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Kathy Barron: Let Me Tell You A Little About Nudism

Nudism is the best possible antidote to body shame. It is also a great antidote to stress (once you get past the stress of trying it for the first time). Here are just a few things you should know about nudism:



Nudism is natural, safe, and innocent. It is connecting with your own body, nature, and life. It is accepting your body as it is – and letting go of hiding, of pretense, and of shame. It is freeing in a way that is inexplicable – you have to feel it for yourself. You might never want to wear clothes again!



Nudism is NOT sexual, suggestive or a meat market type of atmosphere. On the contrary, nudist resorts and parks have very strict rules about behavior and very clear guidelines about what is expected from nudists in terms of etiquette. Whereas on a public beach or public swimming pool, boys and men often leer openly at girls and women and even harass them, making unwanted sexually suggestive remarks and sometimes even sexual advances – and nobody can do anything meaningful about it or stop it – if that behavior ever happened at a nudist resort, it would be immediately and appropriately handled. Not only would the guilty parties be banned for life from that resort – but also from all other resorts/clubs affiliated with AANR. The word gets out. It is a strongly protective community. People don’t stare at nudists resorts. People don’t make inappropriate comments or laugh at other people. A nudist resort is a safe haven in an often over-sexualized, over-moralized, body-image crushing world. It is a place where you can just be yourself.

At nudist resorts, people are generally very friendly and unpretentious. If you’ve ever gone camping, you know how people are more friendly than usual — outdoors, enjoying nature? It’s a lot like that.  Nudism isn’t about sex. I’m stressing that because I know that a lot of people have a really misguided idea of what nudism is like.  Nudist resorts are places where bodies aren’t sexualized and commodified to sell things, unlike in the rest of the world – where female bodies are sexualized at alarmingly young ages and used to sell just about anything you can think of. Nudism is the antidote to that sort of thinking – that sort of over-sexualization of the human body. When you’re used to seeing naked bodies everywhere, it is ineffective to try to titillate you into buying something by the suggestion of nudity and/or sex.

People develop a more natural, less hysterical, and less warped relationship with the human body.  Who are nudists? Nudists come from every walk of life. Nudists are all ages, from babies to the very elderly. Nudists come in all sizes, shapes, and colors. Nudists are normal people. There are fat nudists and thin nudists. There are people with scars, people in wheelchairs, and people who’ve had mastectomies or lost limbs. There are lots of seniors at my favorite nudist resort – they’ve retired and live there. There are families. There are children of all ages for whom nudity is natural. There are some amazingly self-assured teenagers who relate with each other without all of the sexual overtones and anxiety that you often see in teenagers. These are kids who accept their bodies in ways that few non-nudist teenagers are able to do. And kids who have realistic ideas of what normal human bodies look like. I imagine that there are fewer nudists with eating disorders than the rest of the general population. There are very few people at nudist resorts – or in life – who have conventionally “perfect” bodies. In fact, nudism is a great equalizer.  We’re all just human.



Nudism is fun and relaxing. Feeling the breeze on your bare body is soothing to the soul. Playing ping-pong in the nude is so much fun! Who doesn’t love swimming naked? It is the most natural thing on earth! My favorite resort (Cypress Cove) has two restaurants, two big swimming pools, a lake, tennis courts, a bicycle rental, two hot tubs, a gym, a massage therapy office, petanque, pickleball, and loads of other activities. You bring a towel and you sit on your towel whenever you sit down – it is all very hygienic and non-scary. Nudism is actually one of the most non-scary interactions that you can have with your body. I have found it to be an incredibly healing force in my life. There are nudist resorts, clubs, beaches, and parks all around the world. If you’re interested, start by getting some information from The American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR). By visiting their website at www.aanr.com. Try a few different resorts. Different people like different things — and there are places ranging from more developed with many amenities to very rustic.  Each community has its own vibe.  When you’re at a nudist site and meet people, ask them where their favorite places have been. There’s a great world out there to explore! Have fun! And go nude!


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International Skinny Dip Day 2021

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (Jan. 2, 2021) – So the frost is on the pumpkin, and baby it’s cold outside. Still, it’s not too early to mark your calendar for one of the cheekiest summer events planned for 2021: International Skinny Dip Day. Skinny- dipping celebrates the natural joy of a carefree swim without cumbersome clothing. Lest you think otherwise, it’s truly a wholesome tradition that’s been enjoyed by such American patriots as Benjamin Franklin and John Quincy Adams, along with literary luminaries the likes of Henry David Thoreau and Walt Whitman.

To celebrate this rite of summer, last year the American Association for Nude Recreation (www.aanr.com) officially designated the second Saturday in July as International Skinny Dip Day (ISDD). For 2021, International Skinny Dip Day will be observed on July 10th.

ISDD serves as the culminating event during National Nude Recreation Week ( July 4-11, 2021 ), an AANR tradition for 44 years. This week-long celebration provides an opportunity for individuals and families to visit clothing-optional clubs affiliated with AANR or The Naturist Society (TNS), and experience firsthand one of the fastest growing trends in both travel and recreation – the Nakation℠. Many clubs have activities and events planned throughout the week – such as open houses, dance parties, sports tournaments, chili cook-offs, “bare buns fun runs,” health screenings, art shows, and more.

On International Skinny Dip Day, in particular, the textile world is encouraged to join with naturists and free themselves of their clothes and inhibitions by taking a dip au natural in their backyard pool, a secluded spot on a river or lake, at a sanctioned nude beach or at one of AANR’s 180 clubs and resorts throughout the U.S., Canada and internationally.

To interview an AANR spokesperson on the health and well-being benefits of wholesome nude recreation and skinny-dipping, please contact Mary Jane Kolassa as noted below.

Mary Jane Kolassa, Public Relations Consultant

407/463-0040

MJKolassa@gmail.com

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In Memory of Bob Campbell

It is with an incredible sense of disbelief and sorrow that we inform you that AANR Western Canada Member Trustee and AANR Finance Chair Bob Campbell has passed away. Bob was in a car accident while coming home from a fundraiser where he served on the board for Big Hill Haven’s Women’s Shelter in Cochrane, Alberta.

He was also a volunteer parent for his dog Remmy who is part of the Pacific Assistance Dogs Society program. Together they were involved in the Calgary Board of Education reading initiative at Eric Harvie School where they would read with students.

Bob was a generous man. He was a wise man. He was a supportive man. He was a trusted respected advisor to so many people. Bob had a passion for volunteering and being a part of many organizations, from Alcoholics Anonymous, to the Cochrane Curling Club, Cochrane Ringette, Pacific Assistance Dogs Society and the American Association for Nude Recreation. Bob was a life member of AANR. He has been the AANR-Western Canada Trustee for the past four years and AANR Finance Committee Chair for six years. Prior to becoming a Trustee he served for seven years with AANR-Western Canada as Treasurer and then President.

In life he loved to help others so in death the family would like to help him make a difference one last time. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made through this GoFundMe page https://www.gofundme.com/bob-campbell and all monies will go to help the fundraising efforts of the Cochrane Women’s Shelter, Big Hill Haven, in Bob’s name.

 Please keep your thoughts and prayers with Bob’s family and with his many friends who will miss him.

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American Association For Nude Recreation 2018 Elections begin May 1, 2018

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AANR Membership

What does it mean to be a member of AANR? What are the features and benefits for a member?
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Women in Naturism Weekend

AANR is currently promoting Women in Naturism Weekend, June 3-4, 2017. This is a global event celebrated around the world to encourage women to try nude recreation. Once you have discovered that natural and life-enhancing experience of nude recreation, you will ask yourself “What took so long?” Go ahead, pencil in some time; invest in yourself by planning a stress-free afternoon, weekend, or longer at a nude resort, nude beach, or naturist retreat near you. It is truly a relaxing and liberating way to take a break from everyday stresses!

 

Melissa Sigman

Marketing Director, AANR

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First Time Gardener

Starting the Garden

You will want to choose a good spot for your garden that is best for what you are growing. Your plants may want full sun or partial shade. Just be sure to keep that in mind when placing your plants. Once you have the area cleared for your garden, it is a good idea to add some nutrients to the soil. Mixing in a compost will cause the soil to loosen up. Most plants do not like hard soil, so if you cannot add something to make it looser, your best bet may be a raised bed garden. Raised bed gardens are usually small gardens that just sit atop your current yard and have walls that keep the soil together. These are great for those who just want a small garden. If you want even smaller, then container gardens might be right for you. This means one plant in one pot. These are convenient if you have limited yard space and helps if you need to bring in the plants during inclement weather.

 

What to Grow

Now that you have your soil all ready to go, you need to make a big decision. What do you want to grow? Many a first-time gardener will choose the tomato. They are easy, and there is a wide variety to choose from, grape tomatoes to huge heirloom varieties. Whichever you choose, you will likely do just fine. GARDEN WARNING! Just because the local store sells a particular vegetable or fruit, it does not always mean it is well suited for your area. Look at the labels. Besides telling you how to plant and grow the item, it will also tell you for which zone it is best suited. For even better information, check online to find what types of vegetables grow best in your area.

 

Plants or Seeds

At most garden centers, you will have the choice of getting a plant that has already started or picking from a multitude of seeds. If you choose the seed route, you may want to get an inexpensive seed starter kit. These include a container that has compressed soil pellets. These are also great for kids as they can learn about where food comes from. Some kits also have packets of seeds to use. These kits are easy to use and fun to watch as your seed sprouts and begins putting out leaves until you transplant it into your garden. However, this also takes more time, and if you did not get started on your garden soon enough, it may be past the best time to start from seeds.

Using the plants that the garden center has already started may be your best choice. It has the benefit of a few weeks of growth already, and it is ready to transplant. You can also do both seeds and starter plants. This will allow you to stagger your garden production rate so that you have more produce throughout the season.

 

Planting

Follow the directions on how to plant your veggies. For example, when transplanting tomato plants, it will tell you to dig a hole deep enough to cover two-thirds of the plant. Trust the instructions. They will help you have the best chance of growing your garden by making sure you do not plant too deep or too close to another plant.

 

Watering

So now, you just throw water on it every day, right? Nope! You can easily drown your garden with good intentions. There are many variables for watering your garden. Different plants need different amounts of water. Your climate can also dictate what how often you water. As a rule of thumb, if you stick your finger into your soil and the top inch is dry, then you can water. If it is moist, your plants are probably still happy. If you have a rain collection system, then your plants will be happiest with that instead of tap water that goes through a process to make it safe for drinking.

 

Harvest

Weeks have passed and your garden rewards you with the freshest produce. Be gentle with your plants; do not just pull off the first ripe tomato as that may distress the plant and it may cause damage. Sometimes, it is best to use garden shears to cut the veggies off to limit stress on the plant.

If you take the time to prepare your soil, pick your produce, and water them, you will be rewarded with flavors of fruits and vegetables that are truly amazing. Perhaps next year you will want to expand your garden. Talk with friends that do gardening regularly or check with a local nursery for tips and information about how to make the best garden you can.

 

Mitch London,

AANR Guest Blogger

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Skinny-Dipping Celebrities

There are two types of people in the world: People who love taking off their uncomfortable “nice clothes” at the end of a long workday, and liars.

Clothes, especially formal attire, are constricting and can lead to any number of health problems including (but not limited to) heartburn, back pain, breathing problems, and even a condition called Meralgia Paresthetica.

The added stress of public speaking and struggling to be on-point all the way through a nightly awards ceremony is enough to make any celebrity crave that great feeling of letting loose and relaxation that comes from taking a skinny-dip.

Here are four celebrities who we cannot help but love because of their enjoyment of skinny-dipping.

 

Halle Berry

Back in February, Halle Berry took an after-Oscars late-night dip. While our preferred song choice might have been more fun than sexy, we still love Halle for choosing comfort over clothes.

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Justin Bieber

Last year, Justin Bieber took a skinny-dip on his vacation in Hawaii.

Nope, we cannot think of anything more relaxing than that.

 

 

 

 

 

Orlando Bloom

But Orlando Bloom did! Around the same time as Justin’s vacation, Orlando Bloom chose to take a vacation of his own to a beautiful Italian beach where for a little while he wore nothing but a hat and pair of sunglasses.

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Kit Harington

Last but certainly not least is Kit Harington. Our new favorite Game of Thrones star is a self-proclaimed nudist and has been skinny-dipping on multiple occasions. Way to go Kit!

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Honorable Mention

This past week Luke Bryan and Thomas Rhett posted a video of their swim after the ACM awards. The boys only get an honorable mention because, while they were not 100 percent skinny-dipping, we forgave them on the premise that they do not know what they are missing. Their prizes – an invitation from us to try out a proper skinny-dip at one of our resorts and have even more fun!

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-Alexandra Schuttauf

Public Relations Specialist, AANR

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#WNGD

As if nudists and naturists alike need a reason to unclothe as nature intended. Now we get an extra special day that is celebrated around the globe. Days like the 13th annual World Naked Gardening Day (WNGD) on May 6 this year. WNGD has become an annual tradition that celebrates gardening in the buff.

The American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR) encourages you to get out and take advantage of a day just like this. WNGD can be used as a great ice-breaker and opportunity to introduce nudism/naturism to others. Most importantly though is to remember the sunscreen and to have fun while enjoying the sun shining on you and your garden.

Last year AANR promoted this event on social media and the post went viral. The number of comments, likes, and especially shares reached over half a million viewers. What makes this even better is that we did it twice. After our first post was reported by someone as inappropriate and removed, we posted a second time and had just as great of a response. We hope to have an even better response this year. So, if you are participating in WNGD remember to use #WNGD and #AANR on all of your social media postings and follow AANR on Facebook and Twitter.

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National Plan for Vacation Day

We plan every aspect of our lives from meetings to appointments to children but when do we actually take time to plan our vacation. Many of us never use our vacation time. We are too caught up working and dealing with the everyday hustle bustle. Some of us never use our vacation time and if we do it’s for a day off here or there. The time off isn’t spent going somewhere and actually enjoying ourselves. Sometimes we just take time off and stay home doing nothing just so we don’t lose our vacation hours. I challenge all of you to take out your calendar and set time aside today to plan your vacation. Now that you have set some time aside to plan your vacation for this year. Let’s decide how, when, and where you will spend your vacation in 2017. Why not plan something you have never done before. Think about a Nakation™. If you truly want a relaxing vacation, minimal packing, and actual downtime from technology visit an AANR affiliated nudist resort. These resorts range from rustic to luxury, with so many amenities and everything you need right there you can unwind and enjoy your vacation.

 

Click here to see the wonderful resort options AANR has to offer.