Northern California naturism

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Northern California has many places where naturism can be enjoyed. Among the possibilities are naturist resorts, clothing-optional beaches, rivers and streams for skinny dipping, commercial and non-commercial hot springs where clothing-optional bathing is possible, and occasional public events. There are also several non-landed naturist clubs. And, perhaps best of all, there are hundreds of thousands of acres of U. S. National Forests where innumerable secluded campsites allow for unfettered nudity.

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Croatian naturism

Croatia is a relatively small country (about 4.3 million people, roughly half as many as London). After World War II until it declared its independence in 1991, Croatia was a part of Yugoslavia. Like Yugoslavia and Croatia’s current neighbors it was strongly under the influence of the Soviet Union until 1991. Consequently, it is not well known to tourists outside of Europe.

As a Balkan country across the Adriatic Sea from the East coast of Italy, Croatia has a mild Mediterranean climate, ideal during the summer months for naturism. However, unlike most countries outside Northwestern Europe – including Italy – Croatia, in general, has a favorable, welcoming attitude regarding naturism. As a result, it has become a popular destination for European naturists, with a number of clothing optional beaches and campgrounds. In this respect, it’s a lot like France, Germany, Spain, and the Netherlands.

According to the world travelers of Naked Wanderings,

Nudist camping in Croatia is almost as old as naturism itself. From way back in the former Yugoslavian times, nude beaches in Croatia were crowded by both locals as tourists. Today this results in some of the most beautiful nudist resorts and clothing optional resorts in Europe. Large naturist campings (or FKK campings as they are often called here) are spread along the coast. … France might still be the queen of naturism in Europe but Croatia certainly deserves a place in the top three.

Croatia should definitely be a prime destination for naturist vacationers from outside as well as inside of Europe. English speakers should be especially interested, since a recent survey indicates that almost half of Croatians speak English as their second language.

General informaion on naturism in Croatia

Information on specific naturist locations in Croatia

You’ll wish you could go to many or most of these

Excellent information from Naked Wanderings:

More and more we’re starting to think that nude events might be the key to a bright future for nudism. Especially the younger generation nudists want to get from behind the fences of the naturist clubs and resorts and do something fun, something spectacular. Luckily the options for amazing nude events seem to be larger than ever before. There are naked bike rides, nudist games, nude contests, nude cruises, nude festivals, nude tournaments, you named it. Everything is there for some amazing nude experiences in 2019. If you don’t have any inspiration about where to spend your naked time this year, here are 12 + 1 tips!

Full article: https://www.nakedwanderings.com/blog/2019/03/07/nude-events-2019/

Naked on a rollercoaster

There are two ways to think of this. The first is that the sillier the story is, the more likely it is that it will be reported (at least in the British press). The second, more optimistic, take is that nudity is fun (even if it isn’t sexual).

(Since female nipples are censored in all photos, the idea that nudity is actually respectable probably isn’t the message.)

  1. Naturists plan world record attempt with nude rollercoaster ride in Blackpool (2/21/19)
  2. Nudists plan roller-coaster world record attempt (2/22/19)
  3. Nudists to break world record in Blackpool for most naked people on a roller coaster ride (2/22/19)
  4. British naturists set world record for naked rollercoaster riding as nearly 200 bare all (and brave the 50F chill) at Blackpool Pleasure Beach (3/3/19)
  5. Brave Brits strip NAKED for Blackpool rollercoaster ride (3/3/19)
  6. Blackpool thrill-seekers set the new world record for the most naked people on a rollercoaster (3/4/19)
  7. Group of naturalists break world record for most naked people on a roller coaster (3/4/19)
  8. Nearly 200 British Thrill-Seekers Set New World Record By Riding Blackpool Rollercoaster Naked (3/4/19)
  9. Naturists attempt world naked rollercoaster record (3/5/19)
  10. Swindon men set world record with naked rollercoaster ride (3/6/19)

Naked yoga

Naked yoga has been a “thing” for some time at this point. (Here’s a piece on it from 2005.) Nevertheless, it seems to remain a newsworthy topic, so maybe it’s actually gaining in popularity. (When is the last time you saw much in a newspaper or magazine about non-nude yoga?)

Why does it still make news? It’s possible that’s simply because yoga itself is becoming more popular among people of all ages. I don’t really know whether that’s the case.

However, maybe practicing yoga in the nude with other people indicates something more. Perhaps people are not only becoming more interested in the health and fitness of their bodies, but at the same time some, at least, are losing their irrational inhibitions about being naked with others and becoming more accepting of their naked bodies. Even more optimistically, perhaps people are also looking for new circumstances where it’s acceptable to be naked with others, and the practice of yoga is a good opportunity for that.

Here a year’s worth of some of the more recent reports on the topic.

  1. ‘It’s liberation’: The emerging nude yoga trend empowering women (4/12/18)
  2. Doing Naked Yoga With Strangers Showed Me How Far I’ve Come in My Eating Disorder Recovery (4/25/18)
  3. Naked in Motion (4/30/18)
  4. ‘I dared to try a nude yoga class. Here’s what happened.’ (5/22/18)
  5. Yoga instructor, 29, launches NUDE classes for women of all ages, shapes and sizes – and the first event was a huge success (5/29/18)
  6. French nudists let it all hang out for naked yoga at annual naturists’ picnic in Paris park (6/25/18)
  7. Fitness fans strip naked for outdoor yoga session (6/25/18)
  8. Nudists practice naked yoga to celebrate naturism at a park in Paris (6/26/18)
  9. Nude yoga teacher says it’s important to see different sides of women’s bodies (7/22/18)
  10. I Tried a Naked Yoga Class—and Actually Loved How It Made Me Feel (8/17/18)
  11. Why the latest health trend has to be done naked (9/6/18)
  12. I was scared to try naked yoga, but it offered me unexpected liberation (1/8/19)
  13. How Naked Yoga Is Paving the Way for a New Age of Body-Positive Nudies (2/5/19)
  14. Cypress Cove Nudist Resort Hosts Nude Yoga Retreat (2/25/19)
  15. Nudist reveals love for naked yoga as classes surge in popularity (3/8/19)

The augmented N-scale

This is a somewhat revised version of a March 1999 article I wrote to suggest improvements to the N-scale, which measures the degree of one’s enthusiasm for naturism. The original article is here.

In the previous post here we considered the N-Scale, a tool for rating yourself and others on fondness for nudity. It’s a good start, but if you’re reading this, the chances are that you fall at the high end of the original scale. According to that scale, everyone’s bunched up together from a score of 5 to 7 (the highest).

It’s sort of hard to measure your “progress” when the range of scores is that narrow. In order to remedy that, I’ve come up with an augmented scale that renumbers the high end of the scale to include a few more milestones on the road to perfect nudity. The descriptions of higher levels have been reworded from the original. There’s no claim this is a definitive list. Every naturist is a little different from any other one. There can be differences at every level, and the steps towards more complete naturism may be taken in a slightly different order.

I’ll just start with Level 5. The descriptions of earlier levels still apply.

5. Uses home spa, sauna, and/or pool naked occasionally with family and friends. Would go naked outdoors in very remote beaches, hot springs, forest areas if encouraged, but may not have actually had occasion to do so recently. Occasionally naked at home for no particular reason. May not be comfortable being naked with strangers of the opposite sex.

6. Is reasonably comfortable with being naked around strangers in a friendly environment like a naturist club or camp or an established nude beach, but may not visit such places frequently. Prefers to be naked in private spa, sauna, or pool with family (and possibly friends). Deliberately naked at home sometimes when relaxing. May be naked outdoors in remote locations one or more times a year. May have revealed an interest in naturism to relatives outside of immediate family and to some friends.

7. Uses established beaches, hot springs, camping areas, and other outdoor locations naked at least several times a year. Doesn’t mind being naked with tolerant strangers in most situations. Deliberately naked at home often, though not necessarily whenever possible. Has visited naturist camps, clubs, or resorts one or more times, if convenient. Has started recommending that family and friends also consider trying naturism.

8. Prefers to be naked at home when circumstances permit. Encourages other family members to do likewise. Hardly ever uncomfortable being naked around tolerant strangers. Visits established outdoor nude locations regularly, if available. Tries to persuade family and friends to join self in naturist activities – and has probably been successful with some. Occasionally checks some naturist blogs or Facebook naturist groups. Has started to investigate naturist opportunities in other countries.

9. Doesn’t always insist on being naked, but strongly prefers it. “Nude when possible, clothed when practical.” May subscribe to at least one naturist publication. Prefers to stay mainly at naturist-friendly locations when traveling or on vacation – perhaps in other countries. Belongs to several online naturist sites or social networks, Facebook groups, etc. May have own blog, Instagram page, or Twitter account with naturist tweets. Has seriously considered starting a local naturist travel group.

10. Goes out of the way to be naked. Insists on being described as naked rather than nude. Doesn’t mind at all being naked with others who are fully clothed. Sometimes pushes the limits a little in being naked around people. Tends to bring up the subjects of naturism and nudity with friends, associates, or even strangers at any opportunity. May be a leader or officer of a local naturist group. Has this recurring feeling that it’s just not possible to be naked enough. Inclined to write about the wonders and joys of nakedness in blog posts, online naturist groups, comment sections of online news and opinion sites.

The N-scale

Here’s another old post, from February 1999, which is mostly from an ever older source. Almost no changes required. (The original post is here.)

Do you love to be naked? Of course you do. So does anyone in their right mind. But just how much do you love it? There’s a way to measure that, sort of. It’s called the “N Scale”, and it was devised by naturist Dick Williams several years ago. Here’s the original article, used by permission. (I’ll be offering some refinements and extensions.)

How Nude are You?

Nothing today is true black or white–there are shades of gray in nearly all of humankind’s activity. So why not a Nude Scale describing a person’s placement on the Prude to Nude continuum.

1. Obsessive Anti-Nude: Regards all nudity as sinful. Often bases belief on fanatical and narrow interpretation of scripture. No tolerance level for other views–actively seeks to impose beliefs on society as a whole via legislation, commercial boycott, candidate intimidation. In practice–opposed to all forms of nudity: in the home, in recreation, in art and live, or film performances. Might belong to AFA. Doesn’t own a bathing suit because that gets too close to nudity.

2. Live and Let Live Anti-Nude: Against it but not obsessively so. Still can’t understand anyone wishing to “parade around naked as a jay bird.” Unfcomfortable around nudity in any form. Might accept some artistic nudity.

3. Not For Me But I Can Understand: Tolerant of artistic nudity. Might recall childhood skinny dipping. Can laugh at nudity of others. Non-judgmental.

4. Nude Curious: Tolerant and accepting, reluctant to practice but might wish to try in right situation. Understanding of social nudity in others. Comfortable with casual nudity in the home. Reads rec.nude but would never post.

5. When The Time Is Right Nude: Tolerant of nudity practiced by others. Casual nudity in the home is common. In proper setting, practices discrete social nudity as in a hot tub with friends. Comfort level depends on surroundings and “safety” of setting. Sunbathes nude in private backyard or pool area. Learns to enjoy the freedom and feel of sun and water on whole body. Growing curiosity about CO beaches and clubs.

6. Wholesomely Nude: Entirely comfortable with private and social nudity. Looks forward to monthly or weekly nude recreation when appropriate. May belong to a local group and support a national organization. Some non-nude friends may know of this person’s nude recreation. Self confident and enjoys social contacts in nude setting. May encourage others to try a naturist experience at beach, lake or river.

7. Nude To The Core: Nudity is a central part of life. Feels best when dressed the least. Unclothed much of non-working time. Lifestyle is well known among non-nude friends and relatives. Housing, work and recreation decisions may be made around a desire to be without clothing as much as possible. Enjoys sharing and explaining the nude lifestyle to others. May be an activist or spokesman on nudity. Vacations nearly always include nude recreation. Doesn’t own a bathing suit. No need to–no tan lines.

That covers the 7 steps from prude to nude.

There is also probably an 8th step where nudity becomes an obsession and dominates–where every clothed moment is a painful annoyance–where every though and action revolves around nudity. Where every beach, lake, or river is surveyed for possible nude use. But that couldn’t apply to anyone here, nah. So 7 levels will be enough.

Heroes of Naturism

Nick Alimonos writes in a recently updated blog post (originally written in 2014)

To break the nudity taboo, something that perpetuates sexism, body hatred, and an unhealthy sex obsessed society, we need heroes. Every movement needs heroes when society’s mores are challenged. There was a time when racism was sanctioned by the Supreme Court, until people like Frederick Douglas, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King challenged those laws.

Full post: Heroes of Naturism

Naturism has no heroes of the stature of those named in that quote. But it certainly does have many heroes of its own. The blog post offers brief profiles of a few of them. A few are celebrities, whose names are known to almost everyone (e. g. Miley Cyrus). Many others are not at all household names, and some are all but unknown even by people who pay attention to news of interest to naturists.

But there are hundreds of others, in addition to those cited in the post, who are currently active (besides the hundreds more who helped get nudism/naturism established during the past century). Advancing public acceptance of naturism can be done in many ways. There are people who organize successful naturist clubs, start or run influential naturist organizations, write for popular blogs, take the initiative to open and protect clothing optional beaches, or work steadily but nearly anonymously where they live to spread the word about naturism and educate many of their neighbors on its many rewards.

Anyone who thinks naturism is a good thing and deserves far better acceptance in society can be a hero. All that’s required is to contribute generously of their time and energy by working in ways that make the best use of their talents to make the world a better place to enjoy social nudity.

Naturism has no future without sustained effort by many who believe in it. Contemporary societies are simply not going to spontaneously recognize the worth of naturism and that people should have the freedom to enjoy social nudity just because the recognition and the freedom are “rights” that are “deserved”. Naturism needs “heroes” who will work to ensure those desirable outcomes.

Why Do Teenagers Turn away from Nudism?

Nick & Lins ask the question:

Why Do Teenagers Turn away from Nudism and Is that Such a Big Deal?

Toddlers are born naturists and not only literally (although they’re obviously delivered naked). In fact, they might well be the most genuine kind of naturist there is, they don’t even question their nudity. Most of them will question clothes though and if they see an opportunity to get rid of them they’ll often take advantage of that. Our memory doesn’t go that far back, but we would like to remember the day when being nude was not an option anymore. Yesterday it was completely normal to run around the garden naked, jump through the sprinklers on a hot summer day while everyone smiled and agreed with your joy. The next day this was not possible anymore…

They make some good points that address the question. I won’t summarize. Just read their article.

However, I think there’s one important factor that I’ve written about: There is a general fear of nudity, even among adults. However, it’s especially salient for teenagers. Younger children in nudist homes – and very young children in general – simply aren’t keenly aware that letting other people see oneself naked is a big taboo in our society, and many others as well. Kids in middle school, if not earlier, somewhat suddenly become aware of this fact: Nudity (except perhaps in the family or with very close friends) isn’t customary and it certainly is not “normal”.

I discuss that at some length in Additional thoughts on the fear of nudity

Simply put, the problem, as I explain, is that behavior that’s unexpected and not considered “customary” or “normal” puts one in a fraught, risky position with respect to society in general – but especially so with respect to one’s peer group. And for typical teens, the peer group is all important. This situation leads to a serious fear of nudity itself – just as much as fear of, say, putting one’s hand on a hot stove. Don’t do it, or you’ll get burned!

There’s some prescient psychological theory that helps explain why the peer group matters so much to teens.

The noted psychologist Erik Erikson had a theory of the development of an individual’s personality. (See especially his book Identity, Youth and Crisis) The theory posited 8 stages of development. He called the 4th stage that of “Fidelity, Identity vs. Role Confusion”. Basically, this is when an individual tries to figure out and define his/her “identity” – that is, what kind of a person one is in terms of social categories (e. g. religious, atheist, artistic, nurturing, studious, rebellious, etc.). This stage happens typically when one is an adolescent. Failure to figure out one’s identity results in an “identity crisis”, and this may remain a problem for quite a long time. The onset of this stage is a result of “hormones”, but also cognitive development, when the brain achieves a mature ability to recognize different “categories”.

When a young person is raised in a nudist family, the category of “nudist” is still not well understood until adolescence. A few such young people may be content with this identity, but most recognize that it’s shared by very few other people he/she is aware of. This makes it difficult for the young person to identify as a “nudist” – because it is simply not a very socially acceptable identity among peers. (Even a “gang member” has less trouble finding peers to identify with.) This is especially true in a society, like most in the modern world, where the whole idea of nudity is considered scary and dangerous. The net result in most cases is the children raised in nudist families are pretty likely to reject “nudist” as an identity during (and after) their adolescence.

People, whether or not raised as nudists, may somewhat later in life accept “nudist” as an identity when they develop sufficient self-confidence and independence from social attitudes to be less concerned about others’ opinions of the identity. They may even feel confident enough (like Nick & Lins) to espouse and defend a “nudist” identity.

From an entirely different perspective, the dissatisfaction of teens with naturism is just part of the problem of the dissatisfaction of young people with adult society in general.

Before the teen years, children tend to follow their parents’ guidance on what to be interested in. They generally go along with whatever the family as a whole is doing – whether its taking trips to the beach, visiting grandma and grandpa, or going to nudist resorts. But in the teen years, they develop interests of their own and their interests no longer have so much in common with their elders.

Young people, from the teen years on like different types of activities, music, movies, games, hobbies, etc. and these interests diverge considerably from those of their parents’ age and older. So it’s not that young people don’t want to be around older people. It’s just that the two age groups just enjoy rather different sorts of things. Unfortunately, the activities available at most nudist places are much more what the older group prefers than what the younger group does. The perceptive nudist resort should have staff whose main responsibility is providing activities to young people in the ages from teens up to but not including people with their first children.

Letter of Recommendation: Naturism

It’s rather interesting, and unusual, to see a positive article on naturism in the New York Times or similar mainstream publications. Usually, whatever else the spin, a writer treats the topic with at least a little condescension. You know, something along the lines of “Well, it wasn’t as difficult to do as I’d imagined, and I sort of enjoyed it, but it’s tough to think that intelligent people (like me) take this very seriously.” Not in this case, however.

Good quote:

My friends and I hardly followed the naturists’ chaste, no-judge code to the letter, but the more we visited, the closer we approached a sense of ease. The discipline of public nakedness rewarded our efforts in proportion to our degree of exertion, the euphoria of being in the moment a direct byproduct of battling the innate and unignorable weirdness of our collective situation. … On the beach, consumed with the task of pretending this was normal, I was able to attain what I assume is something like Zen. Naturism required so much effort that, somehow, it worked.

The author, Kelli María Korducki, concludes:

Nakedness doesn’t democratize social experience, as the naturists seem to suggest. Instead, it offers something better: a shared preoccupation. It’s so awkward to act blasé about being naked around other people — people who are also, themselves, naked — that there’s nothing left to do but submit en masse to the social and afferent novelty. Take in the warmth of the sun on your bare butt, skinny-dip unaccompanied by a sneaky sense of thrill, try not to stare at anyone’s penile jewelry. It’s easier said than done.

What does she mean by “It’s easier said than done”? I think it’s more than just admitting some discomfort with her own nakedness and that it’s not easy to resist staring at penises, areolas, and other body parts that are “normally” covered. At least, not easy before one learns how to enjoy sharing nudity with others without undue attention to the naked bits. Nudity, perhaps with some effort, can become normal, so just enjoy it. People new to naturism should realize there’s a “degree of exertion” required initially. The effort is required, to begin with, in order to overcome many years of social conditioning that shared nakedness is “abnormal”. And it’s worth the effort.

Here’s how the experienced naturist blogger (Fred) at This is my place comments on the article:

If one were not preoccupied with nudity to some extent, one would never take to the lifestyle. This is true of any special interest. …

If you felt a sneaky sense of thrill at skinny-dipping, then good for you. You are enjoying yourself. People who wear penile jewelry want to be looked at. Keep at the nudie lifestyle for a while and it becomes background noise. I’m still not blasé about it 40 years into social or even private nudity. Why would anyone ever want to become blasé about something they enjoyed? Novelty wears off but the satisfaction ought to remain.

The same as with penile jewelry can be said about nipple jewelry, which is perhaps more common. Many naturists used to find such things “shocking”. Some still do. Even though they don’t find full nudity at all shocking.

It’s not unfair to say that people who enjoy social nudity like being seen naked. That’s a prerequisite for the full enjoyment. Part of the pleasure is because they are proud of having overcome embarrassment from being naked. Do not assume this is the same as being an exhibitionist. It’s not. Exhibitionists want to attract attention to themselves. That doesn’t work when most others are naked too. Exhibitionists also aim to shock people. Naturists intend the exact opposite.