Event Recap: YNA Naked 4th of July
Recap of the YNA Naked 4th of July Gathering at Goodland Country Club in NJ
This past weekend, we had our 2nd big gathering of the summer at Goodland Country Club in Hackettstown, NJ. Around 100 people came out to celebrate 4th of July with YNA, nudie style!
It all began Thursday night, just as some big thunderstorms were rolling coming in. Big bolts of lightning shot across the sky. Rain and even some hail poured down, but this didn’t scare away our hardcore nudie campers! Luckily it cleared up by about 9:30pm or so. Friday also started out a little chilly with some morning showers, but by late afternoon it had cleared up enough for us to do naked yoga outside with Beth.
Though we also had another reason to stay indoors on Friday…the World Cup! People pulled up chairs together to watch the games on the clubhouse’s big screen TV.
That night our friend Woody (that nickname was given to him by the nudie gods and comes from the fact that he is a big fire guy ;) ) got a giant fire going near the clubhouse. It kept us all warm from ten feet away. Once all the daylight seeped out of the sky, it was time to put on our naked 4th of July fireworks show which we now call “America, Baby”!
It was the first time YNA did fireworks and we went all out! Those at the bonfire had front row seats to a bright, sparkly show that filled the sky directly overhead.
Later that night our awesome “DJ KRKT” started spinning tunes in the clubhouse. We had flashing party lights and music that got people hitting the dance floor.
By Saturday morning the good-weather gods smiled down upon us with sunshine and higher temps. After breakfast Beth drew in a good crowd of naked yogis, stretching and waking up their bodies for the day ahead.
The activities continued with body painting by Andy Golub and friends, swimming in the pool, volleyball games and soaking up the sunshine. Later on we also had our first YNA naked pudding toss! Many were unfamiliar with this famous nudie pastime and we were happy to show them what it’s all about.
For those who don’t know, it’s basically like a food fight…but naked and with only pudding! Afterward, we sent everyone to clean up by going down our 100 ft Slip n Slide. We layed on the soap and water and everyone had a blast flying down the hill.
After dinner, we got a bonfire going again. This time we set up the music and lights outside, between the bonfire and clubhouse. DJ KRKT started up the beats. It was a naked dance party under the stars! I must say it was nice to see the disco lights from afar, shining on the leaves of the trees.
We awoke Sunday morning to what turned out to be another beautiful day. After breakfast a big group got in the pool for an Aqua Cardio class with Nora. Then others went for nude yoga with Beth. Just after yoga it was time for “Naked Church” with Isis Phoenix and Rev. Goddess Charmaine.
To briefly sum up, Naked Church is a spiritual gathering of singing, chanting, sharing, and dancing. It’s difficult to describe…you just have to experience it. Last year everyone sang and danced in the drizzly rain, so this year it was even better.
We ended the gathering with lunch and a closing circle where people could share their thoughts about the weekend. I think it’s safe to say that a good time was had by all, and we can’t wait to do it again over Labor Day weekend!
For those who enjoyed Beth’s yoga class, she teaches a class at Goodland every other Sunday at 4pm. The fee is $20 per person (visitors may also get grounds fees waived if they are just coming in to do yoga). Learn more on her website.
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