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How I Came to be a Nudist

Finally Feeling Free  

I live in Ontario, Canada and was raised catholic where nudist and showing what God gave you was taboo beyond your bedroom walls.

My first so called adventure started when, down the street where I lived with my husband and first child at that time, when a family approached us and said that we should attend this place where you camp nude.  There is no swapping of partners, no swingers, just plain camping.  I voiced my opinion stating, never, you would never catch me doing that!!  Long story short, 8 years later with a third child, the gentleman mentioned this again (after several attempts prior) and I finally listed the reasons why I would not go nude in public. First off, my body shape after 3 children was not hour glass shape, scarring areas on my body were not appealing, self-conscious of how others would say/react and the affordability at the time when money was tight.  The couple then volunteered to pay for the few days in order for us to experience the liberty of nudism.  They have raised their 2 girls in this environment and they have had no issues as a family doing this.


Upon arriving, I felt embarrassed looking at others and thought to myself "what am I doing here?”  We set up camp and while doing so, were approached by several people welcoming us to the camp and to feel free by asking any questions or if we had any concerns knowing that my husband and I were new at this.  Much later, still fully clothed, I realized that we were the only ones fully dressed in the campground.  A few cocktails later, I had removed my shirt and felt somewhat shy.  As we all sat around the fire, I then decided to remove my bottoms.  With my female friend next to me, she then removed her clothing knowing that I was now comfortable with the situation at hand thus removing her attire.  Feeling free of clothing for the next 5 days was exhilarating.  Not having to dress for any occasions, being able to walk around in the buff while visiting, and having no worries about my body issues was great. I felt free and loving my body even more knowing that other people were not judging me on my looks but my personality and finally accepting this way of life.


I have now been a nudist for 21 years.  I look forward to the summer time when we take our 5th wheel camper and visit the places we can go, clothes optional.  Our first nude cruise was this year in February with Bare Necessities.  I will go back in a heartbeat!  I have since recruited others to enjoy the freedom of nudity. We have made several friends along the way in our travels and heard first hand as to how they became nudists themselves.


Overall, being a nudist as a woman is having to be yourself and not having to worry about the way you look but the way you feel, standing with your head held high.



Nudism: a celebration of choice

As a college freshman, I did my best to procrastinate when it came to homework. With materials settled in a library cubby, I traversed magazine aisles looking for something to distract me from study. “Sunshine and Health” caught my attention, then captured my interest. All those people simply living their lives without clothes! It took a decade to venture to a nude beach, and even longer to discover clubs dedicated to clothes-free activities. Once there, I never looked back.

But why? It took some time to figure out. So many of my new nudist friends were there for the “freedom,” or because they felt others saw who they were on the inside instead of judging outer appearances. I soon realized that my reasons were different. As a female raised in a religious family located in a small town, others continually told me how to behave: what to wear, how to act, what profession to pursue, and even what and how to think. The epiphany of realizing it’s impossible to do all those things also provided the gift of deciding for myself what kind of life I wanted. Nudism, for me, was an outward affirmation that this is my life, and the choices in it are mine to make.

Sharon McLeod
AANR Vice President


I started being a nudist with my husband when we were married seven years ago. My first experience  publicly was at Blacks Beach. We spent the entire day walking on the beach, enjoying the beautiful day, and relaxing. I find it brings me closer to my husband. I feel very safe while at the different resorts we have attended. I have become addicted to water volleyball at the resorts.

I look forward to the warm weather as we plan our trips to new nudist resorts. My husband's doctor has encouraged us to get more sun without burning to raise our vitamin D levels. If we ever have children I would take them with us.

Mrs. Joseph Broz, Jr.



I was born and raised in a nudist home. My father and mother are nudist and have been since I was a small child.
We would go to the Rivers and naturist spots to be clothes free.

Now when puberty came I wasn't a willing participant. Your hormones are changing, and none of my friends and their parents went nude so I too thought I should be a textile person.

I was twenty four years of age and I had my own home and I was always nude in my home. "I am a nudist"!

I have lived and work for a clothing optional resort in Southern California and I love being a nudist and the freedom that comes with being nude.

It's relaxing and that's the way I want to live and be.

Kim Wolfe

How I Came to be a Nudist

By Jill Short

I was first introduced to nudism about 23 years ago through a connection with the man who has become my partner for the past 20 years.  Being both shy and heavy, the idea of sharing my body with anyone outside of my own mirror was difficult, to say the least.  However, on Valentine's Day that year, I had my first opportunity to go "buff."  The host of the house party where this occurred was considered one of the best for the introduction of new members. His gentle understanding was greatly appreciated. I remember I spent a good part of the day with my towel draped artistically over my shoulder; my concession to being nude.  Since then I have found that I love the feel of no clothes around the house.  My partner teases me that I can shed my clothes much faster than he when we get home after an outing.  The most wonderful sensation that I have experienced since practicing nudism is the feel of a clean body drying gently in the heat after a lovely refreshing shower outside. 

I wish I could say that it has always been easy to be publicly nude, but having grown up in the age of women with toned slender bodies being the ultimate goal for beauty, I have never fully lost that self-consciousness.  I have found, oddly enough, that it is much easier for me to be nude with strangers than with those I know well.  I have only shared my lifestyle choice with very close family members and friends, as sadly, so many people equate nudity with sexuality, and my choice could have been interpreted quite incorrectly with negative consequences for me professionally.  I am a very open person, and it has been hard sometimes to keep this aspect of my life hidden.  Being open to nudism has led me to opportunities that I would have left untouched without it, as seeing naked bodies so often has enabled me to more readily look at nakedness as an artist might view a lovely model rather than with any other ideas in mind.


How I came to be a nudist: I grew up in a very private household I would never think of taking my clothes off for anyone. I met a young man who, when dating introduced me into nudism. He believed in this lifestyle so much that he said if I couldn't be a nudist then I wasn't the right woman to marry. My first time actually happened at my soon to be in-laws hot tub, the embarrassment I felt was almost too much to handle.  My second time was with the non-landed club, Wildflowers where we enjoyed backyard parties and camping. I met so many people who loved me for the person I was inside, and not the outside look and the baggage I carried. My favorite resort was, Jardin del Sol where we spent many family holidays.  Three generations of nudist enjoying nature and life. My kids went to youth camps and learned who they were inside themselves and it's helped them in many ways dealing with being a teen and now adults.

How nudism has impacted your life: Even with being a nudist for 14 years when I heard I had breast cancer I was overwhelmed to have to make big decisions about my body and life. Have a mastectomy or double mastectomy? Have reconstruction surgery or not? If it wasn't for being happy with "me" outside my clothes I don't know how I or my children would have handled breast cancer. Today, I am a proud 10 year breast cancer survivor, double mastectomy and no reconstruction surgery. (Even more proud to be a 25 plus year nudist.) And when I'm at a resort I'm proud to wear the battle scars that I beat cancer but more important I am strong, who I am, outside clothes, no need to hide behind the diagnosis and body.

I am free



I became a nudist in the early 90's and joined a small AANR club in Florida.  When I was going through a divorce and feeling a little down, my best friend asked me to go with her to another nudist resort to get away and relax for a weekend.  Almost as soon as we arrived, I met the nicest man and it was very close to "love at first sight." From that day on, we spent every weekend together (we lived 3 hours apart) until I finally moved to be with him.  Together, we became much more active in the Nudist lifestyle, eventually got married, and 16 years later we are happier than ever. Both of us blossomed with the strong friendships, adventures and freedom of being a part of the nudist community. 

In 2005, we moved to Costa Rica and the one thing that we really missed was being with other nudists. So, we started a nude vacation rental. For the remainder of the time we lived in Costa Rica, we enjoyed the visits of the wonderful guests that stayed with us. We were able to continue our nudist adventures, like discovering secluded beaches and turning them into nude beaches!   Several guests became good friends that we still cherish. 

I cannot imagine my life without nudism.  

"Toucan J"  

       My first experience with nude recreation, I was vacationing at a resort in the Caribbean. The first two days were spent on the beach sitting in a soggy swimsuit and being chaffed by sand. I signed up for a day boat trip and picnic at a beach on an island away from the resort. As we were leaving, I discovered the excursion was to an island with a nude beach! I decided to go anyway; thinking no way was anybody getting me out of my suit. I stood firm, and in fact, was the last person to give in and shed my swimsuit - I was the last one to get dressed to return to the resort. Why hadn't someone told me about this sooner? I was hooked, and that was over 40 years ago. The phrase, "nude when possible, clothed when practical," definitely describes me. I do wear at least shoes when vacuuming the house though as I have a habit of running over my toes with the vacuum cleaner.


      I admit that my first reaction was that this is something that was not an acceptable practice. I was unaware that there were national organizations and did not know anyone who could shed light on this relaxing way of life. Everyone will tell you that once you have made your first visit, the feeling of apprehension will vanish. Until you experience a thing for yourself, words cannot tell you how you should feel or how you should act or react. 


     Some common fears of women with whom I have been in contact include being secretly worried that she wouldn't be as attractive to her spouse as she had been, compared with all the beautiful figures she was sure must be there.


      For the most part, there is a normal cross-section of the population. The solution for this particular lady was the security she felt in her relationship and that the relationship was based on more than just physical attractiveness. Another fear is what sort of people will I meet? You will meet doctors, lawyers, clergymen and women, taxi drivers, accountants, secretaries, warehouse men, waiters, school teachers, moms, dads, grandparents, teenagers, and infants. We are your neighbors, your friends.


      It's a wonderful feeling to meet entirely new people and enjoy new interests and activities. There is a peculiar thing you have to experience to believe, but there is a friendliness about nudists that you will generally not find in any other group. I have come to count our nudist friends among my closest. They seem to always be there for me, for us. 

By Cheri Alexander

My name is Paula and I would like to explain how I became a nudist and how it has impacted my life.    To begin my husband brought me to White Tail Resort as a surprise.  I was totally against being a nudist.  However, after about a couple of hours I felt very welcome by all the members and visitors at the resort.  We met a lot of great people and we have become close friends with many as well.  The same weekend we first visited we became members we liked it here so much.  It's not just the resort but the owner and people here.  It is just one big family here!   We started camping in our RV for a couple years before buying a cottage at the resort.  We repaired and did a lot of upgrades to the cottage and landscaping.  After a couple years we sold the cottage and now own one of the Park Models, which is the newest section at the resort.  On top of it all we presently live at the resort full time and I also am the office manager.   We are very happy here and people go out of their way to help you out and just be there for you whenever you need someone.      Thank You Paula