What is Naturism

"Naturism is a way of life in harmony with nature, characterized by the practice of communal nudity, with the intention of encouraging respect for oneself, respect for others and for the environment." As stated in this definition from the International Naturist Federation, naturism is the practice of nudity in a social setting. Though nudity is the most obvious aspect of naturism, it is part of a much wider context. Naturism promotes wholesomeness and stability of the human body, mind, and spirit. These come most easily to those who shed the psychological and social encumbrance of clothing, to see and respect the human body as created. Naturism also promotes good health through complete contact of the body with the natural elements. It is practiced as much as possible in environments free of the pollution and stress of modern society. It is therefore associated with an enlightened, holistic approach to nutrition, physical activity, mental health, and social interaction