I caught up with Jon Jackson, owner of INNDulge resort in Palm Springs, to find out about their upcoming Body Acceptance Workshop. It’s a nude workshop, at a clothing-optional resort.
What was your inspiration for the Body Acceptance Workshop?
The Body Acceptance Workshop grew organically from feedback Shungaboy received from last year’s Naked Artists Weekend.
We’re expecting about a dozen men to attend.
As gay men, are we guilty of perpetuating some of the body image stereotypes?
Certainly gay culture contributes — we’re making it tough for each other and tougher for ourselves.
Body image issues affect each of us in different ways — including anxiety, depression, feelings of inadequacy, and low self-esteem.
But the weekend is not about placing blame, but rather finding acceptance of oneself.
If you’re struggling with body-image issues, the idea of a naked workshop is going to be a bit confronting. How will you be helping participants to get comfortable with being naked in a group setting?
Shungaboy is a master at making everyone feel comfortable, which is the point. No one will be made to feel uncomfortable. Everyone is accepted at their level of comfort with their body and with nudity.
Where do guests come from at INNdulge?
All over the world. We have a very loyal following in Australia, Germany, Canada and Great Britain, but regularly have guests from many more countries. Across the US too of course, not just our friends close by in San Diego and LA, but also from New York and Chicago.
During the summer months, it’s about 60 percent guests from abroad, and 40 percent guests from the US. That proportion reverses at other times of the year.
What was your first naturist or nudist experience?
Maui’s Little Beach, 1988.
If someone was thinking about giving a naturist or nudist experience a try, what hints or tips would you give them?
Relax in what you’re wearing, whatever that may be. Then, understand that nudity is about how it makes you feel — it’s not about who might be watching, because for the most part, nobody is.
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Travel Tuesday: Faro and Algarve
In today’s Travel Tuesday destination guide, we take a look at Faro and Algarve in Portugal.
When to go
The Algarve is one of the most beautiful regions in Portugal. Very friendly but also very gay friendly. The best time to go there is between April and November when you can have really nice temperatures. This region is known for its Atlantic beaches and golf resorts. Discover fishing villages on low cliffs overlooking sandy coves, and the central coast between Lagos and Faro is lined with villas, hotels, bars and restaurants.
Faro and its surrounding area offers loads of possibilities to meet people. You have the choice of bars and dance clubs around Faro. After Lisbon and Porto, Faro is without a doubt the new gay destination to discover in Portugal.
- Zablucha, Cupido and Afrodite (sex shops)
- Prestige dance club
- Connection bar
- The loft gay bar
- Heaven club
If you enjoy being naked and enjoy an all-over tan, the following gay nudist beaches are the perfect places to also meet new friends and enjoy yourself!
Clothing-optional beaches around Faro:
- Praia Grande
- Praira do cavalota Preto
- Praia do Submarino
- Manta Rora
Unofficial nudist beaches:
- Praia Da Bordeira
- Praia do Beliche
- Praia Cabana Velhas
- Praia Das Furnas
- Praia Do Zavial
- Praia Dos Pinheiros and Meia Praia in Lagos
- Praia Do Trafal
- Praia Da Futeza
- Praia De Ancao reached by boat from Sitio da Fabrica in Vila Real de Santo
- Antonio just west from Monte Gordo
In terms of accommodation in Faro, I would strongly recommend the Pine Cliff Resort. I had the chance to stay there for a couple of days last year and I really enjoyed it. This amazing resort is very well situated in the Algarve. The resort is what I would call an affordable luxury resort. With your other half or a group of friends, the Pine Cliff offers standard rooms but also townhouses, standard villas, deluxe villas with private pool, suites and penthouses, and golf suites. Your private transfer and breakfast is included and you can also request a private cook. The resort also organises cooking classes. There’s also a private beach, and of course a swimming pool and spa. Experience the Pine Cliff you won’t regret it!
As an alternative, I would also suggest the Thermas Pride Guest House and Spa for men in Albufeira.
Traditional food in Algarve includes:
- Conquilhas a Algarvia (succulent clams fresh from the sea in a garlic sauce.
- Cataplana de Marisco (mixed sea food and vegetables)
- Petiscos de Taberna (Similar to Spanish tapas)
- Feijoada (bean stew with pork and beans)
- Dom Rodrigos (Tarts and pastries very popular in Potugal)
- Leitao (suckling pig smothered in herb and roasted)
- Caldo verde (succulent soup with potatoes, kale, bacon and sausages)
- Queijo (local cheese)
Don’t forget to try the Portuguese wine which is one of the best in the world!
Gay restaurants in Algarve:
- Aperitivo bar (Faro)
- Cocktail and wine bar Columbus (Faro)
What to do
- Bus tours
- Horse riding
- Kite Surf
- Yachts and private boats for parties
- Reef fishing
- Big game fishing
- 2-hour boat ride to see the coastline and caves
- Jeep safaris
- Theme parks
- Cooking classes
- Wine testing
- Yoga classes
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