Bodyfest 2021 officially runs from 5pm on Friday July 23 through until about 3pm on Sunday July 25. But the main day is Saturday July 24 from 9 AM until past sundown. We expect more than ½ of attendees to arrive Saturday morning and leave in the evening. So, you can do that, or camp overnight Friday and/or Saturday. If you live at Bare Oaks please buy your ticket Friday afternoon or early evening to avoid the Saturday morning rush.
How do I Register?
To participate in Bodyfest activities you need a Bodyfest ticket. Buy it for a discount in advance here on the website, or buy it upon arrival at Bare Oaks. You ALSO have to pay to visit Bare Oaks but that expense is ½ the usual price if you have a Bodyfest ticket. See details below.
What about COVID?
Everything is happening outdoors and there is plenty of open space at Bare Oaks. Social distancing without masks will be perfectly alright. Currently you must wear a mask when entering the building, which includes using the washrooms. Activities that may have included physical contact between participants in previous years will be modified so that contact can be avoided. It would be good to attend with a person who will be in your “buddy bubble”.
Do I have to be fully nude to be part of this?
Yes you do. This is a naturist event about body-freedom. That’s the whole point. If you are new to this please be aware that there are absolutely no sexual connotations to anything in a naturist context and everyone is expected to behave and interact appropriately. And there are no clothed people in the mix - everyone is equal. Here is a link to an excellent page that addresses all related questions and concerns if you are a newbie. bareoaks.ca/first-visit
When should I arrive at Bare Oaks?
Consider arriving on Friday afternoon (July 23) and camping. Also consider camping a second night so that you can enjoy evening activities without having to drive home in the evening. If you are arriving Saturday, the gate will open at 8:30 AM sharp. If you arrive at this time you might make it to the 9 AM hatha yoga class after checking in.
What if it is a rainy day?
No matter what the weather forcast indicates you should plan to come to the event. It is extremely rare to be completely rained out at Bare Oaks at this time of the year. Typically almost every day has a forcast that includes some chance of a rainy period, but it is pretty rare. Or if there is some rain it does not last long. If you live even just an hour away and it is raining, chances are it is not raining at Bare Oaks. Do not let yourself be discouraged when you are about to leave home. Besides, have you not always dreamed of being able to dance naked in the rain?
How do I get to Bare Oaks?
Any maps app will pinpoint the location of Bare Oaks. You will need a vehicle to get there, though we are offering a shuttle (see below). It is about 15 minutes drive from Newmarket, or under 1 hour from downtown Toronto. if you do not have a vehicle, you may have to ask a friend with a car to come to the event with you. There is a train between Toronto and Newmarket. And you could take an Uber from there over to Bare Oaks (15 minutes).
A shuttle service from the train station is provided privately by a Bare Oaks resident. The van can take up to 4 passengers at a time. Per trip, it is $10 cash per passenger, but minimum charge is $20 (if you are the only one). If you have previously visited Bare Oaks, please call the office to be cleared to get the phone number to order the shuttle. Office: 905-473-6060. If you have not been to Bare Oaks before but you are a known and trusted person in the Naturist community please contact Robert, the event organizer (email below) and he will see what can be done to get you in touch with the shuttle person.
The current GO train schedule from Union Station (or the Airport) indicates a few trip choices on Friday afternoon, July 23. There are no train trips indicated for Saturday morning. So, if you want to use the train and then our shuttle, you need to arrive Friday and then stay overnight. There is a return option Sunday morning :8:45 so you'd have to arrange an early shuttle to get to the station.
What happens when I first arrive at Bare Oaks?
You will see the sign from the country highway. Turn into the driveway and arrive at a security gate. Push the intercom button. A voice will greet you. Say: I’m here to attend Bodyfest!” The gate will open. As you drive forward (going east) you will pass through an area with parking. If you see a free spot, grab it immediately. It is not far to the office where you register. If you drive as far as you can go and have not found a parking spot, pull over wherever you can temporarily as you deal with checking in. (there are 2 short-term spots right near the entrance) Afterwards, you will be given directions to the overflow parking lot.
You have now parked in a spot or stopped your car to the side. We suggest that you shed your clothes at this time and leave them in the car for the day. You should have previously prepared a carry-bag for the day (see below). Bring this bag with you and head for the main building. You’ll need an Identification card and your car license plate number when checking in at the Bare Oaks office. It is likely you’ll need a mask indoors. Don’t be nervous - you are in a friendly supportive place.
You will be first registering at the Bodyfest Kiosk on the main lawn BEFORE checking in at the Bare Oaks office. Both must be done, whether you already have a ticket or not.
When you register at the Bodyfest kiosk you will, (1) Complete a participation release form, (2) purchase a ticket (bring cash, though we expect to be able to accept cards), OR show proof of having previously bought a ticket online, (3) obtain and wear the Bodyfest wristband.
(we will have a list of previously purchased tickets, but in case of a mix-up, having your own proof of purchase will solve any problems) The wristband proves you are with Bodyfest so that you can get a 50% discount at the Bare Oaks registration counter in the office.
After completing Bodyfest check-in you MUST proceed to the Bare Oaks office and register there. If you are a newcomer you will be asked to view an orientation video about naturism and the expected social etiquette of your presence at this private park. You will need to provide ID for each person and the license plate number of your car. You will receive a parking authorization tag you hang on your mirror.
Return to your car to hang the authorization tag on your rearview mirror. If you are not yet in a proper parking spot you’ll follow directions to the overflow lot. From that lot back to the front lawn is about a 10 minute walk, though there is also a frequent shuttle you can take.
You can seek out whatever Bodyfest activity is currently happening and join the group.
What should I bring with me to Bodyfest?
Since you have no pockets, you’ll need some kind of bag or knapsack. See below the list of items we recommend you carry with you. A towel is very important as it is required that you place a towel on any chair or bench before sitting on it. This is for hygienic reasons. A good idea is TWO towels - a small one to sit on and a larger one for drying after a swim. You may bring your phone, but be aware that surreptitious image-taking will get you removed from the property. Keep your phone out of sight unless you absolutely need it. Forget about social media this weekend and stay in the real world!
Towels, mask, wallet, car keys, phone/watch, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle, sandals, tissues, paper and pen, snacks. Optional: yoga mat, umbrella, flashlight.
After dark it could be cool outside and something like a poncho or hoodie could come in handy. If it is too cold to be nude outdoors after dark, it is acceptable to wear some clothing.
One of the side activities planned for is tie-dying. We may have some white t-shirts on hand that you can use but bring your own to ensure the shirt will fit you when done.
Details: Checking in at the Bodyfest kiosk
If you purchased an advance ticket we should have your name on a list. Identify yourself to the greeter so that we can record your attendance. It would be wise to have a printout (or image on your phone) of proof of purchase in case there is some kind of mixup in our records. Otherwise…
• Purchase a ticket from the greeter. One person: $30. Two people: $50. The price includes hst. Cash is preferred, however we expect to be able to take card payments via a Stripe account on an ipad screen.
• Sign the participation release form. You will get the Bodyfest wristband, showing that you can participate in activities. If you are a “no photos person” you will also get a piece of red yarn tied to your wrist.
• We will take a photo of you holding up the release form so that we know who’s who. You may decline this, however it is a definitive way for us to know who does not want to appear in event photos.
• There will be optional sign-up sheets for the main events of the day. Adding your name will give us some idea what people are interested in. Please take a copy of the schedule print-out. There should be no problem joining an event that you did not sign up for, however some events use props/materials of which there will be a limited number.
You can now join whatever activity is in progress!
Note that events happen promptly on the hour and finish 45 minutes later. This allows for a small break. Try to assemble at the next event before the start time, on the hour.
What are the camping details?
There is a small fee for a camp spot. There are 2 areas. The main one is just east of the small lake which is a 10 minute walk from the main lawn. The other area is closer, to the west and past the mini golf and is designated for those who want to stay up late playing music and having conversations.
What about food?
The outdoor restaurant, Bare Bistro, will be open all day except for change-over times between breakfast, lunch and dinner. It will be buffet style on Saturday so service should be reasonably fast. For menu details and hours please check barebistro.ca. Bring whatever additional snacks you enjoy. There is a small confectionary area in the main office with water, pop and snacks plus other useful items.
I heard there is photography. I do not want my photo taken!
That is not a problem - there will NOT be a lot of event photography. Many people do not want to be in photos. During event activities there is only one camera allowed, the one the organizer, Robert B, has. Before any photo is taken it will be announced to those who might appear in the photo and adjustments can be made. Additionally, when you check in with us at the start of the day you can define yourself as a “no photos person”. So, if you somehow accidentally end up in a photo (not likely) it will be noticed during processing later and your likeness will be “photoshopped” or blurred out. Aside from this, generally Bare oaks does allow persons to take photos of others that have given permission to that person to do so, provided no other persons appear in the background.
What is the schedule?
Above, in the website menu is a link to the schedule page. But here is a quick overview: FRIDAY evening, meet and greet. SATURDAY starts at 9 AM with easy yoga, then workshops continue every hour, with 2 overlapping activity choices. At 1 PM assemble on the front lawn for speeches and introductions. At 2 PM activities continue. At 4PM is a group photo leading to a talent show. At 5 PM relax with some on-stage live music. At 6 PM will be another activity and at 9 PM will be an outdoor dance party with UV light and fluorescent body paint. SUNDAY starts at 9 AM with easy yoga. 10 AM will be a longer version of the “5 elements” workshop with Rahul & Debbie. 1 PM will be a photography workshop where you can be both on camera and shoot & direct to create naturist images throughout the grounds of Bare Oaks. Only one control-camera will be used.
About the amateur talent show in the afternoon... You can get up there and present something for 1-3 minutes! Play a musical instrument. Recite a poem. Sing. Stand on your head. Think about what you might possibly offer and prepare for it now!
Do I have to do everything listed in the schedule?
You can do as many or as few activities and workshops as you like. It would help us organize if you let us know at our kiosk which classes you intend to participate in. FYI there are other amenities open to your use including the pool, mini golf, volleyball, trails and the beach by the small lake.
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