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How I Became A Nudist

By Crystal

My name is Crystal and I am a member of Young Nudists of Texas United. I wanted to tell my story about how I became a nudist for other women considering visiting a nudist resort. I was introduced to naturism through my boyfriend (now husband). He told me about his experiences and participation but assured me if it made me uncomfortable he did not have to participate, that he would just continue naturism at home only. I told him I would go with him to a gathering and make my decision after that. I was really going to see for myself if it was something sexual. Candidly, I really couldn’t believe that there would nothing sexual involved.

I attended a pool party and found that indeed there was nothing inappropriate going on and that it was something with which I would be comfortable. More importantly, I am comfortable with my boyfriend participating even if I was not present.

There is definitely a perception that social nudism is linked with sexual activity because when I share this with my friends, they are curious. They are accepting but I always get asked questions, especially by the females. I believe that while younger people are more accepting of participation in this type of activity and they will not shun you or judge you, they still associate nudity with sex and have a hard time separating the two. I found more friends concerned over being touched, stared at or grabbed more than concerns with body image. My age range, and that of my friends, is 25-35.

Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:13:43 +0000

Why Nudist Super Bowl Parties Are More Fun

By Tom Mulhall, The Terra Cotta Inn

The New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks will meet in Super Bowl XLIX in Phoenix on Sunday February 1. Of course nudists just like everyone else around the world love going to Super Bowl parties. It’s just that nudist parties are much more fun.

Here are the top reasons why you should go to a nudist Super Bowl Party this year

1) Wardrobe malfunctions are greatly encouraged

2) No need to buy a Patriots or Seahawks football jersey. Just body paint one on

3) The pizza delivery person always arrives at nudist parties first

4) Impossible to lose your shirt betting on the outcome of the game.

5) Everyone at the party gets to be a naked cheerleader

6) Easy to clean salsa off your front when you cheer a touchdown

7) Don’t have to pay airline luggage fees going to your favorite warm weather nudist resort Super Bowl Party

8) Ordering a Full Monty cocktail makes more sense at a nudist football party

9) After the excitement of the big game, everyone gets to relax, unwind, and have fun by skinny dipping in the pool or hot tub.

Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:18:00 +0000

Skinny-Dipping Again

IMG_2990Save the date! The 2015 Skinny-Dip is set for July 11, during Nude Recreation Week. What is the 2015 Skinny-Dip? It is a community of nudists simultaneously skinny-dipping at a designated time of day at AANR-affiliated nudist clubs and nudist resorts, on public lands and at Skinny-Dip parties hosted by nonlanded AANR clubs. It is also a great time, as any nudists or naturists who have participated in the past, will be glad to tell you.

The first World Record Skinny-Dip in 2009 saw 13,674 people simultaneously skinny-dipping across North America. In 2010 we beat our own record. We think we can do even better in 2015!

Stay tuned for updates and a list of locations as they happen here at; in our e-newsletter, the Undressed Press, and on our social media platforms—but be sure to save the date!


Mon, 12 Jan 2015 16:33:25 +0000

AANR 2014 Fall Board Meeting

The weather in Las Vegas, where the 2014 AANR board meeting was held, was mild and inviting. But your AANR board wasn’t interested in the weather. In fact, they were hardly aware of it because their attention was focused on the issues facing AANR today.

Immediately following last summer’s convention, the President appointed teams that examined and analyzed issues identified by the former Executive Director (ED). The teams presented their conclusions and recommendations at this meeting, and your AANR board made decisions regarding these initiatives:

  • Adult clubs: The former ED advocated a rating system for AANR clubs that included identifying those that pursued sexually oriented activities, feeling this would increase membership and especially revenue.  The team concluded that this approach does not match AANR’s core values, which are clearly expressed in AANR’s Bylaws. The team acknowledges that AANR messaging to the public often looks remarkably similar to that of entities pursuing sexually oriented activities. The team recommended that AANR revisit core values, and then create short- and long-term goals based on those values. The messaging that grows out of this work will differentiate AANR and its clubs from these other entities. The Trustees recommended the formation of an ad hoc committee to do this work.
  • Carver model: The former ED, a certified Carver trainer, strongly recommended that the AANR board adopt Carver, a well-known governance model used by many non-profit organizations. The team quickly realized that, to properly do their job, they needed to examine multiple governance models to determine the best match for AANR. The team determined that AANR currently uses a constituency model, but doesn’t use it well. The team ultimately recommended that AANR continue operating under the current model and provide training to the board in being more effective under this structure. The Trustees voted to establish an ad hoc committee to identify a facilitator to do this training.
  • Name change: The former ED advocated a name that would dominate the nudist/naturist marketplace. The team recommended that AANR first determine their direction going forward. Only then can decisions regarding whether a new name is warranted and a  name that reflects the new direction. The team pointed out that any name should be inclusive of more than just “America.”
  • Trade Association: Changing AANR’s structure was essential to implementing many of the ED’s other initiatives, and would provide a foundation for AANR to provide revenue-producing services to clubs. The team detailed current AANR club benefits that could move under the trade association, should it become a reality.
  • Facility: The former ED recommended that AANR sell the headquarters building located in Kissimmee, Florida and relocate, preferably to a nudist venue. After thoroughly examining this multi-faceted issue, the team recommends selling the building. The board will rely on research by staff regarding the best approach to take in this endeavor.
  • Pricing structure: The former ED pleaded to reduce the number of membership types available to AANR members and to standardize the cost of regional memberships because of confusion, increased chance of errors, and increased cost to enhance and maintain the computer code that supports this. After analysis and discussion, the team recommended a simpler slate of membership costs with price based on a calculation of basic membership plus regular cost-of-living adjustments.

In addition to addressing the former ED’s initiatives, the board:

  • Decided against producing an updated Park Guide until further investigation is completed.
  • Approved capping the Life Membership fund and putting the excess in a Capital Improvements fund.

Because the board spent only one day together, they were incredibly focused and tenaciously on-task. An unexpected but pleasing product of deliberating and deciding AANR’s future was increased cohesion and respect among members of the board.

Next steps include further research for some issues, and implementation plans for others. Stay tuned for updates on your AANR Board’s next actions.

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:41:26 +0000

AANR-Florida Honors Veterans With Series Of Events

The efforts of the AANR-Florida Region’s nudist community to support their Veterans continues to grow. Several nonlanded clubs as well will be supporting these events.  No matter what your preference is, remember “Freedom is Never Free” and AANR-Florida invites you to join one of the celebrations to honor our Veterans this Veterans Day.

This month, on the weekend of November 7 – 9, in honor and observance of Veterans Day, four clubs in the AANR-Florida region will be hosting Veterans Day celebrations. There is something for everyone, and the common thread?   All four events are geared to raise money for Veterans charities.

Lake Como is hosting a special Star Spangled Celebration. This event with feature a burger burn appreciation picnic for Veterans, a Motorcycle Charity Ride, celebrations honoring our military and veterans, and special discounts and rates for the weekend.  In addition, Lake Como will have live entertainment all weekend and proceeds will go to two local charities in support of Veterans. Please visit for more information.

Suwannee Valley Resort has partnered with Airstream to bring a Veterans Day B’AIRSTREAMIN’ Rally to continue their day to day mission of supporting the Veterans.  There will be a full weekend of activities, contests, and ceremonies.  The goal of the weekend is to honor Veterans and to raise money for the City Dental Program for the Veterans home in Lake City.   Please visit to learn more.

Cypress Cove will be hosting a Freedom 3K Walk/Run/Ride on Sunday, November 9th at 8:30 am.  The entry fee for the 3K will be $10 per person.  All monies raised will be donated to Homes For Our Troops, a top-rated Veterans charity. Information can be found at

AANR-Florida is partnering with Sunny Sands to host a regional event to honor Veterans on Veteran’s Day. This will be a Veterans Day Charity Golf Classic, and there is something for everyone.  This is not just a golf outing, but an opportunity to have fun, take part in many events and proceeds, including a portion of the grounds fees and rentals for the weekend will go to the Daytona Veterans Home. Please visit and to find out more.


Wed, 05 Nov 2014 15:43:49 +0000

A Perspective of AANR and Social Nudism

By Bill Schroer, AANR Executive Director-AANR

In a recent issue of the NUSA Sun, a nudist publication widely distributed in the Southeast, a staff columnist wrote a two-page critique of AANR and its direction. The author, who is not an AANR member, is entitled to her opinion. However, we felt the column deserved a reply and the publisher of NUSA Sun graciously accepted our offer of a response. See the original article online at (Pages 6 & 7). NUSA Sun is printing our view (below) in an upcoming issue of its publication.

The American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR) has an 80 year history of standing for social nudism as a philosophy of living that is healthy, positive and family friendly. We also believe we are worthy of inclusion at the table of mainstream society. That, however, is a work in progress.We recognize the bias regarding social nudism in this country and have worked carefully  to change perceptions. While columns in this and other nudist publications routinely discuss nudism as if it were an everyday practice those conversations are the “inside baseball” of nudists talking to each other. The greatest part of the American public know little or have never heard of social nudism. When awareness does exist it is clouded with misperceptions of  what we do and how we behave with some still believing us cloistered in “colonies.” A significant part of our (AANR) charge is to “introduce” social nudism to an American public that is (still) largely unaware of our existence.

It has, in fact,  been a long road from 1930 and the American Sunbathing Association (former name of AANR).  Those who brought social nudism to America from Germany selected the strategy of “bathing in the sun’s rays” with the entire body as plausible reason for societal tolerance (if not acceptance). The approach was critical, for conservative as American society is now, in the 1930s we were immersed in a post-Victorian puritanical hysteria…the echoes of which are still with us. Any suggestion nudism was accompanied by even a hint of sensuality (it actually feels good to be or live nude) let alone any sexual overtones would have led to an outlawing of the practice if not a few lynchings to boot.

Nudists today feel secure in the comfort of their nudist resort or club or on one of the (very few) public nude beaches but police raids on private nudist facilities were common until the 1950s. A court case which helped turn the tide occurred in Battle Creek, Michigan at Sunshine Gardens Nudist Resort.  A police raid there in 1955 led to an (unusual) appeal from the nudists resulting in “Hildabridle vs. State of Michigan”. The resulting win for nudists was based on the State Supreme Court’s interpretation of the statute:

 “that the statute is vague. indefinite, fails to define “open” or “indecent” exposure, is not sufficiently explicit to inform persons as to what conduct will render them liable to its penalties, and that it is, for these reasons, repugnant to the due process clause of the 14th Amendment and void; that it does not, by its terms, apply to the organized practice of nudism; that it is not violated by nakedness on private property; that nudity, per se, is not obscene and every exposure of the person not indecent, particularly when the exposure does not offend the morals or sense of decency of those present and there are no other overt acts of indecency or obscenity aside from the bare fact of nudity.”

Without dragging us through other cases and opinions, I will note this case reversed an earlier case (People vs.Ring) and demonstrates an open and thoughtful view of protection under the 14th Amendment (unreasonable search and seizure) and the notion simply being nude is not indecent in and of itself.

AANR has the experience and understanding of history to recognize the progress we have made in the courts and with some legislators is neither complete nor “carved in stone.” To presume we are free to demonstrate nudism is an accepted way of life with attendant sensual and sexual components suggests a level of understanding among the American public we believe is not now present.

We have a clear view of the goal…acceptance of social nudism as a mainstream choice among ways to live in this country. This vision includes the ability to be nude in your home and on your property..even within view of others. It includes the ability to drive in your car nude, take your family to a nude beach or even to a grocery store nude. While everyone may have a different idea of what the future vision of nudism in America looks like we certainly want the “tent” to be large enough to include the full spectrum of living and recreating nude.  The question of the strategy we use to get there is often the debate.  Some accuse us of not moving fast enough, or of not recognizing that sensuality or sexuality are a part of nudism. Believe me, we recognize those realities. When and how we choose to overtly advocate for these elements to be accepted today by a public still largely unaware or understanding of our cause calls for intentionality and thoughtfulness.

We at AANR have the long view. Do we need to go faster, place ads in the New York Times, sponsor body painting contests or engage in any of the many tactics to heighten awareness and acceptance of social nudism in America?  Moving forward to increase societal acceptance while minimizing the risk to hard fought gains is a delicate and important part of our work. Healthy debate regarding how and how quickly we get there is an important part of the democratic process and we invite more robust discussion on this very topic.


















Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:44:47 +0000

Finding Normal

By Bob Chenoweth

If you are a regular reader of my Success Undressed column in The Bulletin, you already know a few things about me. I am a nudist (naturally), a writer (of course), and I have served AANR over the years with professional services including website development and marketing consultation. (Stay with me here. This post is not all about me; it’s ultimately about US.)

Behind the business suit I seldom wear, I am also a husband, father of two, and grandfather of five. I am an artist, too. And the co-founder of the NACORBA nudist trade organization. And the Executive Director of a business organization for people over the age of 50. AND Chairman of the Board for an Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce organization. Sounds pretty normal (if exhausting), right?

But what if I told you that my spouse is a man? And that the Chamber I mentioned is the Indy Rainbow Chamber? Does the fact that I am gay alter your perception? Does it make you think that I am, in spite of everything else, not normal?

Let’s be honest: It’s our nature to assess and judge others through the lens of our own experience. Because each of us is “normal” in our own minds, it’s easy to label anyone who falls outside that spectrum as odd or strange or, yes, even queer.

Yes, it’s easy to use labels. Not so easy to reject that tendency.

Is being gay normal? For me, it is. I know – I KNOW – that being gay is not a choice. Being gay is simply one part of who I am. So if you must judge me, I would hope that you would do that based on my contributions to society, on how I do my job, on the way I treat my family and others. In the past month or so I have been called a hero, an angel, “the best dad anyone could ask for,” and “the greatest man I know.” (Yes, I feel humbled and blessed.) I have been called these things not because I am perfect (far from it); but because I work hard to enrich the lives of those who know me. The fact that I’m gay doesn’t matter to my family and friends. Why should it matter to anyone else?

Indeed, some of us value the differences we see in others. Some of us rejoice that the world isn’t one-size-fits-all. Some of us find wonder and enlightenment in diversity.

Some of us.

Others, however, think the world would be a better place if we all had the same color skin and spoke the same language and drove the same kind of car and had 2.3 children, a dog, a cat and a house in the suburbs with a picket fence. Frankly, I think that sameness would be pretty boring.

Indeed, lots of people – maybe most people – believe that being a nudist is abnormal. Imagine that! As AANR Executive Director Bill Schroer noted last month in his article, “Searching for Tolerance,” reprinted from the Battle Creek Enquirer, nudists are subject to scorn from “people willing to think the worst of you without knowing anything about you or naturism…” Chances are pretty good, therefore, that you, too, as a nudist, know something about being on the receiving end of snap judgments or prejudice.

But wouldn’t it be a better world if we could celebrate not only our similarities, but also our differences? One of my favorite quotes is from the Scottish historian and sociological writer Thomas Carlyle: “Every man is my superior in that I may learn from him.” Pretty hard to learn from people who are just like us, isn’t it?

So whether you are female or male, black or white or Hispanic or Asian, straight or gay, or any other brand of normal, let’s work hard to stop seeing others as only these labels. Let’s take a break from discrimination and hate. Let’s learn from one another. Let’s embrace diversity as normal – in our daily lives and in our business dealings. I’m pretty sure if we can do a better job of that tomorrow than we did today, the world will be a better place.


Bob Chenoweth owns Chenoweth Content & Design, also branded as Naked Truth One, which specializes in written and visual communications, including marketing strategy, branding, graphic and Web design, and business writing. Bob worked with AANR in the development of today’s and writes a regular column for The Bulletin titled Success Undressed. Visit for more information.



Mon, 04 Aug 2014 17:49:39 +0000

Shed Your Threads! It’s Nude Recreation Week!

What do Lady Gaga, George Washington, Hugh Jackman, Shakira, Eva Mendes, Heidi Klum, and Ben Franklin have in common? They’ve each admitted to enjoying skinny-dipping and the feeling of being nude. Movie stars, musicians, and entertainers today are openly professing their comfort level getting naked while swimming, cleaning house, and relaxing in their birthday suits.

So, this July, we encourage free spirits young and old to join in the celebration of national Nude Recreation Week, July 8-13, started by The Naturist Society (TNS) over three decades ago, and experience the stress-relieving freedom of nude recreation. Why not take a skinny dip in your backyard pool? Don’t have a pool? Then wash the family pet in the nude, scour the shower in the nude, vacuum the house nude, read a book, garden, or enjoy some other activity in an appropriate setting in the nude.

Nude Recreation Week gives first-timers a chance to shed stress by giving clothes-free recreation a try. This annual celebration is open for individuals, couples, and families to visit their favorite nude beach or one of over 250 clothing-optional and clothes-free clubs affiliated with AANR, to experience firsthand this growing trend in both travel and recreation.

This year, many AANR-affiliated clubs are celebrating our freedoms with the Thanks For The Freedom program which thanks our veterans and active and inactive military personnel. These clubs have specials to give back in some small measure to those individuals who have given so much. Veterans and military personnel can visit a participating club and receive a three-month Freedom Pass, which allows many of the same basic benefits AANR members enjoy.

To find a member resort in your area, visit the AANR Club Locator. To find a participating Thanks For The Freedom location, click here. Parties interested in visiting should call the resort in advance to schedule their reservation.


Tue, 08 Jul 2014 13:15:20 +0000

Meet The New AANR Board

Congratulations to the new AANR Board who will lead AANR for the next two years. These officers and trustees will be sworn in at the 2014 AANR Convention next month at Sunny Rest Resort in Palmerton, Pennsylvania. Thanks to all the candidates who stepped up to volunteer to lead our association into the future.

A big Thank-You goes out to all the members who took the time to vote and make your voice heard.

Meet the new AANR Board:


Beverly Price

Vice President

Sharon McLeod


Paul Kuntzmann

Club Trustee Group 1 & 2

No candidates

Club Trustees Group 3

Lewis Dreblow

Kathy Watzel

Club Trustee Group 4

Brenda Spangler

Club Trustee Group 5

Jim Lane

Club Trustee Group 6 & 7

Joan Harris

Mike Parker

Theresa “T” Price

Member Trustee AANR-East

Fred VanNest

Member Trustee AANR-Florida

Marji McNeely

Member Trustee AANR-Midwest

Dan Garringer

Member Trustee AANR-Northwest

Kathy Smith

Member Trustee AANR-Southwest

Linda Otero

Member Trustee AANR-West

Tim Mullins

Member Trustee AANR-Western Canada

Bob Campbell

Sat, 28 Jun 2014 14:06:01 +0000

Capable, Not Disabled

By Marc Toussaint

Hi, my name is Marc, born and raised in New York City. Catholic schools, strict teachers, music, and playing video games with local friends dominated my life. My parents emigrated from the Caribbean around 1971. They moved to a small seven-story tenement building where everyone knew each others’ first names. Birthday parties, baptism, holy communion, and yes, of course, graduation were all celebrated amongst each other. One time a family downstairs had a birthday party during my college graduation party. People were juggling back and forth attending both parties. Life was pretty much routine and stable. It was also an internal celebration for me because around this time of year, I was approaching my last chemotherapy cycle completing my cancer treatment.

Flashback to eight years earlier. I had noticed my ankle was consistently getting more and more painfully swollen.  At first I thought it was a sprain or maybe it was my sneakers. A few weeks went by and the pain grew worse. It was very swollen too. My mom took me to the hospital. After the CAT scan, an advanced form of x-ray, the doctors also wanted me to have a biopsy, or a tiny sample, of my tissue from my ankle region.

Within a few days, I had my leg below the right knee amputated. After the cancer metastasized to both lungs, surgery left me with chest scars.

We as humans are so hard on ourselves. Shyness, negative thinking, anxiety and fear were the reasons why I felt ashamed of my body. Throughout the years, I hated the summer but loved the fall and winter seasons. It is so easy to hide and cover myself up. I allowed my perception to become my reality. It’s a classic case of dysmorphic or body image issues that many people experience.

It was a very hot, humid, and muggy day in New York. I was so anxious to get home to shower. After showering, it dawned on me, “Hey, Marc,  no one is home so why are you putting clothes on with this heat? ”  I was so conditioned to cover my body that even at home I felt timid and embarrassed.

Joining a naturist club was the furthest thing on my mind. I never could’ve envisioned people with scars, amputees, wheelchair bound, or with any abnormalities/deformities joining such a group. Were these people accepted in a nudist society?

Fast forward a few years later at a dinner party in the Caribbean. I struck up a conversation with fellow Americans, one female and two males, all within their late 20’s. They were from the Midwest working for a non-profit organization. We talked about freedom, politics and the definition of the word “naturist.” These three people were nudists and very proud of it. Long story short and three days later, I was invited to a rental beach property for dinner. By 7 p.m., it was dark outside.  Somehow, I  knew they were all going to the beach in the nude.   They encouraged me to let go of feeling embarrassed and told me we are all the same.  In fact, the nudist community accepts people from all walks of life. It does not matter about your ethnicity, shape, or profession. One of the above mentioned is a disabled nudist enjoying their freedom as we speak. Freedom is letting go and inviting mother nature back into your life.

All three of them were very encouraging. Without hesitation, I immediately removed my pants, shirt and everything. I did not want to take my time so I wouldn’t have any second thoughts. By this time all of them were swimming. I walked along side of the beach and felt the gentle night breeze against my skin. I felt so alive, free, and peaceful. I lay on the sand and looked at the stars and the last thing on my mind was whether or not I should wear my new shirt to match old jeans or buy new jeans, etc. It was the feeling of belonging that sealed the deal for me.

Why do we as humans rather wear hot sticky clothing, thereby making ourselves uncomfortable? I watched the group swim and we all walked the short distance back to the house. I told them how much I felt relieved.  It was this feeling of oneness with nature. One of them said, “Yep, this is what being a naturist all about.” Being nude is just an afterthought. In fact, after the first few minutes, I was very relaxed. I didn’t think about it.

I learned a valuable lesson. The lesson is that mother nature intended people to spend  time outdoors, not indoors. We can carry out normal activities without clothes. This moment was very therapeutic for me. It was very empowering indeed.  I use the word “disabled” as a medical term but we are all “CAPABLE” of becoming a nudist.

Marc’s website, Disabled Naturist,, is a community centered around nudism practiced by people with disabilities. We aspire to teach people that live with disabilities all about nudism and serve as a gathering place for nudists from all over to come together and exchange ideas, knowledge, news and experiences.  Our motto is our calling card: “We are all capABLE to become naturists.”




Wed, 25 Jun 2014 15:39:17 +0000

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