culture of the last 35 years originated.
Nudity is common in their pool and hot tubs. Besides that, the Big
Sur environment (though sometimes a bit chilly) is the sort that
makes even otherwise conventional people want to shed their clothes.
- This is Colin Pringle's Esalen page. Good for the anecdotal material
regarding his experiences there.
- At least until the Esalen Home Page gets going, here's one
place to find out more about the Institute.
Rainbow Family Home Page
- This is an unofficial home page.
The Rainbow family is the contemporary "home" of many who were
hippies in the 60's and 70's. Rainbow gatherings are usually clothing
optional. The Family, however, does not care to be known or defined
based on that fact. The photo gallery at this site explicitly does
not contain nudity, and the topic isn't discussed on this site.
Rainbow Around the World
- There are links to many other Rainbow-friendly sites from here.
Harbin Hot Springs
- Located near Calistoga, California, north of the Napa Valley and
San Francisco, Harbin does not fit into any of the usual categories
of "hot springs", "resort", "campground", or whatever. First
established as a resort in the mid-1800's, it now
has a few modern amenities - but only a few.
It does have hot springs, but also 1160 acres of wooded grounds,
hiking trails, a health food store and restaurant,
and many types of therapeutic massage available. Best of all, most
of the facilities are clothing optional. And, unlike most organized
"nudist" resorts, there are no rules about who may visit. I've
listed it here, because its main appeal is to the sort of person
who might be attracted to other "bohemian" sites - but anyone
"seeking" well-being and peace is welcomed.
Green Tortoise Adventure Travel
- Bus tours, mostly in western North America.
"By day we swim, cook breakfast, explore caves, climb mountains, raft
down stream, stand under waterfalls, walk through the forest, cook
dinner, build campfires, visit towns, meet people and generally take
it easy." It is suggested that the GT may not be for you if you don't
have any tolerance for nudity.
The Green Tortoise Traveler
- Accounts, reflections, and journals written by people who have
traveled on the GT. Many and diverse adventures are recalled, such as
"Playing in the mud, in the buff, on the Rio Grande river in Big
Bend National Park, Texas."
Old Hip's Groovy Hippie Links
- Good references. Check his home page too.
Laura Lee's Hippie Haven
- General hippie stuff and links.
Payne-O's Hippie Page
- More general hippie stuff.
Woodstock Festival 1969
- The original. This page is links to other hippie sites. Visit the
home page too if you're into nostalgia.
Down to Earth Co-Op
- An "alternative culture" group in Australia that puts on a yearly
clothing-optional gathering known as ConFest (Conference/Festival).
Many people think that yoga exercises
are best practiced in the nude - though there is much more to it than
just the physical exercises ("hatha yoga"). Other practitioners do
disagree about this.
- Michelle Neely, a reporter for a new ezine called UtmosT
from the University of Texas, attended a yoga class sponsored by the
campus student nudist group. Michelle had no prior experience with
either yoga or naturism. Nevertheless, by the end of the class she
seems to have grasped the concept very well:
"Aside from being cost-effective, nudism seems to empower participants.
There is a sense of affirmation that appears to come from taking off
your clothes--a "Here I am, all of me, I'm fine with myself" type of
attitude." She liked the people, too:
"Friday night I spent two hours with one of the nicest groups of
people I've encountered at this University."
Giri's Spirituality/Yoga Home Page
- This is a good site with an extensive overview of the different
types of Yoga. A fine place to get oriented.
- This is another good overview site, with many links to other
Brent Boyd's Yoga Page
- Brent has been a yoga instructor and provides here a summary of
the main yoga paths. He also reviews useful books on yoga.
Kundalini Resource Center
- What is kundalini yoga? Good questions. The FAQ you
can find at this extensive site comments that
"From a psychological perspective kundalini can be thought of as a
rich source of psychic or libidinous energy in our unconscious."
Kundalini is concerned with "energy" sources and dynamics
within the physical body. Given this perspective, kundalini
practioners seem less reticent about nudity than is
the case with other types of yoga - as some of the art you can find
Health Dynamics Videos
- This company offers a video that demonstrates yoga postures in the
Nudity has been part of dance performances and rituals as long as
people have used dance as a means of expression or symbolic action.
Leaving completely aside the commonplace connection of nudity and dance
associated with erotic display (strippers), nudity has a very
respectable place in modern dance. Performers like Isadora Duncan and
Ann Halprin, as well as many modern dance companies, have used tasteful
nudity in their work - sometimes to the consternation of local prudes,
but more often to the appreciation of intelligent audiences almost
everywhere. Dance is a form of communication which uses the body as
the expressive medium. So the more nudity, the more expressive possibilities
exist. Stated another way, the more there is covering the body, the more
expression is potentially lost.
- Here are some pages of links to begin exploring the topic of
dance in general.
Dancescape's Photo Gallery
- A collection of dance images from the Internet. There are descriptions
and notes concerning the various dancers and groups represented. At
least one (a Japanese group) involves discreet nudity.
Modern Dance Choreographers
- Capsule biographies of a number of modern dance choreographers,
including Isadora Duncan and Ann Halprin.
News report: dance teacher arrested for appearing nude
- Echoing Isadora Duncan, a high school teacher in Indiana (widely
known for its prudery) "undid her Grecian robes at the end of her
performance Saturday and faced the audience nude". For this she
was charged with indecent exposure and lewd and lascivious behavior.
One has to admire the dancer's spirit - but wonder how she managed
to forget she was in Indiana
Michael Blackwood Productions
- "Filmed at rehearsals and performances, these films allow the viewer
a first-hand look at the process of creating music and dance compositions."
One of the films concerns Butoh, "a theater of improvisation which places
the personal experiences of the dancer on center stage" - and nudity
often plays a part.
Ralph Rosenfield - Butoh
- Announcement of a performance. Concerning Butoh itself, it is
mentioned that "The original concept of the dance was to present shocking
material that often included nudity or high sexual content."
- Another performance announcement, involving butoh and nudity.
Alexandra Paszkowska Buto Dance Photographs
- German photographer's essay on Buto(h).
- "The dances created reflect their passionate involvement with the
phenomenal world and prevailing confidence in the power of the human
Hamster Boy Gallery
- A photo gallery by Alan Bratton of rather abstract images
that portray several styles of modern dance.
Whether you like to sail your own boat, or just let someone else be
the skipper, you've very probably felt the temptation to
get out of clothes entirely once out on the open water. Many people,
who would never otherwise consider it, yield to that temptation.
- This site is an umbrella organization for local "flotillas" -
groups of naturist boaters. "This site is to promote recreational nude
boating. All naturists interested in the freedom of enjoying the
outdoors with the beauty of our seas, lakes and rivers are invited
to form a local flotilla group." Flotillas currently exist in
North/South Carolina, Cleveland, Miami, and Toronto.
- Privately owned yacht based in Key West can be chartered. The
skipper and his wife are TNS members and very naturist-friendly.
Cap'n John's Page
- The skipper does clothing optional charter trips in the NY/NJ
area. (No children under 12 or single men.)
Fantastic Voyages: Clothing-Optional Vacations
- Fantastic Voyages specialises in naturist travel. They handle
clothing-optional cruises and yacht charters.
Cruise Connections Clothing Optional Windjammer Cruise
- Specially chartered trip on Windjammer's Yankee Clipper sailing
September 28, 1997. Not a small boat, and unlike most Windjammer
Cruises, clothing is optional most of the time on this cruise.
Out on the Salty Seas
- This is a fine general site about sailing in the Eastern
Sail Away, It's Only Natural
- Joe & Kim Reisinger offer chartered clothing-optional sailing
trips in the Florida Keys on their 41-foot yacht.
Sunshine Sailing Club
- Conducts sailing trips each weekend in the
waters around Toronto.
Au Natural Sailing Trips
- Personal recollections of nude sailing trips around Tahiti and
the Aegean sea.
No Pockets Clothing Optional Yacht Charters
- A business that arranges chartered clothing-optional yacht cruises.
"We specialize in arranging clothing optional vacations on the
world's finest private yachts."
The Pen Y Ddraig
- This page is subtitled, "sailing the Greek Islands where clothes
don't matter," because it's about a 65' schooner available to
individuals, couples, or groups up to about 10 for clothing-optional
sailing in the Greek islands.
True Love Nude Sailing Vacations
- 40-foot catamarans available for chartered sailing in Chesapeake
Bay and the Florida Keys.
The Civilized Clothing Optional Yacht Cruise
- The private yacht Matazz, based in Turkey and the Greek islands.
It's operated by Mike and Rosie, who offer "the perfect vacation
for those who like the clothing optional lifestyle". Has another
I expect to include quite a bit more here, so please plan to come
back again if you find this at all interesting. I haven't quite figured
out the best way to express some of these ideas - but I'm working on it.
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