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What I Learned From Spending Time at a Nudist Resort

Surprising Realizations From My Time at a Nudist Resort

by Jamie Dunn

I’ve realized that a nudist resort helps me feel more confident with my body. You would think it would be the opposite. My first thought when my husband suggested that we go to one was “No Way!” But after I thought about it for awhile I figured why not!

What I see through my dark sunglasses as I’m lying naked at the pool is that nothing is hidden, nothing is enhanced, everything is revealed so there’s nothing to hide. You see the truth, the imperfections, the story on everyone’s bodies, including your own. And people are proud and confident of what they have or don’t have. You see people as they are.

With clothes, bras, heels, and make-up, we are hiding or altering our true nature. We are trying to be someone we are not most of the time…what media’s idea of perfection is. It gets so exhausting to try to live up to perfection.

A huge weight is lifted off of me when I can go somewhere and not be self-conscious about my body and what is revealed on my skin. My body tells a story, shows my history–and that is acceptable there. It is mine and it’s something to be proud of.

No two bodies are the same. Being nude in front of other nudists encourages me to feel admiration for others. Diversity is abundant there and celebrated. In all other situations where we wear clothing, the truth is covered. We can easily hide and deceive. We judge the unknown and harbor fear.

At nudist resorts, clothing is acceptable when it’s cold but otherwise, people expect you to be naked (accessories are fine). Because that’s the point. You come to bare all and often times you find friendships where you bare more than your clothes: You bare your soul.

There’s a kinship in the bravery and in the retaliation of society’s expectations. We are saying “Fuck you! I’m beautiful! No matter what I’m supposed to look like, this is how I look and I’m proud of it.”

Going to a nudist resort is therapy from years of self-deprecation; trying to live up to perfection and never reaching it, and being teased or put down for looking a certain way. I may have not been teased by others that I can recall, but I was definitely reprimanded by my own mind. By being here and being brave, I’m punching that inner voice in the face.

I don’t want to live in fear anymore. I want to love my body. It’s mine, and I’m stuck with it. It’s my job to take care of it and be satisfied with whatever results I get. 

Willamettans: Marcola, OR
The Willamettans is one of the resorts we frequent most often, and I highly recomend it. It is the largest nudist resort in the Pacific Northwest with more than 350 members. It is a modern resort in a secluded situated on 40 acres just 20 minutes from Springfield, Oregon. Memeber owned, this nudist resort offers visitors an opportunity to experience the freedom and fun of nude recreation. It welcomes singles, couples and families of all ages. Learn more

feature photo via: Willamettans fb

Author’s Bio

Jaime Dunn is a writer, poet, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and always craving adventure and change. She lives in Bend, OR with her husband of 14 years, 3 children, dog, and 3 cats. She is currently on a 6 week RV trip with her family and they plan on hitting as many family Nudist Resorts as they can on their route across the U.S. 


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Annette Benedetti
Annette Benedetti
Annette is a writer, editor and photographer from Portland, OR. Her work appears in a variety of publications including Bust, Red Tricycle, Motherly and Domino. When she’s away from her desk she can be found teaching women yoga at wilderness retreats, exploring new cities across the states and hiking the trails at Mt. Rainier—one of her favorite places on earth.