Welcome…The World of Naturism Awaits
The Naturist Society is a membership organization first and foremost. If you enjoy skinny-dipping, nude sunbathing, or that feeling of freedom while nude, then TNS membership is for you. Join TNS today and let your membership card serve as your passport to nude adventures.
The term naturist means different things to different people. To some, it suggests a carefully considered way of life-a philosophy, no less. To others it's nothing more than a day at the nude beach.
Membership in The Naturist Society offers an opportunity to learn more about the fascinating world of naturism, its history and philosophy right along with the challenges and opportunities.
Whether you view naturism as a way of life or a form of recreation, join TNS and experience naturism in all its variety.
To see why others have joined the Naturist Society's family please take a look at the following video testimonials on our About page or view on You Tube. If you're still not convinced see what other Benefits await you as a TNS member!
Our Mission Statement
The mission of The Naturist Society is to promote body acceptance through clothing-optional recreation using the tools of education and community outreach.
The Naturist Society views clothing-optional recreation as essential to body acceptance. Through clothing-optional recreation, participants, be they individuals, couples or families, learn to appreciate the diversity of body types and gain a better understanding and acceptance of their own bodies.
Catching up with Nicky - TNS owner, N magazine editor and publisher.
Spring must be here—I saw a robin on my front yard this weekend so it must be true. Right? Well you wouldn’t know it by looking out my office window this dreary Monday morning. It’s a good thing I’ve got plenty to do to keep me busy or I’d be heading home for the couch and a good book.
Speaking of good books, we’re going to have our first ever book discussion group at the Eastern Naturist Gathering this year. Tracy Horgan will be leading a group discussion on The Apple Orchard by Susan Wiggs. Be sure to get your copy from your local bookstore, read it before the gathering, and join in this interesting discussion group.
I’m also pretty excited about having a caricature artist with us this year. He’ll be set up near the TNS registration table on Wednesday and Friday mornings, drawing caricatures for a $5 fee. I can’t wait!
In addition to the very creative photography that Eric Fleischer always shares with us, Michael Cooney will be returning to the Eastern Gathering this year with some new fun and exciting photo workshops as well. All you camera buffs will certainly enjoy that. (Michaell met his wife Donna at an Eastern Naturist Gathering 26 years ago – so we’re happy for their return).
After a morning of slip-n-slide you may want to to relax and rejuvenate. If that's the case, make sure to highlight your schedule to participate in one of the yoga or meditation workshops. For those of you who like to challenge your body, standing brocades and Shiatsu are on the schedule as well. To wind down there will be a beer summit and wine tasting, or partake in one of the many themed dances. Who knows, along with dancing off a few calories from the fabulous food you may just win a prize.
Of course, there will be some old stand by workshops with Bob Morton, the Chair of the Naturist Action Committee being on hand to get us up-to-date on what’s happening on the political scene all across the country. Plus, with new workshops added this year there is sure to be something for everyone! To see how things are shaping up and to start planning your activites see our prelimanary schedule. If you don't see what you're looking for perhaps you can lead a workshop, just give me a call, I'm always on the look out for new and exciting activites.
Register today and get ready to catch up with old friends; make new friends, enjoy a week filled with family • friendship • fun, and celebrate life naturally with your extended naturist family.
I'm looking forward to seeing you all.
Nude & Natural - The magazine of Naturist Living
Single issues of the 30, 29, and 28 series of Nude & Natural magazine are now available online at our Skinny-Dipper Shop!
To view and shop click HERE or call us at 800-886-7230 Monday - Friday 8 to 5 and we'll be happy to help!
N, The Magazine of Naturist Living (aka Nude & Natural) takes you inside the fascinating world of naturism with incisive commentary and analysis, solid reporting, and naturist-friendly but always tasteful photography. Travel stories, club and resort updates, naturist politics and culture, N has it all.
A subscription to N magazine is just one of the many benefits you will receive when you join TNS.
To read this month's article, Can't Wreck Her Beach - Advocate spends decades defending nature and naturism an article on Judy Williams click HERE.
Naturist Society founder Lee Baxandall
TNS founder Lee Baxandall's first skinny-dipping experiences were as a young Boy Scout camping in Twin Lakes Reservation in Wisconsin. After receiving his master's degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Baxandall moved to New York, where he became active writing, translating, and critiquing plays. He also applied his writing skills to producing books on the arts, psychology, and politics. His political activism at this time prepared him for his interest in naturism to come. To read more about the history of The Naturist Society click HERE.
CLICK to see a photo gallery of Lee.
Together We Can Grow Naturism
"Individual commitment to a group effort - that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work." - Vince Lombardi
Did you know that when you become a member of The Naturist Society, shop the Skinny-Dipper, volunteer your time, or donate money to naturist causes you become a part of an inclusive and caring community that has been promoting and protecting naturism for more than 30 years?
Today, more of our beaches and public lands reserved for naturists is shrinking, making The Naturist Society's work more crucial than ever. We are not only battling to keep naturist ideals alive for future generations, but like you we are also fighting a downturn in the economy, and subsequently, membership dollars. We can't achieve our goals without the support of those that share in our passion for preserving what Lee Baxandall, and others before us have fought so hard for! With so much at stake, we hope you will consider supporting our work.
We are proud of the work we do, fighting for your right to enjoy nude recreation at beaches, resorts, hot springs and public lands, hosting naturist events on both coasts and publishing the first-class naturist magazine N but we can't do it alone. Won't you consider joining or renewing today so together we can continue to make strides in making naturism more main stream. Please MAIL, shop ONLINE, or call 800-886-7230 and become a member of our community!
If you are already a Naturist Society member please consider making a donation. Your support is appreciated and for every donation of $100 or more you will receive a Collectors Edition Commemorative Tile dedicated to Lee Baxandall. Each tile is numbered, seal coated, and hand crafted by naturist artist Joanne Sampey using "naked" white clay. Very limited quantities available!
The Saguaro Cactus, survives in a barren, dry area due to the symbiotic relationship it shares with the creatures of the desert. Birds, bats, and insects flock to the pollen of this cactis' night blooming flowers, spreading the seeds that allow for new growth. In return the cacti provide shelter and nourishment. In this way naturists and The Naturist Society are similar. Without TNS, naturists would lose many beaches to government legislation…and without the support of naturists TNS will not grow and thrive. Won't you please consider becoming a lifetime member today and support the cause!
"It gives us a great feeling knowing that The Naturist Society is doing so much to protect our rights. The ongoing challenges naturists face are vast, but by joining with TNS and their history of remarkable accomplishments, we are proud to be a small part of the much needed solutions that The Naturist Society provides." -Claudette Richard and Jim Dickey, lifetime members since 1991.
Installment options are available. Please call 800-886-7230 for details.
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