Category: Naked With Joy

Introspection with Joy

Hey lovelies,

If you know me well, you understand that sometimes I step back and take a breath. Life is beautiful and intense all at the same time. At times, when the intensity of life momentarily outweighs the beauty, I turn my vision and focus inwards…

I hope your day is filled with pure, unadulterated bliss…

From my heart to yours,

Joy

Body Freedom

Hey lovelies,

When I first began sharing my naturist adventures publicly (Jan 1/2018), I had no idea what people would think. I didn’t necessarily expect a negative response, but I also didn’t expect my images to elicit such a positive response. Men, women, and couples from all over the world began sending me emails, messages, and posting comments of support on my social media accounts.

“Joy, your bravery moves me. You openness humbles me. Your strength inspires me.” -T.H.

Some people even shared their own partially clothed or fully nude self-portraits with me. I am not talking about nude photos of an erotic nature, I am talking about thoughtful, elegant, and inspirational photos. Within the first 30 days of launching my Twitter account, my tweets received over 1 million impressions.

After contemplating the reactions to my posts, I came to the realization that I have something of value to offer. The top comment I receive is that I exude a “natural confidence” when I am nude. I found this interesting. I reflected, asking myself why I am so comfortable being naked. I don’t have a concrete answer, but I definitely feel comfortable when I am naked.

As I further explored this topic, I decided that it makes sense to offer “Body Freedom Sessions” to men, women, and couples. The response has been overwhelmingly positive. So I have been digging deeper to see what a Body Freedom session looks like. Years ago I worked with a client in his late 60’s who had never been naked in front of a single human being. He had been married for most of his adult life, but his conservative upbringing made it uncomfortable for him to be nude in front of his own wife.

He decided that he wanted to change this aspect of himself, so he reached out to me. He asked me if I would be willing to simply sit with him and talk comfortably with him while he undressed. That is exactly what I did. I made some tea and talked with him while he nervously fumbled with the buttons on his shirt. I continued talking while he finished undressing. He was worried he would become aroused. I told him not to judge himself, just open to the experience and try to embrace his body.

It was an absolutely beautiful experience. During his session, I chose to stay fully clothed. It was not something I had ever done before and I didn’t see how my own nakedness would enhance his experience. After a few sessions, he managed to do the same thing with his wife. They ended up both slowly taking off their clothes until they stood in front of each other. Man and wife. Standing naked with the lights on for the first time in their lives. They cried and held each other, then made sweet love. With the lights on…

I am working on creating a full Body Freedom Session description. In the meantime, as this process continues to unfold, if you think a session with me would be beneficial for you, please reach out through my contact page.

I hope you are having a beautiful day!

From my heart to yours,

Joy

Rewilding with Joy…

Hey lovelies,

I must admit, although I absolutely love being a blogger, it is not without its challenges. Between email, social media and the Get Naked With Joy blog, each week I receive communication (comments, messages, and emails) from hundreds of people who live all over the world. Although some of the communication is unsolicited sexual comments and propositions, I also receive an overwhelming amount of encouragement and support.

Beyond the smaller questions people ask me (what does your tattoo represent, where did you grow up, are you married, etc.) people also ask me more profound questions. Of all the questions I am asked, the most common ones are:

“How did you begin this journey?”

“How can I be as confident as you are?”

“Have you always been comfortable being nude?”

Until recently I wasn’t sure how to answer these questions, but over the past month, I have been contemplating my response. I started this journey during a meeting with a photographer on January 1, 2018. As I previously mentioned, 2017 was one of the most difficult years of my life. When the new year was approaching, I decided to start a blog to honour the new direction my life has taken.

I let go of my old blog, which was a difficult decision because I love blogging and I was very attached to it. Letting go also meant letting almost a decade of my words, photos, and self-expression to be unpublished. It was a difficult decision, but my intuition told me that accepting all of the change I was experiencing meant that I needed a fresh start.

As I often do, I chose to start my new journey with a photo shoot. I contacted a photographer who has worked in the industry for over two decades. We set up a meeting for January 1st at my sister’s house. She suggested that I have the meeting with the photographer in her hot tub. If you live in a more conservative community (similar to the one I recently moved away from) this might seem like a strange place to host a first meeting, but Salt Spring is a very open-minded community. I had no idea what the photographer looked like, what his personality was like, or how old he was. I just knew that I loved his photos and that he had a very positive reputation.

When he arrived I passed him a towel and a glass of water, dropped stepped out of my own towel and stepped into the hot tub with my spritzer. He immediately stripped down and joined me with his camera. We talked for maybe an hour or so while he snapped random photos of me. I even took a few photos of him. It was a comfortable, liberating, and somehow healing experience for both of us. When you meet someone in the nude you have immediately stripped away any external barriers to authentic connection.

At some point, my sister joined us for a bit and then we left the heat of the hot tub and ventured into nature. It was refreshing. He asked me if he should put his clothes on for the shoot; I told him to do what made him feel most comfortable. For the first time in his career as a photographer, he attended a photo shoot fully nude. Both of us have a history of social nudity, so it was not threatening and we both felt at ease. At one point in the shoot, he mentioned that I seemed to be guarded even though he had stepped into a very vulnerable space with me. He was right, I was guarded and shut down on an emotional level. It wasn’t because of the nudity, or because we had just met, it was because I felt truly naked at an incredibly vulnerable time in my life.

The result of this experience was life-altering. I learned more about myself during that photo shoot than I could have by participating in years of talk therapy. New year’s day was the first shoot with this particular photographer (he has asked me to leave his name out of this post). Since then we have ventured into the wilderness with cameras three times. We have developed a deep friendship in a short amount of time. I imagine we will have many more photos shoots and rewilding experiences together. I have yet to see the photos from the 8 rolls of film he took of me, but the following are some of the digital images he captured.

The photo of a man on a tree is one that I took during his rewilding journey. He has given me permission to share it on my blog. The interesting thing is that I told this story to Roque, a friend who is also a photographer. Roque came to Salt Spring recently. He was inspired to go to the same tree with me. Roque had the phrase “get naked with Joy” in his mind and he did just that. Even though Roque had not been skinny dipping or participated in other nude activities, he was inspired and chose to tap into his primal being while naked in nature. You can read about Roque’s adventure in this post: Getting Naked With Joy

I hope you are having a beautiful weekend!

From my heart to yours,

Joy

The Divine Masculine

Hey lovelies,

A few months ago I was out at an eclectic brewhouse in Fairfield, Iowa dancing. I was beginning to overcome the grief I felt around the loss of my marriage and I was finally starting to feel a renewed sense of freedom. At some point in the evening, I struck up a conversation with a local man, Jake, and he joined my table. We ended up becoming fast friends and hung out quite a few times before I moved back to the West Coast of Canada.

Because I was in a vulnerable space, I was curious if my inner vulnerability was obvious to people who were meeting me for the first time. So I asked Jake if he felt comfortable sharing his first impression of me. His response left me totally speechless. His words struck a chord with me and for some reason, hearing what Jake expressed was the catalyst for me developing an even deeper connection to my divine feminine energy. I felt as if Jake actually “saw me” and it was a powerful experience for me.

Even though we now live thousands of miles apart, we have continued to develop our friendship over the past few months. He has provided emotional support, been an attentive listener and he has also encouraged me to continue down the path of discovering Joy. Since I launched this blog and started sharing my path on social media sites, Jake has silently observed the way some men have responded to my words and my images. During one of our recent conversations, he asked me if he could write a blog style response. I agreed. This is what Jake wrote:

“Joy has shown you her naked physical form…. It’s the physical manifestation of her vulnerability, her power, her perseverance to be who She is beyond all definition, except…

Her own.

She moves you to feel and, it’s really fucking familiar. It is the presence that all Men desire; The Divine Feminine. Most of us, (I’ll raise my hand in solidarity with my fellow Men who inappropriately express our base instinct to fuck), find the naked female form so alluring, inviting, and downright erection inspiring, that the old joke of:

“Only enough blood to run one head at a time”

Will prevail at times…

A little more about the Divine Feminine…When were you last in the presence of a woman and, while you were with her, you felt inspired to be the most vibrant, confident and brilliant version of yourself? You, at that moment, were absorbing the Divine Feminine into your being from whatever form it was you were interacting with. It doesn’t matter who she was, what matters is that you were open to receiving it at that time. Just like you are now while looking at the expression of the Divine Feminine in Its terrifying power.

She scares you. Her vulnerability is terrifying because the surrender she represents is so alien outside of the immature male need to penetrate and permeate that he will do anything to possess the vulnerability of its expression. Why can I say this? I can say this because I have recognized this within myself when I see something outside of myself that I desire to possess, be it a quality, behavior or a piece of character I wish. I will also judge that person for having that ability until I am willing to own that piece of myself.

Men are stupid. I am a Stupid Man. Tell her what her presence evokes in you. This isn’t about the physical somato-emotional response; it’s about the 5 seconds after your erection goes down that is the most honest…Tell her what the sight of her evokes in your being. After viewing her picture, there is a phrase or saying that will come to mind that you feel when operating from service to her continued expression.

It is a responsibility that we, as Men continue to provide a safe space for this expression. She has invited you into her exploration of her Divine self.

Show some Fucking respect.” – Jake

Thank you so much, Jake, for sharing the Divine Masculine perspective.

From my heart to yours,

JoyDivine Masculine

 

What does it mean to be naked?

Hey lovelies,

I had an interesting discussion with a retired sociology major on Facebook messenger this morning. Our conversation began with my standard message response “Sorry, I don’t chat.” He asked me why I have 1,695 Facebook friends but don’t chat with them or get to know them. I began telling to him that I am inundated with spam, demeaning comments, and pornographic images and videos (I have always boycotted porn) so I am very hesitant when it comes to communicating with random people online.

Our conversation was interesting and brings me to this blog post. During our discussion, he politely asked me if it was possible that the phrase “Get Naked With Joy” gives men the wrong idea. Before I answer that question here in this post, let’s look at the meaning of the word naked:

na·ked
ˈnākid/

With this in mind, when I say, “Get naked with Joy” I am here baring my body and my soul to the world in an authentic and non-sexual manner. The overwhelmingly positive emails, messages, and comments of support I have received recently continue to inspire me and fortunately for me, they outweigh the undesirable ones.

You do not have to “get naked” with me to read my blog. You do not even have to agree with social nudity, naturism, or the benefits of earthing. I am not here to make a political statement or change your point of view. At the same time, I will not allow the small percentage of the world that thinks nudity = sexual to taint my journey. Being naked is natural and liberating for me but that is just my two cents.

I hope you are having a truly beautiful day!

From my heart to yours,

Joy

Photo: I am sharing this live photo today because it was captured by my photographer as I was climbing down from the Gary Oak tree we had been shooting on. It is a candid moment that to me, speaks to the pure bliss I feel while I am naked in nature. To see the GIF in motion please head to my Twitter account.

 

Why?

Hey lovelies,

Today someone commented on one of my photos and simply said, “Why?”. I could only assume that they were asking me why I am on this journey. Why am I outside during the middle of a coastal winter naked? The deeper answer to this question will come over time. But the short answer is simple.

I am on this journey to Rewild myself. I was married at the age of 20 to a man much older than myself. We had been in a relationship since I turned 19. My first marriage was savage. It ended on a brutal note and I rapidly fell in love with Mountain, the man I thought I would spend the rest of my life with.

Last year Mountain and I made some choices that forever changed our relationship and our marriage ended. We are working on re-building our friendship. We are re-shaping our lives individually while trying to co-parent. He is still in the Midwest. I am on the West Coast of Canada. We are no longer lovers. I literally lost the other half of myself.

Which brings me to this very moment. I was talking to my sister about the Gary Oak tree that I have been photographed in front of recently. It was once two trees intertwined, but something happened (I wish I knew what) and now those trees are laying beside each other. Their roots lay side by side yet they are no longer connected. It is interesting that I feel so drawn to this particular tree at this time in my life.

It is healing for me. There is something primal about stripping down to nothing but my bare skin and connecting with nature that feeds my soul on an incredibly deep level. The fact that I feel like I have lost half of myself speaks to my need to:

  • Re-wild.
  • Reconnect.
  • Re-nurture.
  • Re-nature.
  • Receive.

So here I am. Raw, open, and vulnerable. But I am also strong, vibrant, and slowly but surely, my wild spirit is returning.

I hope you are having a beautiful Sunday!

From my heart to yours,

Joy

The first picture of me is in Fairfield, Iowa and the second one is here in BC in front of the tree I was speaking of.

Naturist Laptop Lifestyle

Hey lovelies,

I drifted into dreamland much earlier than normal last night. I slept beautifully and my sleep was filled with mystical dreams. The images from my dreams stayed in my mind this morning when I awoke. My house was quiet except for the sound of my neighbour’s rooster crowing in the background.

I got up, turned my kettle on then went to my favourite spot in my home to check my emails. As I was sitting responding to messages and comments, I received an email that stood out. One of my blog readers mentioned that their favourite photo of me so far is the one where I am sitting at my kitchen table working in just a sweater.

I found this perception very interesting. My sister Grace and I were talking about this yesterday. I sometimes forget that my lifestyle is not mainstream. I work from home, often times sitting fully nude, other times partially dressed and many times outside in nature. The weather here is much colder than you may imagine, but I still challenge myself to push my own boundaries and get outside naked even when the temperature is near freezing.

Today, however, I was cozied up in my chair gazing out at my beautiful view working until I arrived at my sister’s home to work on some collaborative projects. When I came to Grace’s house for a bit of work then some tub time, we set the intention for our day by starting with a smudge.

Now it is time for our “hot tub meeting”. I hope you are enjoying this beautiful day. Happy Friyay!

From my heart to yours,

Joy

Rainbow In The Sky

Hey lovelies,

As you know I launched this blog on January 1st this year. For me, it was the beginning of a new phase in life not just a new year. There was so much change in 2017 that my life does not even resemble the life I was living last year. I am just now feeling like I am truly finding my bearings. Each day I wake feeling hopeful and blessed. The support I have received is honestly so humbling for me.

As for today, it is a quiet overcast day. It rained briefly this morning. Sometimes the rain feels refreshing, but today the gentle sound of water droplets falling brought me into an almost meditative state. As I was sitting contemplating life, nudity, and being truly naked, my sister Grace arrived to pick me up. Today, rather than working at my place we decided to work at her place for a bit and then soak in her hot tub. On the way there I managed to capture a photo of a rainbow.

I hope you are having a beautiful evening.

From my heart to yours,

Joy

Rainbow in the Sky

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Getting Naked With Joy

Hey lovelies,

A new friend of mine, Roque, went on an adventure with me the other day. We both enjoy poetry, nature, and we also share a deep love of outdoor exploration. Roque decided he wanted to come check out Salt Spring so he hopped on the 9 a.m. ferry and headed over to the eclectic and stunningly beautiful island where I currently live. Roque got to my home just before my sister, Grace, arrived for our two-hour “work” day. We chatted for a bit, then, once my sister arrived, he went on a solo outing to see if he could find some cool things to photograph.

Roque is passionate about photography, as am I, so he brought a variety of vintage cameras, including some Polaroid cameras with him. It was a fascinating experience having him excitedly share his passion for film, cameras, and specifically vintage camera equipment. After discussing photography for a bit, we decided to drive around and find a place to shoot.

We ventured out to Burgoyne Bay. I had just completed a photo shoot with another photographer there a couple days earlier and realized that there were a few shots we forgot to do. In my mind, it seemed perfectly natural to drive out there with this newly discovered photographer and friend.

Even more than just being nude, I love being naked in nature. When I say “nude”, I mean wearing no clothing. When I say “naked”, there is a deeper meaning for me. Being naked is an emotional and spiritual experience for me, but somehow, when I stepped out into the same field I had been photographed naked in just a couple days earlier, I knew it was not the right day for me to have a photo shoot. As if Roque’s thoughts were in sync with mine, he climbed up the tree and began connecting with his surroundings.

What I witnessed was beautiful, but it is not my story to tell. When I asked Roque if he could write something about his experience for this blog, this is what he shared:

Getting naked with Joy or getting naked in nature feels like you are experiencing the breeze, trees, grass, and sky for the first time. Like My primordial being was home. This experience reminded me that I must be true to myself, accept myself, and love me.

I have been thinking a lot about Neruda poetry. So here is one really fitting

By Pablo Neruda:

“Naked you are simple as one of your hands;
Smooth, earthy, small, transparent, round.
You’ve moon-lines, apple pathways
Naked you are slender as a naked grain of wheat.

Naked you are blue as a night in Cuba;
You’ve vines and stars in your hair.
Naked you are spacious and yellow
As summer in a golden church.

Naked you are tiny as one of your nails;
Curved, subtle, rosy, till the day is born
And you withdraw to the underground world.

As if down a long tunnel of clothing and of chores;
Your clear light dims, gets dressed, drops its leaves,
And becomes a naked hand again.”

Thank you Roque for sharing this experience with me and granting me permission to share our collective experience in this post.

The featured image was taken by another photographer on Sunday.

I hope you are having a truly blissful day!

From my heart to yours,

Joy

 

 

 

Earthing With Joy

Hey lovelies,

Over the past two weeks since the new year began, I captured thousands of moments through both film and digital images. Some of the moments are captured by me (self portraits). Others are captured by my daughter who is an aspiring photographer, or my sister, Grace, who has always shared my passion for photography. In addition, I have been working with a specific photographer on multiple shoots in a variety of settings to capture my rewilding journey.

One of the aspects of rewilding that is more difficult to capture in a photo is the process of “earthing”.

According to Dr. Mercola:

“There is an emerging science documenting how conductive contact with the Earth, which is also known as Earthing or grounding, is highly beneficial to your health. Earthing appears to minimise the consequences of exposure to potentially disruptive fields like “electromagnetic pollution” or “dirty electricity.”

I have not been involved in any medical or scientific studies about earthing but I will tell you from my own personal perspective what earthing or grounding does for me. When I walk barefoot on the earth, I feel at peace. A sense of inner calm washes over my mind, my body, and my spirit. If I continue to walk on the earth once I access this state of flow I begin to tap into a deeply sensuous state of being and heightened awareness.

The following photos are portraits of my feet connecting with the earth. When I am barefoot indoors (like in the yoga photo or the one of me receiving a tarot card reading), I imagine roots emerging from my feet into the core of the earth. With the ground beneath my feet, the wind at my back, and the sun kissing my skin, I am one with Mother Earth. I hope your day is bliss.

From my heart to yours,

Joy

Sunday Yoga

Hey lovelies,

I hope you are having a truly blissful Sunday. I woke this morning cuddled up in bed tucked away from the world.

I then shifted to watching the mist roll across the willow pond outside my bedroom. Nurtured my body with a protein packed smoothie.

Then I was blessed to have a new friend pick me up and take me to the Salt Spring Yoga Center for a restorative Hatha yoga class. Life is pure bliss.

I am also excited to share that my friend is also my photographer. We are about to head to Burgoyne Bay another naturist photo shoot!

Please let me know what you are doing to pamper and honour yourself on this beautiful Sunday!

From my heart to yours,

Joy

Contemplation and Passion

Hey lovelies,

This morning my sister Grace and I have been contemplating the direction of this blog and our business. We need to decide what the intention and purpose for our naked journey is and more specifically, what we want to share with the world. For me, this process is about liberating myself. It is about diving in to my sensuality and expressing myself in an uninhibited way.

As a I dive deeper into myself, I discover more about who I am as a woman. It is an amazing and inspirational journey. Having my sister sharing this journey with me is mind blowing for me. It is a path I have walked alone for years and now Grace and I are on this journey together. There is something magical about walking this path with my sister. I look forward to seeing where it leads us…

I hope you are enjoying your day!

From my heart to yours,

Joy

Sister Time

Hey lovelies,

I am excited to share that my sister Grace is joining my naked adventures! Over the past four years she has been exploring a naturist lifestyle. When I asked her what nudism has done for her, she expressed the following:

“As a woman and a mother, incorporating nudism into my daily life has elevated my self esteem, improved my positive body image, and increased my confidence. In addition, naturism has helped me tap into my inner feminine being.

Having my sister, Joy on this path with me has expanded the depths of my journey. Working together on this endeavour with my sister has brought fire and passion into my life. I captured this candid photo of Joy when I first arrived this morning. She later captured one of me gazing over her willow pond.

If this is “work”, I’m in. Lol.”

From our hearts to yours,

Grace and Joy

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Yurt Living With Joy

When I first landed here on on the eclectic island of Salt Spring in beautiful BC Canada, I was blessed to be fortunate enough to have my sister Grace’s lovely property to call home. Down the hill from her quaint home, tucked away in a sweet little meadow is an authentic Mongolian yurt. If you aren’t familiar with what a it is, a yurt – called Ger by the Mongols – is the traditional dwelling of nomadic families in Mongolia.

There is something deeply humbling about living in a yurt. You are sheltered from the elements, yet at one with mother nature. When the trees creak, it feels like you are in the forest the middle of a forest. When the wind blows, you can feel the yurt standing its ground while gently shifting. When it rains, the droplets of water hitting the surface of the yurt sound like tiny beating drums. I stayed in the yurt over the past couple of months, but on Jan 3rd I moved into a lovely 2-bedroom cottage near the ocean.

Below is a picture of the exterior of the yurt, me walking down the pathway from my sister, Grace’s home to the yurt, and one of me in the yurt:

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Wild Woman

If you have been following my social media accounts or reading this blog (which I launched on New Year’s Day in 2018) you have likely seen a variety of nude or partially nude photos of me.  It is not my intention to influence others through my photos or my words, I simply enjoy sharing my “Get Naked With Joy” adventures. From what I understand, different groups of people use different terms to describe naturism and related activities.

According to Wikipedia:

“Naturism, or nudism, is a cultural and political movement practising, advocating, and defending personal and social nudity, most but not all of which takes place on private property. The term may also refer to a lifestyle based on personal, family, or social nudism. Naturism may take a number of forms. It may be practiced individually, within a family, socially, or in public.”

Some people are very particular about the term used to describe their lifestyle. There are a variety of terms used to describe personal, situational and social nudity. For me, the term does not matter. Because I love being outdoors, the word naturism resonates with me, but nudism is also a term I embrace.

I grew up with a dad who was a social and situational nudist, so I have always felt comfortable being naked. At the same time, I have avoided sharing naked photos of myself publicly until this year. I suppose I was afraid of the reactions of friends, family and strangers.

On a personal level, my life changed dramatically in 2017. One of the aspects of me that shifted throughout the process I went through is that I somehow evolved into a woman who refuses to allow the conservative, limiting, or shameful thoughts of others to shape my life.

So here I am baring my soul and my body to you.

From my heart to yours,

Joy

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Winter Rewilding With Joy

For those of you who read my blog, Tantrachick, I am truly excited to share my new adventures with you! Today, my brother-in-law, drove to Mount Maxwell to take photos of my beautiful sister, Grace, with the gorgeous backdrop of Mount Maxwell.

While they were on their adventure, I explored the wilderness of the Salt Spring Conservancy with a local photographer to have my own rewilding adventure! It has been an absolutely stunning day! I hope you have had an equally beautiful day!

From my heart to yours,

Joy

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New Beginnings

Taken at: Madrona Woods, which is a Mongolian yurt tucked away on my sister Grace’s property here on beautiful Salt Spring Island, BC…

On November 8th, 2017 I arrived on the beautiful island of Salt Spring in British Columbia, Canada. I am starting an entirely new chapter of my life, which is why I finally shut down my blog, Tantrachick, which has received over 3 million views since I started it in 2009.

I am going on a naked adventure and I am excited to share the adventure with you!

From my heart to yours,

Joy

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