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July 2024


As we gather to celebrate Independence Day, we reflect on the freedoms we cherish and the community we've built together. Let the spirit of unity and liberty shine brightly across our Western Region family.

May your day be filled with joyful parades, delightful gatherings, and the warmth of friends and family. Remember, it's the times we spend together that spark the most unforgettable memories.

On this day of celebration, let's appreciate the freedom that allows us to express ourselves and enjoy the naturist lifestyle we value so much. Here's to independence, friendship, and all the joys the 4th of July brings.

Wishing everyone a safe, happy, and splendid Independence Day!


AANR Western Region General Assembly Meeting

Dear AANR Western Region Members,

We are thrilled to extend an exuberant invitation to every member for our much-anticipated Annual General Assembly Meeting! This pivotal gathering is scheduled to take place from August 9th to 11th, 2024, and we are excited to announce that this year’s venue is the serene and beautiful Shangri La Ranch.

The General Assembly Meeting is not only a cornerstone event for us to reflect on our past achievements and plan for the future, but also an excellent opportunity for our members to connect, share experiences, and strengthen our community ties. The gathering will be dotted with a diverse array of activities designed to cater to everyone’s interests, ensuring a memorable and engaging experience for all.

Event Details:

  • When: August 9th - 11th, 2024
  • Where: Shangri La Ranch, 44444 N. Shangri La Lane, New River, AZ 85087
  • Activities Include:
    • Welcome Reception
    • General Assembly Business Meeting
    • Networking Opportunities
    • Social Events and Recreational Activities
    • And much more!


  • General Assembly Business Meeting: A critical component of our gathering where key updates will be shared, future plans discussed, and members will have the opportunity to voice their opinions and contribute to the decision-making process.
  • Social and Recreational Activities: Designed to foster connections among members, our range of activities promises fun, relaxation, and the opportunity to create lasting memories with fellow AANR Western Region members.


For those requiring accommodations, detailed information about nearby lodging options will be provided upon request. Kindly get in touch with our event coordinator for assistance.

Join Us!

This gathering is a wonderful occasion to affirm your support for our community’s values, engage in meaningful dialogue, and participate in shaping the future of the AANR Western Region. Let’s come together to make this General Assembly Meeting a productive and enjoyable event for all.

We look forward to welcoming you at Shangri La Ranch in what promises to be an assembly filled with inspiration, camaraderie, and enjoyment. See you there!

Warm Regards,

Cyndi Tendick
AANR Western Region


Embracing Diversity and Inclusion in Naturism, Celebrating Our Shared Humanity This July

As we immerse ourselves in the warmth of July, the naturist community is proud to celebrate not just the beauty of living in harmony with nature, but also the rich tapestry of human diversity that adds color and texture to our collective experience. In alignment with our values of acceptance, respect, and freedom, we stand in solidarity with various observances this month, recognizing the inherent worth in every individual and the strength that comes from our differences.

French-American Heritage Month: In the spirit of liberté, égalité, and fraternité, we celebrate the shared values and intertwined histories of the French and American peoples. Naturism, which has deep roots in both French and American cultures, serves as a reminder of our common pursuit of personal freedom and natural living. Let us embrace these values, encouraging openness and understanding across all cultures.

Filipino-American Friendship Day (July 4): This day symbolizes the enduring bonds between the Philippines and the United States, underscored by mutual respect and shared values. As naturists, we extend our hands in friendship to everyone, recognizing the beauty in our diverse origins and experiences. Our communities are enriched by the vibrant cultures, stories, and traditions that each person brings.

The Martyrdom of the Bab (July 9): Honoring this sacred day in the Baha'i faith, we reflect on the themes of sacrifice, courage, and the quest for social and spiritual transformation. It is a time to consider how we, as a community, can support freedom of belief and promote inclusivity, peace, and understanding among all people, regardless of their faith or background.

World Population Day (July 11): As the world reflects on issues related to population and human rights, we are reminded of the importance of respecting our planet and its natural limits. Recognizing the impact of our population on the earth, naturism teaches us to live sustainably and appreciate the intrinsic value of all beings. Let this day inspire us to advocate for equality, education, and access to resources for everyone.

Pioneer Day (July 24): Commemorating the bravery and resilience of pioneers past and present, we acknowledge the spirit of exploration and the desire to seek out new horizons. In our journey towards a more inclusive and diverse naturist community, let us honor those who have paved the way for freedom and acceptance while continuing to break down barriers.

Americans with Disabilities Act Signed "Disability Independence Day" (July 26): Celebrating the signing of the ADA, we reaffirm our commitment to a world where every individual, regardless of physical ability, can enjoy the full benefits of naturism. Our spaces and activities must be accessible and welcoming, empowering everyone to participate fully and feel valued.

As we mark these observances, let us recommit to fostering a naturist environment that celebrates diversity and promotes inclusion. By recognizing and honoring our differences, we build a stronger, more vibrant community that embodies the essence of true freedom and harmony with nature.

Together, let's make this July a month of reflection, celebration, and action toward a more inclusive world. We nurture a space where every person is celebrated for who they are, united in our shared humanity and the naturist principles of respect, freedom, and equality.


AANR Government Affairs Team Announces Early Summer FUN-raiser 

We are thrilled to share that thanks to some generous donations, we're organizing an exciting early summer FUN-raiser! It's your chance to support us while having the opportunity to win amazing stays at nudist clubs, exceptional artwork, collectibles, and more, all crafted or donated by AANR members, leaders, and clubs.

What’s on Offer:

We have 9 incredible items for you to bid on, just in time to make your summer unforgettable! From luxury stays to unique art pieces and collectibles, there's something special for everyone.

How to Participate:

  • Browse our selection: At the end of this announcement, CLICK HERE to view all the items available for bidding.
  • Choose your favorites: Decide how you’d like to distribute your tickets. Whether you spread them across five different items or focus all your chances on one, it’s up to you!
  • Get your tickets: Each participant can purchase up to 5 tickets.

Important Dates:

  • Entries Close: July 14, 2024, at 12:00 AM

Don’t miss out on this heartwarming opportunity to support a good cause while possibly winning exclusive experiences and items this summer. Whether you’re a longtime supporter or new to the community, your participation makes a difference.

Ready to dive into the fun?

CLICK HERE to see all the items and make your selections.

Let’s make this summer one to remember with the early summer FUN-raiser. Good luck and thank you for your support!

Note: For more information or inquiries, please feel free to contact AANR.


A Path to Authenticity for Women in a Judgement-Free Environment

In today's digital world, authenticity and human connection are essential. Women often juggle societal expectations and varied roles. Naturism provides a judgment-free space for women to embrace their authenticity.

Naturism, often equated with nudism, is a lifestyle promoting the return to a natural state through clothing-optional living. It's not about hedonism but about equality, respect, and harmony with nature, fostering body positivity, self-acceptance, and environmental respect.

The narrow definition of beauty, influenced by media, societal expectations, and cultural norms, often leads women on a fruitless chase for an elusive ideal. This can cause insecurities and a disconnection from one's body. Naturism provides a sanctuary from these pressures. Stripping off physical and metaphorical layers allows women to reject societal judgments of their bodies. This vulnerability nurtures a supportive community, paving the way for healing and growth.

Naturism, benefiting mental health, promotes self-love and body acceptance. Here are ways it fosters well-being:

Improved Body Image

Naturism helps women appreciate their bodies' functionality and beauty in diversity, reducing shame from societal beauty standards and promoting a healthier body image.

Stress Reduction

Being in nature reduces stress by allowing a break from societal roles and expectations, offering a liberating form of escapism.

Enhanced Self-Esteem and Authenticity

Participating in a lifestyle that respects all bodies allows women to connect with themselves and others. This judgment-free environment fosters authentic interactions.

Fostering a Sense of Community

Naturist communities foster equality and non-judgment. In these spaces, women find deep-rooted support and belonging, with vulnerability nurturing strong bonds and community.

Navigating the Challenges

While naturism has its benefits, challenges like social stigma, insecurities, and privacy concerns exist. Overcoming these involves education and gradual exposure. Naturist communities often provide women-only events or private areas for a comfortable transition.

A Synergetic Relationship

Naturism supports feminism by advocating for equality, body autonomy, and ending objectification. It empowers women's body choices and normalizes female bodies, celebrating their strength and diversity, not beauty standards.

Personal Stories of Transformation

Numerous women have shared empowering stories of how naturism has transformed their relationship with their bodies and their self-esteem. From overcoming years of body dysmorphia to embracing the aging process with grace, the narratives are as diverse as they are inspiring. These stories underscore the transformative potential of naturism as a tool for personal growth and self-acceptance.

For women interested in exploring naturism, the journey begins with small, intentional steps:

  • Research and Education: Familiarize yourself with the principles of naturism and connect with local naturist communities or online forums.
  • Start at Home: Begin by spending time nude at home to gradually desensitize any discomfort.
  • Connect with Like-minded Individuals: Seek out women's groups or events to share experiences and gain support.
  • Visit Naturist Resorts or Beaches: Choose a safe, women-friendly environment for your first naturist outing. Consider visiting during less busy times or attending women-only events.
  • Practice Self-compassion: Remember, the path to self-acceptance is a journey, not a race. Embrace each step with kindness and patience.

Naturism, for women, is not just a lifestyle; it's a means of rediscovering and embracing their true selves in a conformist world. By shedding clothes, they also shed societal judgments and insecurities. Naturist communities offer a space of authenticity where women can be themselves in all their diversity. This movement nudges us towards a culture that recognizes the inherent value and beauty of every individual, free from judgment. Naturism is more than a celebration of the natural body; it's a powerful act of self-love and empowerment.


Operation Handshake Recap 2024

The revitalization of an event from the 1960’s, with the goal of unifying and connecting clubs and nudists from across the region, was a resounding success. With over 100 participants over the 3-day event, 7 landed and 13 non-landed clubs were represented. Attendees were able to connect and socialize during the welcome reception on Friday and breakfast to start the morning off on Saturday. Brunch was followed by presentations about current clubs and their statuses, and issues that are plaguing nudism; several ideas were also discussed on how all organizations and clubs can best support and communicate with one another.  Piper Hall provided a perfect setting for all to gather, listen, and connect. After lunch there was a wonderful synopsis and presentation of the wellness program that GE has formulated; look for more information to come on how your club can participate in the coming months.

Following the wellness trend, there was a nude hiking presentation with safety information followed by a guided hike. For those that didn’t bring their walking shoes, time was enjoyed around, and in the pool. The Saturday night dessert reception, sponsored by AANR West, spiked everyone’s sugar levels but gave them plenty of energy to dance the night away with a live band. 

Sunday morning started with a well-attended yoga class followed by a presentation on the preservation of our wonderful history that the Western Nudist Research Library (WNRL) has been doing.  This event would not have been reimagined had it not been for the discovery in the library’s archives of a similar event that was held in 1969. Attendees were excited to hear about how the library at GE is connected to libraries in Wisconsin, Florida, and Oregon, through the consortium which allows all to share digital files of printed material as well as audio and video files. Even more excitement filled the room when talk of the library and museum work being done in Florida through Haulover Beach was brought up.

At the end of the weekend one thing was very clear for all in attendance: AANR West, The Naturist’s Society, affiliated clubs, and members of all, through a handshake we are more united than ever before.

Thank you to Mark Pavelcheck, his wonderful event team, and Glen Eden for hosting a flawless weekend that united everyone who attended and those beyond.