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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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.

Naturist Cleaning firm; risks of being raped by clients. | The Naturist Page


naturist-cleaners-based-in-surrey-is-looking-for-more-female-staff1A cleaning firm in Surrey and Sussex who were looking for Naturist women to clean houses in the nude for a majority of male customers are in deep water when women are being raped. (Yvonne Traynor, CEO of the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre)

People are being warned and personally, do not take on random jobs like this. It’s very risky and you never know what you might be getting yourself into. If you’re going to take on a job like this, make sure that the place is a trusted naturist venue, federation, campground, resort, etc.

The name of the cleaning firm is unknown at the time. However, if more information surfaces, you’ll be the first to know.

Naturism from summer to winter & Being with the FQN in Winter | The Naturist Page


SONY DSCIt’s obvious that once fall arrives, the cooler/colder temperatures start to make any Naturist that live in the colder areas of the earth, feel a little bummed out. I am one of them. It’s that time of year now where it’s time to hang up the usual activities I enjoy dearly outdoors in with nature and the feeling of that sun-kissed warmth of the sun getting my healthy dose of vitamin D. In Summer, I love going skinny dipping in the rivers, lakes and ponds. Naked hiking up north along the Red River; as well as weekend naked camping over there. It’s beautiful at night where your only light source is either the moon, campfire or a battery-powered flashlight. Escaping from the light i’d jump from rock to rock till i found a nice place to lay on a rock looking up in the sky and seeing more beautiful stars than grains of sand on a beach. Occasionally see a shooting star or three!

Now we’re a day away from Halloween and I’ve already began to feel some light snow on my face. It’s that time of year where if it wasn’t for the FQN, I’d probably be clothesfree with my wife indoors at home. I’m glad the FQN has been around since 1977 by a man we can not thank more, Michel Vais. I think my first time I decided to give it a try with the FQN during the winter was sometime around 1994. I was around 16 years old then. back then, They had the YMCA near l’Allier metro station. Over there, they had EVERYTHING you’d love to do. a wide variety of activities you can do under one roof. Every Sunday, You had the choice to do what you loved to do. I for one, Always went first, down stairs to the Workout Gym. You would find me on the treadmill running away, or on the pedal bike trying to keep my legs active for cycling season. I love to ride my bike long distance in summer and this was the best way I could keep up my stamina for that. After a long good hard workout, I’d rinse down all the sweat and head on over to the swimming pool and swim until it was about to close. 30min before it did, I’d hit the sauna or hot tub where I’d then shower down and then the sad and dreadful part — getting dressed again for that -40°c trip back home that usually took one hour and thirty minutes to get home. They have the following activities at the time in the YMCA, swimming, running track, workout room, tennis, badminton, volleyball section, sauna, and hot tub. Not to mention the free coffee and occasionally free biscuits or cookies that other members would bring in for others. For me, that was the best location they had ever had.

Now a days, I feel either the FQN is lacking the funding or for whatever else may be the issue, have scattered the events all over and around Montreal. The same activities (except the workout gym) are spread all over the place that makes it difficult for someone like me to get around without a car. They are scattered in Montreal, Laval, Repentigny, etc. No longer in one spot. However, I am grateful that there are lifts available to these events where you can carpool with trusted members. I just wish it was like at the YMCA back then where you had everything under one roof where it was easier to get there and have the trouble to decide what to do next, rather than being forced to do what was happening at that venue — and only that at that venue.

I will forever support the FQN, because if it wasn’t for them, we’d be left in the cold quite literally in winter. Thank you very much, FQN. I’m so happy you guys are around to help make the winter blues feel easier to get through!

Farewell Summer of 2016 | The Naturist Page


14804764_10154349734194724_1920858487_nWell, another summer is over and we can’t complain too much. It was warm up to today. As fall temperatures will settle in tomorrow, to stay. We find ourselves itching to seek out to the FQN/FCN events for winter. This way we may enjoy naturism outside my home. Check out your local Federation/Club/Campgrounds for winter events. You’d be surprised what they may have to offer with indoor events and activities. Us living in Montreal, we have indoor events such as swimming, aqua-fit, tennis, badminton, jogging, sauna, jacuzzi, Christmas dinner, the sugar shack, and other various activities within the community. So, turn them frowns upside down and think positive this winter! Make the best of it, you also could make more naturist friends in this manner =)

Yes, I’m a Naturist but no, that does not mean I’m sexual. | The Naturist Page


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Yes I’m a Naturist. You ask me to get my clothes on like it’s something wrong. It’s not, nudity to me is natural because we were all born this way. That clothes to us Naturists is for when it’s cold. I don’t come in to your home and ask you to get naked because I’m uncomfortable with clothing. In fact, I’m completely fine if your clothed or not. It’s a matter of choice if you decide to have clothes on or not. Naturists are very friendly and opened minded on lifestyles. Why would you discriminate social and non-sexual nudity? Embrace body acceptance and acceptance of others.

Don’t look at nudity as something shameful. What ‘is’ shameful is, linking social nudity as something sexual and tabooed. People been so brainwashed by media, news and all the porn on the internet/tv/mags — that textiles have had their minds re-programmed to when they see nudity ‘SNAP’ they automatically associate it with sexual-ism. Just as you who wear clothes, we are protective on who we associate with in life because even in the Naturist lifestyle we too have people who pretend or are nudsts who are uneducated in our way of life. Them people we disconnect with. We have the same in common… sexual predators. We’re just simply living on opposite sides of the pond. Textiles and Naturists don’t want to have to worry about having to encounter a sexual predator. Yes, by nature humans are sexual beings but there is a time and place for everything and to have maturity level and ability to control how one behaves in public, like the clothed world.

So please, the next time you visit a Naturist home or in person, evaluate them just as you in the clothed world as we do in the Naturist world and make your judgment responsibly. If you do encounter a Naturist, Talk with them and you will see we are actually very kind and friendly people.

Clarification on the terms of Naturist and Nudist


Naturism. It’s not just about shedding your clothing and getting naked. So what is Naturism?

Naturism is to be in tune with nature with the elements of life and nature around you. It’s like the expression being high on life where you comfortable in your skin without any negativity around you. The love of the sun over your skin, the breeze across your skin and the feeling of the earth on your bare feet. Experiences like this are often heightened more so with a friend, family member(s) or a loved one where you and who you’re with, can experience it together. Just remember, much like the textile world, lewd behaviour is frowned upon in the Naturist community when in the public. There is nothing wrong with being intimate — it’s a natural human behaviour. However, if you want to be intimate with your partner, please do that in the privacy of your home where you wont offend somebody.

Nudist. What’s wrong with the term and why do so many people get confused with the term?

The problem with the term nudist is the media and porn industries use this term all the time and this is why people rather be called a Naturist than be called a Nudist. But is there a difference between the two terms? In the Naturist community’s view there is no real difference. I think the main reason why people rather be called a Naturist is due how the media and porn industries portray the term to be something sexual when using the term ‘nudist’.

You may use either term really. Places in Europe rather use the term nudist. Maybe because Europe has already divided nudity and sexual behaviour as being two different things. That to be naked isn’t a sexual statement and by simply being naked is being normal or natural.

Naturism is a lifestyle that isn’t judgmental. As long as your being yourself and enjoying the high on the clothes free life — yes we all have flaws on our bodies, who doesn’t? I have many scars from sports, surgeries, and acne. This does not stop me from enjoying my life. Am i worried that people will in a figuratively manner point fingers and whisper to others on my flaws? Not in the least. Naturists aren’t judgemental in that way because we respect one and other for our character. Unlike in the textile world where judging people is all around us. people judge others on the bus, metro/subway, malls, on the street, even in our very home where they feel they though was a haven from negativity.

Stop the body shaming and being judgemental on others. Learn self-respect for yourself and of others. You’ll find you will see and feel what it is to feel true freedom and have a much better respect of even the little things around you. You only live once, enjoy it now because even if you tell yourself that if people usually live to 100 years — that 100 years FLYS by fast!