These are the beautiful people who host Just Naked events. Builders are trained to hold naked space with grace and a deep understanding of the nuances required to foster a feeling of safety and camaraderie. Though Just Naked hosts many different types of events, our Builders ensure that our protocol is aligned across all of them. This way, you will know that our high standards will be upheld no matter what event you’re attending. If you are interested in holding an event of your own, take the first step to becoming a Builder by filling this out.
Elsa Marie Keefe is an artist based in New York City. Her work is primarily focused around the human body and nature. Through both photography and mixed media, she transmits a message of transcendence and universal beauty. “All bodies and all things of nature are beautiful. Humans are animals are sentient beings. We are the earth.” Elsa takes nude photographs of herself and others in nature, in places void of manmade objects. She also collects trees, rocks, bones and other objects from the land and sea that she places on canvas with resin. The intention behind the art is to remind us that we are all one, interconnected, and a part of mother earth. Performance art is another medium that she is utilizes as of late, promoting public nudity, hoping that we may all become more comfortable with the human body. Holistic wellness, spirituality, and healing are the backbone for her lifestyle and central components to her process and vision.
From Paris to New York, from photography to painting, from life-drawing classes at the City University of NY to Drink and Draws in Brooklyn, Iris has modeled for all kinds of crowds and artists during the past few years. She loves inspiring people to make art, whether the rendering is just a dot on a canvas, or a realistic and sophisticated portrait. As a dancer, she loves the way artists capture movements and likes to play with it.
This is Rachel: a body intelligence explorer, connector, gymnastics teacher, and creative. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rachel moved to NYC to pursue a creative job in welding and woodworking. As she adjusted to life in NYC, her path began to create itself and its direction shifted from welding and woodworking to the art of human connection and wellness. She believes that human connection is activism, activism that is actively planting seeds towards a more fulfilling, vulnerable, permission giving, and expansive (inwards and outwards) culture.
Maybel is an immigrant, trans-disciplinary artist, community maker, teacher, creator’s counselor, dancer, healer, and ritual maker. Basing her work in body intelligence; she combines arts, relationships, human awareness practices, ancestral and systemic focus, and the mystic. With these practices, she gestates experiences which outline our impact as the creators of our own lives; focusing awareness on the dynamics that bind us to each other and to the greatest intelligence. She is at the service of linking people in an intimate way, sharing practices that catalyze us toward unity―the quality of being one of a kind. “Evil and cruelty grow in ignorance and the sense of scarcity. This is why the pillars of my life are attention, compassion, and comprehension”. She is designing a community project which brings together culture-makers, artists, healers, and visionaries. This project is underway at Residencia in Brooklyn, NY (www.residencia.studio), and at CAMP (opening in 2020) in Oaxaca, Mexico, (camp.is), where we will host retreats and community experiments.
Candice is a yoga teacher and healer from Texas living and thriving in NYC. With over a decade of teaching and practicing yoga, she is still constantly humbled by the remarkable teachings, insights and delights yoga and body awareness practices can bring. She is a 300+hr trained yoga teacher, 600 hr Yoga Therapist and Certified Sexological Bodyworker. She has taught Ashtanga-inspired Vinyasa, Prenatal and Postnatal styles. Yoga ultimately led her to discover Tantra, which inspired her to create her own modality, Naked Yoga Therapy. Naked means more than nudity to her; it’s a way to embrace vulnerability, honesty and living more from one’s core values. A textile free yoga practice can illuminate and allow freedom from shame in our bodies, allow us to access more body confidence and can bring us closer and more connected to our shared humanity, recognizing how we are more similar than different.
A game host of great experience, Stu managed a board game store for over a decade. He has "game-sommelier" skill and experience, able to pick the right game for a person and/or crowd and facilitate in fun, clear and helpful ways. As to social nudism, he puts emphasis on the social. Drawn to the nude activities for the way it strips away indicators of class and difference and the for the interesting people attracted to the experience. He finds that most potential and first-timer participants over-think social nudism. It’s much easier and less complicated than you imagine; and hopefully rewarding in ways you won't know until you've tried.
Adam started Just Naked with the idea that city-dwellers might be open to experiencing nudity within the confines of their rat-infested metropoles. While he believes convening with nature is still the best way to do it, he understands that some people just can’t be convinced to subject their flesh to destructive UV rays and mosquitoes. He studied jazz music before moving to NYC to model in 2013. Teaching yoga and doing massage led him to understand how profoundly disconnected many people were from their bodies. He started teaching naked yoga in 2016, and considers Just Naked as an expansion of that endeavor. His goal is to offer folks an opportunity to shed their insecurities, piece by piece, as they do their clothes at Just Naked events.
Léa Panduccio is a multidisciplinary creator focusing on textile art. She uses fiber as a support for painting, embroidery, designing clothes, binding books and customizing garments. When not playing with needles and thread, she likes to explore photography and videography.
Alternative healing practices have taken a huge place in her journey. Using breathwork, yoga, meditation, healing touch, durational shaking, and intentional vulnerability exercises, she now understands her purpose in this life: to find her Truth and create safe spaces for others to find theirs. Just Naked, an urban social nudist organization she founded in 2019, is the arena in which she fulfills her life purpose most fully. May all beings be happy. May all beings know themselves fully.
See her work at boundinbliss.com
Anthony Lione has organized nudist, shame-free, and intimacy-building experiences in NYC, Hamburg Mountains NJ, Black Rock City NV, and South Florida using social nudity and authentic relating/circling tools. His teachers include Sara Ness, Gina Brezini, Guy Sengstock, John Thompson, Sean Wilkinson, Jordan Myska Allen, and Amy Silverman. He is an Authentic Leadership Facilitator Training graduate (authrev.com/authentic-leadership-training). With Maybel Ovalles, Anthony is co-founder of Residencia (residencia.nyc); a community space for group-intelligence practices. Curating events of varied themes and forms that are rooted in truth-telling, leaders are called to take risks in developing experiences that they themselves want to live out. Also collaborating with Maybel Ovalles, his project iamanudist.org is inspired to reveal individual nudists through portraiture—changing the paradigm and preconceptions about social nudity and nudism. He is the builder of CAMP, a naked camp in Oaxaca Mexico (www.camp.is), which will open in 2020 to host retreats and community experiments.