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November 2023


Giving Thanks for Our Nudist Family - A Message from AANR West

Dear AANR West Members,

As we approach Thanksgiving, a time when we gather with our loved ones to express gratitude, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the many reasons we are thankful for our incredible nudist community here at AANR West.

In a world that often feels divided, our community is a shining example of unity, acceptance, and understanding. We come together from all walks of life, from diverse backgrounds, and with a wide range of life experiences. Yet, when we shed our clothes and embrace our natural state, we find a common bond that transcends our differences. It's a reminder that, at our core, we are all the same, and deserving of respect and acceptance.

We are grateful for the opportunities to connect with one another, not just on our beautiful nudist grounds, but also through the countless events, gatherings, and activities that bring us closer together. From our lively potlucks to our tranquil nature hikes, these moments of togetherness enrich our lives and create lasting memories.

This year, we're especially thankful for the resilience of our community. The challenges of the past year have tested our strength and determination. We've adapted to new ways of connecting and enjoying nudist experiences while prioritizing safety. Through it all, your commitment to the nudist lifestyle has shone brightly, and for that, we are truly grateful.

As we give thanks, we also acknowledge that not everyone has had the privilege to experience the joy and acceptance that our nudist family provides. We hope to continue spreading the message of body positivity, self-acceptance, and the simple pleasure of being in your natural state. Together, we can make the world a more accepting and understanding place.

In this season of gratitude, let's take a moment to appreciate our fellow nudists, the beautiful natural settings that host us, and the freedom we have to enjoy the nudist lifestyle. We are thankful for each and every one of you, our AANR West members, for making our community what it is today.

From all of us at AANR West, we wish you a warm and joyful Thanksgiving. May your holiday be filled with love, acceptance, and the comfort of being among friends and like-minded individuals.

With nudist warmth and gratitude,


The Benefits of Naturism: How Nudism Can Improve Your Life

Naturism, also known as nudism, is a lifestyle and cultural movement that embraces the idea of living life in harmony with nature, free from the constraints of clothing. This practice has been around for centuries, and many people across the globe have adopted it as a way to break free from societal norms and experience a deeper connection with their bodies and the environment. In this blog post, we will explore the many benefits of naturism and how it can improve your life, from physical and mental health to social and spiritual well-being.

Physical Health Benefits

  1. Sunlight Exposure: One of the most significant benefits of naturism is the increased exposure to sunlight. Sunlight is essential for the production of vitamin D, which plays a crucial role in maintaining healthy bones, boosting the immune system, and reducing inflammation. By spending more time outdoors without clothing, you can naturally increase your vitamin D levels and improve your overall health.
  2. Better Skin: Clothing can often trap sweat, dirt, and bacteria, leading to various skin conditions such as acne, rashes, and fungal infections. Naturism allows your skin to breathe, preventing these issues and promoting healthier skin.
  3. Improved Circulation: Clothing, especially tight-fitting garments, can restrict blood flow and cause discomfort or even health problems over time. Naturism eliminates this issue by allowing your blood to flow freely, which can lead to better circulation and overall cardiovascular health.
  4. Body Awareness: Naturism encourages a greater awareness of your body and its functions. This heightened awareness can lead to better posture, improved balance, and enhanced body confidence.

Mental Health Benefits

  1. Reduced Stress: Naturism has been shown to reduce stress levels, as being in a natural environment and free from the constraints of clothing can promote a sense of relaxation and tranquility. This can lead to lower cortisol levels, which are associated with improved mental health and reduced risk of chronic diseases.
  2. Increased Self-Acceptance: By embracing your body as it is, without the pressure to conform to societal standards of beauty, you can develop a healthier relationship with yourself and a more positive body image. This self-acceptance can lead to increased self-esteem and overall mental well-being.
  3. Mindfulness: Naturism encourages mindfulness, as being present in the moment and focusing on the sensations of your body and the environment can help quiet the mind and reduce anxiety.
  4. Enhanced Creativity: Many artists and writers have found inspiration in the freedom and connection to nature that naturism provides. By breaking free from the constraints of clothing and societal norms, you can tap into your creative potential and explore new ideas.

Social Benefits

  1. Increased Tolerance and Open-mindedness: Naturism fosters a sense of community and acceptance, as people from all walks of life come together to embrace their bodies and connect with nature. This can lead to increased tolerance and open-mindedness towards others, as well as a greater understanding of different cultures and perspectives.
  2. Reduced Materialism: Naturism encourages a simpler, more minimalist lifestyle, as the focus shifts from material possessions and superficial appearances to the appreciation of nature and authentic human connections. This can lead to a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
  3. Body-Positive Environment: Naturist environments are often free from judgment and body shaming, providing a safe space for people of all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds to feel comfortable in their skin. This body-positive atmosphere can lead to increased self-confidence and a healthier relationship with one's body.

Spiritual Benefits

  1. Connection with Nature: Naturism allows for a deeper connection with the natural world, as being naked in nature can heighten your senses and make you more aware of your surroundings. This connection can lead to a greater appreciation for the environment and a desire to protect and preserve it.
  2. Personal Growth: By challenging societal norms and embracing vulnerability, naturism can lead to personal growth and self-discovery. This journey can help you develop a stronger sense of self and a greater understanding of your place in the world.
  3. Meditative State: The practice of naturism can induce a meditative state, as being present and focused on the sensations of your body and the environment can help you achieve a sense of inner peace and tranquility.

Naturism offers a wide range of benefits that can improve your life on multiple levels. By embracing this lifestyle, you can experience better physical and mental health, increased social connections, and a deeper spiritual connection with nature. If you're looking to break free from societal norms and discover a more authentic, fulfilling way of life, consider giving naturism a try.


Honoring Our Veterans on Veterans Day

AANR West would like to express our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for your dedicated service to our nation. Your bravery and sacrifice have ensured the safety and freedom we enjoy today.

As we commemorate Veterans Day, let us all remember and honor the extraordinary men and women who have selflessly defended our country. Your courage and commitment inspire us all.

AANR West is committed to supporting veterans and promoting a sense of community. We extend our warmest wishes to you on this day and look forward to continuing to stand by your side.

Thank you for your service.


Movember- Is a movement where men are asked to grow a mustache in November to bring awareness to men's health issues such as mental health, suicide, prostate cancer, and testicular cancer. Check out for more information and to donate. This movement is easy to help support by naturists everywhere as growing a mustache does not interfere with being nude.

National Native American, American Indian, and Alaskan Native Heritage Month

This month, which was designated in 1990, aims to provide a platform for Native people in the US to share their culture, traditions, music, crafts, dance, histories, traditions, and ways and concepts of life. This month is also referred to as the American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. This month allows us to spread awareness about tribes or to educate people about the various challenges faced by Native Americans in the past and today. Throughout this month, we commit to supporting the remaining Native American tribes and letting the world know about their sacrifices.


11/2 Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Celebrated by people of Mexican heritage. A joyful celebration to remember those who have died. Families pay respect to their dead by visiting graves and providing offerings such as favorite foods and drinks.

11/10 Veterans Day

Also known as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world, this US federal holiday commemorates the end of WWI on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. Veterans Day is distinct from Memorial Day in that Veterans Day commemorates the service of all U.S. veterans, while Memorial Day honors those who have died while in military service. There are many veterans within the naturist lifestyle and you can spot many at your local AANR West club. Please recognize and thank those who have served.

11/ 13 – 19  Transgender Awareness Week

This week helps raise awareness of transgender people and the issues that they face every day. It is meant to educate the public about who transgender people are and to advance advocacy around issues of prejudice, discrimination, and violence that affect the transgender community.


11/20-Transgender Day of Remembrance

This day is to honor and remember all the people who have been killed just for being transgender and to raise awareness of the ongoing violence caused by transphobia.

11/23 Thanksgiving-US

This is a federal holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. This originated as a harvest festival and is usually observed with traditional Thanksgiving foods such as turkey, cranberry sauce, potatoes, green beans, and pumpkin pie.

Check out what Thanksgiving activities are happening at your local AANR West club.


To join the meeting on both days, use the following link:
AANR Western Regional Fall Board Meeting
Wednesday, November 8 · 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Thursday, November 9 · 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Time zone: America/Los Angeles
Google Meet joining info
Video call link:
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 505-445-7580‬ PIN: ‪447 886 700‬#
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Women in Nude Recreation: A Medley of Diversity

As one dives into the era of progressive and free thought, a significant shift in societal norms is visible. One spectrum that has been positively impacted is the freedom to express oneself, especially in forms once deemed unconventional. Nude recreation, which unfortunately was synonymized with disgrace and sexual representation in the past, has today become a symbol of personal freedom and body acceptance. Women, who have long been subject to objectification, have started taking ownership of their bodies, regardless of their age, occupation, size, shape, or background. The face of nude living today is adorned by a diverse medley of women who are rewriting the paradigms and discussing the joy and liberation they find in this lifestyle.

Embrace and Endorse

Nude recreation is an act of defiance against societal taboos and norms that keep us incarcerated in our physical insecurities and prescribed notions. An increasing number of women today enjoy the freedom it personifies. They are from across all age groups.

Many senior women find a new lease of life as they connect with their bodies without the stigma of aging and differences. They term it as a journey toward self-acceptance and self-love that defies ageism. On the other hand, the younger generation of women finds nude recreation an intriguing, safe channel to challenge body image issues rampant among youth. They experience feelings of liberation and confidence in their own skin, untarnished by the beauty “ideals” imposed by media and society.

In this space void of judgments, women from a variety of professions also find solace. The pressurizing work environment and societal expectations can often alienate individuals from their true selves. Nude living provides a chance to embrace one’s individuality without any professional labels. Teachers, lawyers, doctors, performers - it doesn’t matter. The societal roles fade, and only humans with shared experiences remain.

The Beautiful Tapestry

The charm of women in nude recreation is reflected in their diversity. Women of every shape and size are exploring and endorsing this lifestyle. Traditionally, media and popular culture have prodded women to adhere to a certain body type or size. Unfathomable amounts of time and resources have been spent in the pursuit of the "perfect body." Nude living, however, shatters this idea and mirrors that every body type is valid, beautiful, and natural.

The more bodies we see in their real, unedited forms, the more we normalize all bodies. Women who partake in nude recreation amplify this sentiment. The 'perfect body' myth gets dismantled, and we start seeing beauty in all forms, irrespective of the measurements or the scale.

Freedom from Stereotypes

The world of nude living thrives on acceptance. It is a world devoid of stigma and brimming with openness and embracing one's body in its purest, most authentic form. The journey for women is more profound as it allows them to break the shackles of centuries-old conservations and judgments. This revolution isn't just about breaking some archaic beauty standards; it's about rediscovering and celebrating oneself beyond those superficial standards. It's about rejecting the terms that for centuries have been used to belittle and embarrass women and embracing the terms that exuberate empowerment.

Shared Experiences yet Unique Narratives

Every woman in the community of nude recreation possesses a unique narrative, a personal journey that led them here, and though the experiences they share with others are of comfort, relief, and liberation, their pathways to reach this point could be significantly varying. It is this shared respect for personal experiences and individual journeys that strengthen the bonds among these women. They understand the courage it took for someone to bare it all, to open themselves to criticism yet stand strong and proud.


Women who enjoy nude recreation debunk the generalizations and stereotypes about who could and should partake in it. They come from all walks of life and differ in ages, professions, sizes, and body types yet share a core belief: that the human body, in all its diversity, is something to celebrate, not to shame. It's about time the world moves beyond its discomfort with nudity and recognizes that at the end of the day, it's about coming home to oneself, accepting, and celebrating the self--a powerful message that these strong, diverse women are sending out to the world.

AANR West Clubs, Parks, & Resorts

Arroyo del Sol Clothing Optional B&B Destination Club Altadena, CA
Buff-A-Teers Travel Club Tucson, AZ
Canyon State Naturists Travel Club Phoenix, AZ
Clothes Free International Online Club Oakhurst, CA
Clothing Optional Home Network Travel Club Phoenix, AZ
Front Range Naturists Travel Club Boulder, CO
Glen Eden Sun Club Destination Club Corona, CA
Hawaiian Naturist Park Destination Club PĀHOA, HI
Laguna del Sol Destination Club Wilton, CA
Las Vegas Bares Travel Club Las Vegas NV
Las Vegas Naturists Travel Club Las Vegas NV
Le Club Travel Club San Diego, CA
Lupin Lodge Destination Club Los Gatos, Ca
Mohave Sun Club Travel Club Lake Havasu, City AZ
Mira Vista Resort Destination Club Tucson, AZ
Mountain Air Ranch Destination Club Indian Hills, CO
Northern California Exposure Travel Club Sacramento, CA
Olive Dell Ranch Destination Club Colton, CA
Olympian Club Travel Club Riverside, CA
Pacificans Travel Club Corona CA
Roadrunner Naturists Travel Club Albuquerque, NM
Sequoians Destination Club Castro Valley, CA
Shangri La Ranch Destination Club New River, AZ
Southern California Naturist Association Travel Club Calabasas, CA
Southern Utah Naturist Society Travel Club St. George, UT
Sun Tree Travel Club Travel Club Las Cruces, NM
Swim Free Hawaii Boat Charter Destination Club Hawaii, HI
Wasatch Naturists Travel Club South Salt Lake City, UT