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June 2024

Operation Handshake


"Operation Handshake" is a three-day event from June 14th to 16th at Glen Eden Sun Club in Temescal Valley, CA, aimed at strengthening bonds within the nudist community. The event features activities such as a welcome reception, brunch, presentations, hiking, and music. It invites participation from both landed and non-landed clubs throughout the western region and beyond. The event also offers incentives like reduced gate fees, waived tour requirements for members of other clubs, and discounted membership rates post-event. For more information click here.

AANR Elections



Voting ends on June 20, 2024

This year AANR members have two ways to vote for their Association's leadership: online or by phone. To facilitate this process, AANR will use a firm called Vote-Now that provides independent, confidential election services to various nonprofit associations. Vote-Now will be directly communicating with members about the 2024 AANR Election. You should have already received a registration in your email inbox from VOTE-NOW which contains a unique voter code that you will need to cast your ballot.,

Please check your Spam or Junk folder

 If you did not receive a communication from VOTE-NOW it is likely that AANR does not have an email address for you. Please call 1-800-TRY-NUDE (879-6833) and provide one. VOTE NOW will be notified to dispatch your code which may be used to access the system. As always, member privacy is our highest priority. We will never share your email address with anyone and you will not receive “spam” from us. If you choose to use it, online voting is secure and easy. We cannot stress enough that a valid email address is critical to this process.

A Voter's Guide and voting instructions will be included in the May issue of The Bulletin.

The guide will also be available in the members' section of 

Once you have your voter code, you may begin the voting process by clicking the link provided with your code

Skinny Dipping Under the Moonlight

On the gentle shore of a secluded lake, where the trees seem to huddle together whispering ancient secrets, the moon hung high and clear in the sky, casting its silvery sheen over the water's surface. This place was untouched by the bustling world beyond, a natural haven where the air was alive with the promise of unfettered freedom.

Evelyn and Jack, a couple who the bustling city life had burdened, found their sanctuary here. The pressures of their daily grind had melted away on the drive down to this secret spot, known only to a select few committed to the naturist lifestyle they cherished.

Tonight was the night of the full moon, and in the spirit of spontaneity and connection with nature, they decided on an escapade that would invigorate their souls. They slipped away from their rustic cabin, leaving behind their clothes, phones, and all the trappings of modern life.

Hand in hand, they tiptoed through the woods, the cool grass brushing against their bare feet, every step a symphony of leaves crunching and nocturnal creatures stirring. The air was crisp, but their bodies were warm with anticipation.

Reaching the lake's edge, they paused, their senses heightened. The lunar glow bathed everything in an ethereal light, and the smooth pebbles at the water's edge reflected like little mirrors.

"Are you ready?" Jack's whisper barely broke the hush around them.

Evelyn, eyes sparkling with joy, nodded. In a moment of unspoken understanding, they both stepped forward, the water lapping eagerly at their toes, welcoming them.

With the laughter of two souls rediscovering their primeval joy, they waded further into the lake. The water clung to them, cool and liberating as they dived under, resurfacing with twinkling droplets on their skin, bright as the stars above.

They swam out to the middle of the lake, where the moonlight cast a pathway upon the water, a bridge to another realm. Here, weightless and serene, they floated on their backs, gazing up at the sky. Jack reached out, his hand finding Evelyn's, their fingers intertwining naturally.

"This," she whispered, the sound of her voice mingling with the night's gentle hum, "is what it means to be alive."

The lake became their world, a place where time had no meaning and societal norms held no sway. In this moonlit sanctuary, they embraced the bare essence of their being. They talked about everything and nothing at all, their words rippling through the calm surface around them.

After an hour which could have been a moment or an eternity, the air began to cool. Goosebumps peppered their skin, and instinctually, they knew it was time to return.

Reluctantly, Evelyn and Jack made their way back to the shore. The pebbles now seemed to applaud their return, the trees bowing ever so slightly in reverence to their bold spirit. As they emerged from the lake, a sense of profound peace anchored itself within them.

Dressed only in moonlight, they strolled back to their cabin, their wet footsteps the only trace of their nocturnal adventure. Before slipping back into the warmth of their abode, they turned to look out at the lake one last time, knowing the moment would forever be imprinted within them.

Back in the cabin, they kindled a fire and cocooned themselves in thick blankets, the night's magic transforming into a cozy contentment. The fire crackled, and in its dance, they saw the echo of their night sky adventure.

"It was like dancing with the universe, wasn't it?" Jack mused.

Evelyn beamed in the firelight, "Yes, and the universe danced back."

As they drifted off to sleep, the world outside continued its ceaseless spin, but for Evelyn and Jack, time had stood still. Under the moonlight, they had been reborn, their love and their connection to the cosmos deepened by the simple act of skinny dipping, a rite as old as the stars scattered in the celestial sphere above.

AANR West needs YOU!


The AANR West board of directors is comprised of 9 elected representatives from our regional membership. Directors are tasked with carrying out the functions of the AANR region, to promote and protect family nude recreation. Through various committees, which may include but are not limited to, marketing, public relations, social media/online presence, and so many more, we continue to fulfill our mission.

Elections are coming and you have the opportunity to serve the region as a director.

To be eligible to run you need to hold a current and valid AANR membership for at least 1 year before running, be committed to serving on an appointed committee(s), and attend various meetings throughout the year. For more information, or to submit a nomination, contact Vice President Treena Saavedra via email,

Celebrating Diversity


June stands as a vibrant testament to diversity, a month brimming with celebrations that honor cultural, racial, and sexual identity. From the rich history and contributions of Caribbean Americans to the colorful spectacles of LGBT Pride, the month is a patchwork of observances that collectively underscore the significance of awareness, unity, and recognition. This article delves into the essence of National Caribbean American Heritage Month, LGBT Pride Month, Black Music Month, Race Unity Day, Loving Day, and Juneteenth, exploring the origins, significance, and contemporary relevance of each.

National Caribbean American Heritage Month

June marks National Caribbean American Heritage Month, a time designated to acknowledge and celebrate the myriad contributions of Caribbean Americans to the United States' social, economic, and cultural fabric. In 2006, this observance was officially recognized, following a unanimous Congressional resolution. It serves as a vivid reminder of the indomitable spirit, resilience, and achievements of the Caribbean diaspora, encompassing people from more than 30 countries, each with unique cultures, languages, and histories that have enriched the American mosaic.

The month features an array of events – from vibrant festivals and captivating art exhibits to educational seminars and culinary showcases – all aimed at fostering a deeper appreciation of Caribbean American heritage and its vital role in shaping American identity.

LGBT Pride Month

June is also LGBT Pride Month, a period of both jubilation and reflection set against the backdrop of the Stonewall Uprising of June 1969 in New York City. Seen as a watershed moment for the LGBT rights movement, Stonewall catalyzed a global push toward equality, recognition, and liberation. Pride Month is characterized by marches, parades, and a spectrum of events aimed at celebrating the diversity and resilience of LGBT communities around the world.

Beyond the rainbows and festivity, Pride Month is an opportune moment to engage in dialogues about rights, remember those lost to hate crimes and HIV/AIDS, and to continue the struggle against discrimination and exclusion. It is a reminder of the journey still ahead towards full equality and acceptance.

Black Music Month

Black Music Month also celebrated in June, is an annual observance in the United States to highlight the significant contributions of African American musicians, composers, and music innovators to the nation's cultural and social landscape. Established by President Jimmy Carter in 1979, this month acknowledges the profound impact Black music has on art, entertainment, and culture, spanning genres such as jazz, blues, gospel, R&B, and hip-hop.

Black Music Month not only celebrates legendary figures and their groundbreaking works but also supports up-and-coming artists, fostering a broader understanding and appreciation for the depth and diversity of Black musical heritage.

Race Unity Day

Established in 1957 by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States, Race Unity Day, observed on the second Sunday in June, promotes racial harmony and understanding. It is a day for communities to reflect on racial prejudice and to commit toward building a more inclusive and equitable society. Educational programs, interfaith services, and community dialogues are common observances, emphasizing the necessity of unity in diversity.

Loving Day

June 12th is Loving Day, commemorating Loving v. Virginia, the landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision that struck down laws banning interracial marriage in the United States. This day celebrates the love story of Richard and Mildred Loving, who fought valiantly against racial discrimination for their right to be married. Loving Day is not just a celebration of their victory but also a time to advocate for racial equality and to reflect on the ongoing challenges that mixed-race couples and families face.


June 19th, or Juneteenth, marks a pivotal moment in American history – the effective end of slavery in the United States in 1865. Though the Emancipation Proclamation was issued two and a half years earlier, it wasn't until Union soldiers reached Galveston, Texas, that the news of freedom was delivered to the last remaining enslaved people. Today, Juneteenth is a day of reflection, community gatherings, and celebration, recognizing the enduring spirit and contributions of African Americans. It is also a call to continue the fight against systemic racism and to work towards true equality and justice.


June is a tapestry woven from threads of resilience, pride, and cultural richness. Each celebration – National Caribbean American Heritage Month, LGBT Pride Month, Black Music Month, Race Unity Day, Loving Day, and Juneteenth – serves as a reminder of the long journey toward equality and the ongoing struggles many still face. By engaging in these observances, we not only honor the past and present contributions of diverse communities but also commit to a future where diversity is not just acknowledged but celebrated. The essence of these causes encourages us to learn, reflect, and act toward a more inclusive and equitable society, highlighting the power of unity in diversity.

Women In Naturism


How Naturism Enhances Women's Health

In a world where every corner brims with stress, anxiety, and tirelessly chasing ideals often dictated by societal expectations, finding true peace and health can seem like a distant dream, especially for women. But there is a lifestyle quietly practiced by millions around the globe that may hold the key to not just enhanced physical health but substantial mental and emotional well-being: naturism.

Also known as nudism, naturism is the practice of social nudity. Unburdened by clothes, participants share a conviction that being nude is a wholesome and liberating experience, bringing about a bevy of benefits. This blog post dives deep into how embracing naturism can be particularly empowering and health-enhancing for women.

At its core, naturism is about freedom and acceptance. For women, stepping into a space where the body is neither sexualized nor subject to scrutiny can be liberating. Mainstream media continuously bombards women with what the 'ideal' body should look like, affecting self-esteem and body image. Naturism allows women to break free from these stereotypes, presenting an opportunity to foster self-respect and appreciation for their bodies as they are.

By engaging in social nudity, women learn to accept their imperfections and recognize the beauty in natural diversity. This has profound implications for mental health, improving body image, and bolstering confidence.

Women are nearly twice as likely to experience anxiety compared to men. Naturism can play a role in alleviating these and other mental health issues. By engaging in naturist activities, women can experience reductions in stress and anxiety levels. The simple act of shedding layers of clothing can symbolically mean shedding worries and stressors.

The lifestyle encourages living in the moment — an ethos that can help reduce overthinking and mental stress. Naturist settings, often in natural environments, also promote a form of ecotherapy, where exposure to nature is part of healing and rejuvenation. The tranquility and inherent quietude of such environments aid in mental decompression and foster a serene mind.

Vitamin D deficiency is ominously prevalent, particularly in women, and is linked with various health issues including bone disorders, cardiovascular diseases, and weakened immune systems. Naturism often involves adequate exposure to sunlight, which can help women naturally boost their Vitamin D levels. It’s important to balance sun exposure to manage the risk of skin damage; however, with careful and managed exposure, the benefits can be significant.

Nudity can enhance proprioception – the awareness of one's body in space – and kinesthesia, which is how the body senses its parts relative to one another. Improved body awareness can lead to better posture, reduced muscle strain, and more efficient movements. For women who participate in naturism, being nude more often can intensify this awareness, potentially leading to healthier movement habits and reduced physical pain.

The naturist lifestyle often includes physical activities such as swimming, hiking, yoga, and sports, all done without the encumbrance of clothing. For women, this can be particularly advantageous as it encourages a more active lifestyle. Participating in these activities can boost physical health, improve cardiovascular fitness, and increase overall energy levels.

Additionally, engaging in physical activities in the nude can be more comfortable and allow for better cooling of the body, potentially encouraging longer and perhaps more frequent exercise sessions.

While naturism is not about sex, it does involve a healthier approach to sexuality. It removes the taboos associated with the human body and exposes the fallacy in the hyper-sexualized images portrayed in media. This can lead to a healthier understanding and appreciation of one's body and sexuality.

Women who are comfortable with nudity often report better sexual health and well-being. Naturism allows women to accept their bodies without shame, fostering a healthier body image and possibly resulting in a more fulfilling sex life.

Naturism is inherently a community activity and participating in it can significantly enhance social interactions. For many women, finding a community where they are accepted unconditionally is invaluable. Naturism offers a unique environment of equality and respect, regardless of one’s physical appearance or attire (or lack thereof).

These social connections can provide emotional support and a sense of belonging, critical components in overall mental health. The naturist community's principles of respect and non-judgment encourage healthier, more genuine social interactions.

Naturism offers a plethora of benefits that can enhance women's health in multiple dimensions. By promoting mental and physical well-being, fostering healthier societal and self-perceptions, encouraging physical activity, and offering a supportive community, the benefits of embracing naturism are compelling.

While it might not be for everyone, there is significant evidence that even occasional participation in naturist activities can lead to substantial health improvements. If you're seeking a way to escape the relentless pressures of modern life and foster a healthier, happier self, naturism might just be worth exploring. In returning to nature and shedding both literal and figurative weights, women may find a path to profound personal freedom and well-being.

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
Rocky Mountain Naturist Club Denver, CO
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