This post was last Updated on April 14, 2020
Naturism is a wonderful lifestyle that we try to enjoy as much as possible. In as many places as possible. Most of the time we share our own views on the different aspects of nudism but once in a while, we like to pass the mic to hear about how someone else’s experiences. Via this Naturist Talks interview series, we listen to naturists from all over the world. They share their experiences, tips and stories about naturism and thanks to them we keep learning about the different aspects of life in the nude.
Today we’re listening to Michael, a naturist couple from Germany.
Hello Michael, please tell us something about yourself
Hi, I’m Michael from Munich in Germany, in my late 50’s, husband, father, professional, business traveler and part-time nudist.
How and at what age did you become a naturist?
I tried a nude beach for the first time about 40 years ago, ever since I enjoy being naked in nature, at home, hotel rooms, airbnb’s (when possible) and on boats. To me, it’s natural to be naked and a very liberating moment to undress. However, I consider myself more a nudist than a naturist, I’m not very close to “nature”, it’s not my philosophy that I defend and try to convince others. It’s just me, enjoying myself.
Is naturism allowed in your country and what’s the public opinion?
Naturism is absolutely legal in designated areas, mostly tolerated (if not offensive against others) on lakes and in secluded areas in parks, absolutely fine at home, in your backyard or on your balcony. People here in Germany don’t care too much about it, it’s natural, it’s been “normal” for so long. Here in Munich we have the English Garden, a large park in the middle of the city with many tourists stroll through, they are sometimes surprised by naked people enjoying the sun or a swim in the small river.
What do you think is the best and worst thing about naturism?
The best thing: Everybody is a human being, we are all “the same”, even if we/our bodies look different.
The worst thing: Being sometimes misunderstood, being not allowed to undress in actually most parts of the world.
Do you find it easy to make naturist friends?
It became much easier these days due to the internet and social media. For me this is not very important. I enjoy myself alone or among others (World Naked Bike Ride, at beaches or in parks…) and have made the experience that in most cases I get acceptance from the people who know me if I mention that I enjoy hanging out in the nude. But I talk about it all the time… I like people when I like them, regardless of dressed or naked.
What’s the best tip you have for beginning naturists?
Just give it a try (alone at home, at a sauna, on a beach…), don’t be ashamed, learn to accept or maybe even love your body.
Anything else you’d like to share with our audience?
My basic thought for nudism is that we are all born nude and this is who we are. We are the only creature on this planet that gets dressed. Because we’ve been told to do so. I like the idea of clothes, they protect us when necessary. But why wear them when there is no need for protection?
Thank you so much for sharing your story, Michael!
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