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Naturism or Nudism (these terms are used interchangeably within North America) is a practice of being naked whenever and wherever one can. Either alone or in mixed company, the participant enjoys the freedom of being nude. Often incorporating it into their lifestyle as much as practicably possible. An “official” definition from the International Naturist Federation is “Naturism is a way of life in harmony with nature characterised by the practice of communal nudity with the intention of encouraging self-respect, respect for others and for the environment.”

Naturism is NOT about sex. Naked people together in a social setting is not a sexually charged environment. True Naturist participants make a point of separating sex and nudity because the two are in fact separate things. Just think about showering, it’s not sexual unless you make it so. Keep Naturism about non-sexual nude freedom by realizing that it is exactly that – non-sexual. If you’d like to read about Naturism and Sex then check out this post from NTRSM’s blog. We will fully support and advocate this same position here at BCCIN.

NTRSM has a really good introduction to Naturism in this post from their blog site.

Who are Naturists?

Naturists come from all walks of life with different cultural, social and educational backgrounds. Your Doctor, Pastor, friend and co-worker, fellow congregant and even your sibling, parent or child could be someone who enjoys the freedom of being naked. Some are open about it and promote it. Others fear repercussions from the oppressing and hyper sexualized society we live within. Follow this link for Christian resources about Naturism and Christianity.

Why be a Naturist?

Aside the obvious answer of “it feels good” there are more scientific studies coming out that show/prove naturism is good for you, good for children and good for our society. One such study titled “Naked and Unashamed: Investigations and Applications of the Effects of Naturist Activities on Body Image, Self-Esteem, and Life Satisfaction” can be read online or downloaded from this link https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10902-017-9846-1.

Anecdotal evidence from naturists also tells us people who have been raised in a Naturist/Nudist home tend to have zero interest in and are largely uninfluenced by pornography and sexualized material. One study about this titled “Early Childhood Exposure to Parental Nudity and Scenes of Parental Sexuality (“Primal Scenes”): An 18-Year Longitudinal Study of Outcome” found a positive outcome of home nudity. The study is online and can be downloaded from this link https://www.researchgate.net/publication/13604229_Early_Childhood_Exposure_to_Parental_Nudity_and_Scenes_of_Parental_Sexuality_Primal_Scenes_An_18-Year_Longitudinal_Study_of_Outcome.

This website hopes to be a source of information and resources for the naturists of the central interior of British Columbia.

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Thank you to http://www.naturistsymbol.org/ for the creation and use of a Naturist Symbol for all to use and promote.