The Northeast Naturist Festival at Empire Haven Nudist Park in upstate Awesome York:
Summer is when most people get out of town on weekends, making trips to the nude beach and our favorite naturist spots. But some of the finest weekends are when a group of us take a trip to exactly the same place such as to the Northeast Naturist Festival. This yearly festival takes place at Empire Haven, a nudist resort / naturist campground in upstate NY that has been around for about 50 years. It was our very first time at the NNF and at Empire Haven.
The festival was a wonderful uplifting time! Six days of nonstop action, with a number of diverse workshops going on at every hour of the day (sessions more jam-packed than at the TNS gathering). We tented (as usual) in their open rear field, and Empire has a vast area of trailers and tenting space, with and without amenities hook-up.
The main area consists of a clubhouse with a snack-bar a large and little hot tub, wet sauna and heated pool. Another little building they call the “khaki shack” was a cozy room lined with shelves of books and games. Just nearby is a cute and well-kept playground and two outdoor pavilions where meals were served. (The food was mostly good, but expensive.)
In between is lots of grassy lawn used for workshop areas. The facilities are all fine except for the bathroom scenario- young nudism family .
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. But, we managed to do a lot! From African dance and drum courses to NAC / naturist topic discussions to meditation to a hike to Potters Falls, the activities were varied and generally with 3 or 4 happening at any given time.
As a side note, I found that the TNS assembly in June was best suited to naturists that have a heavy interest in associated matters, laws, politics, and in what’s going on with naturists everywhere; whereas this festival was more about fun leisure activities, learning new hobbies, curative head workshops and physical naked fitness sessions.
Not that either one is superior to the other, as they both have distinct experiences to offer.
Empire Haven outside pool
Some of the festival activities offered awesome experiences to me, one of which was a kind of sound healing session. I lay down midway inside a half-dome with shut and gongs hanging on each side emitting strong sounds as 2 educators waved their instruments.
The sound and vibrations 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 number of seconds.
Each night was the notorious drum circle. We collected around the fire pit with encompassed by an extensive ring of sand for folks to shimmy and dance around the fire. Various kinds of drums were available along the edge of the ring for folks to join in the pounding.
The drum leader introduced the beats for everyone to drum in unison. On the sand a number of dancers swung their fabrics, Poi (those light-up balls), or shook their bells to add to the music. The coordinated thumping and primitive atmosphere were soothing and exciting at exactly the same time.
We also attended a workshop with a summary of NAC dilemmas. I believe it was too brief of a time period to discuss anything in depth and develop additional insight into some of the topics brought up. But the top-free rights discussion was quite useful 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 traditional Pudding Toss. We met a group of 20 people or so in an enclosed small grass space. The cups and tin cans full of chocolate and vanilla pudding were lined up. After the children were given cups and free shots at the grownups, the remainder of us were handed an overflowing cup of pudding with a plastic spoon.
And the mayhem began! Screams, cheers and gallons of pudding flung through the air until all bodies were canvases of dark brown and white splatters. Once the pudding ran out, we’d a mass group hug, bodies pressed together to smudge our art.. Dreamlike, outrageous mess! (To some outsiders, the naked thing is bizarre enough..envision describing a naked pudding toss 😉
So that was the festival! Coming up..the story of our weekend spent hanging out with bare and clothed biker guys and a beer fountain.. – Our weekend at Penn Sylvan!

this review of theNortheast Naturist Festival was released by – Young Naturists And Nudists America FKK
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