Thursday, October 26, 2006

No "Nudists" Here

Nude Sunbathing and Skinny-dipping Acceptance

25% of Americans have skinny-dipped in mixed company and Living Waters Spa in Desert Hot Springs is helping people learn that it is ok to try.

Desert Hot Springs, CA, October 25, 2006 --(PR.COM)-- According to a new survey 54% of Americans believe that state and local governments should set aside secluded areas of public land for people who enjoy nude sunbathing. This would be just like state and local governments do now for now for special types of recreation such as snowmobiling, surfing and hunting.

This new poll commissioned by the Naturist Education Foundation (NEF) tests the responses of Americans to questions about nudity. This independent survey was conducted for NEF by the prestigious polling firm of Roper Public Affairs. The survey also revealed that 1 out of 4 American adults have gone “skinny dipping.”

Until there is broader acceptance of nude sunbathing in public places there is a unique boutique spa in Desert Hot Springs California that is helping Americans experience safe nude sunbathing. Living Waters Spa is that unique spa in America where people from all walks of life can soak in pure, odorless mineral water – sans bathing suits.

Owners Jeff and Judy Bowman explain: “Living Waters Spa was created to provide our American culture with a uniquely European experience, soaking in hot mineral spring water -- au naturel.” They opened their spa just 3 short years ago and in that time they have become top-rated on the popular travel review website. “Guests from all over the US and Europe come to Living Waters Spa to try the ol’ fashion skinny-dipping in our therapeutic mineral water. We enjoy helping our society learn that being nude isn’t lewd and that the ‘girls gone wild’ aspect of our culture has distorted simple nudity,” says Judy, who herself is a breast cancer survivor. “We have created a private, safe, relaxing, and elite environment where people can vacation in a clothes free / clothing optional context.” She continues, “We are a spa where people who are curious about trying a nude vacation can do so without the fear of breaking the law or voyeurs with cameras hiding in the bushes.”

According to the owners, people who go to their spa would not classify themselves as nudists or naturists. “Nudist,” says Jeff, “is a term that is almost instantly followed by the word ‘colony’ and is often the brunt of jokes. While we have nudists who come to Living Waters Spa, the vast majority of our guests are just typical Americans who do not use any label to define themselves.”

For more information about the new Roper poll updating American attitudes on skinny-dipping and nude sunbathing see for more details.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Desert Shadows Considering Significant Changes

Nudist-hotel plan gets a look from Palm Springs architectural advisers

The Desert Sun
October 23, 2006

The Palm Springs Architectural Advisory Committee Plans reviewed plans for a new nudist hotel and condo complex today.

The hotel, at 1533 Chaparral Road near Indian Canyon Drive, would replace the Desert Shadows Inn Resort, which is part of the naturist community Desert Shadows. The old hotel has buildings dating to the 1940s, with other buildings added in the 1960s, 1990s and 2000s.

Plans include 38 hotel/condos rooms, a new cafe and higher walls to provide privacy.

Committee member Lance O'Donnell said the proposed architecture was "old and tired" and had a 1987 look. Another member, Chris Sahlin, agreed and said that look doesn't work today.

Member Michael King said the project seemed too commercial, like a Motel 6.

The developer, LINSU Corp., will continue to work on the plans and resubmit a more formal application at a later date.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

New Poll Reveals Popularity of Social Nudism

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DATE: October 16, 2006
SUBJECT: NEF/Roper Poll 2006
TO: All

The Naturist Education Foundation has issued the following release
for wide distribution.

Monday, October 16, 2006


OSHKOSH, Wisconsin - A new nationwide poll commissioned by the Naturist
Education Foundation (NEF) and conducted by the prestigious polling
firm of Roper Public Affairs, indicates that close to three-quarters
of Americans approve of nude sunbathing on beaches set aside for
that purpose.

In the scientific sampling of 1009 U.S. adults conducted recently by
Roper, 74 percent of those polled said they believed people who enjoy
nude sunbathing should be able to do so without interference from
local officials as long as they do so at a beach that is accepted
for that purpose. The sustained high approval rating for nude
beaches is up slightly from the 72% who responded favorably to an
identical poll question posed by Gallup in 1983, and off a bit
from the high of 80% who approved in a 2000 poll commissioned
by NEF and administered by Roper.

The NEF/Roper Poll 2006 was conducted September 8th-10th, 2006,
and surveyed 1,009 adult U.S. residents. The poll has a margin of
error of +/- 3 percentage points. Roper Public Affairs is a subsidiary
of GfK NOP, LLC, an international research business.

Responses to other questions in the poll suggest that more than 55
million Americans have, at one time or another, skinny-dipped or
sunbathed nude in mixed-gender groups.

A majority of Americans favor the proposal that a portion of public
land should be set aside by governments for nude recreation, as is
often done for other special recreation interests like snowmobiling,
surfing and hunting. Approval for government designation of clothing-
ptional areas has risen from 39% in 1983 to 48% in 2000, and has
reached 54% in the 2006 survey.

"Public approval has been building continually for designating
clothing-optional areas," noted NEF Chair Bob Morton. "But
governmental agencies have been slow to respond to the emerging
demand. This updated poll demonstrates that the trend is certainly
no fluke. A majority now expects governments to respond."

The Naturist Education Foundation, Inc. is the nonprofit educational
and informational adjunct to The Naturist Society, an organization
with thousands of members who enjoy nude recreation throughout the
U.S. and Canada. By gathering and disseminating information, NEF
promotes body acceptance and an understanding of naturist issues.

For more information on the Naturist Education Foundation and the
NEF/Roper Poll 2006, visit the NEF web site at:
http://www.naturist education. org,
email NEF at pollinfo@naturisted,
or call (512) 282-6621 during business hours (Central Time).