Nudist idea #22: Go to Burning Man

This is one event on my To-Do list. Both for art and nudism. Burning Man is an art and community festival that takes place in Nevada every summer. Burning Man is driven by a set of principles. One is “radical self-expression”, which means that participants are encouraged to express themselves, and as such, nudity is allowed.

Image result for naked people at burning manAs the organizers state: “”Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient.” This leads to have a lot of people enjoying Burning Man naked, as also using their own body to do art.

There are many other principles at play at Burning Man that are nudism compliant, if I can say, as “leaving no trace” and “community responsibility”.

Image result for naked people at burning manBut of course, the main objective of Burning Man is art. And enjoying or performing art naked when you are a nudist is a kind of a Holy Grail. Since the event is in the scorching desert of Nevada in Summer, be prepared to get some serious sun lotion and stock it as almost nothing can be purchased locally during the festival (including food and water). Despite many criticisms over the year, Burning Man remain strong and a wonderful time to be socially naked while enjoying art.

If you have been to Burning Man, share your experiences and comments below and remember to Get Naked, Stay Naked, Live Naked and Share the Naked Love!

Why #nudism is critical and matters to society

Nudists know the many benefits of nudism and shared nudity. However, a vast majority of people, who are not nudists, see nudity as bad. We know this feeling is rooted in education as well as the fact that society has been sexualizing nudity for years. Therefore, people associate nudity to sex, and because sex is private, nudity should be. End of the story for many people.

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Nudists have disassociated nudity and sex. Being naked is therefore normal, natural and social. With this, every nudist has been exposed to all sorts of nude bodies: every color, gender, body shape, scars, etc. Nudists know that nudism is all about being comfortable in our ones skin, with ones own body. When kids are exposed to nudism early or adults later when they embrace the nudism lifestyle, they understand that people are all different and come to respect, and appreciate, those differences.

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Every time I am discussing with a nudist I do not know at a club or resort, I’m always nicely surprised by how friendly he or she is. We immediately bond because we share this wonderful lifestyle and we immediately show respect and interest. I come to believe that if nudism was more spread and accepted, people will show more respect to each other and we will face less sexual harassment situation. I am not saying that those situation do not happen in a nudist environment, predators and disrespectful people are everywhere. However, these people are faster spotted in a nudist environment, and I come to believe that by disassociating nudity from sex, people will show more respect and consideration for differences.

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We have recently seen that the opening of a nudist/naturist space in Paris, in the Bois de Vincennes, has not creating an outcry, but has actually dragged a lot of naturists over the week-ends to enjoy shared nudity. Because it’s a public place, non nudists and nudists shared the same space with peace and acceptance. This proves that we can live together, that nudity is harmless, and has actually exposed nudism to more people, who may have been curious, are respecting others’ choice and may become nudists later. I hope to see this space will open again next year, sooner than this year, and that many other cities will follow suit, exposing the lifestyle to more and more people.

Nudism is probably one of the most respectful and peaceful lifestyle on this planet. There’s nothing wrong with naked bodies is the message we, as nudists, need to repeat again and again. We need to talk about nudism more and to invite all our friends and family to spend time naked together at our local club or resort, or to go on a nakation. I believe nudism is one of the best ways to grow respect among mankind, and is so critical to our well-being.

Share your experiences and comments below and remember to Get Naked, Stay Naked, Live Naked and Share the Naked Love!

Time to grow up – nudism is normal and natural!

I find it hard to react with nothing other than hilarity that people are getting off on the idea of naked bodies, their mental capacity often stuck at age 14 regardless of however many years they’ve lived on this earth. ‘Tee hee hee…it’s a willy‘ [insert alternative pet name for penis here] shrieks some girls […]

via Time to grow up? — the sl naturist

Nudist Idea #15: Drive Naked

Driving is one of the many activities you can definitely do naked. You actually do not really need any clothing to drive. You just need to understand whether it’s legal or not in your country or state of residence, as the law may not be on your side.

Image result for naked drivingActually, even if your car is a private property, you can be seen by the public and it may therefore be illegal to drive naked. In all cases, you will use a towel to sit on and wrap around your waist in case you are stopped by a police officer.

Beyond the legal aspect, driving naked is like many other activities very enjoyable. No pants, no bra, no clothes that limit your skin breathing and your movement. You are just free as a bird, and as you can regulate the temperature in the car, it’s always very comfortable, temperature-wise.

For any naturist, driving is another activity that do not require clothing and can therefore be carried naked. The question of when getting naked and when getting dressed will pop up. If you start from home, you can probably get in your car already naked. If you start from another point where nudity is not allowed, then you will undress in your car. Depending on where you go, you may have to get dressed to get out or stay naked. Common sense will prevail.

One last point. Because you will be on public grounds while driving naked, this can be seen and interpreted as exhibitionism. But in the true naturist sense, it’s not about being seen, it’s about feeling great. And this is why the towel is a requirement. Have fun and stay safe, particularly when driving.

Share your experiences and comments below and remember to Get Naked, Stay Naked, Live Naked and Share the Naked Love!

Nudist Idea #14: Ask for Permission to Get Naked While at Friends’

Related imageYou are invited at a barbecue or pool party at one of your friend’s place. The weather is forecasted beautiful. What are you going to wear? If your friends are naturists and know you are one, your option to get naked is open. However, there may be non naturist people at the event, and even naturists may feel uncomfortable. We’ll look into this in a moment. Now, if your friends are not naturists, your option to go naked is low. But, it’s not zero, it’s actually never zero, until you ask.

Image result for nudist among clothedBecause this is ultimately what it is all about: asking for permission to get naked! This may sound strange or awkward at first, but it will become a second nature as soon as you realize it’s totally appropriate, natural and normal! One of the best ways I found was first of all not to take any swimsuit. If your friend has a pool, just ask if it’s ok if you go naked in the pool as you have not taken your swimsuit and you are comfortable being naked. In most of the cases, at the notable exception of the presence of kids that may be shocked, it works wonderfully and you can take a swim naked. From there on, when you get out of the swimming pool, stay naked and act casually. There’s little chance your friend will ask you to dress up. Some people may actually join you skinny dipping. This will be a great victory having more people join nudism.

Image result for nudist barbecueIn case of a barbecue party and there’s no swimming pool, wait a little while. After a couple of glasses of wine or beers, inhibitions are lowering and the temperature makes people more comfortable, start taking your shirt off and at one point, ask your host if they are comfortable by you getting naked, as you are a naturist and enjoy being naked. Tell them, there’s nothing sexual here, it’s just your lifestyle. In most cases, your host will be OK and you will be enjoying some nude time, while sharing your lifestyle with others.

The fact is a majority of people are ok with others’ nudity. You just need to ask. Once again, there’s nothing wrong with being socially naked. Nothing to be ashamed of. The worst that can happen is that you get a no to your question. But, even with a no, you will have an opening to start the naturism conversation and this is priceless to get more people to become naturists.

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What is it about being naked?

Come on, it continues to blow my mind, what is it really about being naked and nudism? We all have a body. All women are made the same way, all men too. Of course, some are fatter, thiner, bigger, smaller, darker, lighter, etc. However, we are all coming from the same mold (we share all a lot of the same DNA).

Therefore, the body you are looking in the mirror when you are naked is not very different from another body you could look at when naked. So what the fuss around naked bodies? Well, it’s just the way society wants us to rethink our relationship with our body: money and shame! You need to be ashamed so you can spend money, on clothing, on religion, on stupid useless stuff.

Of course, you need to get protection when it’s cold or dangerous. But in all other case, when the weather is warm, when you cannot be hurt, why wearing clothes? Because you were told so, I presume. Because you were told nudity is shameful. But no, nudity should be shameless, nudity does not equal sex.

In mathematics, equality is symmetric. Therefore if nudity equals sex, then sex equals nudity. However, you do not need to be naked to have sex. Actually, sexually attraction works generally better with lingerie or revealing clothing. Sex does not equal nudity, therefore nudity does not equal sex.

So if nudity does not equal sex, then what is it all about being naked? Actually, it should be nothing. Nudity is our natural state and should be accepted widely as soon as the temperature allows it. Nudity, once accepted in our daily life, feels really great and comfortable.

Every nudist will tell you that they love to be naked because they feel so good, without any hindrance from clothing or social convention. Nudism is a form of freedom. Social nudity places the human being at the middle. You are not judged by what you wear but by who you are. This is why so many people find relaxing to go to a nudist resort and why so many people find nudists so friendly. Nudism is pure freedom and happiness. So there’s nothing really to talk about nudism. Just get rid of your clothes and live naked! So what is it about being naked? Nothing, just be it!

What does it really change?

588026420_1280x720I was having a discussion with a bunch of friends about hiking and more specifically naked hiking. One of my female friend was really puzzled and asked this simple question: “but what does it change? You can walk wearing a light short and that should not change anything, so what does it really change to walk naked?” My answer was one word: “Everything!”

Now I continued. “Have you ever skinny dipped? You know, just dropping your clothing and jumped into the water entirely naked? How did it feel?”. The answer was of course it felt great not only because of the feeling of the water over her naked body, but also because it was kinda… forbidden. True, first timer feels going over the border and it creates this adrenaline-induced feeling of transgression.

“Now,” I continued, “if you get to go on a nudist beach and get naked to tan and swim, you will not feel anymore, quite quickly actually, this feeling of transgression. What will remain though is this feeling of well-being. This is exactly what naked hikers are experiencing too.”

“Yes, I get that” my friend said, but it does not change much if you are wearing a swimsuit or nothing, does it?”

naked_hiking“Well,” I replied “you may argue it does not change much for you, and I would agree because I am not you. However, having the feeling a wet suit on your body is not the best sensation ever. Like having the feeling of fabric of a short on your sweating skin. I understand it’s not for everybody, and going beyond the feeling or shame or transgression is a personal journey, but I think you get it, don’t you?”

And this was almost the end of the discussion. It’s very difficult for non nudist to understand what nudism/naturism is about. Nudity being a bad thing, tied to sexuality, is so engrained in our society that it creates all kind of reaction in non nudists. On the journey to become a nudist, you generally go through those strange feeling and questions whether nudity is bad or good. Even for people raised in nudist families, they may go through those questions and feeling as they grow old. This is why being surrounded by like-minded people, goind to nudist beaches and resorts help a lot. It helps as well to get confronted to people who question nudism, as it makes others think about it. The more we talk about it, the better, as we can bring more people to nudism.

So, in the end, what does it really change to hike naked or to wear just a light short? Well, for naturists, it changes everything. The feeling of freedom is uncomparable. No fabric on your skin, your body entirely breathing, and the well-being it generates are just difficult to describe as they are to be lived. So yes, it may not change anything for a majority of people, and I respect this. This should not prevent us to explain that we are better hiking naked, that there’s nothing wrong with it and we can hike together with clothed people as diversity makes the world richer!

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The art of nude hiking

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Take a famous brand of sports gear, Columbia, take a great outdoor activity, hiking, mix this with nudism, and you get an article on the art of nude hiking on the Columbia’s blog. It’s just awesome! Here are their 9 tips for hiking nude:

  1. Protect your feet. Walking barefoot on rocky track is not really neither comfortable nore secured. Good hiking shoes are required. However, if you want the ultimate experience in nude hiking, Vibram Five Fingers will become your best friends. I talked about using them for running, and some models are just great for hiking!
  2. Nudist Welcome. Pick a spot where you can extend your nude hiking experience, by going to a nudist resort or B&B. You may find other nudists to go and walk with you. Nude hiking is much funnier with a group of like-minded people.
  3. Avoid the public. If simple nudity is not forbidden in most places, it can anoy some people. Be prepared to grab a cover up in case of encounter and do not shy away to start talking about your practice. I’m still surprised by the positive reaction you get from other hikers when you start talking about hiking naked.
  4. Study up poisonous plants. Without clothes you’re not protected. If you walk on a large track, there’s nothing to be scared of. However, if you are going offtrack or on narrow ones, be prepared to recognised the bad guys.
  5. Venture out early morning or evening. Less encounters, less sun too. And in warm days, much cooler!
  6. Stay hydrated. Your skin will thank you!
  7. Concealed carry. Although it’s awesome to be completely naked, a small backpack will carry your essential items and water!
  8. Safety in numbers. Group hike is always better and safer when naked.
  9. Celebrate. Hike naked everytime it’s possible (even in winter, with chilly weather it may be possible when the sun shines and you are walking at a good pace), and celebrate all hikes.

640385921_0a8a64a232_bHiking is a very healthy activity that anybody can do. Naked hiking is really stitching a lifestyle, nudism, and a healthy activity, hiking. It’s, personnally, one of my preferred activities up to a point that it’s very difficult to hike with any kind of clothes on, once you have tried naked hiking. So it’s great this form of hiking is recognized by one of the major brands of hiking gears of the planet! We need to continue to spread the good news by driving more people to naked hiking, hike more naked, and talk about naked hiking to all our friends and family.

Get naked, stay naked, live naked and share the naked love!

Some great advice on hiking nude

Naked hiking is gaining momentum and increased visibility with this article from Mens Journal. I’ve written on naked hiking, and have given 10 good reasons to do so. Although this article focuses on the US and particularly on US National parks, it comes with two sound advices:

  1. Ask permission
  2. Join a group

Let’s look at why those are great advice.

Ask permission

WNBR_London_2014_9Asking permission is pretty straightforward. In most cases, permission will be granted, as non sexual nudity is generally accepted. There are numerous articles on this activity that demonstrates the acceptance of it by a majority of people. Asking permission is particularly important if your hike crosses private land.

Permission granted, you will hike more relaxes and will enjoy more your hike. In some countries, like Austria for instance, non sexual nudity is allowed by law, therefore you can enjoy freely. In others, like France, the law is unclear and you may drop on the wrong side of the fence without really wanting it. Better safe than sorry, keep handy something to cover yourself in case of encountering somebody and have your naturist federation card with you.

Join a group

nrc2Joining a group is probably the best thing to do if you wish to hike in your birthday suit. There are more and more naked hikers group in most countries, look for them around you and join. An online network like naktiv.net whose mission is to provide a safe place for people to post Naked and Active content may help you to find like-minded people around you.

Furthermore, beyond being a safer choice, hiking naked as a group is much more fun and social. Naturism is all about sharing, and joining a group will bring your naked hiking practice to another level. Not only you may increase the number of your naturist friends, you will increase the number of naked hikes you will participate in, because most of the groups are really active.

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Beware though, naked hiking is addictive. Once you have started, it’s very difficult to hike again with clothes on. The feeling of freedom of hiking naked is unmatched. Give it a try, you will probably never regret it!

If you look for more information on naked hiking and want to hear from experienced naked hikers, I recommend wonderful book Naked Hiking, that exists in French, under the title Randonue.

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Naked climbing

Here’s a very cool article on a naktivity (an activity you can practice naked) on a mainstream web site.

Here are a couple of quotes from the article.

…it turns out clothes might as well be sandbags

…climbing takes so much of your focus, you forget you’re naked

It’s a great feeling to climb nude. It’s empowering for me.

Another proof that: 1. nudity is very well accepted by normal non-judgmental people, 2. tons of activities, including climbing, can be practiced sans clothes. Naturism is awesome and with more people sharing their love of it in normal activities in mainstream press, it can only get wider acceptance. Respect is a two-way street!

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