2013-11-29

Womens' FAQs

Many women in the United States have a difficult time with body acceptance and with nudity in general. There is no where else in the world where there are so many women and teenage girls (and increasingly believe it or not also men) killing themselves from horrible eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa and bulimia because they cannot accept their bodies. Given what women and young girls see, hear, and have held up as standards of what it means to be beautiful and who society as a whole holds up as standards of beauty, it is no small wonder that most women would be reluctant to participate in naturism before really finding out what naturism is about.

For most women the only thing standing between them and regaining a positive self image and the self esteem that they have lost over the years is simply this: the things we women tell ourselves. Things like…. Well maybe if I was in better shape or I am just too fat, it is these little put downs that we all from time to time silently tell ourselves especially when we are talking about our bodies and nudity. While naturism isn’t an overnight antidote to this, and to the larger issue of societal pressure for women and girls to look a certain way to be considered beautiful and be accepted naturism does, can, and will help.

Naturism is not just some lifestyle as some believe; it is a way of life, a way of living. It can be and is a wonderful awakening for a woman and is probably one of the most liberating things in her life she will ever experience. For many women who are involved in naturism one of the things they want most is to help other women deal with the issues they have surrounding nudity and their bodies so that they too will able to allow themselves to know the freedom there is when you break free from the shackles of body shame, as well as the many health benefits (both physical and mental) that naturism can bring in a relaxing, safe, and family friendly environment.

So maybe at this point you are seriously interested or at least willing to be open minded enough to considering giving naturism a try, but there are a thousand questions running through your mind that you want answered before doing so. Well, here are some of the most common questions and answers to those questions many women have about naturism.

Q: Do I have to have a perfect body? My figure, to say the least, is less than perfect. Will I feel out of place?

A: The perfect body does not exist. 99.99% of us don't have that "perfect" body. About one figure in twenty seen at a naturist park is exemplary; the rest will be like people everywhere. Actually, a person's physical proportions mean less in naturist parks than elsewhere. Many naturists (both male and female) will never take any prizes for physical beauty. Ladies who are disturbed by the thought that they might be less than ideal in this regard should put aside their concerns. Remember we are all of different shapes and sizes and the shape of our bodies is unimportant. Your imperfections are normal and should not be a source of anxiety. Naturists feel comfortable about their body and forget about their imperfections because it's not something that matters a great deal to us.

Q: What if I am having my period?

A: Again, this is a natural occurrence and is part of normal and healthy function of a woman's body. If a woman is comfortable with one, a tampon is the simplest method of dealing with that time of month, however a pad could be used also. If a woman prefers she can wear shorts or bikini bottoms. A woman should use whatever she will feel most comfortable for her personally.

Q: I heard that naturist groups are just people who get together for orgies. Is this true?

A: Actually, no. This is probably the most common misunderstanding about naturism there is. Naturists believe it is our cultural heritage of body shame that leads to an unhealthy obsession with sex. Naturists believe sex is a normal, healthy part of life, but one that should be enjoyed by consenting adults in private and behind closed doors so to speak. Naturists believe clothes-optional beaches, resorts, or social gatherings are inappropriate places for sexual activity. They recognize that while nude is not lewd, public sex is offensive to many people, and is almost always illegal.

Q: Am I likely to be improperly approached / hit on at one of your event?

A: Hopefully this will never happen. If such a thing does occur, please do not hesitate to let one of the Heartland Naturists officers know right away. The offending individual will be ejected from the event and their membership would be revoked if they are a member. (Same thing would happen if it is a guest at one of our events.).

Q: Will my / our children be shocked by their first sight of naturists?

A: No. Children are natural naturists and usually take to it with a minimum of adjustment.

Q: Why do people like to swim without a bathing suit? What's the big deal anyway?

A: The freedom of swimming clothes-free is wonderful. Once you try skinny-dipping, you'll never want to swim with a suit on again.

Q: Why do women choose nude recreation?

A: Because it is fun….. Most women love it once they try it and they find the real joy of actually being a woman once they allow themselves the freedom of experiencing naturism in a social setting! Not to mention the relaxation, stress relief, positive body image, body acceptance, and self-esteem they quickly learn to feel from nude recreation. Most women today have fond memories of going skinny dipping or in a spa or hot tub when we were young and innocent, so it's really not all that new. Naturism is becoming very popular and there are a great many wonderful reasons for women choosing nude recreation in today's world, including the many health benefits it offers. There are naturist facilities where you can recapture that innocence, landed clubs as well as travel clubs, beautiful resorts, spas, hot springs, beaches, retreats, bed and breakfast inns, campgrounds, luxury ocean cruises, and even entire nude cities in the world today, where you will meet a wide variety of really wonderful and friendly people diverse in ages as well as professions.

Q: How are women naturists different?

A: Naturist women are not very different from other women, other than having a greater deal of self-esteem and confidence and feeling more comfortable and relaxed about their body and appearance. We allow ourselves the freedom to relax, enjoy life, have fun, and on the average we are happier than most other women, but other than that we are the same! In our day to day lives we are really not different at all. We are representative of the general public and are from every profession, every age and body type. Some of us are Republicans, some are Democrats, and some vote Independent. Some of us are married, some are single, some have strong religious convictions and virtually every denomination is represented. All these diversities come together sharing a common philosophy to raise the level of understanding and perception of ourselves through clothing-optional living.

“I like the 'realness' of nudism. Being a naturist gives you a sense of freedom and security. I've gone from being very insecure, to hanging out with the Heartland Naturists and feeling comfortable in my own skin.” - Lynn S

“I love the freedom and comfort of naturism... From the moment I arrived... it felt completely natural... There was never a moment when I felt uncomfortable or embarrassed. Everyone was very welcoming and supportive.” - Jim C

“We realize now we need not be intimidated.” - Tim & Patty G

Leave Us your opinion about women in naturism

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2013-11-27

Misconception: Naturism and sex

There is a misconception perpetuated by the porn industry that nudists get together to have sex. But that’s not true. Nudists get together for house parties, cookouts, volleyball, swimming, hiking, camping, bowling, billiards, watching movies, reading, playing card games, and on, and on. But we don’t get together for sex.

Nudists go without clothes because we are more comfortable physically with having no restraints of clothing on our skin.

And we’re more comfortable psychologically with who we are as people. We accept others for who they are, not for what they look like.

In the summertime, nude volleyball is a very popular - and very competitive - sport. Each year, teams compete to go various national volleyball tournaments.

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2013-11-25

CNC: 15th Anniversary

Last Saturday we celebrated our 15th Anniversary with a session of indoor swimming pool.

We had the presence of Afonso, our newest Associate with one month of age, who have received the traditional welcome gift to our planet and naturism , and is own international membership card by the Portuguese Federation .

With the presence of a large number of associates , including the Francisco that joined Us since our first year of activity .

We welcome the new members , returned members and those who took the initiative to try for the first time our naturism pool activities .

Fifty Associates , Friends and Participants attended this activity , most notably that participants ranged from one month of age to 70 years and more than half were under 40 years in a dynamic and family way.

We thank you all by this special moment and for your enthusiastic participation in our activity.

JOIN U.S.! LIVE NATURALLY !

Make yourself a member of our Club and takes full advantage of being a member of our Club, the Portuguese Federation of Naturism and the International Naturist Federation.
JOIN International membership card!
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2013-11-23

Centre Helio-Marin de Montalivet




For this new issue of the magazine « I tested for you », Nathalie stopped at the one of the oldest French naturist sites : Centre Hélio Marin in Montalivet. It was there in Aquitaine that the French Federation of Naturism was born 60 years ago.

Nathalie first visits the accommodation, then meets Stéphane Barbe, the site’s manager. After a very appeasing yoga session, we discover the workshops in the village and the restaurant Marineiro with the chef Denis Chantal. The visit of this beautiful site would not be complete without a stop at the spa and another at the aquatic park.

Nathalie, our faithful guide, leads us around the CHM and finally to the beautiful beach of fine sand.

More information about CHM Montalivet HERE and HERE

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2013-11-21

101 Things to Do Naked! A Guide to Dress-Free Living

There are certain things you don’t want to do naked. Frying bacon is one of them.
But creating snow angels in freshly fallen snow, making ice wine, doing yoga and staining the deck are all a-OK activities to take on in the buff.
That’s just a sampling of the cheeky advice dished out by local writer Catherine Roberts. Her book 101 Things to Do Naked! A Guide to Dress-Free Living was published last month and is now available via Amazon in a Kindle or paperback edition.

The book offers a fun glimpse into the life of a laid back naturist on a self-described mission to alter a “clothes-minded” society.

“I started on a journey a year ago documenting things that you can do naked, and actually doing most of them,” Roberts said. “I thought it would be a funny book, a ‘joy of living naked’ kind of thing. I’m really into humour. I think humour is the best medicine.”

Despite the title, the book isn’t simply a straightforward list of things you can do in the nude. It’s a series of amusing stories and anecdotes into which the author seamlessly weaves the 101 items.
Featured prominently in the book are Roberts’ partner, Jay, and their beagles. The seed for her book was actually planted when Roberts woke up one morning to the steady thumping of an ax.
“I went out and was watching Jay in nothing but his rubber boots chopping wood, and I thought ‘There must be 100 other things you can do naked,’” she recalled.

Each of the book’s 12 chapters represents one month. As the book description states, “this story encompasses four distinct seasons in Atlantic Canada: black fly, summer, fall, and cold-as-a-witch’s-t**”

“This is not exhibitionism or voyeurism. Streaking was something people did for attention in the 1970s at sporting events, and flashing is a form of perversion,” Roberts explained. “I’m a naturist. I don’t mind being naked... Maybe a lot of people feel this way and want to be like this too.”

Of course, a clothing-free lifestyle carries with it different risks and benefits depending on the season, and Roberts gives readers the bare facts.

She also doesn’t cover up the fact her book was written with a view to capturing the attention of talk show host and comedienne Ellen Degeneres.

“Her slogan is ‘live, love, laugh,’ and this covers that. I’m promoting humour, promoting literacy through humour, and enjoying life,” Roberts said. “I want people to have fun with this book, to enjoy it, and to live naked. It’s a journey.”

The book is illustrated by Halifax-based freelance artist Mike Dominic. His past illustration work has been published by Apex Books, Sketch Magazine and Penguin Books. In addition, he’s a regular contributor to the Lovecraft Ezine.
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2013-11-17

Facebook Liberation Day

Our Clube is finally able to publish on Facebook after 30 days of suspension due to the next photos.

It´s our Facebook Liberation Day !!!

Once again we give our thanks to those charity souls that help  and gave us their support and strength to go forward  and do a better work in spread and promote naturism in our country by  denunciate our photos .
                                                                           
For future memory our photos denunciated to Facebook, some of them published in 2012:                                                                           

2013-11-13

Naturist Wellness...in Frederksberg



Some Would Change Social Nudism... 
                                                                         ...and they don't know what they're talking about. 

Remember that when they spout their ideas of  'change'. The only change that's needed is in their attitude, not that of the rest of the nudist world!
                                                                We're fine! 

 The folks in this video can testify to that. 

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2013-11-12

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Magazine - 4 / 5 number´s per year

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To promote your place just join us.

If you are our member it will be free of charge in all space... Just Join Us:

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You can promote your place ​ with Us by send to our email your proposal.

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2013-11-11

bookstore attacked for 'naked reading' campaign

The posters showed topless models standing in front of bookshelves or sitting on chairs reading with their chests strategically obscured by books.
Full article and credits here.




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2013-11-10

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2013-11-09

35 Stunning Examples of Artistic Nude Photography

In the minds of many of us, nudity equals pornography. In this showcase I hope to prove that doesn’t have to be the case. Here I am bringing you a collection of stunning, strictly artistic nude photography. I have not purposely searched for black and white images, but the best artistic shots seem to very often be black and white. Also, I have tried to gather a selection of both male and female images, however, there is a much greater availability of artistic female nude photographs and that is reflected in this showcase.

See full article and photos here.
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2013-11-07

Famous Naturists

Yes indeed, there really are many famous people that are well know as being naturists. here is a listing of those people we could find are know to be naturists, both historical figures , famous people from the past, and from contemporary culture in the USA and elsewhere.

See full article and list here.

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2013-11-05

Why Nudity is Required


The following article reflects the relationship of the Naturist Park "Oaks Family" in Canada with visitors in relation to the practice of nudity.


But the concept could be universal.

Do you agree with compulsory or mandatory nudity? Should we have mixed environments? 
Leave your opinions.

2013-11-03

Fully Disclothed...

... is a photography project in the name of self-exposure; it is an invitation for people to disturb their ordinary day-to-day activities and do something they thought they wouldn't, while doing what they usually do.

This project invites Torontonians –especially those who would never be photographed naked– to be photographed naked in their space, doing their thing – whether that be painting, meditating, or creating internet memes.

The resulting photos end up here, so these people can know themselves as someone with enough guts to be naked on the internet. In a few words to accompany the photo, they can say what the experiment meant to them.

"As I continue to work and paint I hope to find others who foster vulnerability."

I feel naked to begin with. I feel confident in my nakedness and vulnerability around Joslyn. She has always been vulnerable around me. We share with each other our artistic practices, our poetry, our thoughts our ideas. Our intimate dramas. There is a real freedom and comfort in being completely open around a friend. Although, I did find it challenging painting while being photographed. That to me was more of an obstacle than the nakedness. As I continue to work and paint I hope to find others similar to Joslyn who foster vulnerability. It was a joy to depict this value through baring my body while doing what I love; painting.

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Fully Disclothed project site
News article about this project
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2013-11-01

A Beautiful Body Book Project 2013

Join The Movement Of Women Around The World Reshaping Body Image & Sharing Your Stories:

www.ABeautifulBodyProject.com - Jade Beall

This video is dedicated to all women, everywhere. YOU are irreplaceably beautiful. The project is dedicated to images that are not digitally altered, and shed light on the journey of women around the world to find beauty in themselves, to find self-confidence. It's time.

Volume 1 will specifically be photographs of mothers by Jade Beall and essays from each mother.

Find the music from this video by my sister Sapphire Bell here: www.SapphireBell.com

For more information please visit www.ABeautifulBodyProject.com

See video below: