What is Naturism?
Naturism (also called nudism) is a way of life which celebrates the uniqueness and specialness of every person. Like the millions of other naturists from all around the world, we believe that there is nothing shameful about the human body, and that being naked in social groups is healthy and affirming.
The social naturism we practice is non-sexual, and very respectful of each other, and we only admit new members who share this same understanding of our lifestyle. Naturists have a keen sensitivity to our natural environment, and most of us feel a special connection to nature. Being nude in the sunshine, feeling the breeze across our bodies, observing the sights, sounds and smells of the bush – all of this reminds us of our place in nature.
Australian culture can be a little prudish about social nudity. Other cultures are often far more relaxed about nudity, and since ancient times it has been understood that being naked is far more practical and comfortable, particularly in warm weather. It can be truly liberating to cast off our culture’s shame around our bodies and accept ourselves (and each other), warts and all. That’s what communities like Naturi are all about.
Nudists are usually very social, and we organise regular activities to bring the community together. At the same time, we respect everyone’s privacy, in the sense that we respect that individuals may choose to keep their naturism private from their extended families, and keep introductions at the club on a first name basis. We do not allow photography on site without permission being granted, and we have special measures in place to ensure the safety of children. Put simply, visitors to Naturi will feel very welcome and very safe with their privacy completely respected.
Five Reasons to Try Naturism
People come to our lifestyle for many reasons, but here are just five:
- It encourages self-acceptance and the acceptance of others – We all come to naturism just as we are, warts and all. Without the pretensions of social stratification that often come with occupational status, and how people often dress we recognise how much everyone has in common. Being accepted in a community of people whilst completely naked allows us to get past the hang ups and insecurities we may have developed over many years because of society’s contradictory ideas about the human body.
- It provides much needed rest – We all live increasingly busy and stressful lives. Visiting a place like Naturi regularly provides some rest and respite, where we can relax and enjoy some down time. We can take the time to enjoy the natural environment, and unplug from technology and “white noise”.
- It’s healthy – It’s good for us to get outdoors, and because of the opportunities to participate in activities like bushwalking, gardening, swimming and tennis, we may just get the chance to shed a few kilos!
- It’s inexpensive – Most hobbies require the purchase of equipment, uniforms, and there will usually be lessons or training to pay for. With naturism, there’s no gear to buy! The club uniform is your birthday suit. Nudist facilities also open you up to a range of holiday options that are far less expensive than what is usually available to most people.
- You’ll make some great friends – Most naturists are friendly and open-minded. We don’t take ourselves too seriously, and we tend to laugh a lot. If you become a member you will find you have a community of like-minded people to share the ups and downs of life with.
A recent scientific study, published in 2017 in the Journal of Happiness Studies, found that being socially naked increases a person’s sense of well being and acceptance of their own body, and the more time we spend naked in community, the happier we will be. It’s a no brainer – get naked, and get happy!
If you would like to visit Naturi to experience social nudism for the first time and consider potential membership, or are a member of another nudist group who would like to visit us, we would welcome your enquiry. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and will be in touch with you soon.