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The Bay Area Naturists!

The Bay Area Naturists are a loosely-knit collection of people in theSan Francisco and Monterey Bay areas who believe in the principlesbelow:

  1. We believe that the human species must live in harmony with itselfand the other species which populate Planet Earth.We acknowledge ourresponsibility to preserve the delicate environment with which we areentrusted for the benefit of our fellow humans and all species.
  2. We believe in the fundamental wholesomeness of the human body, andregard it as neither an object of shame nor a subject for degradingexploitation.We believe that our natural state is to be withoutclothing, and that the choice to be clothed or not should be at theoption of each individual.
  3. We believe that these two concepts are intertwined, and thatawareness of this is enhanced by intimate contact between the humanbeing and the environment.To that end, we advocate the acceptance ofsuitable areas for nude recreation.


Bay Area Naturist activities span a variety of interests, educational,social, and recreational purposes.The Bay Area Naturists was formed toprovide a liaison for people with similar interests to meet one anotherand establish a more visible presence; however, privacy of individualmembers is always respected.


You are, if you live in the San Francisco or Monterey Bay areas andendorse the Principles of the Bay Area Naturists.

The South Bay Naturists began as a group of friends with common beliefs,mostly from theLupin Lodge,Laguna del Sol, and Red,White, and Blue Beach, who joined in parties at one another's homes.We've adopted Bonny Doon Beach for the annual California CoastalCommission cleanup since 1988, and began a newsletter in 1988, andmerged with the Bay Area Naturist Network in 1997.

"If I already am a Bay Area Naturist," you ask, "then why should I signup and pay dues?"Primarily, membership enables you to keep in touchwith your fellow Bay Area Naturists.You get a subscription to ournewsletter.It is published every month or two, depending on the news.Minimal dues provide e-mail delivery of our newsletter; and additionalfee covers printing and postage costs a paper edition.


We are pleased to offer a combination membership in conjunction withThe Naturist Society (TNS).If you join or renew membership in TNS, you may now jointhe Bay Area Naturists (BAN) at little or no additional cost!Here'show it works:

You can of course join TNS by sending your dues directly to TNSheadquarters in Oshkosh.However, if instead you send the sameamount to the Bay Area Naturists (BAN), you get membership inboth BAN and TNS!This is possible because TNS offers a discount formemberships forwarded by a local group, which is sufficient to payyour your local dues, with our local newsletter delivered to youby e-mail.You may also get the newsletter on paper deliveredby U.S. mail for the cost of printing and postage.

Membership in The Naturist Society includes a subscription to theirmagazine,Nude & Natural.

Individuals who (for reasons of poverty or politics) wish toabstain from The Naturist Society, may still join Bay Area Naturistsalone for a nominal cost.

Details are on our Membership Application form.


The Newsletter is primarily the effort of one individual, editorRich Pasco.He'd rather it not stay that way!It is intended to be a medium fordiscussion between members.As such, every Bay Area Naturist isencouraged to submit items of local interest and Naturist relevance forpublication.

We're particularly interested in announcements of forthcoming events andin news clippings of past events of naturist interest.Such events mayinclude organized beach or camping trips, events at nudist resorts,invitations to "open house" parties, etc.We are also interested in"sniffing the wind" of social and political attitudes toward naturism in theBay Area.

Machine-readable computer text is preferable but paper is also welcome.Computer files may be sent on diskette (preferably IBM PC or MS/DOSformat) or electronically by arrangement with the Editor.

House Parties

The nucleus of the Bay Area Naturists is a circle of friends who've metat various nudist beaches and resorts, and extended their activities toinclude pool and barbecue house parties.We hope these parties willcontinue, invite other Bay Area Naturists to host parties as well, andoffer the Newsletter as an alternative to direct mail for distributinginvitations.Non-members of Bay Area Naturists are generally welcome athouse parties, provided they believe in the Principles and arrange withthe host prior to attending.

When holding a party open to all Bay Area Naturists, the host can sendthe invitation to the editor in sufficient time to be included in thenewsletter.The host may ask for a small donation to cover the cost offood and utensils.

Sometimes, someone may wish to hold a private party independent of BAN,but invite people he knows from BAN activities; in this case, the hostmay request addresses or phone numbers from the BAN files.It isimportant that we know whether you wish your address given out incases like this; please indicate your preference on the membershipapplication.

If you're ready to join now, you may complete yourmembership application,print it and return it with your dues.Or, if you'd like us to mail youa sample newsletter or two with your application, send your request anda self-addressed #10 business-size (4.1" × 9.5" or 10.5 × 24.1cm) envelope withtwo ounces first class postage to
 Bay Area Naturists P.O. Box 23781 San JoseCA95153-3781

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