Embarking on the journey of forming a nudist group is thrilling, but to keep the vibe positive and enjoyable, it’s essential to set some ground rules. Make these guidelines visible — post them on your website or circulate them among new members via email. This way, everyone is on the same page about the expected conduct, the event dynamics, and the person steering the ship.
Here are some key pointers to include in your guidelines:
Shower Before You Arrive
Encourage everyone to arrive fresh and clean, akin to gearing up for a promising first date. It’s a gesture of respect towards the community. And to accommodate those who might be coming straight from other commitments, consider offering shower facilities at the venue. Also, emphasize the importance of bringing two towels — one to sit on and another for miscellaneous uses.
Bring Two Towels
The two-towel rule is non-negotiable. One to sit on and another for lending or handling unexpected spills. As a host, it’s a good idea to have a few extra towels at the ready for those who might forget. And here’s a pro tip: personalize towels with the club’s name and member’s name, serving as a fun reminder to bring them along and to keep track of ownership.
While your fragrance might be a hit elsewhere, nudist events are a scent-free zone to accommodate individuals with allergies or sensitivities. Encourage members to opt for unscented personal products to maintain a comfortable atmosphere for all.
Addressing the elephant in the room — the policy on intimacy during events needs to be clear and upfront. Different groups have varying policies, and it’s crucial to define yours clearly. Whether you allow intimate moments post the regular meetings or not, communicate this clearly to avoid any awkwardness or confusion. And when transitioning from the formal event to a more relaxed time, a simple announcement can help set the tone and expectations, allowing members to choose their comfort level and enjoy the remainder of the evening without any tension.
Define the boundaries clearly when it comes to physical contact during the event. Whether it’s a friendly hug or a strict no-touch policy, make sure members are aware and respectful of the rules. Encourage thinking with the head, not just the libido, to maintain a comfortable and respectful environment for all.
Privacy is paramount. Encourage members to respect each other’s privacy and avoid discussing group activities in with individuals outside the group. It’s essential to create a safe space where members can express themselves without fear of being outed or discussed in contexts they aren’t comfortable with. If necessary, members can use pseudonyms to protect their identity and maintain their privacy.
Don’t be Late
Punctuality is key to ensuring the smooth flow of events. Generally, doors are locked once the event begins to allow everyone to enjoy without interruptions. It’s not ideal to have disruptions, especially during activities like naked yoga sessions. If someone informs you they’ll be late, you might consider arranging for someone to let them in without disturbing the ongoing event.
Maintaining the privacy of members should be a top priority, especially when it comes to photography. Generally, it’s best to prohibit cameras, including those on cell phones, to prevent any potential misuse of images. However, if there are occasions where photography is permitted, ensure to obtain a signed model release form from the individuals being photographed. Make sure members are aware of the potential risks associated with sharing their photos online.
Moreover, being honest in the portrayal of your group on your website or promotional materials can foster a more inclusive and welcoming environment. Avoid using only professional model photographs, as it might create unrealistic expectations and potentially deter individuals who are genuinely interested in joining.
As your group blossoms, keeping the interest alive and kicking is vital. Stay tuned for the next chapter where we’ll explore fresh and exciting ideas to keep your members coming back for more, time and time again.
Nick is the publisher of GoNaked Magazine, a digital monthly publication for male nudists. He is also the CEO of GoNaked Travels, a men-only clothing optional travel company specializing in bucket-list, upscale travel experiences.
For fun, he creates a line of adult coloring books featuring zombies, day of the dead, and of course, male butts. Available on Amazon.