“You’re a Naturist, why do you still wear footwear?” | The Naturist Page


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bare river 9-5-2015 copyI think the best way I can explain this is because being a Naturist and being a barefooter is two different lifestyles. I can understand the confusion being both a Naturist and a newly barefooter enough to say that if I put aside the lifestyle as a barefooter, Naturists prefer a cleaner lifestyle. In that what I mean is that as a Naturist we rather or prefer to live a life being as clean as possible. so that being said, many Naturists (not all) like to keep their feet clean because once they need to go somewhere indoors such as a Naturist resort they don’t want to track in that local mud hole you just visited inside the resort or your very home.

SONY DSCAs a barefooter (putting aside my Naturist lifestyle) I’ll walk in whatever comes to  me and I would not skip the opportunity of something like a mud hole or new sensations to feel on my feet. Much like the naturist lifestyle, there are many health benefits to being a barefooter as much as benefits in the Naturist lifestyle. Such as this site, by Health Guidance that explains as such.

I have been a Naturist for most of my life and only been dabbing in to the barefoot lifestyle for 4 years — yet only been going to public stores and venues since July. Already I have been seeing some signs of the benefits on being barefoot recently when I had stepped on a glass shard and it never hurt me. I actually thought it was a rock sticking to my foot until I tried to brush it off with my hand and actually felt it being a shard of glass. I carefully removed it and I was on my way like nothing ever happened.

18739664_10211580799008509_1468126887284490194_n[1]If you’d like to learn more on the barefoot lifestyle I’m part of the group on Facebook and their page on Facebook & on Twitter called Barefoot is Legal. Check them out as they have helped me as much as I like to help you in the Naturist lifestyle.

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How to deal with nude-beach harassment | The Naturist Page


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This article by Raphael Lee Cass, Byron Bay has some great pointers. I’ve had to do similar at Okapulco Beach by a group of us pulling this wanker out of a tree and kicking him off the beach without his clothes and asked him to never return. 

Paul Spooner takes the easy way out, proposing to cancel the clothing-optional beach near Grays Lane. But effort is needed to fix the issues there.

If someone assaults a person at an AFL game the local council doesn’t cancel the matches. Sexual assault needs to be stopped. Lying naked on the sand doesn’t mean your head is in it; and has nothing to do with assault.

The issue is about protecting ourselves from unwell people. Last Tuesday a naked Swedish tourist was at North Beach. A naked man came up and sat close to her, asking questions. She looked distressed and uncomfortable. A male nudist [MN] suspicious of the man’s intentions went over and asked why he was sitting so close. Within seconds he left.

I spoke to MN. He suggested five techniques:

1. Wave an unwanted visitor away 2. If they don’t leave, tell them to leave 3. If they don’t leave, pick up your phone and tell them you will call the police 4. If they don’t leave, call out for help from other beachgoers then take a photo of them 5. If he doesn’t leave, call the police.

This is about empowerment. Naturists say that nudity is not about sex.

For men, it’s about protecting the women in our community. If you see a woman being harassed, tell the harasser to go away. Get support from other people. Take photos. If all else fails, call the police – remembering it takes time for their arrival.

As a community, we must deal with this problem.

If we’re to create a balance in Naturism with males to females it’s all about respect and stepping in when needed and the removal of prudes, sexual harassment, cruisers, etc. Help by making the women feel safe where they feel they can always feel that we’re there for them when such events occur. In some cases, some women don’t need help and can take it upon their own to take care of the situation on their own and really embarrass the offender in a manner that can be amusing to see.

When looking for new Naturist friends | Scott RedCloud


It’s not all that easy when it comes to finding like-minded peers in Montreal to be able to consider as friends when it comes to the Naturist lifestyle. The reason for this maybe more me, however, this same fear or anxiety that I have might be shared with others having this same concern.

keyboard-120307[1]I have been in the chatrooms, meetup groups, searching Facebook groups to find people who I can relate with — with no real success. Don’t get me wrong, I have found many friends online who I can relate with. the only problem is, they live very far away. I have trusted Naturist friends in the USA, Europe, Australia, Canada, etc. Just none close enough to the Montreal region. I use to have two good Naturist friends. (Alex and Jean) I now just have Jean, since Alex has retired and has been traveling across the USA and Canada now with his new partner Betty.

The problem I have with associating myself with other people is they claim to be a Naturist… upon further evaluation of the individual, I usually find out they are not in to the lifestyle for the right reasons. Usually they are more on the sexual side of the lifestyle instead of being serious in to the lifestyle. Being a male, even I’m getting targeted by these kind of people. I can only imagine what it would be like to be a female. It’s no wonder there are more men in Naturism rather than their being a balance when it comes naturism.

naturism1[1]There is always that fear of people who do not share the simplicity of the fact that Naturism does not equal sexual acts or gestures. These individuals need to learn that Naturism is the same lifestyle as the clothed life, only that we as Naturists simply rather live clothed free with no intentions of being like the media, news or the uneducated public like to portray what nudity is.

facebook-friends-ftr[1]This is why I have issues with making Naturist friends. I might be very critical when it comes to making family friends, I might be too strict, but I’m doing it for the right reasons to protect not only myself, but my family as well.

When looking for new Naturist friends, the main keys to look for are body language (big pointer there), conversation (are they serious? are they being suggestive?), keeping on topic (do they take interest in the conversation or do they keep changing topics), Are they able to have a conversation and keep to the topic when it has nothing to do with nudity? Last but certainly not least — EYE CONTACT! These are just a handful of things to analyze when attempting to make a new friend of the family.

AANR_Int gives Intersex individual the cold shoulder | The Naturist Page


It all started out as a simple call out to AANR_Int’s Twitter feed when an Intersex individual was simply requesting information on rates with a minor argument on fees due to sexual orientation and it blew up out of proportion for no reason. The following is the original post as seen in a group and retweeted tagging AANR_Int. Their response was not only off topic but by their response, not even cared about and giving Mikia the cold shoulder with their off topic reply.

 

 

 

The reason i’m not only angered by this reply is because they did not even take into consideration of this Intersex individual what so ever. After this response i’m requesting AANR for a re-review of this topic. Personally I believe a better in depth reply is in order upon this ordeal.

The Naturist Page | Montreal’s Summer is so far all washed up!


So far this summer is truly all washed up. With the early spring flooding with rising water levels and nearly every day with more rain or scattered showers, it’s been nearly impossible to go to Oka or Bare River for a decent day in the sun to enjoy the summer. Now we’re in July, it’s only 2 months left of summer and most over here on the east coast have had not much to work with when planning a simple outing without checking the radar.

If you’re like me, I’ve been constantly planning my day based on the radar. moreover, you can not always depend on the radar or forecast because it’s that kind of weather where even meteorologists have a hard time predicting when rain or storms come because you can check one min, then the next there is a developing system out of nowhere! Don’t blame the weather man/woman, this year has been kinda like a game of Russian roulette!

We do hope that the weather improves so that we don’t need to rely on the radar or forecast. After a long winter for us Canadians, 3 months of summer really does go by too fast to get your all over tan at your local Naturist beach, campgrounds, resort or simply in your own yard! To be honest, this year I’ve gotten more of a tan at home on my balcony than anywhere else because of this unpredictable weather we’ve been having this summer.

Barefooting in Naturism | The Naturist Page


SONY DSCI truly love the ability to be able to shed the clothes off to truly feel alive and the liberating feeling that goes with it; for me it’s another step to be a barefooter. For me, it takes it to a whole new level.

I was always barefoot at home because I can’t stand anything on my feet. It’s also more comfortable that way. My first barefoot experience was not at a campgrounds, resort, or the pool… that’s a very common place where most of us are barefoot and that does not count.

I was about 10km from home wearing my old sandals when a thunderstorm came out of nowhere, bringing heavy rain with it. The sandals I was wearing are dangerous when they are wet because it’s like walking barefoot on marble floors with oil on your feet! Not gonna happen or I’m going to hurt myself! So I decided to take them off and walk home barefoot in the rain. It was a really nice feeling on the feet with the rain and the puddles. The whole walk home I got to experience so many new sensations and textures. Walking in the running water along the sides of the streets, wet grass, dirt, mud, rocks, even the painted lines on the roads have a different feeling on the feet. My feet never felt so happy to be free from footware! When I got home I was like a wet rat but that’s when I decided to try combining my love for Naturism with barefooting.

IMG_20140615_193637My first all day being truly completely free of the clothes and footwear was at La Pommerie, centre naturiste et écologique. I went there with my buddy Happy Bare one year and decided to spend the whole day naked and barefoot. While there are people there with sandals on their feet (and that’s fine) I wanted to be more in tune with nature by Earthing. (“When we make direct contact with the surface of the Earth our bodies receive a charge of energy that makes us feel better, fast.”) My favorite place over there to truly feel connected to nature was in the forest with the leafs, mud, and running streams. Oh there were some bridges to get over some of these streams, but I took the road — I mean stream less traveled on and walk across the stream, rather than taking the bridge.

SONY DSCSince that day, I find myself going barefoot a lot more back home in the city. However, there are more things to be cautious about when barefooting/earthing in the city. Watch out for sharp objects and other various foot hazards. My favorite place is talking a nice long walk along the water front (River in my case) I really don’t mind if my feet get dirty because I know after that I can clean them. Also, I always carry a pair of emergency sandals where I go.

Of course, if you’re new to barefooting/earthing, your feet will take some time getting use to rough surfaces. With time your feet will adjust and get used to it. I highly recommend barefooting/earthing for all ages! You’ll thank me later when you experience the feeling or sensation of being connected to the earth.

Bare River Flooding | The Naturist Page


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Bare River

I’m sure you’ve been reading in the tabloids about the flooding along the St. Lawrence river; it’s certainly never good for the residencies who live near the shore of these regions.

A few years go we had high waters but nothing like this year. Usually when you attempt to go to Bare River, you must descend a steep path having to walk your bike (or by foot) to go the next 2km or so to get to the area known as Bare River. The two kilometer trek is usually easy to get to riding your bike because there is a path to get you there — riding between a tree line, rocks and the shore.

This year, I went there a few days ago to find myself descending the path and I was to an abrupt stop. The water line was so high, that it’s impossible with a bike to even go 50m towards to Bare River due to all the trees and having to (at this time of year) walk with your bike in 10°c water. At this time of year it’s pretty cold to walk in that water for 2km. Even if I was even able to man-up the cold, by the time I arrived there would not be any place to lay a towel to enjoy the sun. The only way to find a place to lay the towel down would be inside the trees where the sun is blocked. so not much sun to enjoy. Of course you could enjoy some naked time — just minus the sun; at this time of year the air is cool in the shade. Not really naked weather yet in the shade.

Why not bike the 2km after the decent point you ask? It’s because if I were to do that, there is a large rock and tree line cliff where it’s almost straight down. So bringing a bike and trying to get down will be very difficult to do. Even if one were to manage to make the decent, it would be 4x harder getting back up.

Moreover, Tomorrow (Saturday, Sunday and Monday) they are calling for more rain in the forecast. I do hope it’s not too much. Only time can tell.