Sunsport's 14th Annual Naturist Family Youth Gathering will be July 8-16


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The Nature Foot Trail and the Golf Cart Trail through Sunsport's jungle are becoming more beautiful daily. The Lotus Pond between the Labyrinth and the Meditation Field is now in full bloom. Have an adventure exploring the trails north of the circumference road. Enjoy Sunsport during the longest days of the year.

Community Happenings

Events in July

July is a busy month at Sunsport with the Community Drum Circle and a Game Night July 7th, Independance Day Activities July 4th, and the Family Youth Gathering July 8-16.
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The Independence Day Celebration at Sunsport will feature a meat and veggieburger bar-b-que plus sides from 11 am-1 pm on Tuesday, July 4th, on the restaurant deck. Bobby & Brad will provide music poolside in the afternoon. In the evening, our neighboring towns, Royal Palm, Wellington, and Westlake will all have fireworks displays.
Special event: An Authentic Relations Game Night will be held on Friday, July 7th, in the pavilion, prior to the drum circle, from 6:00 to 7:30. There is no additional charge for the event featuring human connection games. The Game Night is presented by Occupy Love Miami.

The Naturist Family Youth Gathering at Sunsport starts Saturday, July 8, and continues through Sunday, July 16. Please register your children or grandchildren now. You can find the registration and health forms on the Sunsport website. A description of the camp is at the end of this column.

Water Aerobics is continuing each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10 am as is daily afternoon petanque. The active permaculture group is meeting regularly each month.

Karaoke - Various Pop Up times.

Daily Events - Ongoing activities include daily afternoon Pétanque at 2, Water Aerobics Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings at 10, Morning Pickleball

Monthly Drum Circle

The July 7th First Friday Community Drum Circle is ON!

Note: the special drum circle ground fees will be in effect only until 10 pm when the office closes. After 10 pm entry, regular ground fees will apply.

Please arrive before 10pm to enjoy the $10 price.

2023-24 Events at Sunsport

Family Youth Gathering - July 8-16
Young Adult Weekends - May 12-14, September 8-10

Mid-Winter Naturist Festival - February 15-20 2024

Community Drum Circles - The first Friday of each month.

Sunsport Gardens Notes

We now have beautiful fountains in both ponds. The fountains plus the efforts of the permaculture group are keeping the invasive salvinia at bay. The salvinia removed is being used for natural garden fertilizer. Particular thanks to Casper Chestnut and John Dodge for making it happen. This project is in line with Sunsport's policy of not using herbicides or pesticides on the grounds.

Much work has been done on the golf cart and walking nature trails. They are fantastic. People are now walking and take daily golf cart rides past the lotus pond, Buddha head, banana circles, ponds, and native trees. Special thanks to John Dodge and Geoff Farmer who have spent many volunteer hours on this amazing transformation.
The community garden is now full of produce. The members tending it can be very proud.
Artist-in-Residence Program

Artist-in-Residence Program

Calling all Artists, Dancers, Painters, Sculptors, Musicians, Writers etc

Sunsport has created an Artist-in-Residence Program. Stay for a week or a month+.
Free camping and day fees.
Create art or relax and commune with nature.
Go here to apply: https://sunsportgardens.com/artist/

Sunsport's 14th Annual Naturist Family Youth Gathering will be July 8-16

Spaces for campers are still available. Children aged 5-17 and their families will experience a fun week of growth and community emphasizing interpersonal relations skills and creativity in a natural environment. As usual we will have a fun-filled day playing in the sand and surf at a clothing-optional ocean beach, a camp variety show, crafts, nature exploration, canuding and kayaking, non-competitive sports, producing a claymation video, campfires, and lots of pool time, with individual attention for each camper. There will be special activities best done clothesfree such as a slip-n-slide with paint, tie dye, water balloon throwing, gooey games, and a 10 foot ice cream sundae with as much landing on bodies as in mouths. Workshops on being proud of who we are, body acceptance, communication skills, and conflict resolution will help establish an atmosphere of caring about each other's feelings and positive relationships.
Parents are encouraged to attend the gathering participating as much or as little as they like. Most of the favorite counselors will be returning. A gallery of camp photos, articles, and claymation videos from past years are on Sunsport's website. Enrollment forms are also on Sunsport's website. If your child is attending, please email Morley at [email protected]."

Relax and have fun. Don't forget to explore the trails.

Sunsport Tee Shirts.......

The office now has a variety of Sunsport Gardens T-shirts available.

The shirts have attractive designs by Christopher Vuk.

Purchase them at the office or online on our website (coming soon)

the Naturally Nude Cafe.......whats cookin.....

Sunsport grown Vegetables!

Snack Bar summer hours:
Only open Friday to Sunday
Lunch - 10:30am-13:30pm
Dinner - 6-7:30pm
Healthy food will be available daily in the office which is open 10 am - 6 pm
Bacon Cheeseburger- $12
Cheeseburger -$10
Hamburger - $9
Veggie burger - $10
Chicken sandwich - $9
Chicken strips - $10
BLT - $8
Fish sandwich- $8
Crab cakes - $12
Hot dog - $7
Fries - $4
Onion rings - $7
Cheese sticks - $7
Jalapeño poppers - $8
Buffalo fried cauliflower- $8
2 eggs, almost any style - $4
2 sausage patties - $4
3 slices bacon - $4
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In the recycling area, please put only aluminum containers, juice boxes, and plastic items (except styrofoam, bags, and utensils) in the blue bins; clean paper and cardboard in the yellow bins. All other small items should be bagged and placed in the dumpster. The maintenance staff should not have to sort our garbage. If the garbage is not sorted properly, it cannot be recycled. Thank you.
Reminder: Please use the appropriate containers for throwing out items. Place materials such as clean paper and cardboard in the yellow bins; cans, plastics (except styrofoam, utensils,and bags), juice boxes, and glass and plastic bottles in the blue bins. Place large items such as platforms and furniture near, but not in, the dumpster. Place only bagged garbage and small items in the dumpster.

To help Sunsport and the environment, *please deposit aluminum cans in a special bin with a round hole in the top in the main recycling area.
  • The yellow containers are for paper and flattened cardboard
  • The blue containers are for aluminum cans*, glass, juice boxes, and plastics except styrofoam, bags, and utensils.
  • Deposit other trash in the large grey or black trash bins with tops.
Please secure all trash cans tightly since raccoons are skilled at opening containers and making large messes. Thanks.

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Some of Serenity Garden garden.

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Everything is growing beautifully

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Permaculture Sunsport News

Nitrogen Fixing Runners in Meditation Field

Meditation Field is home to many nitrogen fixing plants. 3 of the more prominent ones are runners, 2 live on land and one on top of the water.

Pictured above are the 3 running legumes.
The pink powderpuff one is the native Sunshine mimosa (Mimosa strigillosa).
The other two sport yellow flowers.
Perennial Peanut (Arachis glabrata).
And the water loving Botswana Wonder (Aeschynomene Fluitans).
It's crucial to understand what nitrogen fixation is. Simply put, it's the process where nitrogen in the atmosphere is converted into a form that plants and other organisms can use. Nitrogen is an essential component for the growth and survival of plants.
These plants, part of the legume family, are particularly good at this, thanks to their symbiotic relationship with a type of bacteria known as Rhizobia. These microscopic organisms colonize the roots of the Mimosa, forming nodules that become hotspots for nitrogen fixation.
legumes plants contribute significantly to soil health by introducing usable nitrogen, thereby nurturing both macro and microscopic life forms. Here's how they do this:
  • Nitrogen Enrichment: legumes plants are skilled in creating usable nitrogen, an essential nutrient for all plants, benefiting not just themselves but also the wider soil ecosystem.
  • Nourishing Microorganisms: The nitrogen produced by legumes nurtures the soil's microscopic life, including bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms, all of which play a critical role in maintaining soil health.
  • Decomposition: These microorganisms are responsible for decomposing organic matter, transforming dead plant material and other organic waste into nutrient-rich substances absorbable by plants.
  • Soil Ecosystems: The nitrogen provided by legumes sets off a beneficial nutrient cycle, leading to healthier, more productive soil ecosystems.
  • Biodiversity: Through this process, legumes support the growth and development of a multitude of plants and contribute to the overall health of the ecosystem.
In essence, by enriching the soil with nitrogen, these plants contribute to a natural, beneficial nutrient cycle, bolstering biodiversity and fostering a healthy environment.
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Please make a small donation to help us continue to develop the Meditation and Permaculture Projects.

Check the website for exact day, at 7 pm in the restaurant.

The Permaculture Sunsport group is meeting once a month Tuesdays at 7:00 PM in the dining room. Contact Geoffrey Farmer, [email protected], to receive notice of meetings and garden workdays.
Hey What is Permaculture?

Permaculture is a philosophy of design for creating a sustainable human culture. That is, it's a way of thinking about how we set up the support systems around us: shelter, food, water, energy, society and business. Well designed permaculture systems allow us to live as a beneficial part of the ecosystems around us.

Join our FaceBook page for more details and meetings of the Sunsport Permaculture & Community Garden Group .

Art & Naturism.......naturist spirited art

How the Church Tolerated Nudity in Renaissance Art

by Mason West

Through the dark ages the Church preserved the art, books, and ideas of the ancients as the essence of Western civilization. As the Renaissance brought these materials to light for the first time in centuries, the ancient gods and myths weren’t viewed as divinities and scripture, which would have been a heresy in strangely monotheistic, triune Christianity, but as allegories imbued with the wisdom of the ancients.

Ulysses and Penelope, c. 1545. Francesco Primaticcio (1505–1570)
Another element of the Classics, especially the Greeks, was their comfort with nudity. In Greek athletics the physically perfect human bodies were considered evidence of the transcendence of humans toward divinity. So, for example, a Roman bust of Julius Caesar places Caesar’s head atop a torso with six-pack abs: the idea isn’t so much that Caesar had a great body but that he was a demigod.
The Birth of Venus, c. 1480. Sandro Botticelli (1445–1510).
When the Renaissance happened, the Church scriptoria’s vast collections of texts and art, nipples and all, paved the bridge to the ancients. The idea was to pick up civilization where the Classical civilizations had left off.

Consequently, a Church and society that were patriarchal, authoritarian, and prone to aversion to nudity tolerated it, beginning with Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus (1486). Shortly thereafter, in 1510, Giorgione painted a sleeping Venus, an allusion to the myth of Cupid, Psyche, and Venus. Giorgione died before he finished his painting, so his student, Titian, finished it. Thus began a long history of reclining or sleeping Venus images that culminated with Manet’s Olympia (1863).
Sleeping Venus (1508). Giorgione (Giorgio Barbarelli da Castelfranco).
Everything about Olympia, beginning with her name, mocks the Neoplatonic tradition from which artists had derived their license to paint the world’s beauty. The picture openly defied the respect to Classical arts that had provided a rationale for nudity in art. For most artists, the Neoplatonic movement with its allegories and adoration of ideas and ideals, had been a kind of hypocrisy, a false conversion, or a marriage of convenience all along. Olympia’s physical build looks normal to us now, but in the mid-nineteenth century she looked shockingly anorexic though perhaps typical of women in the Red Light district. She looks out of the canvas directly and shamelessly at the viewer as if to say, “Yes, I, Olympia, am not a goddess but a whore!” Indeed, her maidservant is handing her a bouquet of flowers from a newly arrived gentleman caller.
Olympia, 1863. Édouard Manet (1832–1883).
Francesco Primaticcio’s painting of a nude man and woman in bed together, under the guise of Ulysses and Penelope (c. 1563), is no exception to that history. And that history depicts a long conflict between an authoritarian patriarchal ruling class, which equates the feminine with shame, and a matriarchal, life-giving force, which equates femininity with beauty.

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The Naturist Society Foundation

Vision: Creating a clothing-optional world where your body does not define who you are.Mission: Promoting a culture of body acceptance through clothing-optional recreation, education, and community outreach.Values: Naturism, Understanding, Diversity, Education
The Naturist Action Committee is the political adjunct to The Naturist Society Foundation. NAC exists to advance and protect the rights and interests of naturists throughout North America, and supports the responsible recreational nude use of public lands.

The Naturist Education Foundation is the nonprofit informational and educational adjunct to The Naturist Society Foundation and is dedicated to improving the awareness of naturism and body acceptance among both naturists and non-naturists, including business leaders, legislators, and the college community. NEF seeks to achieve an understanding and acceptance of naturists and their activities throughout North America.
NAC and NEF are 501(c) nonprofit corporations.
American Association for Nude Recreation
Our Mission: Simply put, we exist “To advocate nudity and nude recreation in appropriate settings while educating and informing society of their value and enjoyment.”
The American Association for Nude Recreation is the largest, most long-established organization of its kind in North America. With roots dating to 1931, we have grown from our humble beginnings to an organization that has served 213,000 individuals throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and beyond. These members enjoy their own backyards and pools with family and friends, as well as over 180 nudist resorts and affiliates.
the Federation of Canadian Naturists
The Federation of Canadian Naturists (FCN) is Canada’s national nudist organization. Along with the Fédération québécoise de naturisme (FQN), the FCN represents and promotes the naturist lifestyle as wholesome, healthy, and enjoyable.

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The Federation of Canadian Naturists is a member-supported, not for profit organization dedicated to fostering a greater understanding, acceptance and appreciation of naturism as a way of life throughout Canada.
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South Florida Free Beaches

Incorporated in 1980, SFFB has long worked tirelessly for the advancement of naturism in general, and clothing-optional beaches in particular, across the entire state of Florida.SFFB’s Legal Defense Fund has financially assisted countless naturists over it’s tenure.
Beach Education Advocates for Culture, Health, Environment & Safety (B.E.A.C.H.E.S.) Foundation Institute aims at establishing amicable and mutually beneficial working partnerships with government, business, naturist beach advocacy groups and the public to design, establish and manage designated clothing-optional or naturist areas at public beaches.
B.E.A.C.H.E.S. Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, former Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department Programming Partner for Haulover Beach and an adjunct of South Florida Free Beaches (SFFB), founders of Haulover Beach’s naturist section in 1991.

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