It’s cold out there. What do I do?
Well, the most effective solution might be to move to where it is warm, become a snowbird, or take a vacation. This isn’t an option for many. There are family considerations, work, goals, sense of home, or milder summer days. So here we are.
I live in Tucson, which has many naturist advantages, but still I like to mitigate my daily nature and naturist needs as best that I can. Some of these solutions may help you northern exposed folks.
I’m establishing a clothing optional AirB&B. Most of my clientele will be spending colder months here. We get 300 days of sunshine each year. Most days out there have at least a few hours that are nude friendly. My idea of cold may be sissy to many of you. As we say, my blood has thinned.
So, in consideration of negative weather, I have made a warm sun space. I had a south facing screened in porch. It is about 600 square feet. I have placed 5×5 foot windows across the south facing formerly screened wall. There is also a glass door, or screened door option.
Now, in the winter, most mornings, I can walk out nude into the direct line of the sunshine beaming through these window spaces. If there is still a cold night’s air, I can turn on a portable heater. The direct sunlight is usually enough. I stretch, do meditation and yoga. I will eventually have an herb garden in there.
It is likely going to be good outside, but this hedges my bet on that. It is a crossover between being inside and the outside. It may lengthen my day’s opportunity to be naked in the sun.
This helps to keep my guests from disappointment after an investment traveling to sunny Tucson. It keeps us in vitamin D and the other health benefits.
A sun room doesn’t need to be fancy or expensive. A rustic look can cost about the same as a steel roof shed. If you are handy enough to build a shed, then you can find some used windows and perhaps partly scrap wood, and create what is essentially a green house. It just needs to get direct sunlight in those windows. Often a 10×12 and even larger building, doesn’t even require inspections, or fees for approvals.
A sunroom does need a heater of some sort, on some days. You can run an extension cord and have heat. A portable radiator, or an electric parabolic disc, even a tiny bathroom heater can heat a smaller room. To give you an idea, I can heat my 13 foot diameter canvas bell tent with a portable wood stove. A wood burning heater can be installed. I have a heater kit on a barrel stove for my larger room. Watch out for taxes and insurance with permanent heating and cooling.
If cost is a problem, you can start it cheap and do upgrades, as time goes on. If you start this spring, it can be ready and maybe paid for by the next cold weather.
There are numerous temporary solutions to a sun room/greenhouse, even for something small like an apartment porch.
As I step out there in fresh air, light some incense and sit down on that old Oriental rug from a garage sale long ago, I feel the sun on my body and I know that it has been worth it. I close my eyes, or watch the big tree flutter out front.
We have continued our sauna group. The group takes care of expenses and I am blessed to give them the gift of a garden to interact in. It is large, 10 x12, built to house several people and to stretching out in. Because it is larger, it burns more wood. There are ethics to burning wood. This benefits the many and therefore uses less wood than individual saunas. We gather tree trimmings and waste wood on occasion. In the Arizona desert, a cord is very expensive.
There are aesthetics to wood burning. I can be warm to extremely hot, wet or dry depending on the heat of the fire, and the amount of water that is tossed on it. Sitting on a lower, or upper bench seat can make dramatic differences in the temperature experience.
Health is a major consideration in sauna. There is exercise to handling wood. The immune system is stimulated. It is relaxing. Fifteen minutes at 170F and you burn something like 500 calories. The health benefit is a very long list.
The best part of sauna, for me, is the community that it brings. Sitting in a sauna can get dull, but we sing, we pray, we talk life, we have meetings. The Norwegians have it correct. It is also a socially nude venue with the comfortable bonding openness that that garners.
A sauna will get a naturist through cold times. In various forms they have been used for millennia in cultures all over the world. After a round of 15 minutes on a cold day, it is …
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