Hi. I’ve been a nudist/naturist for my entire life, though I suppressed it for many years since I had no social context for how to react to being born this way. Over time, I came to accept myself and embrace my reality, because who I am is who I am.
Though it’s not a term in widespread use, I prefer to call myself a clothing-optionalist. It’s weird, I know, but we’re all unique somehow.
Different pursuits in life led to a lot of body negativity and some poor eating habits. As a result, I found living within my skin unbearable for several wasted years. It was through connecting with the nudist/naturist community for the first time that I landed on body acceptance and positivity. Acceptance is an arduous process, at least it was for me, but I’m more or less there these days.
I’m a member of The Naturist Society and have written two articles for their membership magazine N (formerly Nude & Natural). Having lived in Vermont for some time, I realized that there was no “one-stop” resource for clothing optional activities in this beautiful state, so I decided to create one in 2018.
The Ledges in Wilmington is my home base, though my neighbors have a river entry point as well that is private and open for my personal use. I’ve been fortunate to visit famed locations in California, Hawaii, and southern Florida, as well.
The nudist community is one of the most open and welcoming around. Without clothes, status slips away. Without clothes, years of shame can be healed. Without clothes, our bodies are free and our minds soon follow. The Full Vermonty affirms the uniqueness in each individual. We affirm all body types, sexualities, gender identities, races, ethicities, abilities, ages, and so on. While we are all different in myriad ways, we are bound by our common practice of non-sexual nakedness.
This site offers insight into Vermont’s laws around nudism and naturism, the natural and manmade Vermont venues with clothing optional offerings, and easy links to nudist resources. Additionally, we have a blog devoted to nudist/naturist issues, body acceptance and positivity, environmentalism, and pacifism.
None of us is free unless we are all free and that freedom extends to our bodily autonomy. Our individual freedom is intertwined with that of our fellow humans.