The Northeast Naturist Festival 2011!Summer is when most people get out of town on weekends, making trips to the nude beach and our favorite naturist locations. But some of the best weekends are when a group of us take a trip to the exact same location such as to the Northeast Naturist Festival. This annual festival occurs at Empire Haven, a fkk resort / naturist campground in upstate NY that has been around for about 50 years. It was our first time at the NNF and at Empire Haven.
The holiday was a great uplifting time! Six days of nonstop action, with numerous eclectic workshops happening at every hour of the day (sessions more jam-packed than at the TNS party). We tented (as usual) in their open rear field, and Empire has a vast place of trailers and tenting space, with and without conveniences hook-up.
The main area is made up of clubhouse with a snack-bar a big and little hot tub, wet sauna and heated pool. Another small building they call the "khaki shack" was a cozy room lined with shelves of books and games. Just nearby is a cunning and well-kept playground and two outdoor pavilions where meals were served. (The food was mainly good, but pricey.)
In between is plenty of grassy yard used for workshop areas. The facilities are all ok except for the toilet situation- no fine public bathrooms.
Northeast Naturist Festival at Empire Haven
We were there the last three days, and there was so much to do I found myself torn between workshops. From African dance and drum courses to NAC / fkk topic discussions to meditation to a hike to Potters Falls, the activities were diverse and generally with 3 or 4 occurring at any given time.
As a side note, I found that the TNS assembly in June was best suited to naturists that have a deep interest in associated matters, laws, politics, and in what's happening with naturists everywhere; whereas this festival was more about fun leisure activities, learning new hobbies, healing mind workshops and physical naked fitness sessions.
Empire Haven outdoor pool
Some of the festival activities offered fresh experiences to me, one of which was a kind of sound healing session. I lay down halfway inside a half-dome with my eyes shut and gongs hanging on each side emitting powerful sounds as 2 instructors waved their instruments.
The sound and oscillations filled the air around me and drowned out all the background noise until I felt separated from my surroundings. It was a bit loud, but an interesting couple of moments.
Each night was the notorious drum circle. We gathered around the fire pit with surrounded by a broad ring of sand for people to shimmy and dance around the fire. Various sorts of drums were available along the edge of the circle for people to join in the pounding.
The drum leader introduced the rhythms for everyone to drum in unison. On the sand several dancers swung their materials, Poi (those light-up balls), or shook their bells to add to the music. The unified thumping and primitive air were soothing and arousing at the exact same time.
We also attended a workshop with a summary of NAC dilemmas. I believe it was too brief of a period of time to discuss anything in depth and gain additional insight into the topics brought up. But the top-free rights discussion was pretty relevant for us, given my recent topless arrest that took place a couple of days before it.
The last activity we attended before parting on Sunday was the conventional Pudding Throw. We met a group of 20 people or so in an enclosed little grass area. The cups and tin cans filled with chocolate and vanilla pudding were lined up.
And the mayhem started! Once the pudding ran out, we had a mass group hug, bodies pressed together to smudge our artwork.. Dreamlike, wild wreck! (To some outsiders, the naked thing is weird enough..picture describing a naked pudding toss ;)
So that was the holiday! Coming up..the narrative of our weekend spent hanging out with nude and clothed biker dudes and a beer fountain.. -
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this review of theNortheast Naturist Festival was published by - Young Naturists And Nudists America FKK
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