D · Nude search for orchids in the Mackenberg, Germany [26 May 2017]
The Mackenberg nature reserve is one of the few in Westphalia, whose soil quality is so sparse that several autochthonous orchid species have been preserved here. It is a remnant of the limestone mining in earlier centuries and today in the spring a mecca for orchid friends. At 28 °C the full sunshine heated up the air on Friday – reason enough to head to the nearby nature reserve and to search for orchids. Lady orchid (orchis purpurea) were numerous, as were the white helleborine (cephalanthera damasonium) and the lesser butterfly-orchid (platanthera bifolia) not to be overlooked. I was not able to find the bird's-nest orchid (neottia nidus-avis), which is also autochthonous to the location.
F · A week of naturist vacation in the Domaine de la Sablière, France [26 May 2017]
During the hiking week in France, a total of 10 couples and 4 (male) singles met in the Domaine de la Sablière naturist centre for nude hikes and other activities in the area, and, of course, to blithely spend time together Source: Helmut Z.
Fri 26 May: Track hiking to the natural basins of the Concluses [26 May 2017]
21 naturists from France and Germany met to hike together through a valley adjacent to the Cèze. Several pools, in fact natural basins created by the power of the watercourse, offered – in midsummer weather at more than 30 °C – welcome bathing fun again. The nude hike ended after 9 km and cumulative 250 meters up and down. At the dinner, the naturists reviewed the events of the week, because some people already had to say goodbye until the next reunion. This will surely not take long, thanks to many upcoming naturist activities. – Report and Photos: Rainer and Horst
Cèze 3: Circular hike
Zhu 25 May: Circular hike in the nude at the Cèze [26 May 2017]
The day served for recreation. Twelve naturists hiked directly from the campsite.
On the way, in fact a fitness circuit, we passed several station for sports. We took our first break on a natural balcony with a beautiful view over the valley of the river Cèze. Far below, we took then the second break on the terrace of the restaurant of a neighboring naturist campsite. After a long break for bathing and swimming in the Cèze, we hiked back then past a picturesque castle ruin.
Tue 23 May: Track hiking in the valley of the Ardèche [24 May 2017]
This time, 15 naturists went to the neighboring valley of the Ardèche to hike through an unusual landscape. Two bathing places offered welcome refreshment due to midsummer weather in springtime. The hike of 12 km, which nevertheless took the whole day, because we had to climb in between and took breaks for swimming, ended in the late afternoon at a temperature of more than 30 °C.
In the evening, the fifteen welcomed another naturist couple. Together, everyone went to dinner – only with a towel to sit on, latchkeys, and some money or credit card.
Cèze 1: Distance hike back
Mon 22 May: Nude track hiking along the Cèze [24 May 2017]
Fifteen naturists first drove several kilometers downriver to hike back to their naturist centre. At the start of the hike, the sky showed a few scattered clouds, which hid the sun only at times. After 13 km of hiked distance and cumulated 350 meters up and down, the hike in the nude ended directly at the naturist camp.
In the evening, we enjoyed again good French cuisine.
Domaine de la Sablière
Sun 21 May: First exploration of the area around the Domaine de la Sablière [24 May 2017]
Four men and a woman went on a first nude hike to explore the surroundingsaround their naturist accommodation in Provence. They started directly from the campsite, the Naturist centre »Domaine de la Sablière, Centre de vacances naturistes«
We could enjoye beautiful summer weather in May and the smell of wild herbs such as thyme and rosemary filling the air. The perfume of lavender, still green according to the season, created a desire for a repetition in summer.
At the end of the day, they met further naturists and had dinner together.
– Report and Photos: Rainer and Horst
NL · Nude hike through the Realm of the Elves [17 May 2017]
On 16 May Dutch and German Naturists met each other for a nude hike in a part of the German-Dutch Nature Park Maas-Schwalm-Nette. During their 15 km hike through the heathland of the Dutch National Park De Meinweg with many ponds like the Elfenmeer (Elves’ Pond) temperatures rose to 30 degrees Celsius.
The hike touched one of the Happiness Spots of the Tiny Treasures of Roerdalen. Part of these spots is the Realm of the Elves. The hikers were accompanied by the sound of spring in form of the songs of numerous different bird species and the loud croaking of frogs in the ponds. And all of a sudden a large number of mills in a wind park far away somewhere in Belgium were seen, making this hike a real cross-border one.
D · »Pieces and Elements« in PACT Zollverein, Essen [12 May 2017]
Isabelle Schad studied classical dancing in Stuttgart from 1981 until 1990. After her studies she danced classical ballet for 6 years. In 1999 she made a radical shift, and since then she created her own choreographic works and projects in which the human body serves in a totally new way as part of the ensemble of corpses into which it is integrated.
‘Pieces and Elements’ is part II of a trilogy (the first part is ‘Collective Jumps’) in which the physical moves of each individual participant on the stage is merged into those of all others to a harmonic overall move, or in which the different impulse of the individual is taken over by the others, thus eventually forming new harmony from the inconsistent moves that were initially carried out side by side.
It is, for example, fascinating to see how the arms of 6 dancers coalescence to two dancing snakes that seem to move freely through the room since the bodies of the dancers, all covered in black, practically disappear before the dark background.
Also spectacular are the collective contortions by the nude dancers: part of them being artistic arm and leg positions, partly acrobatic motion sequences. Most imposing, however, is the harmony of the moving action, disappearing again and again in order to be developed once more in renewed collectivity.
D · Nude museum visit: On 5 May »Nackt und bloß« [en: »Naked and bare«] in the Landesmuseum Hannover [en: Hanover State Museum] [5 May 2017]
23 Naturists joined the exhibition curator on a guided tour of the exhibition and were informed about the development of nude painting and the changing attitudes to nudity and gender roles in the society of about 100 years ago, the paintings and graphics of Corinth and his underlying motivation. The tour created better understanding among those participating. For me personally, the picture ‘Die Nacktheit’ of the lying woman and the two playing children triggered most intense feelings, as it remembered me of my birthdays as a child (on hot July days celebrated nude in the garden) and of very similar photos of these days, showing children concentrated on playing their games just as deeply as those on the picture at the exhibition and waving as cheerfully as the depicted kid.
Announcement [24 April 2017]
The Hanover State Museum shows the special exhibition Nackt und bloß. Lovis Corinth und der Akt um 1900 [en: Naked and bare. Lovis Corinth and the nude around 1900]. We have arranged a nude visit of the exhibition on Friday, 5 May, between 530 p.m. and 730 p.m.. Since we will be in the nude during this visit, we want to feel more deeply and intensely into the situation of the nude model or the artist than it would be the case if we would surrender ourselves to the barrier which clothes would constitute. As we had already realised in 2013 in the Leopold Museum Wien, Austria Leopold Museum Wien, Austria and in 2015 in the LWL Museum Münster (Westf.), Germany (in German).
The curator of the exhibition, Dr. Barbara Martin, will show us around. This guided tour will take about 1 hour. The number of participants to a tour is limited to ca. 25 persons, and therefore we would form two groups if more than 25 naturists would attend. During the tour of one group the other one can visit the ‘KunstWelten’ and view the works from the medieval to the early modern age, among which are highlights by Cranach, Rubens, Rembrandt, Caspar David Friedrich, Liebermann and Monet.
The museum offers a friendly price and charges 15 € p.p. for a total of 2 hours exclusive stay in the ‘KunstWelten’. If you want to participate, please register via Count me in!.
Tip: Needless to say that dressed persons (partner, children, relatives, friends, others …) can participate in this special event as well.
D · A weekend of nudevents in the Münsterland [1 May 2017]
1 May: Altenberge
Monday 1 May showed up with cloudy weather and temperatures that remained below 15 degrees Celsius all day. This meant: no nude biking, as the wind left no other option than to wear warm clothes. And even between the hikers there were only a few who took off their clothes. Those who did, though, lightened the mood of most day trippers who met us.
1st of May is a motive to fete
Some like it more comfortable
30 April: Lintel
On Sunday 30 April it took an hour and a half for all 10 hikers to take off their clothes, since the event started at 14 degrees C and in spite of the bright sun it felt quite cold because of the windchill. And even a few hours later, when temperatures were at 18 degrees, the wind kept on blowing. It was only after the lunch break that conditions for the second half of the hike made the hikers feel really comfortable, as the temperature had then risen to 21 degrees.
At the countryside
Participant's report on "29 April: Ems River meets Dortmund-Ems Canal"
Thomas sent us a field report as to his experience of the nudevent on 29 April 2017.
Once again, I want to thank you for the beautiful day and for all your efforts to make the joint nudevents possible. The restaurant, the bowling alley and the service – it was all very pleasant. It has been a very positive experience to me, that the staff showed no fear of contact at all and that the socialising among us was absolutely uncomplicated. But the most important thing, I got aware of, is that once again I have got to know a number of very nice people. Right from the beginning, the atmosphere was relaxed, making me feel very well and at ease.
This goes for the nude walk as well. The route was very well chosen and the canal bridge, being the little highlight, was interesting and informative. Nice conversations with all participants offered optimum variety. Moreover being in the nude at temperatures that were rather low in spite of the season, appeared to be one of my new perceptions, even if the chilliness let my knees shaking from time to time. And I will even remember the reaction of those who passed by, who mainly did not have any trouble at all to meet nude people, as a quite pleasant experience.
So when on Sunday my thoughts went out to your hike that day and the weather was so fine and sunny, it made me envy you. I wish the Saturday hike had met such circumstances as well. I will definitely be present at some of your WNT events in June this year, and I will register for them at the natury website.
29 April: Ems River meets Dortmund-Ems Canal
On Saturday 29 April at 10 a.m., 28 naturists met in a restaurant in the North-western Münsterland to have a pleasant chat, to exchange memories and to play skittles. In the afternoon a number of them closed the day with a short walk. Because temperatures were low, not all naturists walked in the nude that day.
Alongside the fields of the Münsterland …
… we arrived at a canal bridge, that was built in the early nineteenthirties, in order to traverse the river Ems.
From the bridge that was next we had an excellent view of the track of the new canal bridge currently under construction.
Of the original building (erected approx. 1890) only the arches of sandstone are still visible.
At present the foundations of the new bridge are realised.
Next to this, grebes and other water birds built their nests directly near the edge of a marina. Some of them can already be seen on the water together with their offspring.
We walked by country paths and field roads through natural areas to the bridge that leads the Dortmund Ems Canal over the Ems River. The bridge is a good thing for the environment, since larger transport capacities in the inland waterway transport reduce the need for freight mobility on the road. Report and photos: Rainer and Horst.
For more information on the canal bridge, you may read a newspaper article in the Westfälischen Nachrichten (in German).
– Report and photos: Rainer and Horst