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AANR Members-Thank You for Voting!

Fri, 2017-06-30 06:00

 


The polls are now closed.

Results will be posted in the Member section of this website soon.

Stay tuned for results!

Alexandra Schuttauf,
Public Relations/Communications Specialist, AANR

OMG I’m Dating a Non-Nudist

Tue, 2017-06-27 10:27

(Continued from Growing Up as a Nudist – Part 1)

I will call him Dean.

Photo Credit: Katie Mo Photo www.facebook.com/katiemophotography

Dean and I had been together about two months before I even thought about telling him. Maybe I was nervous because I am not a fan of rejection, but I knew I had to tell him I was a nudist.

When I broached the subject to him, he looked a little shocked and I asked him what he thought. He said “I didn’t think that was a thing. But it really doesn’t matter because of how much I care about you.”

During our conversation, I mentioned that I go to nudist resorts with my family. He said, “Oh you told them?” My answer was “Who do you think got me involved?” He said, “I’m definitely surprised about this entire conversation. But I still care about you too much.” Yeah, I’m keeping him.

Dean didn’t know what to say to his parents. I said I could talk to them. He said, “No, let’s wait on that. I want them to get to know you first.”

After knowing Dean’s reaction, I needed to tell my parents I was dating a non-nudist. As I walked in the living room where my parents were, I thought about what I wanted to say to them. My stomach was churning, and I blurted out “I’m dating a non-nudist!” Surprisingly, they didn’t hear what I said, so I had to repeat it. They both turned and looked at me, and asked, “What do you want for dinner?” After my sigh of relief, I told them how I felt about Dean and the fact that he didn’t care that I was a nudist. They were happy for me because I had found someone to make me happy and someone I liked so much.

Dean and I have been going strong for about a year and a half now, still learning the ins and outs of what a long-term relationship is, and the requirements that go along with that. Also, I have invited Dean to go with me to a nudist resort.

His response was a bit uncertain. “I don’t know how I would handle it myself, just because I don’t want to stare at anyone by accident,” he said. “No worries,” I said, “I will get you a pair of dark sunglasses and in a very short time, you’ll no longer need them.”

It’s common to feel this way, especially for someone trying nudism for the first time. His last sentence made me hopeful for the future. He stated, “I definitely want to give it a try at some point.”

I grew up in a nudist family, and I have been going to resorts affiliated with AANR all my life.

I encourage anyone to experience that feeling of freedom that comes from spending time with friends and family in a wholesome, friendly nudist environment. And who knows, if you’re single, you may meet someone who shares your enthusiasm for nudism, or better yet, find someone (like I did) who cares enough about you to entertain the notion of nudism.

Alexandra Schuttauf,
Public Relations/Communications Specialist, AANR

Growing Up as a Nudist – Part 1

Tue, 2017-06-13 10:10

Note: The following is an article from the March 2017 issue of The Bulletin. To regularly receive The Bulletin, become an AANR member today.

I don’t have a first-time story, mostly because I cannot remember it. Also, I was born into the nudist way of life and had to get most of the story from my parents.

It all started long before I was born when my dad was working as a summer law clerk in the Midwest. He read an article in the Kansas City Star about a travel editor’s visit to Club Orient. The same issue of the newspaper contained a small advertisement for an open house that Prairie Haven Club in Scranton, Kansas was holding the next weekend. On a lark, my parents went on a road trip to the club thinking they would drop in for about 10 minutes, then check visiting a nudist place off life’s ‘to-do’ list. After meeting some friendly people and watching my dad enjoy a skinny dip, my mom then knew things would be different for him. “You’ll be ready to do the nudist thing again soon,” she predicted as they drove out.

It may have taken a few more visits and Florida’s warm sun when my folks moved there a couple years later, but my mom became convinced too. Fast forward to 1992. I was two weeks old, and my parents headed to Cypress Cove with me in tow for a day of sunshine, and a special family tradition in birthday suits to celebrate new birthdays. By 1998 dad was working at AANR, I had a little sister, a little brother, and we all had little use for swimsuits.

We lived a few blocks away from the Kissimmee-based resort Cypress Cove. This was such an awesome way to grow up. Imagine knowing that after school or Church, we could ride our bikes down the road and go to the lake or the pool and have fun.

In 2000, my littlest brother was born, and our family was complete. With us growing up and getting more friends, we invited a few friends of the family to try it out. I remember it was always the same process. We would get there, they’d be a little nervous, but eventually, they would want to undress and join in on the fun too.

Growing up as a nudist has given me a stronger bond with my family. Whether it is having a road trip to get to an AANR Convention, or riding our bikes to “The Cove” on Sundays after Church, there has always been a connection there that so many families miss out on.

Through experiences with the AANR Youth Summer Camps, I was able to share fun experiences with kids my own age too, and learn more about naturism/nudism and education from the excellent leadership that the AANR youth camps provide as well. This helped me tackle and overcome the pressure about negative body image, and gave me a better view of body acceptance.

As I grew older, I was more exposed to the advertising of the impossible “ideal woman” the world has conditioned us to adopt. I knew in my heart, from growing up with talking to people of all walks of life, young and old, that people aren’t built to the unrealistic visual expectations the world has for us. We are so much more. Because of my upbringing in this body-positive environment, I can still be happy knowing that while I may be judged for my body, it truly doesn’t matter to me.

When thinking back, I remember what my younger self would have said while building castles on the beach, listening to a cover band play Rock’n’Roll classics at Nude-a-Palooza: “This is awesome, I hope it never ends.”

Me too, younger Alix, me too.

Stay tuned next week for part 2!

Alexandra Schuttauf,
Public Relations/Communications Specialist, AANR

 

AANR Members—Vote Today!

Mon, 2017-06-05 12:09

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello members of AANR!

Today is the day to vote on a proposed change to the AANR Bylaws.

If you are a member and have received an email regarding voting, please take the time to vote online! If you have any questions regarding voting, please contact the AANR office at 1-800-TRY-NUDE.

Happy Voting!

 

Alexandra Schuttauf,
Public Relations/Communications Specialist

World Naked Gardening Day Wrap-Up

Wed, 2017-05-31 09:39

The 13th annual World Naked Gardening Day was May 6. On that day, people from all over the globe tended to their gardens as nature intended, au natural.

This was a monumental day for everyone who tried gardening nude for the first time. To all of those who did, AANR would like to say congratulations to you for stepping out of your comfort zone! We invite you to visit www.aanr.com/member-benefits/join-renew, sign up for a membership, and enjoy more of the freedom you experienced on WNGD! Likewise, if you introduced a friend to nudism on May 6, thank you!

#WorldNakedGardeningDay was a trending topic on Twitter May 6. Click on the hashtag to see the posts on Twitter!

To wrap up the event, here are some pictures from some of our members who joined us in celebrating World Naked Gardening Day.

 

 

 

 

AANR Membership

Fri, 2017-05-05 12:28

What does it mean to be a member of AANR? What are the features and benefits for a member?
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Women in Naturism Weekend

Fri, 2017-04-28 13:25

AANR is currently promoting Women in Naturism Weekend, June 3-4, 2017. This is a global event celebrated around the world to encourage women to try nude recreation. Once you have discovered that natural and life-enhancing experience of nude recreation, you will ask yourself “What took so long?” Go ahead, pencil in some time; invest in yourself by planning a stress-free afternoon, weekend, or longer at a nude resort, nude beach, or naturist retreat near you. It is truly a relaxing and liberating way to take a break from everyday stresses!

 

Melissa Sigman

Marketing Director, AANR