The “Naked in the Wilderness” Principle

DM9BiM7VAAAP7IG.jpg-largeWe believe that naturists experience the wilderness, the natural world, and each other, at a more elemental level. Nudity is a state of being, no more no less. Removing barriers is fundamental to that natural connection, be they mental barriers, societal burdens, emotional struggles, or, yes, clothing.  Just as nothing between the soil and our feet, the sun on the skin, is so grounding, so it is true with each of us meeting free of the preconceptions that come with our modern world. When we shed our cloths, we also shed the image we have consciously or subconsciously created and struggle to maintain. When free from those constraints, all that will manifest is our unique human personality, with all our charms and failings intact, as natural as the fields and waters we travel upon. Just as our bodies reflect our great diversity, our past struggles, scars, and joyous hopes, our unique personalities are also freed to meet each other from a place of harmony.

Naked in the wilderness is not just something we like to say, it is really what sustains us. The wilderness can be anywhere because it is the coming together, creating openness and the corresponding vulnerability that leads to acceptance. Not just of our bodies, but our place in this universe. We perceive the earth with all our senses. We perceive each other through spirit.

When you stand before nature, and each other, and affirmatively declare, “Here I am, in this time and in this space” and see your existence validated by the woods, the water, the wind, as well as each member of this community, that is when we find our true life-joy. That is where we relax and settle into our being and find peace.

Meet us where we truly are.

See each other as we were meant to be.

​Our form of naturism celebrates the variations of the natural world and in each other. We work toward greater understanding of our core, knowing that we are a part of a bigger and grander world. In that wonder of variation, what we really understand is that we are all the same. Then judgement falls away. Judgement of each other. Judgement of ourselves. We shed so much more than clothing. We shed our doubt and our stress.

We live in hope, courage, respect, and trust. Disentangling nudity from sex. Seeing the whole. Understanding what makes a person interesting. Sharing a unique camaraderie that comes from acknowledgment of the strength of will required to remove the veil and embrace the trust.

These bodies are not who we are. They just are bodies.

​It is not exhibitionism.

It is not sexual.

It is simply about being.


7 thoughts on “The “Naked in the Wilderness” Principle

  1. Reblogged this on Nu et heureux – Naked and Happy and commented:
    Naturism “is not exhibitionism, is not sexual, is simply about being.” Wonderful to discover another group of nudists who just love to be naked in nature! Long live the Minnesota naturist campers!

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  2. To my mind you are talking about a spiritual connection with reality: call it God, call it what you will; it is something outside ourselves that helps us to understand who we are and why we are here. I say that as a Christian priest who is also a naturist.

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  3. I grew up with woods all around me and gardening as part of essential life. Working to grow our own food and wandering in the woods learning about everything natural. Then started leaving clothes behind, and much later coming to the naturist view of life. To this day when I go back in the woods I feel like I’m right at home. There’s a familiarity, a mental connection of some kind. Which became more obvious when I was separated from it for awhile and became mentally starved for the natural. I am tempted to try starting a south eastern naturist camping group.

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  4. I’ve grown up as long as I can remember, loving the feeling of being naked and taking in the forest and streams. Something calls to me. I have to answer.
    So , yes, I understand what you mean.

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