2014-12-12

INF Newsletter: Focus December


Federation Focus
December 2014


Aude: The beach of Leucate ranked n°1 in the Top 10 naturist beaches

The 1,5 km of fine sand on the beach at Leucate is ranked number 1 of the Top 10 of the naturist beaches worldwide. PHOTO/© D.R

The English site 'The Richest' published the palmares of the naturist beaches worldwide. The beach of Leucate ranks first in this Top 10!

According to a ranking published on the English site “The Richest”, well known for its multiple palmares, Leucate ranks first in the Top 10 of the naturist beaches worldwide, "The Top Nude Beaches in the World".
At the highest ranks of a podium completed by the beaches situated on Mallorca and in Florida, included in a ranking which also lists beaches in Greece, Croatia or the Canary Islands, the beach at Leucate made its difference by its golden fine sand, extending to one mile.

During this year 2014 when Leucate celebrates its 40th anniversary of the establishment of the naturist perimeter on its territory, authorized by the “Mission Racine” for the development of the coast of Languedoc, this is a great recognition of the natural assets and the quality of life, a benefit for the town and its naturist sector in particular. By the way, the town administration is looking forward to welcome the general assembly of the French Naturist Federation, which will be held at Port-Leucate on 11th and 12th May.

Through the voice of its Mayor Michel Py, the City of Leucate welcomes this international spotlight directed that way to one of its entities. Strengthened by its geographic and architectural diversity as well as its wealth brought by its five composing entities, Leucate regularly appears at the top rankings, its beaches being recognized each year among the most beautiful ones in France. In addition, it is the only town in the “Departement de l’Aude” being part of the natural marine Park of the Gulf of Lion.
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Rankings on: www.therichest.com/expensive-lifestyle/location/the-top-nude-beaches-in-the-world/

MPENJATI NATURIST BEACH,
SOUTH AFRICA



On Saturday, 10th May, 2014, Amanda and I attended the first AGM of the Kwazulu Natal Naturist Association (KZNNA) and we were pleased to see the group building relationships with each other and with a newly appointed Management Committee (MANCO) which had “grand” ideas.

Little did we realise that they were not joking. They would open a bank account, do marketing for new members, promote the establishment of naturist resorts and guesthouses in KZN, apply for a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) number with the Department of Social Development, apply for a naturist friendly beach and promote naturism in the KZN province. All was done within 6 to 8 months.

However, the one item that made the biggest impact, not only for KZNNA but also for naturism in South Africa, was the application for the naturist friendly beach falling under the Hibiscus Coast Municipality (HCM) on the KZN South Coast. I didn’t take it seriously until Christo Bothma, the Chairman of KZNNA, sent me an email saying “look how far we are now with the nudist beach”. He had been invited to a public debate about the application for a naturist friendly beach at Trafalgar Beach. That was on a Friday and the debate would be on the Monday. I asked if he will be there and if SANNA could do anything to assist him. He said that he was about to go on a 3 week tour throughout the country and there was no way that he could take leave that Monday.

I panicked and decided to phone Serge who normally helps me to relax just by saying a few words but this time, he did exactly the opposite – he stressed me out completely by telling me that I had better make a plan to be there for the debate. After nearly having a heart attack, I phoned Serge again and told him that, for business reasons, I cannot be on TV and radio, my clients will not understand. Within, an hour, and after the approval of Christo of KZNNA, I convinced Serge to fly up to Durban and to go with me to the debate.

Amanda and I drove down to Durban on the Sunday and fetched Serge from the airport. I had lots of papers which I had printed including information about naturist beaches overseas, the numbers of naturists in Europe etc. I was hoping for an early night but Serge had other ideas. He wanted to be well prepared for the debate so we went through every document and I suggested that we put ourselves in the shoes of the officials of Hibiscus Coast Municipality. What would they want? Economic growth, jobs created, tourists from South Africa and from Europe etc. By the time I fell asleep Serge was still going through documents and preparing himself for the debate. For some reason, he really became “attached” to an article that proved that naturists are the “most sane” and that we are not crazy compared to most.

The next morning, we left Umchlanga early and we were one of the first to arrive at the Marquee tent erected especially for the debate. John of The Hooting Owl arrived and didn’t help my nerves by telling me that the “locals” had a petition against the application and a very loud lady started telling everybody how she is against the nudist beach. We sat quietly in the front row and I was so grateful that Serge was there to go on stage to represent KZNNA and SANNA. An official arrived and handed out the Agenda and there for everybody to see, “Athol Lutge, Chairman of the South African National Naturist Association (SANNA)” on the panel - so within minutes, I found myself on the stage, facing that aggressive woman and her supporters. I was asked by Serge what chance we have of having the beach application approved and I said that I thought that we had a 5% chance.






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Focus is published by the INF for its member federations. You are welcome to redistribute it to your members or use any of the content in your local country's publications. If you need any of the texts or images in another format, please contact the INF General Secretariat at: naturism@inf-fni.org

We also welcome contributions from member federations. Please send us news about what is happening in your country and we will share it with the rest of the world.

Focus is published in February, April, June, August, October, and December.  The deadline for material to be included is the end of the month prior. e..g. July 31 for the August issue.

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President:
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Vice-president:
Jean Peters (FLN)
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Treasurer:
Rolf Beat Hostettler (CH)
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Garmt Kolhorn (NFN)
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Stéphane Deschênes (CAN)
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Hervé Begeot
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The Programme Director was a TV personality and I quickly asked him if I could say a few words and then hand over to Serge, who has vast experience with Sandy Bay as Chairman of the Western Cape Naturist Association (WCNA). He said “cool”. I tried to relax.


The debate started and without going into too much detail, I can assure you that it went much better than any of us had dreamed. I spoke about the INF and about naturism and about the potential for increased tourism, economic growth, job creation etc and Serge did his bit and was heckled when we mentioned how he has proof that naturists are sane. Luckily, he was on a roll and we were very proud of Serge as he was interviewed by SABC, Howzit TV, lots of radio stations and newspapers.

We were then invited to “tea” with the Deputy Mayor and Councillors at one of the municipal offices. I can assure you, Amanda got top points for charming the Deputy Mayor, but Serge and I were not far behind when it came to building relationships with the councillors and municipal 
managers. Serge then did one more TV interview and we then took him to the airport. Serge then asked me what chance we have and I said that I thought that we had a 50% chance. I 
honestly felt that we had done our very best and that it was then in the hands of the councillors.

Christo did a few interviews and then he had to leave on the tour and so Serge handled most of the media – I was interviewed about 4 times on radio and about 12 newspapers interviewed me as well. Serge was interviewed just about every day – sometimes three times in one day.

A few weeks later, I was contacted by Simon of Hibiscus Coast 
to find out if we will be at the Council meeting in Port Shepstone as we were welcome to attend. That was on Friday and the council meeting was on Tuesday. Christo was away, Serge could not fly up from Cape Town so Amanda and I drove down to Port Shepstone that Tuesday morning.


On arrival, I noticed a wall chart with photos of all the councillors so I made a plan to get acopy. I soon realised that there are 56 councillors and 41 are members of the ANC, with only 11 from DA, 2 from Inkatha etc. Amanda and I managed to get a copy of the very thick agenda and we sat in the “peanut gallery” at the back. The meeting started and the agenda was amended to make provision for me to address the meeting 2nd on the agenda. I didn’t know if I was happy or sad because I was unprepared, the first presentation was done with PowerPoint presentations and I had nothing except a pretty blond next to me and a sharp mind.

We did our best, kept a keen sense of humour and did our presentation in front of not only the councillors but plenty of media. The councillors fired lots of questions at me which I answered as best that I could and with a sense of humour. The speaker, Councillor Nair, finished off the item by saying that if this was approved, that he will be in big trouble with his wife. He did, however, admit that the Hibiscus Coast had never before had so much publicity which was great.

I was still saying to the media that we had a 50% chance but deep down I knew it lays in the hands of the politicians – in this case the 41 ANC Councillors. The DA councillors did not seem to support it much to my surprise. I was losing hope. The media kept phoning for interviews and about two weeks later, I was interviewed by a KZN Newspaper and the guy interviewing me asked if I had heard that the ANC had resolved to approve the application for the naturist friendly beach? I said I had not heard that and that I still think that we have a 50% chance. A day later, I received another similar call from another newspaper. I had to wonder “if there is smoke – there is fire” just maybe? Maybe it would be approved. When Simon phoned to ask me if I would attend the next meeting, I spoke to Serge and we made a plan for him to attend (thanks WCNA) - together with Amanda and myself.

This time, the naturist beach item was almost last on their agenda so it was a long wait. The media was there in force and the one naturist friendly cameraman recorded the voting on video. Much to our surprise and delight, the ANC councillors voted for the application and the other opposition parties voted against it or abstained from voting. 


Once the meeting was closed, a press conference was held and attended by Serge who after the press conference was interviewed by many of the media and since then, until now, it has not stopped. We all know about the Carte Blanche article about naturism in South Africa starring Serge, Hugh, Angie, John, Rod, Aimee and Simon of the Hibiscus Coast, who, by the way, arrived at the Carte Blanche interview with a KZNNA sticker on his car.

Since the application was approved, Serge, Amanda and I have met with Anton, Simon and Sibusiso of HCM to discuss the “to do list” including ablutions, shark nets, lifeguards, signage, dustbins, etc. The exact GPS co-ordinates have been agreed on, the bylaws will include the KZNNA Code of Conduct and we have been asked to only do our official launch in March or April, 2015.

I would like to thank Christo and the KZNNA MANCO for all that they have done in such a short period of time and with limited members, I would also like to thank Serge and the WCNA MANCO for their hard work, support and funding and for “lending” Serge to us as SANNA Vice Chairman and Spokesperson – we would have been nowhere without Serge. Thanks also to Sun Eden, Hibisiscus Coast Municipality and the Media for all the support and publicity and thanks Amanda for driving the car on all those trips when I no longer could keep my eyes open and for “sorting out” that “lady” who complained about the flabby parts on the beach and who called naturists weird and abnormal. Thanks most of all, to the members of SANNA and INF for your support and teamwork.

Naturism in South Africa is TAKING OFF.

Athol Lofty Lutge
SANNA Chairman





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2014-11-25

Participate and win

A week in a Natural Paradise!

Take part in the raffle of a week in a Natural Paradise of Costal del Sol (in the south of Spain) Costa Natura (Estepona/Málaga) and collaborate on the research for a tourist residential project.
You better than anyone know what do you need, we want to listen you! It’s only take a few minutes!
Thanks you in advance for your cooperation!


2014-09-30

Lisbon Naturist Yoga


Lisbon Naturist Yoga 

Professor: Francisco Palma (SPN)

Start: October, 4

  First 3 Saturdays 
11h30 - 12h30



Conditions:

- Does not require previous knowledge of yoga. 

- Participants must be federated into Portuguese Naturist Federation (www.fpn.pt). 

Join our Club and automatically get yours Naturist membership card 

Minimum of 6 and maximum of 15 participants. 

Materials needed: towel to cover the mattress. 

Contact SPN (tel: 21 346 33 35), from 12am to 19h.

Per month: € 20 

Single class: € 7.50

Address
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Rua João de Menezes, 1 , 1900-266 Lisboa

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2014-09-29

INF: Focus August



Federation Focus
August 2014


  14% of Canadians are willing to try naturism!

Wreck Beach, Vancouver, Canada

The results of the 2014 survey on Canadians’ experience and attitudes toward nudity and naturism are now available.

Identifying the size of the movement has always been challenging. While it is easy to count members of associations and visitors to naturist facilities, that represents only a small portion of participants. What about those who only try naturism on vacation? And the ones who frequent clothing-optional beaches?

The FCN first answered the question in a 1999 survey. But are the results still relevant a decade and a half later?

We wanted to update the data, determine trends, and reaffirm the original conclusions. So the FCN, the Fédération Québécoise de naturisme (FQN) and Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park got together to gather updated information. A new survey was commissioned using an Ipsos panel. We asked very similar questions. But because we had a bigger budget as a group, we were able to go more into depth by separating experience from intent. The survey was designed, implemented and interpreted by Mark Wilkins Communications.

The results show that interest in naturism is up from 1999. Here are some of the conclusions:
  • Just over 2-in-3 Canadians (69%) claim to have engaged in at least 1 of 6 naturist behaviours tested. The exact same proportion claim to be open to doing so in future. Experience and openness are notably stronger amongst males, and, regionally, Albertans compared to Canadians living elsewhere.
  • At roughly 6-in-10 overall, experience with sleeping in the nude and openness to doing so in future outstrips experience with and openness to other behaviours to a significant degree.
  • This is followed at close to 1-in-2 by experience with / openness to walking around one’s home in the nude.
  • At roughly 1-in-5, a third tier of experience and openness is represented by swimming in the nude (not in mixed company scoring higher than doing so in mixed company particularly when future behaviour is considered).
  • Finally, experience with visiting a naturist / nude beach of resort reside at roughly 1-in-20, but rises significantly to the 1-in-10 range when considering openness to doing so in future.
  • Regionally, Canadians demonstrate several noteworthy differences in their openness to various naturist behaviours:
    • Albertans have greater experience with and are more open to naturism in the home setting (sleeping, walking around) than Canadians elsewhere.
    • British Columbians and Ontarians lead the way in terms of experience with nude swimming, but Albertans show the greatest openness to consider doing so in future (both in unmixed and mixed company).
    • While British Columbians have the most experience with visiting nude beaches, Albertans and residents of the Prairie Provinces are most open to doing so in future – and also lead in terms of openness to visiting a naturist resort in future.
  • Finally, while younger Canadians (< 25 years of age) have not to-date shown a greater proclivity to naturist behaviours (their experience being generally on par with that of Canadians aged 35+), they do demonstrate a higher openness to engaging in all in future (exception: sleeping in the nude, to which Canadians of all ages are roughly equivalent in terms of openness).
  • When we collapse across public behaviours (ie. swimming nude in mixed company or going to a naturist/nude beach or resort), we find that 1-in-5 (21%) Canadians have engaged in such behavior and that 1-in-4 (25%) are open to the idea in future.
You can read the complete survey at: 
 


"Pashtut" Movement, the Israeli movement of social nudity


A few weeks ago we heard about the International Reading Naked Day and decided to celebrate this special day with a first time event of naked poetry and short story reading in Tel Aviv, Israel.
On July 5th, the International Day of Nude Reading, the Pashtut movement in Israel held a unique and fascinating event: a naked literature-reading evening. In the event which took place in a pub of south Tel Aviv, more than a dozen naked writers read some of their poetry and prose to tens of other naked women and men. The common subject was – but of course – "naked writing"… Adi, 45, read a personal story about dealing with her naked body – hesitations first, then the realization that the real person lies under the cloths. Another reader, who experienced social nudity for the first time in his life that evening, read one of his poems - about the social norms that chain us all. Ten other readers shared with the audience their texts, their relationships with nudity and with their body.
Pashtut in Hebrew means simplicity, but implies to nakedness. The movement, founded about two months ago, publicly promotes social nudity in Israel as a legitimate activity. The reading event – only the first in a long list of planned naked events – aims to increase awareness and fight prejudice in the Israeli society, by exposing the public to the naturist way of life, the magic in social nudity and its positive effect on self-confidence, body awareness, freedom of the mind and one's happiness in general. The Pashtut movement was established by a few people who experienced social nudity in the past, and met around the installation of the famous nudity photographer Spencer Tunick at the Dead Sea on September 2011. After a few years of practicing social nudity in closed groups and closed events, the founders have decided "to come out of the social nudity closet" and share it with the public.
The reactions vary. Pashtut's public Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pashtut.org) received over 800 likes in less than two months of activity; registration for the naked reading event exceeded the actual capacity of the pub that hosted it, and the Israeli media was very supportive. Talkbacks in the electronic media, on the other hand, tend to be negative and mean. After all, while Israel is western and modern, the idea of social nudity is yet to be widely accepted. Many object nudity for religious reasons. Others for prejudice – nudity is automatically related to sexual misconduct and promiscuity. These reactions were expected, and the people behind Pashtut know they still have a long way to go until social nudity becomes legitimate nationwide, and accepted as pure, non-sexual, and socially positive.
Thank you
"Pashtut" (simplicity) Movement, the Israeli movement of social nudity.







Sept. 11-14, 2014
Lough Allen Hotel & Spa
Drumshanbo Co Leitrim
Ireland

Sept. 26 - 28, 2014 Netherlands

Reminders

Remember to tell your member clubs to keep their listing up to date. They can login and edit their own club listing. If they have forgotten their login or need to register, just tell them to contact the INF.




About Focus

Focus is published by the INF for its member federations. You are welcome to redistribute it to your members or use any of the content in your local country's publications. If you need any of the texts or images in another format, please contact the INF General Secretariat at: naturism@inf-fni.org

We also welcome contributions from member federations. Please send us news about what is happening in your country and we will share it with the rest of the world.

Focus is published in February, April, June, August, October, and December.  The deadline for material to be included is the end of the month prior. e..g. July 31 for the August issue.

Central Committee of the INF:

President:
Sieglinde Ivo (AT) - president@inf-fni.org
Vice-president:
Mick Ayers (ES)- vicepresident@inf-fni.org
Treasurer:
Rolf Beat Hostettler (CH) - treasurer@inf-fni.org
Assessor Europe:
Bernd Huijser (NL) eu-assessor@inf-fni.org
Assessor Non-European countries and Publisher of Focus:
Stéphane Deschênes (CAN) ww-assessor@inf-fni.org
President Legal Commission:
Hervé Begeot info@inf-fni.org

INF Office Hours:
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2014-07-28

ENY Youth Rally at Solaris Croatia

Youth Meeting

28 Jul - 8 Aug 2014

Where: Solaris Naturist Resort near Porec, Croatia


The event at the Adriatic resort offers a wide range of social and sporting activities for young naturists, including body painting, beach Olympics, football, volleyball, barbecues and discos.


ENY Youth Rally at Solaris Croatia for young people between 14 and 27. €250 for 12 days including entry to Solaris Breakfast and Dinner in the restaurant and tourist tax.

You could bring your own tent. 

Please note there is a limited number of participants for this event.

2014-07-15

Pool Houses – Naturist Lodge in Sesimbra



Where the green Fields and blue Sky merge in the Sea, in a quiet location in the municipality of Sesimbra, just a few steps south of Lisbon, there is Pool Houses, a private venue devoted to naturism, the ideal place to slow down the pace and recharge batteries.

Pool Houses received its first guests in September 2011 and since then it has received visitors from all over Portugal as well as throughout Europe, from the neighbour Spain to the distant Russia, passing through countries like France, Belgium, the UK, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and Slovenia. From the other side of the Atlantic, guests arrived from the USA, Canada, Mexico and Argentina, as well as from even more distant destinations such as India and Australia.

Of its passage through Pool Houses, the vast majority of these guests have left their testimony of good moments, friendship and promises of returning, which works as a strong motivational factor.

A factor that is more than essential to us because if a lot has been done, there is still a lot much to do. Being a particular project without institutional funds or support, Pool Houses has been self-funded in its constant remodelling, aiming for the improvement of indoor and outdoor areas, minding the detail, accordingly to the rules set for this type of accommodation, but mostly aiming the expectations of a public that while easy-going, does not discharges comfort and quality.


After extensive renovations since it’s beginning, Pool Houses now offers 3 independent rooms with private bathroom and a shared living and dining room with kitchenette. Regarding outdoors, you will find a nice salted-water pool, with waterfall and water-solarium, and natural garden. Operating as self-catering, i.e. no meals are served, guests are allowed to freely manage their own time and expenses. With three supermarkets within a radius of 3km and numerous restaurants within 7km, there are many choices for all tastes and budgets.

The space is already naturally relaxing, but to offer a better sensory experience, Pool Houses has a cosy cabinet properly equipped and competent therapists to provide massages and therapies, a service that has been well received by guests, as well as other customers who come only for indulging their bodies and minds.

Within the spirit of tranquillity, guests also have the option of attending Naked Yoga classes, an activity that takes place outdoors in such a natural way as their stay at Pool Houses.

Pool Houses is aware of its role in the local economy, proudly promoting all the potential of the municipality of Sesimbra among its guests, a county badly known inside frontiers and even less beyond them.

Whenever possible, Pool Houses uses the resources of the county in its activity, creating synergies with local businesses. This allows, for example, that guests can be collected at the airport and transported conveniently to Pool Houses where their rented car will be waiting for them, go to a modern and complete gym during his stay, order his meals, or purchase a personalized cake and a bouquet of flowers to surprise his loved-one.


During your stay at Pool Houses, discover the charms of the fishing village of Sesimbra and tastes the fresh seafood and the grilled fish. Climb up to the castle and be amazed by the 360° view. Immerse yourself in the mysticism of Cape Espichel. Browse through the Wine Route of Setubal’s peninsula and let yourself to be seduced by the sweet nectar of Moscatel (muscat grape aperitif wine). In Azeitao taste the famous and delicious pastries as well as the no less famous and delicious buttery cheese. Enjoy a sunny day on the first official naturist beach in the country, Praia do Meco, just 7km from Pool Houses. Dive into the clear, calm waters of Arrabida’s beaches or go fishing in the deep sea. See the dinosaurs’ footprints at your own feet. Explore the paths that crisscross the Natural Park of Arrabida, visit the dolphins in the Sado estuary or enjoy a golf tournament.

The attractions are numerous and sufficient to come once and keep coming back!

Pool Houses, more than an experience, is a way of being... naturally.

www.poolhouses.wix.com/poolhouses  

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2014-07-06

INF: Focus June 2014



Federation Focus
June 2014



Welcome to the June issue of Focus. We apologize for the delay. Everyone is very busy with Congress preparations so translations took longer than expected.
 


34th INF-FNI WORLD CONGRESS 

The INF-FNI Congress 2014 will take place from the 11th to the 14th of September 2014 in the Lough Allen Hotel and Spa, Drumshanbo, Ireland.
  • Deadline for federations to nominate delegates: July 11, 2014
They must arrive at the INF General Secretariat by that date. You can send them by:
Given that email is not always reliable, we recommend that you call the office at +43 (0) 7221 72480 to confirm receipt.
  • Fax: +43(0) 7221 72358
  • Postal mail: INF-FNI, Eduard Nittner Strasse 14/6 Hörsching A-4063, Austria
But if you are sending by postal mail, you are responsible to ensure that they arrive at the INF office by the date stated.








Important: you must reserve your room and register for the congress with the INF.

Don’t forget to reserve your room:
https://abbey.amlinkevents.com/ei/getdemo.ei?id=252&s=_HNG0OD0ZK

Documents will be posted on the Download Centre as they become available.
http://www.inf-fni.org/eng/Home/Download-Centre

Helpful Information:

While many of the delegates who attend the INF congress have many years of experience, there are always new people too. We welcome them. Here are a few hints that will help them understand the process:

    • While Federations are allowed only one official delegate, there are no restrictions on the number of other people who can attend as spectators.
    • The delegate’s travel expenses are subsidized by the INF through a credit applied to the fees paid by the Federation. The amount of the subsidy is determined by the EC and varies depending on the distance travel. It is not meant to cover all costs.
    • Only the official delegate may sit at the table, speak, or vote.
    • To understand the procedures of the Congress/GA, see the section on the Regulations for INF Assemblies. They can be found in the download section of the INF website under “2014 Congress” http://www.inf-fni.org/content/download/10649/395889/file/20140226%20GO-FO-RO-EN%20(1).pdf
    • Simultaneous translation is provided for the official delegates in the 3 official languages of the INF. (English, French & Germans)
    • If space allows, seating is provided for spectators. Some limited connections for simultaneous translation may be provided for spectators. But it is not guaranteed.
    • While the meeting is important, the discussions held during the social opportunities before, during and after the congress is where much of the work is done. Delegates should make an effort to meet as many other delegates as possible outside of the official meeting.
    • It has become custom for some Federations to bring things to distribute to all delegates. (Examples: magazines, brochures, small trinkets, etc…)
    • Traditionally, a few Federations also bring a gift for the hosting Federation and hosting club/resort. The gift is usually related to the Federation’s country.


2016 Congress Proposals

The INF has received a proposal from the New Zealand federation to host the 2016 congress. The final decision on the location of the 2016 congress will be voted on by the delegates at the upcoming 2014 congress in Ireland.

The members of the Central Committee are requesting that any other proposals for the 2016 congress be sent to the INF in advance of the 2014 congress. In the past, proposals have been made during the congress which has created confusion. We would like the opportunity to evaluate proposals in advance and ensure that the federations making the proposals of aware of all the requirements.

It has been suggested that the 2016 congress should be held in Europe. It is true that for a few decades it was a tradition to hold the congress outside of Europe every 10 years. However, this is not a requirement. In fact, that pattern was broken when the congress was held in Brazil in 2008 – only 6 years after the 2002 congress was held in the USA.

Any federation interested in hosting the 2016 congress should contact the INF office as soon as possible.








June 28 - July 6, 2014 Austria

July 28 - Aug. 8
Camping Solaris, Croatia

Sept. 11-14, 2014
Lough Allen Hotel & Spa
Drumshanbo Co Leitrim
Ireland

Sept. 26 - 28, 2014 Netherlands

Reminders

Remember to tell your member clubs to keep their listing up to date. They can login and edit their own club listing. If they have forgotten their login or need to register, just tell them to contact the INF.




About Focus

Focus is published by the INF for its member federations. You are welcome to redistribute it to your members or use any of the content in your local country's publications. If you need any of the texts or images in another format, please contact the INF General Secretariat at: naturism@inf-fni.org

We also welcome contributions from member federations. Please send us news about what is happening in your country and we will share it with the rest of the world.

Focus is published in February, April, June, August, October, and December.  The deadline for material to be included is the end of the month prior. e..g. July 31 for the August issue.

Central Committee of the INF:

President:
Sieglinde Ivo (AT) - president@inf-fni.org
Vice-president:
Mick Ayers (ES)- vicepresident@inf-fni.org
Treasurer:
Rolf Beat Hostettler (CH) - treasurer@inf-fni.org
Assessor Europe:
Bernd Huijser (NL) eu-assessor@inf-fni.org
Assessor Non-European countries and Publisher of Focus:
Stéphane Deschênes (CAN) ww-assessor@inf-fni.org
President Legal Commission:
Hervé Begeot info@inf-fni.org

INF Office Hours:
Wednesday – Friday, 8h00 – 11h00












British Naturism 50th Anniversary Gathers Pace

Back in 1964, British Naturism (BN) was formed by a merger of the British Sunbathing Association and the Federation of British Sun Clubs. Naturist clubs back then realised that one strong national organisation presented far more opportunities than having two separate bodies, with similar purposes and aims. BN today is a vibrant national organisation which promotes the amazing, healthy and liberating naturist lifestyle, enjoyed by millions of people in the UK. As well as promoting the undeniable benefits of healthy social nudity, which encourage wellbeing and a positive body image, as well as boosting confidence, BN also works hard to campaign for greater acceptance of our way of life.

This year we celebrate our 50th anniversary and our varied programme of events is really starting to gather pace.

Our travelling display is making its first outing on April 19th and 20th in the Bertrand Russell room at the Conway Hall in Holborn. With a fascinating narrative of our rich heritage, this is certain to attract a good audience. For further details see: http://www.bn.org.uk...ary-exhibition/.

Over the border, we are proud to be holding our second Scottish weekend at the Glenmorag Hotel in Dunoon from April 25th to 27th. Last year's packed event included a 'Burns in the Buff' evening, which was the talk of those attending for some time afterwards. This year we may even top that! For further details see: http://www.bn.org.uk...he-gathering-r7

Much further south we head to the English Riviera for our popular Torquay weekend, also on April 25th to 27th. Held at the Grosvenor Hotel Torquay, this promises to be a packed weekend, which includes a clothing optional garden visit. For further details see: http://www.bn.org.uk...n-at-torquay-r6

Over the first May bank holiday weekend, we will host our annual Pétanque tournament at Broadlands, a large Naturist club site in Norfolk. Competitors from all over the UK will attend with the best representing the UK at the International tournament in the Netherlands in September: http://www.bn.org.uk...-tournament-r8.

BN Chairman, Judith Stinchcombe, said "Naturism continues to grow in the UK as more and more people discover the joys of social nudity. BN is proud to have served the interests of the UK's naturist community for the last 50 years, and we are looking forward to continuing to promote this vibrant and unique lifestyle for the next 50. It is truly inspiring, in this year when we celebrate our rich heritage, to see so many venues opening their doors to naturist groups, showing that our way of life is gaining increasing acceptance in the mainstream."

Note – media attendance at events is possible. Please contact us in advance.
Contacts:
Andrew Welch
British Naturism

T: 01753 481527
M: 07774 955138
E: andrew.welch@bn.org.uk




Change of FFN Presidency


Paul RETHORE:

The statutes fix two mandates of 3 consecutive years for the presidents.

It was at the general assembly on 12th April 2014 that my mandate came to an end, and it was right here to allow opening the diversity of contributions by new women and men.

I always had a great pleasure to work with voluntary teams, with generous judgements, listening to different points of view, yet respecting the fundamental values of naturism.
I will highlight four major points:
•    Reinstalment of the youth group.
•    Roll back of several commercial naturist structures.
•    Submission of the ministerial approval file.
•    Start of works on the new website.

According to the IPSOS survey of 2012, as confirmed in 2014, 10 millions French ladies and men are ready to “try” naturism. For that reason FFN has spent 85% of its expenses in 2013 to the development of naturism, namely 426.900,- €.

I strongly trust in the will of the new team lead by its new president Armand.

As Project Manager of “Why Naturism?”, leading the elaboration of documents about naturism, and as member of the committee, I will continue to cooperate with the elected people.

Many thanks to all of you who, each according to his/her own possibilities, ensure the development of naturism in our country!

Armand JAMIER:

Chairing the French Naturist Federation, means accepting the entire burden of a mission in which one believes, with power, determination, passion and respect. Sharing a passion for a naturism being a guarantee of health, of pleasure and of well-being, naturally in the spirit of friendship and of sharing to serve our mission for community education, source of guarantee of full personal development for each and everyone of us – that is our primary goal.

Communicate to tell our choices, to convince, to be heard, to allow sharing and adhering, to give a unique experience to live in a fulfilment of living together in mutual respect, is first rank evidence. I thank Paul of having “lovingly” dedicated to me thousands of hours on the phone, on Skype and mails.

Whereas for me my will of commitment to the society is totally personal, Paul is the architect of my training for the identity of our movement.

The team around me that is young, dynamic and motivated, will put all of its energy to the task of life education in society.

With new tools, new communication policies, ministerial and administrative agreements, the FFN acts on the entire country in the areas of education, culture, leisure, citizenship, social measures, the defense of human rights and living environment, the defense of the environment and natural heritage, the creation and integration of international exchanges.