St. Patrick’s Day…a time for the (non) wearing of the Green

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I’ve just come away from the Blue Lagoon St. Patrick’s weekend dance, and one thing’s certain. In SL and in RL, we naturists sure know how to dress up (!) and party!!!!!

Not dress up too much, you understand. A hat and a pair of green bikini briefs are all that are required (at most).

We’ll be trying to keep up with SL’s naturist St. Patrick’s parties over the weekend (if we can), but one thing’s certain….Blue Lagoon (or should that be Green Lagoon this weekend?) have certainly kicked it off in style.


The Festival of Holi

I’m indebted to my SL friend Gray Muircastle, of Su Casa, for giving me the heads up on an event that may interest some of you SL naturists.

The Hindu festival of Holi is a festival of spring, love and colors. It can typically begin with a bonfire, singing and dancing.  Then follows a free-for-all of colors where people play, chase, and douse each other with powder paint or colored water. Groups roam the streets playing musical instruments and all enjoy the food and drink, which is often laced with Bhang, made from cannabis.



I’ve been to one of these Holi festivals in RL, and it was amazing fun!

Well…now’s your chance to participate in one in SL…paint will be provided, apparently, and it’s on tomorrow, Saturday 14th March, between 13:00 & 15:00 SLT (that’s 8pm-10pm in the UK, 9pm-11pm in central Europe). DJs are Sunshine, Michael Strange (who I know from Commune Utopia) and Full Macchi.

I’m looking forward to some bhangra styled sounds, I hope. I’ll be there, unless RL gives me a bad steer in the meantime.

The location for this Holi event is marked as being at Ashraya Support of Virginia Lupindo with the words ‘Naturist Home’ added, which means, I think, I hope, there will be some sort of naturism allowed.

That said, I can’t be definitive about this right now. India is conservative in its approach towards nudity, unless the nudity involves the (always naked) Jain priests, so I would advise that you at least tp in wearing something until you are sure of the dress code.

It’s not altogether clear, despite the ‘naturist home’ title, if it is a naturist event, or if it might be attended by some Indian avatars who could take offence to your or my nudity, so please tp in clothed to begin with.

I would be thrilled and excited if it was a naturist event attended by Indian avatars, because it would give each of us the opportunity to socialise and understand one another better and (from my perspective) gauge attitudes to nudity from Indians (I’ve still not finished the troublesome page of SLN12, remember, on Indian attitudes to nudity, the only article not finished and holding back publication of SLN12).

I hope to see you all there, dressed or naked.





edited to add (courtesy of Commune Utopia Group notices): there’s a youtube video advertising the event here. Donations will go to helping in RL.

Eden’s Pearl

Might the SL sim closure crisis be at an end? It’s looking that way. For the past 12-18 months it seems that we’ve done nothing but report the closure of yet another SL naturist location. With us reporting on DeShadow, with another one to be reported on over the weekend, and with this one, Eden’s Pearl, open, it seems like there’s suddenly a number of new naturist sims to interest you and for you to visit.

Remember: some of these sims will be relatively new, so you may find them sparsely populated on entry. That’s OK. It’s your place to make these locations work. I think it’s time we ended this sense of standing at the margins and watching. Make it part of your SL naturist year to tp into a place and, if anyone’s around, march up and say ‘hello’. Get a sense of community going. Get conversing. Be sociable.

Eden’s Pearl, I should make it clear, isn’t related to the Eden Naturist Estate, but seemingly a separate entity. It’s relatively sparse in its facilities, but what it has got, oh boy, does just one element of it make it a winner in my eyes. This build, I would say, owes at least something to Croatian naturism. I’ll explain in a moment.

I’m a regular in Croatian naturist campsites. That’s not the spartan experience it sounds. Luxury tents, complete with cooking facilities, and with communal shower blocks.

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The photos above, all from Croatia, give a sense of that campsite feel with communal showers, of rocky beaches with man-made sunbathing areas. And that’s exactly what Eden’s Pearl feels like – a little bit of Croatian naturism set down in SL. I love it!!!!!

I’ve had difficulty in finding out exactly who owns or runs it, and there doesn’t appear to be an associated ‘group’ at the moment, but I’ll see if I can follow up and bring you more background on who’s running Eden’s Pearl, and whether Croatia does indeed exist as a template.


So close to the Koversada/Vrsar communal shower block experience it’s unreal! 🙂

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Eating lunch on one of those ‘man made’ concreted areas? Yes. Another Croatian-like naturist experience so close to real life.


I’m contemplating going to the loo, lol. I did go, but I’ll spare you that photograph!



My companion Guillaume showers while I clean my teeth 

For the ‘shower block’ feel, for the ‘man made concreted areas’ that replicate Croatia exceptionally well, Eden’s Pearl deserves 10/10!

Try it. I think you’ll find it’s another naturist sim with something a bit different, a ‘feel’ all of its own. I’ll be watching Eden’s Pearl develop, I hope, in the coming months as I countdown the days until my own return to Croatia.


Ella adds: It would be nice to have more toilet facilities in SL naturism, lol. There are times when all of us have decided we need a ‘bio break’, as one SL naturist once put it to me, i.e. he needed a pee. If that’s about to happen in RL, why not the chance to nip to a SL loo for ‘full effect’ and ‘realism’? Or is that a bridge too far? 🙂

Apricot splits…

I am sorry to report that Apricot, our American contributor and resident Georgia peach, has announced that she will be leaving SL for a period. Apparently this comes in the wake of an in world incident wherein ‘voice’ was being utilised’.


‘I found the experience creepy, sleazy and disturbing’, she reports. While she wasn’t using voice, the other party was, and Apricot said it was unnerving. This did not take place within the SL naturist community.

I hope that, having taken a break, Apricot decides to come back to SL and also to contribute to SLN. Her views were refreshingly different from those of expressed by we Brits on the staff, and which I often recognise means the blog takes on a Euro-centric feel from time to time. We shall replace Apricot’s voice on the blog in due course.

This seems like a timely reminder to everyone to take care of your personal internet safety in SL. Don’t give out phone numbers, email addresses, or real life photos of any description. If you don’t wish to ‘voice’, don’t voice. You have control over what you want to do or don’t want to do, and be sure to tp out of a situation you find distasteful and never be afraid to mute the person who wants you to do things you aren’t comfortable with. I’ve done this on several occasions, even with people I regarded as long standing platonic SL friends. I don’t cyber, my profile makes this clear in several languages, and I’m not afraid to use the mute button if someone hasn’t the intelligence to read and digest my profile, regardless of how long I’ve known them.

It’s a game, but there’s still creeps out there. Stay safe.



Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes

My post on ‘Are women becoming more comfortable with their bodies?’ seems to have struck a chord with some of our readers.

One comment on that question was answered by Hontouniheart, whose own blog is here, and I thought the words were so wonderful, in their honesty about the dilemmas facing many women. ‘A mixed bag of feelings’, she says, and that’s a familiar refrain from many women. What Hontouniheart says also leads me back to what I said recently about the way in which men describe women (even those photographed in naturist settings) as ‘whores’ or ‘sluts’ or ‘bitches’.

The naturist community, I think, (and the male naturist community in particular) has a responsibility to take up the fight to eradicate such descriptions of women. Such terms have no place in society, and certainly none in association with naturism.

Hontouniheart’s words are not, perhaps, entirely positive from her perspective, but they are brave, strong and honest words that should not be ‘wasted’ in a simple comment at the bottom of a post, hence my decision to republish her words as a standalone posting.


I’ve been in the clothes free life just since last fall, so still new on the block. I have experienced a mixed bag of feelings around my body.

When on my own, outside of social media, I’ve gotten more comfortable with my body by practicing naked yoga and, from there, expanding into doing the daily things clothes free: dancing around my place, writing, reading, cooking, cleaning, sleeping, TV, chatting on the phone, etc. I’ve become more comfortable with my body touching the air touching my body. There are times when I still look in the mirror and shift my squishyness and curves around, thinking, “Should I lose more weight? Am I fit and cute? My butt is STILL big. Ok.” But rather than obsessing for long periods of time, they are now passing moments.

However, when I get online, it’s a different story. If there are females depicted in naturism in the blogs and tweets and so forth that I see, most of the time they are young and white. And of the posts that come across my feeds, when folks talk about the “beauty” of naturism and use similar qualitative descriptors, beauty is usually embodied by a young, slim white lady… not men, not older folks, not other races, not larger bodies…or at best rarely. And, for me, porn doesn’t help. To me it feels like slim white women are still most often the ones depicted and desired. And in these observations, I’m not saying that there is anything wrong or bad about people’s attraction and so forth. I’m just thinking about what stands out to me.

There are also the times when people (men and women, usually men if the posts I have encountered) comment on a woman’s body. That makes me really uncomfortable. “Nice breasts.” OK…so her breasts are nice. Is that all people care about? I’m not here for opinions. I’m here to connect about clothes free life. I don’t want to think about how my tits look, about how my skin isn’t “fair” and radiant like the next woman’s, how in 20 years nobody will want to talk to me, because my body might not be taut and “beautiful” like the young fair girls’ body. It’s like, that’s not how I interact with my colleagues and friends in my everyday life. I don’t go up to them and say, “Nice butt! Wanna have lunch?” No, I greet them and we talk about what’s going on that day or what’s coming up in life. And have lunch.

So for me, it really is a mixed bag of emotions. It feels like whatever confidence I build outside of social media, when I’m on my own, is immediately tested when I open a screen, and often times I crumble under the pressure, what with my newness and still growing in my life.

So outside of the media, yes, I feel like I’m getting more comfortable with my body. Inside this internet world? No. It’s the pits for me, personally.

Inspiring words, Hontouniheart. Thank you so much. I have things I’d like to say (and touched on them in my introduction), but I won’t muddy the waters by throwing them into the mix here. Instead, I would like our readers to reflect on your powerful words and contribute to the debate -one that also impacts in a SL perspective, an element of which I’ll pick up in my own further commentary in a subsequent post. Once again, Hontouniheart, thank you so much for your words.

I also recommend that readers click through to Hontouniheart’s own blog. Each article contains words that are inspiring, both from a ‘body confidence’ perspective and also from the perspective of someone new to naturism, wonderfully describing the path each of us takes in our own way. An inspirational blog, I would say.