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or naturism,
practice of going without clothing in social settings, generally in mixed gender groups and for purposes of good health or personal comfort. Governed by a strict set of rules, the practice of nudism is purposely nonerotic and nonsexual.
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(1) A theory according to which religion originated from the personification and veneration of the forces of nature.

(2) A modern trend in physical culture and sports that recommends maximum contact with nature to attain a healthy body and spirit. Naturism is sometimes called nudism because various activities, including swimming and sports, are conducted in the nude (not all advocates of naturism, however, permit total nudity).

Naturism originated in Germany (under the name Freikorperkultur, “culture of the free body”) at the beginning of the 20th century, primarily among students. Since the 1920’s it has spread to many European countries, as well as to the USA, Canada, New Zealand, and other countries, where national federations of naturism have been established. In 1953 the International Naturist Federation was organized. Clubs of naturists have their own beaches, swimming pools, and sports and other facilities. In their charters and their practice the naturists strictly observe the ethical principles of human relationships.


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Current naturist club member James McKinney, who enjoys being in his birthday suit better than sinking a pint, said the naked truth is there are a lot of like-minded people across Ireland but there is just nowhere for them to go - until now.
Many locals are used to the naturists, who have used the beach since the 1930s.
While this weekend break is only open to the organisation's members, a similar event is also being planned for next June at the Eden Project, in Cornwall, where naturists will be able to go naked alongside the public.
The garden, once the site of a Benedictine monastery, is open to the public all summer but, for yesterday only, naturists were invited.
The Irish Naturist Association, formed in 1965, is growing in strength every year.
There is only one other official nudist beach in Scotland, at Cleat's Shore, Lagg, Arran - but many of Scotland's 2000 naturists find it difficult to get to and too pebbly for comfort.
I applied to Birmingham City Council for a licence and at first they didn't really register what I was intending to do, although I never tried to hide the fact it was a naturist retreat.
Thailand Naturist Association says their efforts in enlightening Thai resorts to try a clothing optional stance have been very fruitful.
The Ken Marriott Leisure Centre in Rugby will be the venue for teams from the UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain and Italy to compete in this year's International Naturist Federation's Swimming Gala.
President of the INA Pat Gallagher said: "We decided this year because of the forthcoming local and European elections, to select a few locations around the country and try to get them designated as naturist beaches by seeking support from candidates running in those areas.
FIRST-TIME nudists are being invited to attend a naturist open day on a North Wales beach later this month.
Peng says there are hundreds of thousands of naturists in the UK and an estimated 20-25 million living on mainland Europe.