If you have never walked along the beach with the warm wind blowing salt spray across your body and the sun's warm glow on your back...
If you have never been tossed in the foam of the surf and been swept by its surge onto the sand...
If you have never lay down in the meadow and felt your body lifted by the grass as you stared into puffly white clouds and then ran laughing and giggling into a pond then you have never lived. And if you haven't done it nude, you have only half lived.



My name is Gil, but you can call me Gilsnow. A lot of my friends do. (It's a long story). This site is about how I discovered naturism and what happened next. I hope you enjoy your stay.
This site had 18406 hits between June 19, 1997 and September 1, 1998 and since then has been averaging about 200 hits per day.

I never thought it would be that popular. In about 2004 I took my site down to move it to another location (I would have had to pay geocities for bandwidth) but I never completed the move until now (August 18, 2009). It has been a long time in coming and I admit, most of this was to just restore what I had. But this is a good starting point and, if I do say so myself, a good introduction to Naturism.

But first I would ask you to make a free donation of food for the hungry by clicking here.
the hunger site

Thank You

Gay Head unofficial Clothing Optional beach
I heard about Gay Head, an unofficial Clothing Optional beach on Martha's Vineyard island, Massachusetts, USA in 1993 while vacationing with my wife on our anniversary. I insisted that we go. The beach is flanked by vividly colored clay bluffs. These photos are not enough to do them justice. I enjoyed myself immensely. My wife, not so much.
Gay Head unofficial Clothing Optional beach

Shortly thereafter (perhaps a year or two) I was searching the internet and came across www.cybernude.com (now defunct). I particularly liked their quotes.

And forget not that the earth delights
to feel your bare feet
and the winds long
to play with your hair.
Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

"We are so narrow minded that we show war,
murder, rape, etc. on TV,
but we do not allow to show one of the
most wonderfull creations (the human body)
in its natural form."
Mario Roman

Clothes are not an expression of who you are, but of where you are.

Walk Nude, and people won`t need to undress you with their eyes.

I quickly became engrossed and I started looking for other sites. I guess it was the honesty and straight forwardness I saw in the naturist community that first got me believing that nudity could be enjoyed without sexual overtones. But finding that community wasn't easy at first. But eventually I found more sites with thoughts like these.

Truth is, most of us contain a splashing, giggling, squealing child who knows without thinking that bare skin and water go together as wings go with air, roots with earth, and the phoenix with incendiary sun. And innocence belongs to us as it did to ancient Greek athletes, who never wore clothes for their footraces or boxing matches but rather oiled themselves until their nude bodies glistened in the sunlight.
Janet Lembke, Skinny Dipping

With a little inner pirouette of excitement I realized just how much there was to look forward to tomorrow. The thought of being all day naked in the sun was delicious enough in itself, but there was the whole of our new world to explore.
Lucy Irvine, Castaway

From Clothing or the lack thereof.

I liked the whole idea of naturism. My wife wasn't so sure. Well, then I found Patty Logan and I began to see that there is an entirely different woman's perspective. It took time but my wife now understands how much I embrace naturism. Time and patience.

What is Naturism?

So what is naturism? I believe Naturism is first about accepting oneself.
It's about not trying to fit into a single body type be considered
beautiful. You really don't need to be slimmer, or
bigger or rounder or more muscular or whatever to accept
yourself and to really believe you truly are beautiful. And
that neither surgury or childbirth or aging changes that.

It's about being free enough to feel the wind and sun and
water without the pervasive feeling that you must always be
clothed. And it's about living and sharing this experience
and being ourselves Naturally. Naturism is not sexual.
Sexual intimacy is very personal and private and should be
kept that way. Naturism, on the other hand, is family oriented
and can be shared without embarrasement or feeling like one's
doing something 'bad'.

The Women's Perspective

How do women relate to naturism?
In our image conscious society
how can nudity help overcome
fears of imperfection?
These women have experienced naturism,
have felt the freedom
and have been changed.

Julie Dailey

A Short Story of Liberation (fiction)

Naturist Principles & Etiquette

"The mission of The Naturist Society is
to promote a culture of body acceptance
through clothing-optional recreation,
using the tools of education and community outreach."
To learn more click here.
For some of the rules we follow click rules

Did you think we were without a purpose or rules of etiquette?

By the way, you have probably figured out by now that if
you're looking for anything sexual or erotic you will have
to look elsewhere. Nudism and naturism have nothing to do
with sex.

Does that Sound strange?

Perhaps it's because most Americans have been misled by movies, TV, books and magazines so often that many believe that nudity is always either an invitation for sex or a reason to feel humiliated and embarrassed. Guess what. That's not true of naturists and nudists. And that certainly isn't true elsewhere in the world. Places like England, France or Scandinavia have accepted the naturist lifestyle and clothing optional use of beaches for generations. That, in and of itself, is like a breath of fresh air.

I've been talking about Naturism and Nudism. In North America
these terms are used interchangeably but there is a difference.
Naturism or Nudism?

I began to explore further into what nudity means, not just to the individual but as a symbol. Nudity is not anarchy, but it is freedom. It allows one to come in full contact with the natural world in a way one simply cannot do without abandoning the taboos of most cultures. Strangely, one can give up these ancient taboos without discarding one's morals. In many ways nudity can symbolize a rite of passage.
Here some excerpts by authors who have used nudity in literature and science fiction to describe just such a passage through culture.


I especially like this friend's introduction to a naturist family Experience.

This one is just for fun: Pancakes Au Naturel

Naturism and the Family

Above we looked at naturism from the point of view of adults. Naturism however is really a family centered lifestyle. When parents and children share a naturist environment in the home I believe they develop a greater acceptance of their bodies, a respect for other's personal space and the removal of the veil of mystery and fear of the changes of puberty, pregnancy and aging.

Naturism and Generations

From a radio program called, "Next Big Thing"
is a piece simply called Skinny Dipping.

How one family, three generations come, together
at a lake in the moonlight. I personnally
think this is superb.

This second piece, courtesy of Samantha Silver and
the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies,
delves into Naturism in New England. In it you
might recognize my voice.
Skin Deep

My own Generations

I've learned also about how my mother was
introduced to skinny dipping (which may have
led her to let me experience it).
My mother's story.

A story about how my son was first introduced to naturism and how he loved it then. I call it
Father and Son.

June 2000 marks my third year attending the Eastern Naturist Gathering.
Here is the story of what happened there.

Two Views of Naturism

American Association for Nude Recreation
As Recreation
As a preteen

(Sonclothed's Naturist Page)

Special note to kids under 18
Naturism is ethical, moral, family oriented and, in my opinion, very beneficial. But please remember that common sense and precautions are important for your safety with this or any thing you do.

Please do involve your parents and never go wandering off, even on your own property, nude.

Please, when on the internet be internet safe. Don't provide your full name, address or other identifying information (such as school name, church, clubs, scout troops etc.) to strangers, clubs, IM or chat rooms.


And don't forget
Being a naturist is fun!


Take a look at a
nudist camp in Florida.
Look how far naturism
has come.

The Weekly Planet, Photo credit, Bud Lee
Concerned about children
and naturism? Then you
won't want to miss
this article about:
Social Nudity and
Scholarly Study .
Nudity and Child Development
This article features two breast
feeding mothers I know.

News From the Breast feeding front.

Nursing child on nude beach.

What is it to be topfree?
Naked Spirit Beautifully done. A must see.

Another of the wonderful experiences in life is
the sauna. Take a guided tour of one in Israel
just for fun!

Now go browse
The Naturist Society
The Naturist Society
A national organization with a wealth of information.


Federation of Canadian Naturism
The Federation Of Canadian Naturism

"Sexual modesty cannot then in any simple way be identified with the use of clothing, nor shamelessness with the absence of clothing and total or partial nakedness... There are circumstances in which nakedness is not immodest... Nakedness as such is not to be equated with physical shamelessness. Immodesty is present only when nakedness plays a negative role with regard to the value of the person... The human body is not in itself shameful, nor for the same reasons are sensual reactions, and human sensuality in general. Shamelessness (just like shame and modesty) is a function of the interior of a person..."
attributed to Pope John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla)
Love & Responsibility, 1981

Christian Naturists Links
Is Social Nudism Condemned
By The Bible As Sinful?
This intense debate brings to light questions you may have asked yourself about the Bible and nudity.
Fig Leaf Forum A newsletter offering fellowship, edification and encouragement to Bible-believing Christian nudists.

Places where one can go to experience naturism for oneself

Solair Recreation League
Solair Recreation League
Dyer Woods Nudist Campground
Dyer Woods Nudist Campground
Cedar Waters Village
Cedar Waters Village
Pilgrim Naturists of New England
Pilgrim Naturists of New England"

NOTE: I am not responsible for any content or links on linked pages.