As stated in by this definition from the International Naturist Federation, naturism is the practice of complete nudity in a social setting. Though nudity is the most obvious aspect of naturism, it is just part of a much wider context.

Nude recreation is a form of self expression. It embraces the joy of living and experiencing nature in the most natural way possible. To relax and be nude is to let yourself be totally free. Although we enjoy clothing-free activities in appropriate
settings, we also choose to wear clothes when practical.

Naturism is founded on family participation. Children in naturist families learn to appreciate the body as part of their natural environment. They grow up with healthful attitudes and accept the physical nature of both sexes and all ages without fear or shame.

We respect each other's individuality. Our own self-esteem is enhanced by our ability to accept ourselves as we really are. Social class distinctions stated by clothing disappear. We find it easy to accept others regardless of physical size, shape, or body condition. People who enjoy nude recreation distinguish between nudity and sex and keep the two in their proper perspective.

Nude living thus removes barriers to communication between people and fosters appreciation of the environment. It leads to healthier and more humane living : richer, simpler, and enlightened by joy and freedom.

Women bond together when they hear about someone else’s problems and experiences. Nudist clubs provide a safe and comfortable environment for friendship, personal growth, and satisfying social and recreational experiences.

The reason that many women are reluctant to try nudism is that some have no love for their body image. The nudist community believes that all bodies are beautiful while nude. Becoming nude for the first time is not as stressful an experience as you might think. In fact, it is natural because those around you are also nude, and enjoying themselves.

Society does not really understand why nudists take their clothes off, but more people are doing so in clubs and on beaches and nude cruises and resorts across the U.S. and the world. Of course, European countries have participated in nudism for many years. Nudists are a friendly, family-oriented group of people just like you, who choose to be social nudists in the privacy of their homes, clubs, and designated beaches