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.
I am a genderfluid, non-binary leaning woman / creature of many interdisciplinary expressions. My supreme wish is for humanity to find its ability to love itself and the beautiful Earth from which it was birthed. The ways in which I express this wish is through movement, dance, voice, performance, poetry, philosophy, spirituality, visual art, ritual, meditation and all expressions of being and becoming around and between these mediums. I believe that what is being explored at the core of each medium is not intrinsic to the medium, and am interested in finding pathways of transverse communication. Currently, I am working on an autobiographical solo performance in which I explore ancestral wounds of severance with body and Earth. This piece will be shown May 16/17/18 at Residencia in Brooklyn.
Roxie (b. 1989 in New York, NY) is a Bronx native and a New York City based Yogi. She began studying and doing yoga in 2010 after taking an undergraduate course on the history and practice. As a former dancer with a history in the performing arts she combines her love of music and dance into her practice. Dealing with anxiety tremors, low self esteem, depression and sexual trauma she believes in the healing powers of yoga, meditation and herbalism as a way of both coping with and overcoming anxiety. After sustaining several back and foot injuries from dance she has found that restorative yoga has helped her body heal after surgery. After taking her first naked yoga class in 2016 she believes that it has helped enhance her self confidence and build a stronger connection with self. She received her 200 hour certification in 2019 from Y7 Yoga. She is in pursuit of receiving her 500 hour certification in India in 2020. Her studies have focused on Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, pre natal and Hatha Yoga. She also incorporates chakra healing, affirmations, oracle readings and various genres of music into her classes.
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.
Andy has been a nude art model for Art Students League and School of Visual Arts for several years. He also works as a voice actor...and rumors that he occasionally records at-home auditions naked are completely unsubstantiated. He leads the monthly Naked Draws Nude group with Megan.
Megan is a singer, actress, and dancer, originally from Oneonta, NY. She has worked as an art model in New York City since 2018. She hopes to encourage and inspire and others through her work to find their own passions and creative outlets. Megan is also the author of the blog "Model Behavior" which details her art modeling experiences: https://mdlbehavior.blogspot.com. In addition to attending many Just Naked events as a participant, she currently co-leads the Naked Draws Nude monthly drawing event with Andy.
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 founded Just Naked after spending a summer at a nudist camp with her husband Adam. Before realizing her love of clothes-free living, she designed and hand-embroidered clothes. She still loves embroidery as a craft, but is gently expanding her artistic capacities to include photography and watercolor. She enjoys working with artists to create content for Just Naked, crafting an aesthetic which reflect the gentle freedom of platonic nudity.