Posted at 10:40 on 23 Jun 2015 by Pandora / Blake
I've just come back from a magical weekend in the country with friends, camping at a naturist village for the summer solstice. It was lovely to get away from screens, from London, and from work stress. There's something so freeing about being naked outdoors. I love the feel of the sun on my skin.
We didn't have the best weather on Saturday, but it turns out that being naked in the rain isn't that bad - I find that I feel the chill a lot less when I'm naked for some reason, and if you get wet, you dry much quicker. We had fun swimming in the heated outdoor pool while raindrops splashed the surface, and when the wind picked up we went into the clubhouse and sat in the sauna to get warm.
On Sunday the sun came out, just in time for the solstice ceremony I'd agreed to help with. A lot of people took part, and it was lovely to stand beneath an oak tree reflecting on the turning of the year, and our intentions for the months ahead.
There might have been a bit of tree hugging too.
For the most part however, the weekend was gorgeously lazy. The most active we got was the naked disco on Saturday night, bouncing around to a selection of cheesy tunes. It was wonderful seeing all the nude bodies around me, people of all ages and shapes and sizes, clearly enjoying their bodies for what they could do as much as what they looked like. I particularly liked being around older women who were completely comfortable in their skin. I hope I stay that way.
Then there were picnics, hedgehogs, lazing around reading books, huge home-cooked meals in the clubhouse, and even a bit of naked hula hooping. The Tories might be in power and ATVOD might be trying their utmost to make me change career, but not all is lost. The naturist movement has been going strong for a hundred years, and all over the world there are these little pockets of relaxation, self-expression and tranquillity, untouched by the shifting political landscape. If you're in the UK, you can find naturist events near you at the British Naturism website.