Naturist, Nudist, Gymnosophist – What’s the difference? What is this movement all about?
Naturism is the practice of complete nudity in a social setting. Though nudity is the most obvious aspect of naturism, it is part of a much wider context.
“Naturism is a way of life in harmony with nature characterised by the practice of communal nudity with the intention of encouraging self-respect, respect for others and for the environment.”
Written by Francis Schelstraete, founder of the Domaine de Bélézy,
and adopted by the International Naturist Federation at its 1974 congress.
The purpose of naturism is to promote 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 optimal 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.
Why not ‘clothing optional’?
At Bare Oaks, clothing is worn only for protection. Please read the ‘Dress Code’ section of our Member and Visitor Agreement.
As explained on this page, nudity is key to body acceptance and an integral part of our naturist philosophy.
For more detailed information, please review the “why nudity is required” page. Naturism is founded on family participation. Children in naturist families learn to appreciate the body as part of their natural environment. They grow up with healthful attitudes and accept the physical nature of both sexes and all ages without fear or shame.
Nude living thus removes barriers to communication between people and fosters appreciation of the environment. It leads to healthier and more humane living: richer, simpler, and enlightened by joy and freedom.
But on its most fundamental level, naturism is fun! Young children have an innate appreciation of running around nude and most adults have experienced the sheer joy of skinny dipping at night. Naturism allows people bring that pleasure back into their daily life.
According to a 2014 survey, approximately 14% of Canadians would go to a nude beach or naturist resort. Click here for details.
To better understand naturism, please click on one of the sections below: