Sunday, 29 December 2013

2014 Nude Winter Volleyball Tournament - Jan.4

Looking for something to do this Saturday?  It's time for the annual winter nude volleyball tournament in London, Ontario. Feeling a bit of cabin fever? In a mood for some exercise after all the holiday feasting? We have the solution! Everyone is welcome no matter what your level and even if you've never played before.


Saturday, January 4th, 2014


Spikes Indoor Beach Volleyball, 120 Weston Street, London Ontario

Google Map:

RSVP & Questions


  • A, B, Novice Plus, and Novice Divisions
  • (No co-ed restrictions)
  • Medal for all winners! 
  • Note: We only run 4 courts so to ensure that everyone plays as much as possible.
  • Pizza Lunch will be provided


  • 9:00 am – registration
  • 9:30 am – Game play begins for all levels


  • Player $20
  • Spectator $10
  • Email about Family Rates



Country Inn & Suites by Carlson
774 Base Line Rd East
(519) 430-1150


Best Western Lamplighter Inn and Conference Centre‎
591 Wellington Rd
(519) 681-7151


Super 7 Motel Inc
697 Wellington Rd
(519) 681-7272‎

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Christmas Giving

Together with the Bare Bistro and the GTA Skinnydippers, Bare Oaks is in the Christmas spirit of giving. You can see the lovely and very tall Christmas tree we have standing in the clubhouse dining room. Please bring an unwrapped gift for a child. We are collecting gifts for children ages infant to late teens. If you would like to make a financial donation, we will put your name on a Christmas decoration and you can hang it on the tree!

You can contact the Bare Oaks office, Liz in the Bare Bistro or Ron at GTA Skinnydippers.

In the famous words of Santa in the poem 'Twas The Night Before Christmas :
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!*

Note: the office/store will be closed Christmas Eve (Dec. 24), Christmas Day (Dec. 25), Boxing Day (Dec. 26) and New Year’s Day (Jan. 1) but facilities are always open to members using their key fob.

*The poem is actually called Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas. The end line was originally "Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night." but has frequently been presented as "Merry Christmas" in recent popular culture. It was first published anonymously in 1823. For many year, it was attributed to Clement Clarke Moore. But according to the University of Toronto, evidence published in 2000 indicates that the author is most likely Major Henry Livingston, Jr. (1748 - 1828).

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

2014 Invoicing - early payment discount extension

The 2014 invoicing for memberships and campsites was sent out a few weeks ago. As usual payment is due April 1st but we provide a significant discount for early payment.  A few people have complained that the deadline is very close to the date they received their invoice. It is true that some invoices were sent out several weeks later than planned due to some technical issues. As such, we are extending the early payment discount by one week. In order to get the rebate, you must now pay by December 22nd. For details, please see the letter included with your invoice.

If you have not received your invoice or believe that something is not correct, please contact the office during normal business hours.

Friday, 4 October 2013

Bare Oaks “live” Productions

Bare Oaks members are formalizing a troupe that will be focused on producing live nude productions. We are looking for new members.

As a starting point, we want to:

  1. Solicit pieces that the troupe should review, for consideration
  2. Involve people who are interested in joining the troupe, as potential actor, director, production crew, other
  3. Get input on what we should formally call this group. (e.g.  Bare Oaks Live Theatre Troupe). We need this by Oct 15th, 2013. Submit your entries please. We need your creativity.

If you are interested in joining the troupe or have input to submit for consideration, please let me know via email at or calling 905-473-6465.

The goal is to get together monthly and read through a submitted piece, with the intent of assessing and selecting one or two pieces to produce per year (depending on demand).

Take a moment to call or email Suzy or Marc. We hope to hear from you.

Any questions or comments are welcome.

Friday, 6 September 2013

Looking for Cast Members to Perform the Vagina Monologues on the Nude Cruise

The Vagina Monologues cast has been invited to perform their piece on the Bare Necessities cruise in February! All performers have been offered a free cruise.* Sadly, one of the cast members will be in school, so the ladies are holding open auditions for Bare Oaks members next Tuesday, September 10th at 7:30pm in the Outback.

People looking to audition should have:
  • a 2 minute piece prepared to read
  • be ok with having their full name and photo present in the cruise program
  • be available for the cruise: February 9-16, 2013
*Note that transportation to Ft.Lauderdale, gratuity, and port taxes are not included.

Last Weekend for the Pool

As many people have noticed, the water in the pool in August was unusually cold. A leak in a pipe meant that we were unable to use the solar heating system. Because the leak was located below the concrete deck, a repair would have meant rendering the pool inaccessible for the remainder of the season. Rather than do that, we opted to keep it open without heat. Now that Labour Day has come and gone, it is time for us do make repairs. As such, the pool will be closing for the season effective Monday, September 9th. We apologize for this premature closing. But with the water being so cold, we assume most people won't miss it too much.

Of course, the lake remains open for swimming – all year long if you are tough enough to brave the water in the colder weather.

Monday, 2 September 2013

A Bare Cake

From July 7th to 14th, British Naturism held their 7th Nudefest at Newperran Holiday Park in Newquay, U.K. During their celebration they presented this special cake to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the founding of the International Naturist Federation (INF). Of course, everyone was in their birthday suits for the occasion! A special celebration is also being held at the CHM Montalivet, the actual site where the INF was founded in 1953, from September 20th to 22nd. From Bare Oaks, Nikki and Stéphane will be attending to participate in the celebrations.

A little history about the INF from the INF:
Naturism has a long history dating back to the 1800s and grew in differing ways in differing countries.  Following the unfortunate events in the 1940s there began a trend for groups of various countries to get together either for sports events or meeting to discuss common themes. The largest of these was titled as a “World Congress” and was held in September 1951 at North Kent Club England with an International Conference of Naturist Organisations at the Cora Hotel in London. Seven different countries were represented. In some cases these were national associations, in others they were individual clubs or commercial establishments. 
A second meeting was held in August 1952 at Thielle in Switzerland, this time attended by representatives of 16 countries and they agreed to the wisdom of establishing a world movement with an organisation to promote and encourage naturism. This meeting appointed three people who would draft a set of rules for such a body and this task was undertaken by Albert LeCocq of France, Dorothy Thornton from England and Erhard Wachtler from Germany. 
At what was now the third World Naturist Congress held 22 and 23 August 1953 in Centre Helio Marin Montalivet the suggested name of “world-union" had been proposed but after discussion the name “International Naturist Federation” was chosen. This enabled the title INF-FNI to encompass the name in the three languages agreed to be the working languages of the INF.  These being German, English and French. 
The statutes were agreed and the International Naturist Federation was born. The first President was Dr Richard Ehrmann of Austria; Vice presidents were Albert Lecocq of France, Erhard Wachtler of Germany, Eduard Frankhauser of Switzerland and Dorothy Thornton of Gt. Britain.  The president appointed as his secretary Paul Neumann and as treasurer Ludwig Hruschka. 
A second INF World Congress was held the following year in Vienna before the now established pattern of a Congress every second year was established.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Wake Boarding @railyardwakepk

In the spring, a new business started in Mount Albert, just a few kilometres from Bare Oaks: The Rail Yard Wake Park  It features wake boarding behind a cable line. No boats or motors - just a strong, fast, smooth and quiet pull from a cable line.

Cable parks have been around since the 1960s beginning in Germany and the scene has been growing rapidly in North America over the last 10 years. Rail Yard Wake Park is the 4th straight-line cable park to open in Ontario and the first with two lines! Rail Yard drivers/operators are certified Water Ski Wakeboard Ontario (WSWO) Level I Instructors.

The owners, Ross, Christine and Ian, are good friends of Bare Oaks and have offered a special deal for Bare Oaks members and visitors:

It's the "We Have You Covered" Offer
Free rental equipment (a $10 value) that can be used all day
Just say that you are "from Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park"

You don't have to be an expert to do it. They'll show you how. But if you are experienced, there are also jumps and rails to do some tricks.

Sadly, it is a clothing-required place so you'll have to get a special (but useless) item of textile called a bathing suit. But the owners didn't seem opposed to having a special clothing-free event for us.  So perhaps we'll try to organize one if there's enough interest.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

The Vagina Monologues - Saturday

Due to popular demand, the original cast of the August 9th show during the Naturist Festival has agreed to a repeat performance of The Vagina Monologues this Saturday at 8pm in the Outback at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park. The cast consists of 6 women aged 17 to 55. They have put a lot of work into this show (planning and rehearsals started in April) and it shows in the result. Their performance is powerful.

During the festival, seating was setup for 70 people. About 80 people attended and many were turned away. To ensure you have a seat, please contact the office and reserve.

Admission is by way of a cash donation to the York Region Abuse Program. (non-members must also pay a day fee to attend)

CAUTION: This performance contains graphic language and mature content. Attend at your discretion.

About The Vagina Monologues from the publisher, Random House:

A poignant and hilarious tour of the last frontier, the ultimate forbidden zone, The Vagina Monologues is a celebration of female sexuality in all its complexity and mystery. In this stunning phenomenon that has swept the nation, Eve Ensler gives us real women's stories of intimacy, vulnerability, and sexual self-discovery.

Celebrated as the bible for a new generation of women, The Vagina Monologues has been performed in cities all across America and at hundreds of college campuses. It has inspired a dynamic grassroots movement--V-Day--to stop violence against women. Witty and irreverent, compassionate and wise, Eve Ensler's Obie Award-winning masterpiece gives voice to women's deepest fantasies and fears, guaranteeing that no one who reads it will ever look at a woman's body, or think of sex, in quite the same way again.

Based on interviews with over 200 women about their memories and experiences of sexuality, The Vagina Monologues gives voice to women's deepest fantasies and fears, guaranteeing that no one who reads it will ever look at a woman's body, or think of sex, in quite the same way again. It is witty and irreverent, compassionate and wise. "At first women were reluctant to talk," Ensler writes. "They were a little shy. But once they got going, you couldn't stop them."

Also included in this special edition are testimonials--both joyous and heartbreaking--from young women who have performed The Vagina Monologues at their colleges for V-Day, February 14, to raise money for organizations fighting to protect women.

"I am not sure why I was chosen," Eve Ensler writes in her introduction to The Vagina Monologues. "I didn't for example, have girlhood fantasies about becoming "vagina lady" (which I am often called, sometimes loudly across a crowded shoe store.) I could not have imagined that I would one day be talking about vaginas on talk shows in places like Athens, Greece, chanting the word vagina with four thousand women in Baltimore, or having thirty-two public orgasms a night. These things were not in my plans. In this sense, I don't think I had much to do with The Vagina Monologues. It possessed me."

Monday, 12 August 2013

Bare Oaks in Google Streetview

Google Streetview tour of Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park

You can now tour around Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park thanks to Google's Streetview. In May of this year, we hired Ilyse Krivel,  a Trusted Photographer for Google Business Photos, to photograph a tour of our property. The resulting tour can be found through Google Maps or by clicking on the "see inside" image that shows up on the right-hand side when you search for "Bare Oaks" in Google.

You won't see any nude people in the tour. In fact, you won't see any people at all. Google's rules require the photographer to avoid people as much as possible. So we picked a cold weekday in the spring when we knew there would be fewer people on the property. But even then, we still had to ask individuals to temporarily move while we took the photos. (a big thank you to everyone who was patient and cooperative with us)

We believe that this tour will help ease people's anxiety about visiting Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park for the first time. Obviously, nudity will be the biggest challenge for most people. But if they see our beautiful, varied, and extensive park we think it will be easier to make that first visit.

If the embeded version below doesn't work, here's a direct link:

View Larger Map

Friday, 26 July 2013

Dear Anonymous,

Dear Anonymous,

Since you didn't leave any contact information, this is the only way we can respond to your concerns.

Thank you for contacting Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park. We do appreciate receiving both compliments and complaints.

We are sorry that you were dissatisfied because either you or someone else in your party (you are not clear in your letter about who was affected) were not allowed to walk around clothed. As you correctly pointed out, we did have a clothing-optional area during our volleyball tournament but you also found that option to be disagreeable. You should be aware that this is an unusual compromise that is made only for the volleyball tournaments so a visit at other times would be even more disappointing to you.

Frankly, we are confused why anyone would want to come to Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park to keep their clothing on. With 99.9999% of Canada requiring some level of coverage at all times, there doesn't seem to be any lack of option for the textile-obsessed. And our dedication to authentic naturism is well-published so it should not have come as a surprise.

You write that our policy has led to "lost revenue". But we believe that it is precisely because of our uncompromising commitment to naturist values that we have been so successful. As Aesop, the ancient Greek author, said: "Please all, and you will please none." To give you a more current example, if you offer hamburgers in your vegetarian restaurant, you will not likely satisfy the carnivore but you will definitely alienate the vegetarian.

Ironically, naturism is not about nudity. It is a life philosophy with physical, psychological, environmental, social and moral benefits. But nudity is a key tool used to achieve naturism's goals of self-acceptance, respect for others, and living a more natural life.

Since you sent us a paper letter we recognize you may not be comfortable with using the internet. As such, you might be reading this on the bulletin board near the office. There is a brochure available in the office that explains why unmitigated nudity is important. But if you have access to the internet, you can also read the web version.

We are truly sorry that you did not enjoy your experience at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park. We are always disappointed whenever a person is not as enamoured with naturism as we are. But we will not consider a clothing-optional policy as our righteous approach to naturist values is key to our success. We are encouraged by the fact that we get far more compliments than complaints; such as this email from a few of days ago. (edited for privacy reasons)

My wife and I have been to many naturist and nudist parks over the past 20+ years, and in the last 5 or so with our children, after having taken a few years off being busy with life. Yours has by far exceeded my expectations in the atmosphere, philosophy, location/amenities, cleanliness, friendliness and overall experience. [My child] was very happy that there were other kids [his/her] age there to play with and hang out, and, as a parent, I appreciated the very safe environment which your park provides. 
Your staff was the best of any resort/hotel/park we have ever visited, naturist or textile. I have yet to stay at a place where people are friendlier and genuinely care about the guests and members having a good time and being comfortable. As one example, when [my child] and I were loading up our car to head home, one of your young maintenance men, and I am sorry but I cannot recall his name, but he looked to be about 17 or 18, stopped while he was driving by and asked how we had enjoyed our stay. He then apologized for having been so busy and not having been able to spend more time talking with us throughout our stay. That is true dedication to providing a great experience. Another example was how well your other younger people, [young woman #1] and [young woman #2]  organized the children’s’ activities and ensured everyone, young and old, had a good time and that [my child], being new to your park, felt very welcomed.

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Our Gardens

Many of our members enjoy gardening and some have volunteered to help maintain the plants and gardens around the park. For many years, Frank did most of that work on his own. But starting last year, a number of new volunteers took over. In 2012 it was:
  • Front garden on Kennedy Road: Marc
  • Garden in front of the office: Ingrid
  • Outback Gardens: Jan
  • Beckett Circle - peace sign garden, and plants around washroom: Nancy
This year, we have even more volunteers:
  • Front garden on Kennedy Road:  Marc and Suzy
  • Garden in front of the office: Steven and Ingrid
  • Planters at the clubhouse: Dale
  • Helios Circle garden at entrance: Judy
  • Outback gardens:  Jan and friends
  • Beckett Circle - peace sign garden, and plants around washroom: Nancy
Thank you to all the volunteers!

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Larry "Gummy" Rafferty

Larry Rafferty aka Gummy at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park

As many already know, Larry "Gummy" Rafferty passed away on May 18th after many years of bravely fighting a variety of cancers. He worked with dedication and passion to maintain both Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park and its predecessor, The New Forest Family Naturist Resort. He was also one its best ambassadors. At his request, no obituary was published. However a "Celebration of Inspirational Memories"has been organized by his wife Sylvia:

Sunday, July 14th, 2013
759 Pine Grove Avenue
Innisfil, Ontario
1 - 4 PM

Monday, 17 June 2013

The Bare Oaks Sestertius

Last fall a coin was minted to commemorate the 40th anniversary (1972-2012) of the founding of the Toronto Helios Society that eventually became Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park. The coin is officially called the Bare Oaks Sestertius.

One side features Bare Oaks' Nude Family Emblem while the other side displays the International Naturist Federation (INF) logo. The INF, which was founded in 1953, is the umbrella organization bringing together the various national naturist federations throughout the world. It is celebrating its 60th anniversary on the site where it was created – the CHM Montalivet in France.

We will be giving the coin away as gifts, rewards or as prizes in the various competitions that occur throughout the year. The coin is also be available for sale for those who want a souvenir. While the coin does not have an official value, it can be exchanged for various items. (drinks, snacks, ice cream, etc...) The items will vary and the current 'rate' of exchange is posted in the store at Bare Oaks.

For the numismatists out there, here are the specifications:
  • 70% copper and 30% zinc
  • Plated in Nickel
  • Weight: 13.72g (.484 ounces)
  • Diameter: 31.75 mm (1.25 inches)
  • Thickness: 2.413 mm (.095 inches)
The Bare Oaks Sestertius can be ordered from the Bare Boutique online.

Friday, 14 June 2013

Construction projects

We've grown tremendously over the last 6 years and that has put a strain on our infrastructure. Last summer, we had over 2,200 visits by non-members. So as an example, a busy weekend now means hundreds of showers in the morning which has led water outages. So this year we're doing a number of projects to increase our capacity.

The image above is a crane installing a 16-ton concrete water cistern.
It is one of two. When they are both activated in a few weeks, that will give us a total 45,400 litres of water holding capacity. We are also doing other projects related to various infrastructure support systems.

So we apologize for any inconvenience as some areas are temporarily closed, some services are briefly interrupted, and that some spaces don't look as good as they should. Please "bare" with us as we do these important improvements to serve you better.

Monday, 10 June 2013

Doug Beckett

Helen and Doug Beckett in the late 1960's at Glen Echo Family Nudist Park.
Helen & Doug Beckett in the late 1960's at Glen Echo Family Nudist Park.

Today, Doug Beckett would have been 90 years old. Sadly, he passed away last November 17th. While people often mark someone's passing, it seems more fitting to celebrate their birth because it is a person's arrival and ensuing existence in our world and that influences us most. So today we honour him by republishing below one of his articles from 1969.

Doug and Helen Beckett were a active members and supporters of the Toronto Gymnosophical Society at Glen Echo Family Nudist Park (1955-2009). It was there that, with a small group supporters, he founded the Federation of Canadian Naturists (FCN) in 1986. Following the breakup of the Canadian Sunbathing Association in 1953 and the failure of the Eastern Canadian Sunbathing Association (ECSA) in 1960, there was no English-speaking association representing Canada. Doug saw the need for a national organization to unite all Canadian naturists and promote naturism to the general public. With support from the FQN, the FCN was formed and together the two organizations now represent Canada in the International Naturist Federation (INF).

Doug Beckett was the first publisher and editor of the FCN's magazine, Going Natural. He was also a prolific writer often publishing under the pseudonym of W.S. Douglas.

Beckett Circle at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park is named after Doug Beckett in recognition of his tireless efforts to promote and support the naturist movement.

You can hear Doug Beckett discuss his experiences with the development of naturism in Canada in the February 2010 episode of the Naturist Living Show.

Doug leaves behind two people who supported him throughout his efforts: his wife Helen and his daughter Susan. His legacy also continues through his grandchildren; Elisa, David, and Kiera; as well as his great-grandchild Rhea.

From the Eastern Canadian Sunbathing Association (ECSA) 1969 Canadian Nudist Profile magazine:

The Myth of Modesty

by W. S. Douglas (Doug Beckett's pseudonym)

    It has been frequently claimed that clothing is a necessary part of our civilizing process; that more important than modesty or protection is the fact that clothing provides status and a sense of superiority.  Dr. Alfred Adler, a German psychologist, expressed in his writing his belief that the psyche has as its objective the goal of superiority and man has an inherent sense of inferiority which makes him discontent with his nature.  Clothing, since it makes no demands on the character, capabilities or even the degree of civilization of the wearer, provides an instant means by which man can claim superiority over his fellow men and set himself up as superior and separate from nature.

     As we increase in our understanding of human nature we realize that clothing has been far from completely successful in its contribution to morality.  Lawrence Langner in his book "The Importance of Wearing Clothes" states that "Man's unconscious clothing produced an unexpected result.  Instead of reducing man's sexual desires, it actually increased them.  Mankind, striving to rise above the call of the flesh, became one of the most erotic of all living creatures because of his clothing.  This posed a neat problem which has been with us for thousands of years - how to control our interest in sex so that, despite this increased stimulation due to clothing, we may enjoy an orderly society based upon a firm foundation of family life.  Man has largely solved this problem of control by inventing clothes which in their usage either stimulate or inhibit sexual desire."

     But despite Langner's last sentence as we look about we see little evidence of clothing to inhibit sexual interest.  No matter how plain and drab, clothes cannot eliminate the natural curiosity aroused by the human body being covered and unfamiliar, nor the erotic impulses created by the act of their removal.  Those familiar with primitive peoples have observed that clothes covering bodies that once went naked have contributed to the native's moral decadence by stimulating an unnatural curiosity which never before existed.

     Among those who have studied the significance of clothing there seems to be general agreement that clothing is worn for only four basic reasons: as bodily protection, for ornament, as an indication of superiority or rank and to create sexual interest.   Modesty has never really had anything to do with it but has been simply a rationalization supporting the fact that clothing exists.

     As described in the Encyclopedia Britannica, modesty is a feeling merely of acute self-consciousness due to appearing unusual, and is the result of clothing rather than the cause.  Modesty, it would seem, appeared after the invention of clothing and as a result of the sexual stimulation aroused by exposing portions of the body.  What may be regarded as modest or immodest, in good taste or bad, varies widely from country to country, people to people, with time of day, place and activity, with the changes of fashion.

     From this we can reasonably assume that false modesty is not a legitimate consequence of Biblical references to the shame of nakedness.  For the Bible begins with the Adam and Eve story describing nakedness as the natural state of man; the state he was meant to have.  Clothes, in the Book of Genesis, are a sign of a great calamity.  But as a clothed people, we see shame in nakedness rather than in our inability to accept man as he was created.  Peoples who are accustomed to nakedness see no shame in the human body as such.  For the ancient Hebrews, as Dubarle has shown (The Biblical Doctrine of Original Sin) nakedness was shameful through its association with prisoner or slave status.

     The Greeks partially overcame false modesty.  On this point Langner again states: "The fact that the ancient Greeks were not divided as individuals, with their minds in rebellion against their bodies, may be one of the reasons why Greek civilization developed so extraordinarily not only in the field of creative art, but also in science and philosophy.  When men feel free to inquire into the nature of their own body functions and to satisfy their curiosity objectively, they tend to allow their imaginations to rove over the outside world and all it contains."

     The frailty of our commonly-held ideas of modesty comes sharply into focus in naturist living.  Naturists find that within themselves there is an instinctive sense of rightness guiding both thought and action.

     Those who have inquired very hard and with scrupulous honesty into the hold which clothing has upon our thinking realize that claims of modesty are but a part of a larger concept.  Clothing plays the exact psychological role in our civilization that superstition did in other societies; everyone plays the game and pretends that it is dead serious.  The average North American business man would be much more upset by being seen nude than by knowing he had lied or cheated or overpriced or underpaid; the average murderer would be appalled just as much.  No moral law commands as much emotional assent as the prohibition on nudity.  This is a fascinating fact.  It suggests the theory that men always like to reduce their moral obligations to some simple concrete action that anyone can do, like wearing trousers, and pretend that then they are free of further scruple!  Clothing has been treated as some Eleventh Commandment that Moses forgot.

     But as naturism continues to gain each year in both practice and public acceptance, we must credit some honesty of thought for permitting us to recognize how often clothing is used merely as a crutch for the personality.  How can the human character be strengthened if it must lean so heavily upon this crutch?

     Just as clothing has evolved through many stages in successive ages, so we believe the necessity of wearing clothing under all circumstances is also in a state of evolution.  In all ages people have, no doubt, felt some superiority when hiding their ignorance of the human body beneath layers of clothing. If this is truly an era of enlightenment, if man has reached a real sympathy for man, what moral need is there for concealment?

Friday, 31 May 2013

Invitation to participate in a performance

An interesting message we received:

From: john oswald []
Date: May 27, 2013 8:35:26 PM EDT
Subject: a special event on June 27th (one month from now)


I'm contacting various naturist communities in and near Toronto, in hopes that many of your members and participants will be especially interested in an event that will happen in downtown Toronto on the evening of Thursday June 27th.

I'm an artist (and have received some recognition as such, being a Governor General's Laureate, etc.) who on occasion puts together performances involving large groups of people.

The event shown below, at the historic Carlu event space, involved over a hundred performers, some nude, some clothed, along with life-size projections of other people:

Paul Rapoport, who many of you know (former editor of Going Natural magazine), was involved in that event, and in other art works i've created.

For the event on the 27th, i'm looking for 100 nude people (footwear optional) to take part in one 10-15 minute event scheduled near sunset, in a secluded outdoor location in downtown Toronto— the final location is still being discussed.

A participant will only be required to walk slowly a few metres from 'offstage' to 'onstage' to join the others in the group, and then to walk slowly forward towards the audience.

This will take place as part of ArtSpin, a monthly summer event in which hundreds of art lovers ride together from location to location to see and hear special works and performances.

I try to get representation from all walks of life, including age, gender, and ethnicity in my human gatherings. I am particularly encouraging families to participate (although toddlers and small children, who are not able to be self-directed won't be appropriate for this event).

I hope that participants in your group will be eager to be part of this event. There will be a very, very small honorarium for each participant.

I see the event as an opportunity for naturists to meet an interested and sympathetic group of people who attend ArtSpin. This performance will be a respectful, beautiful, and i think you will find emotional 'ritual', which we will all long remember and cherish.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

John Oswald

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Last chance for early volleyball registration bonus

Free Bare Oaks baseball cap for each player registered by June 1st. (That's this Saturday)

This year there is a $500 Cash Prize for the top 6x6 team!  And lots of other prizes for everyone else.

Bring your own team and the organizer plays free!

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Special Offer

Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park is offering a coupon for a free first-time visit until June 28.* You can get the coupon from either:

Help introduce your friends to naturism by sharing this coupon.

Those new to naturism or Bare Oaks will also find our First Visit Page useful:

*As with all offers like this, some conditions apply. See the coupon for details.

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Pool open!

We were finally able to open the pool on Thursday!

We apologize for the delay. We had a number of technical problems to address over the last few weeks.

Of course, it's a bit cold this weekend but the heat is on its way.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Clothing Drive this Saturday

Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park is hosting it's second annual clothing drive Saturday, May 11th from 10am to 1pm. Visitors bringing an item of clothing for donation will save 50% on their ground fees.

We heard there was a need for various items at local shelters and, with the community spirit that is Bare Oaks, we decided to rise to the call. Items collected on Saturday will go to one of three places: Yellow Brick House, Blue Door Shelter, or to the Goodwill.

The Yellow Brick House and Blue Door Shelter are looking for new clothing, shoes, steel toe work boots, blankets, and towels. They are also seeking certain items to maintain operations such as liquid soap, diapers, and kids lunch snacks.

Yellow Brick House provides four core services for all:  emergency shelter, transitional housing, outreach services and public education. The two emergency shelters offer safes place for women and children fleeing their abusive relationships. Reta’s Place, their transitional housing facility, provides housing units to women and children transitioning from the emergency shelter to living independently.

Blue Door Shelters, located in York Region, provides safe, supportive shelter and services for people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. They operate three, no-fee, emergency shelters for families, men and youth.

Each shelter provides: help to find permanent housing, accommodation and food, supportive counselling, referral to community services, life skills learning opportunities, and 24/7 accessibility.

The rest of the clean reusable items dropped-off at Bare Oaks will go to Goodwill. They use their revenue to fund their core mission: creating work opportunities for people facing barriers to employment, including persons with disabilities, youth at risk, the chronically unemployed, aboriginal people and newcomers to Canada.

The members of Bare Oaks are cleaning out their closets and will be donating what clothing they do have (we do have to come out for groceries every now and again!) to these community based organizations. Care to unclutter your closets and help the community at the same time? Then drop by Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park on Saturday, May 11th between 10am and 1pm. There will be volunteers ready to collect your donations at our designated tables on the front lawn.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Volunteer Day and Members' Meeting

Naturist Volunteers

Spring is the time for our annual volunteer day. We really appreciate the multitude of people willing to give up their time to make Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park a better place. While there are many people volunteering all year, this is the day we set aside for a massive volunteer effort to get things ready for the season. We are told that it is also a fun day that many people look forward to.

Volunteer Day -  Saturday May 4, 2013

10am to 3pm

  • Everyone is welcome! Lunch will be provided, free of charge, for all volunteers.
  • There will be projects suitable for all abilities and levels of ambition.
  • Non-members who volunteer will not be charged any day fees. (please register at the office)

Euchre Night - 7:30pm

The Bare Bistro hosts their regular Euchre Night

Members' Meeting - Sunday May 5, 2013

10am to noon

All members are invited to come and get an update on what's happening at Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park and ask questions.

Yoga - 6:30pm

All Yogi levels welcome. $10 class fee, $2 mat rental, $40 package of 6 classes

Yoga was developed as a way to achieve physical, mental, and spiritual balance which is completely in harmony with naturism. The best way to practice it is in your natural state free of the restrictions and distractions of clothing. More info...

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Gymnophobia - Fear of Nudity

Body ShameMost people in North American society appear to suffer from a phobia of nudity – either their own or of seeing that of others. The problem with this fear is that is leads people to be uncomfortable with their own bodies. It results in them being ashamed, embarrassed, and even offended by their own image. The emotional reaction can negatively impact self-esteem and self-confidence.

Fear of nudity has an official name – Gymnophobia.

MedTerms Medical Dictionary

Gymnophobia: An abnormal and persistent fear of nudity. Sufferers of this phobia experience undue anxiety even though they realize their fear is irrational. They may worry about seeing others naked or being seen naked, or both. Their fear may stem from anxiety about sexuality in general, from a fear that their bodies are physically inferior, or from a fear that their nakedness leaves their bodies--and their personalities--exposed and unprotected.

"Gymnophobia" is derived from the Greek "gymnos" (naked) and "phobos" (fear). The word "gymnasium" comes from the Greek "gymnasion" (a place for athletic exercises) and the Greek "gymnasein" (to train naked).

Sound familiar? This description is enough to conclude that most of the North American population suffers from some level of Gymnophobia.

But let's look at a more detailled and official definition:


The DSM-IV is the short name for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders 4th edition published by the American Psychiatric Association. It is the standard classification of mental disorders used by mental health professionals.
Diagnostic criteria for 300.29
Specific Phobia
    1. Marked and persistent fear that is excessive or unreasonable, cued by the presence or anticipation of a specific object or situation (e.g., flying, heights, animals, receiving an injection, seeing blood).
    2. Exposure to the phobic stimulus almost invariably provokes an immediate anxiety response, which may take the form of a situationally bound or situationally predisposed Panic Attack. Note: In children, the anxiety may be expressed by crying, tantrums, freezing, or clinging.
    3. The person recognizes that the fear is excessive or unreasonable. Note: In children, this feature may be absent.
    4. The phobic situation(s) is avoided or else is endured with intense anxiety or distress.
    5. The avoidance, anxious anticipation, or distress in the feared situation(s) interferes significantly with the person's normal routine, occupational (or academic) functioning, or social activities or relationships, or there is marked distress about having the phobia.
    6. In individuals under age 18 years, the duration is at least 6 months.
    7. The anxiety, Panic Attacks, or phobic avoidance associated with the specific object or situation are not better accounted for by another mental disorder, such as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (e.g., fear of dirt in someone with an obsession about contamination), Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (e.g., avoidance of stimuli associated with a severe stressor), Separation Anxiety Disorder (e.g., avoidance of school), Social Phobia (e.g., avoidance of social situations because of fear of embarrassment), Panic Disorder with Agoraphobia, or Agoraphobia Without History of Panic Disorder.
Here, the only exception is that most people don't recognize "that the fear is excessive or unreasonable" because the phobia has become normalized by society. As a result, the fear of nudity is not one that "interferes significantly with the person's normal routine, occupational (or academic) functioning, or social activities or relationships" because gymnophobia is institutionalized. We design our architecture to Indecentcompensate for this phobia. (e.g. separate change rooms, shower cubicles, dressing rooms in stores, etc…) We have created a whole set of rituals and culture around this phobia. We teach our children about "private parts" and "modesty". We treat nudity as “dirty” in order to justify the phobia. Thanks to the TV show Seinfeld, the concepts of "good naked and bad naked" have entered popular culture - although we always had a version of it. (it's OK for attractive young women to be naked for the pleasure of others) We talk about nudity being a “personal thing” to be kept for those intimate moments with our partners. All of these traditions are very well constructed to justify the phobia and to prevent people from having to deal with it.

From a very young age, children are indoctrinated into these rituals and attitudes toward the human body. There is no such thing as natural body shame. Even if parents do their best not to impart body shame, the rest of society, through customs, peer pressure, and media, will more than compensate for their efforts. Over time, the messages of fear and shame lead to the development of an instinctual, emotional reaction to nudity.

Further evidence of gymnophobia is that people often feel anxiety at the mere thought of being nude. They don't actually have to do it – they just have to think about it. Just talking about it can cause people to feel embarrassment. Have you ever noticed that discussing nudity causes people to react emotionally? Some just turn red and giggle. Others react with disgust or anger to justify their emotion.

If we take the example of another well-known phobia, claustrophobia (the fear of enclosed spaces) and compare it to gymnophobia it is easier to see the similarities. For example, a person might say “I’m not comfortable being in elevators, I prefer to take the stairs" and most of us would recognize that as an irrational fear. However, if the same person visits a clothing-optional beach and says “I’m not comfortable swimming naked, I prefer to wear a bathing suit” it now seems like a normal reaction. Yet there’s no rational reason to wear a bathing suit.

Strangely enough, the mainstream world accuses naturists of being obsesed with nudity. Yet most naturists are dressed most of the time. It is the "normal" people who can't make the choice. Their view of the nudity and the human body may be normal but it is definitely not natural or rational.

Phobias can be treated. Of course, before a person seeks treatment they must realize that there is a problem. The American Psychiatric Association says “A phobia that interferes with daily living can create extreme disability and should be treated.” Since most of the world accepts gymnophobia as normal it doesn’t seem to interfere with daily life. Thus very few believe that there is any need for treatment.

Most phobia therapies can be summarized with these strategies:
    • Desensitization to the phobic stimuli (ironically sometimes called “exposure therapy”)
    • Progression in slow, small steps
    • Association with relaxation & reward
    • In some extreme cases, medication is prescribed to reduce the level of anxiety
So for gymnophobia, regular visits to a naturist environment could be considered theraphy! While it might make you a healthier person, try to claim that on your health insurance plan.

From the Bare Oaks Family Naturist Park webpage.

"Body Shame" photo by Djuliet (Creative Commons License)
"Indecent" photo by Lora Mathis (used with permission)

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Some Worthwhile Area Events

Here are a few things to do near (not at) Bare Oaks:

9th Annual Cabin Fever Reliever Silent Auction (March 23)

  • Lots of great items to bid on. Last year, there were many great deals!
  • Plus appetizers, entertainment, draws...
  • Tickets: $20.00 per person
  • Mount Albert Community Centre, 53 Main Street
  • Saturday, March 23rd Door opens at 7:00pm
  • All proceeds go to support the Family Place in Mount Albert.

Mount Albert Mom to Mom Sale (April 6)

  • A Mom to Mom Sale is an indoor sale where families can rent a space to sell their gently used children’s outgrown items to other Moms and Dads. This can include clothing, toys, accessories, furniture, maternity wear, etc.
  • To be a Mom to Mom vendor and sell your gently used items, please contact The Family Place at 905-473-5929 to reserve your space.
  • Saturday, April 6th, 2013 from 9:00am to 1:00pm.
  • Mount Albert Community Centre, 53 Main Street
  • All proceeds go to support the Family Place in Mount Albert.

4th Annual East Gwillimbury Women's Show (April 13)

  • Vendors, demonstrations, auction, prizes, gift bags for the first 300 guests...
  • Tickets: $5 per person
  • Saturday, April 13th, 2013 from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
  • Holland Landing Community Centre, 19513 Yonge Street
  • All proceeds go to support the Southlakes Cancer Centre

Friday, 15 March 2013

A Poem

Bare Oaks

there exists a place on earth

not unlike the garden of Eden

its abundant greenery and exotic wonders
release the imagination
ignite free thought

I come here to escape

layers slip away
I stand bare
feel no shame

stripping insecurity
whipping out self adoration
flaunting a massive character
expose truth

embrace lumps, bumps, skin, hair

and beauty

outside these confines
attractiveness is a layered mask
hiding reality 

they have eaten rancid fruit
gained neither knowledge nor power
and paradise has been lost

By Emily, 17, staff member at Bare Oaks in the summer of 2011.
Note that the alignment is intentional as she imparts additional meaning through it.

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Last Chance for France

Many people have expressed interest in the group trip to France. Since the interest appears to be there but the commitment hasn't been made, we've extended the deadline to March 22nd.

We have enough people for the trip to go ahead. But there are still a few spaces left. This will be the last extension as we need to commit to a final number for the accommodations.

This is a very affordable vacation! 10 days in France visiting both the Bordeaux region and Paris during Bastille Day. Details at:

Departures have been organized from the airports in Toronto and Montréal. However, you can join us from anywhere. People have already booked from other locations in North America.

The travel agent organizing the trip is Pauline, one of our members and the owner of Contact her for more information by email at or by phone at +1 (705) 294-1545

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Bare It For Books

ReBlog from

Happy Bare It For Books launch day, everybody! We are so thrilled to welcome you to our newly designed website, and equally thrilled to let everyone know that our sexy little calendar project is now up and running in earnest. Let’s all give a big round of Internet applause for the authors who will be baring it all in the name of literature for our 2014 calendar:
Angie Abdou – Ms. January
Trevor Cole – Mr. February
Farzana Doctor – Ms. March
Dave Bidini – Mr. April
Miranda Hill – Ms. May
Daniel MacIvor – Mr. June
Yasuko Thanh – Ms. July
Terry Fallis – Mr. August
Sachiko Murakami – Ms. September
Vincent Lam – Mr. October
Saleema Nawaz – Ms. November
Yann Martel – Mr. December
With cover illustration done by Sarah Leavitt.
We’d like to take this moment to thank each and every one of the authors who have graciously agreed to appear in our 2014 calendar, as well as those authors who will be appearing (hint, hint) in our Bare It For Books calendar in 2015. We couldn’t have gotten this far without you, and we are so grateful for your continued enthusiasm and support.
We’d also like to thank all of the people who have helped BIFB get to this moment – we wouldn’t have gone anywhere without you, too! You can see a comprehensive list of our supporters on this website. Much love and thanks to you all.
So what’s the next step in the Bare It For Books project? Why, pulling that calendar together, of course! As of today, you can hop on over to our Indiegogo campaign page and have a peek at all of the lovely swag you can score when you donate to the campaign. We are aiming to raise the bulk of our printing and production costs through our Indiegogo fund, so please spread the word about Bare It For Books far and wide, and get yourself some swag!

Friday, 8 February 2013

Big Nude Boat in Maclean's Magazine

Maclean's Magazine
(Canada's national weekly current affairs magazine)
February 6, 2013
by Alan Parker

3,000 passengers and lots of sunscreen on largest naked cruise in history

Sometime in the late afternoon on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 — an hour or so after the cruise ship Carnival Freedom leaves its home port of Fort Lauderdale, Florida — the ship’s captain will make an announcement on the ship’s public address system.

The captain’s message will go something like this:

“Ladies and gentlemen, we are now in international waters. Please feel free to disrobe.”

And with that, approximately 3,000 passengers aboard the Carnival Freedom will doff duds and begin eight days of the largest naked cruise vacation in the history of the world.

Continue reading:

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Thursday, 7 February 2013

Naturism on Murdoch Mysteries

This week's episode of Murdoch Mysteries on CBC involved a "naturist colony".

Murdoch Mysteries is a drama, currently set in 1900, that revolves around Detective William Murdoch of the Toronto Constabulary who investigates murder using forensic techniques of the time. (think CSI from 100 years ago) The show is currently in its 6th season.

While 1900 is a bit early for naturism in Canada, it is not completely out of the realm of possibility. They must have done their research well because they were fairly accurate about the philosophy – right down to the gruff German leader. (although at times, his accent sounded more Scottish than German)

Watch the show here: