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Northeast Naturist Festival 2016

August 2, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - August 7, 2016 @ 3:00 pm

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Join YNA at the 25th Annual Northeast Naturist Festival at Empire Haven

Join YNA at the 25th annual Northeast Naturist Festival at Empire Haven Nudist Park! This 6-day festival will take place August 2 – August 7th, 2016 in Moravia, NY.

The festival is all about community, fun and personal growth. Naturists from all over the U.S. come together as a community to share skills, knowledge, ideas and discussion.

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Northeast Naturist Festival 2015 group photo at Empire Haven Nudist Park

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Heated swimming pool at Empire Haven. (Image:

Every day is filled with a myriad of workshops and activities based around:

• Naturism
• Health
• Spirituality
• Body acceptance
• The arts (photography, drawing, body painting)
• Environmentalism
• Healing & energy work
• Relationships
• Yoga & meditation
• Music
• Drum circles
• Sweat lodge
• Hiking and skinny dipping at Potter’s Falls
• Pudding toss
• Activities for kids (arts & crafts, sports, games)
• And much more!

Click here to see the full 2016 festival schedule of workshops and activities!

And click here to see the schedule of children’s activities.

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Potter’s Falls skinny dipping trip from the Northeast Naturist Festival 2015 (Takes place every year on Wednesday of the festival!)


Anyone can contribute to the festival by doing a workshop! And NOW is the time to sign up and get your workshop on the schedule.

Workshop leaders get a day’s grounds fees ($18 / day) waived for every workshop they organize. Anyone can lead a workshop or discussion in their area of expertise. Check out the schedule linked above to get more of an idea of what kind of workshops / activities people organize.

How to sign up to do a workshop: Contact Morley Schloss at morleynaturist [at[ ASAP with the following information:

1) The title(s) of your workshop(s)
2) A one sentence description of each workshop
3) The time length of each workshop if more than 55 minutes is needed
4) Any special needs for your workshop(s)
5) The days you will be available to lead workshops, hopefully the entire duration of the festival
6) Any types of workshops or activities against which you don’t wish to be scheduled
7) Your postal and email addresses and phone number

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Workshop photo from the Northeast Naturist Festival 2015

YNA Workshops 

Felicity and Jordan (founders of YNA) will be leading a few workshops between Friday and Sunday, listed below. We will also continue our annual tradition of a YNA barbecue party! This will take place on Saturday night (August 6). See the “Food” section below for more info.

  • Friday, 8/5 at 9am: Rosemary’s Perfect Cream – how to make this luscious body butter using natural ingredients. Bring a small container to take a sample home.
  • Saturday 8/6 at 10am: Zero Waste Living – introducing the “zero waste” environmental movement and how to significantly reduce or eliminate the trash we create daily.
  • Saturday 8/6 at 2:30pm: An introduction to Young Naturists America – who we are and what we do.
  • Sunday 8/7 at 10am: DIY Body Care – how to make your own deodorant, sunscreen, bug spray and more with recipes to take home.

*~ More Info About The Naturist Festival ~*

Location: The festival takes place at a 97 acre nudist park called Empire Haven, located in the scenic Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. In additional to festival workshops / activities, you can also enjoy their facilities which include an outdoor heated pool, two hot tubs, sauna, clubhouse, nature trail, volleyball court, children’s playground and more. Nudity is required to use the pool, hot tubs or sauna. Otherwise the grounds are clothing-optional. Learn more at

Who Attends?: Everyone is welcome to attend this festival, whether you’re a single, couple or family. This is an inclusive environment (Just like a naturist place should be!). Men, women, transgender people and all genders are welcome (as always at YNA events). Most of the facilities are wheelchair accessible. This is also a great event for families and kids with children’s activities scheduled every day. (Minors must be accompanied by a parent / legal guardian – inquire with Empire Haven for more info on their policies.)

Festival Registration: The registration form is now available for 2016. You can complete this form and email it (empirehaven (at) or mail it to Empire Haven. Advance registration is especially recommended if you are buying meals, to ensure there will be enough food. Or you can register and pay upon arrival.

Cost: There is a festival registration fee of $50 per person (or $40 for TNS members) for everyone who attends 2 or more days of the festival. If you are attending for just 1 day, the fee is $25. And if you attend on Sunday only, the fee is $15.

Then the grounds fees for Empire Haven are $18 / day before 5pm. (Grounds fees are waived for those who do workshops, see more info above.)

Grounds fees after 5pm:

  • On Tuesday (1st day of the festival) after 5pm, the grounds fee is just $5.
  • From Wednesday – Saturday, grounds fees are $15 from 5pm – 7pm and $6 from 7 – 9:30pm.
  • If you arrive after 9:30pm, no grounds fees apply for that day.

*Children 18 and under are free.

Camping is $15 / night with electric and water hook-up or $12 / night without.

Food: A catering service provides 3 meals / day, buffet style. The daily menus can be found on the Empire Haven website. There are vegetarian options at every meal. You can purchase meals with your registration or buy meal tickets at the office upon arrival (advance purchase is recommended). Or you can bring in your own food.

On Saturday night we will host a BBQ party for YNA’ers! This will be at Steve & Susanne’s trailer site. Please RSVP if you plan to join – via email to ynaevents [at[ or using the form below. We’d like for everyone to bring a snack, side dish or drink to share.

Overnight Accommodations: There are large fields for camping with bathhouses nearby and some campsites have water / electric hook-ups ($15 / night). There are unlimited campsites without hook-ups ($12 / night). Empire Haven also has some rental trailers, and some sleeping-only rentals may still be available. There is a 5 night minimum. Contact them ASAP to inquire about rentals: empirehaven [at[ or their office number is 315-497-0135 (M – Th 9am – 5pm | Fri 9am – 7pm | Sat 8am – 7pm, and Sun 8am – 5pm.)

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Camping at Empire Haven Nudist Park

Wi-Fi: Because of the club’s remote location, cell reception is spotty, and limited Wi-Fi is available for $12 per device with a satellite connection. BUT most of the time, the WiFi doesn’t work, so it’s really not worth the money. We recommend planning for limited cell service / internet and taking care of your important Internet needs at home.

Cameras / Photography: Privacy is and must always be respected when it comes to photography. There are always a few official photographers for the festival who document the event for Nude & Natural (TNS) Magazine and festival promotions. You will sign photography forms at the office upon arrival, and all festival photographers must ask your permission before taking your photo. The club asks that personal photography be confined to your campsite / rental.

Vendors: Space is available for vendor booths. The fee is $50 (or $25 for members of TNS or Empire Haven). The festival registration fee ($40 – $50, see above) also applies to vendors. Vendors need to apply and pay in advance. Click here to download the 2016 online vendor form. There are typically a few vendors / booths present at the festival, offering massage, selling sarongs / clothing, jewelry, knick-knacks and other goods.

We hope you will join us at the Northeast Naturist Festival in its 25th anniversary!

Published by Young Naturists and Nudists America YNA


August 2, 2016 @ 12:00 pm
August 7, 2016 @ 3:00 pm
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Empire Haven Nudist Park
5947 Sun Lane
Moravia, NY 13118 United States
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Morley Schloss & Empire Haven
morleynaturist ]at]