I introduced my bff Mandy to naturism (via Bare Thoughts)

Curiosity will always win from fear. When Harmen and I were still in the beginning of our relationship I told my friends and family about him being a naturist. After a while I also became a naturist and we started with the blogs later that year. With that being said, my friend Mandy started asking questions about it. I always answered them with full honesty and I could really sense her curiosity. She even joked about joining me to our favorite naturist resort Flevonatuur. Untill yesterday…

Read source: https://harmenjp.wordpress.com/2017/08/31/i-introduced-my-bff-mandy-to-naturism/

YOGA POSES FOR YOUR ZODIC SIGN (via www.boldnaked.com)

We know that our zodiac reveals a lot about our personalities, our character traits, our motivations and our deepest desires. Our sun sign determines who we are at our core, which helps us to explain our behaviors and our likes and dislikes.

Whether you are aware of it or not, we are affected by astrology and understanding our astrological sign can help us explore the connection between yoga poses and our zodiacs. While this may sound a little bit out there, the relationship between yoga and astrology dates way back to yoga’s origins.

Read source: http://www.boldnaked.com/zodiac-yoga/

‘Voyeurism and accidental observation’ – Naturists object to 450-homes in Telford over fears they will be left exposed (via Dominic Robertson)

Naturists have objected to a scheme to build 450 houses in Telford – because they fear they will be overlooked by home-owners.

Members of Telford Naturist Club warned of the risk of voyeurism or “accidental observation”.

An objection on behalf of the club’s base, Windings Caravan Site, raised concerns about the proposal.

However, the development, at Redhill Way, Telford, off the A5, was given the go-ahead by planners despite the objections.

As part of the development cars will gain access from a new roundabout built on the A5 at the southern end of the site.

Read source: https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/property/2017/08/31/voyeurism-and-accidental-observation—naturists-object-to-450-homes-in-telford-over-fears-they-will-be-left-exposed/

Revealed: Paris opens first nudist park but no voyeurs allowed (via the Guardian)

Officials vow that no voyeurism or exhibitionism will be tolerated at a section of Bois de Vincennes that is being reserved for naked people.

Parisian nudists will finally have a spot to take it all off – for the next few weeks at least – at a secluded zone in the Bois de Vincennes park east of the city.

“The creation of an area in the Bois de Vincennes where naturism will be authorised is part of our open-minded vision for the use of Parisian public spaces,” said Penelope Komites, a deputy mayor in charge of the city’s parks.

Read source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/31/revealed-paris-opens-first-nudist-park-no-voyeurs-allowed

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Urban Naturism in Guadalajara, Mexico (via www.nudescribe.com)

At long last, naturism in Mexico is finally coming into its own. Even though the country has centuries-old traditions related to social nudity, only recently have nude temazcal (sweat bath) experiences become more popular. Even though AANR continues to debate, as recently as earlier this month at their national conference, which areas of Mexico belong in which of its US regions, Mexico has finally debuted its own national naturist organization, the Federación Nudista de México. And even though Zipolite beach in Oaxaca had been unofficially nudist for decades, the town leaders only recently designated their beach as the first official nude beach in Mexico. The laid-back vibe of Zipolite contrasts with Mexico’s luxury naturist resorts along the Riviera Maya, the oldest of which has been around only a little more than a decade.

Read source: http://www.nudescribe.com/2017/08/urban-naturism-in-guadalajara-mexico.html

Nudists get their place in the sun at Paris park (via www.freemalaysiatoday.com)

Parisian nudists will finally have a spot to take it all off — for the next few weeks at least — at a secluded zone in the Bois de Vincennes park east of the city.
“The creation of an area in the Bois de Vincennes where naturism will be authorised is part of our open-minded vision for the use of Parisian public spaces,” said Penelope Komites, a deputy mayor in charge of the city’s parks.
The site, still considered an experiment, will be open from Thursday until October 15, from 8:00 am-7:30 pm (0600-1730 GMT).

Read source: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/leisure/2017/08/31/nudists-get-their-place-in-the-sun-at-paris-park/

Nu gymnosophy – toward a more connected naturism

I think is it time to move toward a more connected naturism.  Recently I had an enjoyable three day clothes free camping experience. It had been a while since I had done that this summer. I also had the pleasure of introducing  a first timer to a socially clothes free experience and the joys of clothes free camping. Much of the time was spent in deep conversation with the newbie nudie and another camper about the social realities that divide rather than connect us. One of the part of the conversation was the disconnection with every day life that is often evident in naturism as expressed in the online space. The thing that came up again and again as I shared the clothes free experience in a social setting with the newbie nudie was connectedness. Naturism at its fullest is about connectedness. Connecting to nature and connecting with each other. How does one find this connected naturism?

Psychologist Carl Jung and the human need to be connected

Psychologist Carl Jung, a contemporary of Sigmund Freud developed a  different approach to psychoanalysis than Freud. While Freud focused on the individual ego and the sex as the driver of the psyche Jung took a more connected approach seeing the psyche in a more holistic way. Jung believed the psyche need to be connected internal, communally and naturally. In Jung’s paradigm a healthy psyche needed a connected to nature, to ones inner being and socially. As I was reading some of Carl Jung’s thoughts about the connection between the psyche and nature I this was the disconnect I was feeling between the way naturism is most often presented online and what we  call clothes free life.  The former seems so focused on the external individual expression of the naked body. Clothes free life on the other hand is focused on connectedness.

When seen through a Jungian Lens a body centric, externally focused naturism ultimately leaves us disconnected from ourselves, and others as well as nature. In particular, we are disconnected from ourselves when the physical emphasis eclipses the inner working of naturism that helps to bring body and soul together. We are disconnected from others when we define the practice only through our own lens and see anything that doesn’t fit in our lens as an existential threat.  We are disconnected from nature when we find ourselves in nature to use it to fit our lens met our individual desire, rather than just connect with it.

The extraverted tendency of the West and the introverted tendency of the East have one important purpose in common: both make desperate effort to conquer the mere naturalness of life. It is the assertion of mind over matter, the opus contra naturnam, a symptom of the youthfulness of man, still delighting in the use of the most powerful weapon ever devised by nature: the conscious mind. The afternoon of humanity, in a distant future, may yet evolve a different ideal. In time even conquest will cease to be the dream. – Carl Jung

My awareness of this disconnect came to me recently as I introduced someone to the social side of  clothes free life and naturism by way of clothes free camping. I found myself explaining  the difference between the often disconnected expression of naturism in the online space and social media and real life face to face connected naturism and clothes free life. But the experience illustrated the difference even more effectively. My newbie nudie friend saw people, all kinds of people interacting with me talking about things that were apart of their lives. There was no focus on bodies, though the bodies were clothes free and varied. Rather it was about the people in those bodies. Their interests, their livelihood, their dreams, their hopes.

Natural life is the nourishing soil of the soul. Anyone who fails to go along with life remains suspended, stiff and rigid in midair. That is why so many people get wooden in old age; they look back and cling to the past with a secret far of death in their hearts. They withdraw from the life-process, at least psychologically, and consequently remain fixed like nostalgic pillars of salt, with vivid recollections of youth but no living relation to the present. (Carl Jung – Collected Works,8, par 800)

Why does it matter if we move toward a more connected naturism?

Following Jung’s train of thought without the inner connectedness, connection with nature and connectedness with others we become stiff, rigid and individualistic beings. Something I have often observed on social media as it relates to naturism.

Let’s examine this example from one of our twitter followers who removed the word naturist from his bio despite the fact that he is living a clothes free life. Why?

Because the term naturist in the disconnected expression of naturism online attracts mainly folks who are focused on bodies and not the people inside the bodies.

Why? Because the connection to the life of the person who is an avid comic book collector and more than a body isn’t always validated by the naked body focus.

Why? Because people struggle to embrace clothes free life in that space because the connections made do not reflect the wholistic life giving connected naturism.

“We are beset by an all-too-human fear that consciousness – our Promethean conquest – may in the end not be able to serve us as well as nature.” (Carl Jung –  Collected Works,8, par 750)

Connected naturism past is future

In the recent past of the naturism practice, European naturist left the urban environs to escape to the country side and reconnect with nature. They traveled together and shared communal meals. They sought to take in the fresh air and sunlight available while clothes free in nature to strengthen body mind and spirit against the advent of a disconnecting industrialization. If the future is to include space for a connected naturism then we  should make an effort to reestablish that kind of connectedness. Social  media should have a place as a tool for connecting people but not as THE connection.

Those who claim the label naturist and practice clothes free life need to find an inner connectedness beyond the external display of the naked body. We need to have face to face connections in nature spaces and invite others into those connected spaces moving beyond a focus on photos of naked bodies that are not our own. We need to have experiences of connectedness in nature

Social media should have a place as a tool for connecting people but not as THE connection. Some of today’s Jungian psychologists suggest that while many of us join social media to find connectedness the resulting connection is one of comparison.

A powerful connection between using social media and comparing ourselves with other people. Brian Collison

The outcome is greater anxiety and a disconnect from deeper individual awareness and our true self which Jung suggests is a key to psychological health. To quote Jung “People get dirty through too much civilization” The technology of modern day civilization has made the practice of naturism and clothes free living dirty. Not in the literal sense but by replace real connectedness with the connectedness of social media and online interaction. We need to get clean group a connected naturism and clothes free life. As Jung says that starts when we touch nature. I like to call it nu gymnosophy

Is connected naturism even possible? What do you think?

If you would like to learn more about naturism from a Jungian perspective visit the web site skyclad therapist where the skyclad therapist examines and explores the connection. I can’t say I agree with everything written there but that’s not the point. The posts are always thoughtful and helpful to those exploring or examine the fullness of naturism and clothes free life beyond the naked body.

Vet students pose in cheeky nude calendar with playful pooches (via Mail Online)

Wearing just a pair of leather boots and a farm hat, about 70 veterinarian students have dared to bare all in a cheeky photo shoot where they posed on tractors, hay bales and with dozens of cute dogs.

Nothing was off limits in the raw shoot, with the students exposing their derrieres in everything from cattle yards to horse stables.

Read source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4831548/Vet-students-pose-nude-calendar-raise-money.html

How (and why) to take a nude selfie (via Welcome to Lexiland)

Are naked selfies really empowering? Or deviant fun? And if so, how do you take a good one?

‘Keep your privates private’ my mother was fond of saying. Still is, come to think of it.

That little phrase was the crux of her sex education to me, her only daughter. It came from a post-war generation, from a culture where women’s sexuality was still owned by their parents, husbands and the patriarchal society in general. It just about held sway for a ‘60’s baby like me.

It seems totally irrelevant now.

How soon after the first camera phone went on sale do you think the first dick pic was sent? I’m betting it was a matter of hours. And although selfies are now a bona-fida art form (see my review of the Selfie exhibition at the Saatchi gallery here) won’t our obsession with selfies, both clothed and nude, been seen by future social historians as a kind of mass insanity characterising the cultural fragmentation of the early 21st century?

Read source: https://welcometolexiland.com/2017/08/29/how-and-why-to-take-a-nude-selfie/

Naked Yoga (via superbaddad.com)

I’m of the life philosophy that if I have an opportunity to do something new and different, and that it isn’t likely to cause me harm or harm anyone else, then I should probably take that opportunity and live that experience.
That’s why, when I saw something online about naked yoga in Venice, I had to jump at it. I’m not much into yoga, but I am into weird, so this had my name all over it.
I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I had big hopes.
Warning: before reading further, please know that this story is about to get weird. I don’t want complaints…

Read source: https://superbaddad.com/2017/08/19/naked-yoga/