2019 Northeast Naturist Festival
Celebrating the Festival's 28th Anniversary Tuesday, July 30 - Sunday, August 4, 2019
FROM THE AMBASSADOR
We’ve been looking forward to seeing you and providing the backdrop for a day trip/vacation/festival of a lifetime! Please keep these simple tenets in mind:
Honor our owners, staff and seasonal campers who have worked so diligently to share their beloved camp with you.
The same goes for our sacred grounds – respect them as you would respect any natural or national treasure.
As I enter my ﬁrst year of taking over the reins and tasked with a strong community invitation for festival revitalization - I still have to take a moment and take a deep breath of that Summerhill mountain air and remember what is most important!
I would like to thank Empire Haven (celebrating 60 years of nudist camping & one of the most welcoming camping communities I have ever known) and Morley Schloss for his undying efforts to organize this annual festival that is now entering into its 28th year! With deepest appreciation I also want to directly thank the Festival 2.0 planning committee, The Naturist Society Foundation (TNSF), our festival facilitators, performers, volunteers, vendors, maintenance staff, Empire staff, and our resilient festival attendees who have braved thick and thin to return year after year (from around the world) with their gentle and heartfelt spirit.
Our unique culture is a multi-faceted one. We are an endangered species! Our goal is to embrace what your version is, of what it means to be ethically “naked”! At NENF we do it with vibrancy, inclusiveness and a revolutionary rallying cry of resources and a solidarity through diversity! The divisive terms begin to lose their stranglehold... Nudist, Naturist, Skyclad, Clothing Optional, Body Positive, Home Nudist, TopFree or none of the above! Too many times I have witnessed the age old “I want more people to join us but not if they aren’t my version of naked”. NAKED is a state of the heart, and mind, as well as the body. PLEASE, be your own version of NAKED and protect and uphold each other!!!
When you enter our festival – you can experience a multitude of responses. You could be hit with a unforeseen bout of anxiety-maybe it’s nervous anticipation, maybe stress from being in a new place, maybe the rigors of long drives or arduous ﬂights to get here. Sometimes it’s the opposite – we let our guard down so far that we may overindulge in too much sun, not enough water, excessive alcohol intake and not enough nutrition. By getting to our festival from the beginning – you can increase your chances for making greater connections and greater contributions as we get to enjoy who you are as an attendee, facilitator or both! This year we are featuring a 9am Festival orientation – so regardless of when you get here, you can start making connections right away!
We greatly appreciate your patience as we will most certainly experience growing pains along with a festival that is more vibrant and engaging each and every year! We always prefer quality over quantity when it comes to attendance – as we have much to protect and cherish at Empire Haven.
You will undoubtedly see areas that you want to improve or be involved in. We welcome all solution- based criticism and we believe that your insight along with your own contributions will help to evolve this festival into one that you will be able to share conﬁdently with friends, co-workers and relatives. Please attend our closing ceremony to share your festival experience or simply go to our new online Festival Evaluation at www.northeastnaturistfestival.com
If you need additional clarity, have questions, solution-based critiques, need conﬂict resolution, feel unsafe, are short of food/supplies – please contact me at 315-254-4080, ﬁnd me at site #51 or leave a note for me at the Festival registration or Empire Clubhouse.
As always – positive and compassionate attitudes will go a long way in making this a memorable week for everyone!
Sincerely, Brian Leonard (Site 51), Festival Ambassador
Come convene with nature in a spa-like environment while choosing from a selection of over 100 personal enrichment workshops along with key note speakers, plays, crucial documentaries, live music, art installations, ecstatic dance, body painting, Saturday’s Festival Feast, healthy food options from Potato & Molasses food truck, nightly drum circles, Paytra’s Coffeehouse, bonﬁres, beer, cider and artisan cheese tastings from regional creators and unique team sports (Pickleball & Slapong)! Come make history with us for “NAKED IN THE AIR”, the ﬁrst nude tethered hot air balloon ride (Thursday Aug 1st 7pm-9pm, First Come/First Serve)! Enjoy full camping amenities that include use of the heated pool, hot tubs, sauna, fully stocked spring fed pond and gorgeous nature trails. Choose privacy or community, rest or rejuvenation!
Every year for the last 28 years, hundreds of ethically minded naturists/nudists/naked/clothing optional individuals and families have been coming from all over the United States and even from around the world to enjoy the Northeast Naturist Festival!
We are centrally located just an hour south of Syracuse, NY and 30 minutes north of Ithaca, NY (a small city rich in the arts and culinary delights, home of Buttermilk & Taughannock Falls, Ithaca Farmers Market, Cornell University & Ithaca College and world renowned for its wine trail). Just minutes from the Festival are Cortland (home of SUNY Cortland), Homer and Moravia, NY. All offer activities, eateries, shopping and grocery stores.
The festival itself takes place at scenic Empire Haven Nudist Park (celebrating their 60th anniversary of clothing optional camping). The camp is geographically located beside the Summerhill State Forest and sits on a secluded hilltop above Fillmore Glen State Park and Owasco Lake. For lovers of American history, there is a historical landmark just minutes from the camp which represents the birthplace of Millard Fillmore, the 13th President of the United States!
For reservation information call 315-497-0135 (rentals & RV sites will sell out – raw tent camping always available!). To make your entry more efﬁcient please go to the online Festival pre-registration form which is located at: https://www.empirehaven.net/northeastnaturistfestival