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The Gathering


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The NEXT GNI Gathering will be held August 21 – 30, 2015Registration is OPEN!

Click on the photo to view our 2015 Event Brochure (browser version). Or view it in a PDF.


Welcome to The Gathering!


Discover the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, in the buff, in a rustic summer camp setting.

With up to 800 guests, our flagship annual Gathering is the world’s largest all-nude event. It’s open to all gay, bisexual, and gay-friendly men who are at least 21 and a current member of GNI.

 

The Gathering (officially known as The Annual International Gathering of Male Naturists) is the largest organized nude rendezvous in the world. What began as a small group of 40 fellows in 1985 now attracts up to 800 men annually. Since the early 1990s we’ve been letting it all hang out at a spacious, 350-acre summer camp in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania.

While most campers hail from the U.S., we welcome guests from around the world including Canada, Europe, Central and South America, Asia and Australia. For most of us, The Gathering is more of a reunion than a vacation, with many familiar faces returning every year.

Meals are served in two large dining halls, each with a large stone fireplace and an outdoor campfire to warm your bits on cool Pocono nights. The property also includes a 13-acre lake, two heated swimming pools, an auditorium, a phenomenal nightly dance club, and countless recreational opportunities. GNI does offer limited WiFi, although the network is unsecured and we can’t offer technical assistance.

For your own security, we won’t disclose the specific location until we have received your registration form and payment, but then you’ll receive a full package including maps, driving directions, a checklist of what to bring, and a lot of FAQ’s. For those flying in, Newark is the preferred airport, and we provide limited bus service from Newark airport and Manhattan.




Check out our weekly schedule from 2013. Our schedule for 2015 will be similar and this will give you a great idea of what our week is like!


Click here to register online for The Gathering Print a Registration Packet (includes all forms)Print one Registration FormPrint a Bus Transportation FormPrint a Volunteer Form

Body Electric Workshop


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The NEXT GNI Gathering will be held August 21 – 30, 2015. Registration is OPEN!


BODY ELECTRIC RETURNS TO THE GATHERING!

GNI is once again offering the Celebrating the Body Erotic (CBE) introductory workshop by The Body Electric School during the Early Arrival weekend (August 21-23, 2015). We’ve offered CBE for the past couple of years they’ve been a huge success!

 

Watch the CBE video clip on the Body Electric homepage or on YouTube.

Read more information about the CBE workshop here.

Questions? Contact the BE local coordinator, Nick Padilla, at philadelphia@b-e-school.com.

SCHEDULE

CBE is a great way to begin your Gathering. The CBE workshop will be held on Early Arrival weekend, from Friday to Sunday, August 21-23, 2015. It starts with an evening session on Friday, and continues all day Saturday and Sunday. Workshop participants should plan to arrive at The Gathering before dinner on Friday, August 21 with a commitment to attending the entire workshop. It will be an experience you will never forget!

FACILITATOR

The course will be led by Craig Cullinane, Body Electric faculty member. Read more about Craig here.

SPACE IS LIMITED!

The class size is limited, so please sign up as soon as possible.

WORKSHOP TUITION

The workshop tuition is separate from The Gathering registration fee, but GNI members qualify for a discounted tuition of $505.75 (15% off). New to GNI? A complimentary, trial membership to GNI is included (for any participant that isn’t already a GNI member), good through August 31, 2015, so new members coming just for the workshop can receive the tuition discount, too. (If you register to stay on at The Gathering after the workshop, you will need to purchase a standard GNI membership.)

Men under 30 receive a $100 discount off the full tuition, for a total of $495. (Discounts may not be combined.)

Some tuition assistance may be available based on need.  Contact the BE local coordinator, Nick Padilla, at philadelphia@b-e-school.com.

GNI GATHERING ATTENDANCE

To attend the CBE workshop, you must choose a Gathering attendance option that includes Early Arrival weekend. Gathering prices include housing, all meals and beverages, and regular Gathering programming, activities, and entertainment.

We encourage our regular Gathering attendees coming for Early Arrival to sign up for this workshop. Workshop participants coming only for the workshop may decide to stay on at The Gathering and upgrade to any of the regular Gathering attendance options.

Below is a summary of the attendance options open to CBE participants. For the full list of attendance options for The Gathering only, visit the GNI pricing page.

Gathering Attendance Options for CBE Workshop Participants

Option

Dates

Price

Last meal provided

Must depart by

Early Arrival Option 1*

Friday – Sunday,
August 21-23

$279

Sunday lunch

Sunday after workshop

Early Arrival Option 2*

Friday – Monday, 
August 21-24

$364

Monday breakfast

Monday, 11 AM

Early Arrival & First Half Week

Friday – Wednesday,
August 21-26

**

Wednesday breakfast

Wednesday, 11 AM

Early Arrival & Full Week

Friday – Sunday,
August 21-30

**

(2nd) Sunday breakfast

(2nd) Sunday, noon


* The Early Arrival weekend-only options are available only to men attending the CBE workshop. Price includes a trial GNI membership valid through August 31, 2015. The workshop tuition is additional and must be paid at the time of registration. 

** Pricing varies based on group rates.  See Gathering attendance options. The workshop tuition is additional and must be paid at the time of registration. 

LODGING

CBE participants may stay in a cabin with fellow participants or in a different cabin (to be with other friends or in a certain part of the campground, etc.). Your housing will be confirmed upon your arrival at camp.

Any workshop participant that decides to extend his stay beyond the weekend will be gladly accommodated, although it may be necessary to move to a different cabin. At any time after you register for The Gathering and before the end of the workshop, contact or visit the GNI Business Office (located on-site during The Gathering) to upgrade to a standard GNI membership and a longer attendance option.

REGISTRATION

To attend Celebrating the Body Erotic (CBE) on August 21-23, you must register for the GNI Gathering.  You will select your attendance options during the registration process.

We look forward to seeing you at the workshop!

Activities


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Check out our weekly schedule from 2013. Our schedule for 2015 will be similar to this!



Show us your brain: Daytime Workshops
Topics include men’s health issues, legal issues affecting naturists, relationships, leather/kink workshops facilitated by LeatherWerks, and a number of of interesting discussion topics or lectures. Nature hikes and other workshops round out the educational activities. 


Naked Yoga Immersion
Naked yoga has long been a staple of Gathering programming, along with other health and wellness offerings. Each year, we are having more yoga than ever before. GNI has lined up talented yoga instructors, some of them certified, to teach nearly two dozen classes at The Gathering in a variety of styles. Get yoga class and faculty info.


Daily Diversions
Enjoy bridge, yoga, aerobics, volleyball, a fully equipped nude gym and weight room, canoe and drag races, oil wrestling or just relax at the pool and read a book.


Social Hours, 5 – 6-ish PM daily
Savor wine, beer, soft drinks, select mixed drinks, and snacks in a beautiful lakeside setting. Every party has a theme, and costumes are encouraged! So plan ahead and undress to impress! Naked is also a totally acceptable costume at all of our themed social hours! While this event can be an eyeful, please respect GNI’s photo policy.

Member clubs are invited to ‘sponsor’ a social hour. There is no cost to you and we provide the beverages and snacks. We simply need at least two (2) members manning the wine bar at any given time. In exchange you can hang your banner, set out brochures, hand out invitations to cabin parties and your sponsorship will be mentioned in The Daily E-former. We even let you pick the theme! To see this years’ lineup of themes, click here: Social Hours. Let the Business Office know if you’re interested in sponsoring a night.


The Sunset Strip
Evening activities include nightly shows, contests, parties, movies, snacks, and the world-class Dance Club – with an impressive sound system and light show – into the wee hours.


Evening Entertainment
Evenings feature talent shows and pageants such as Miss Lace and the the Mr. GNI contest. These are well-produced events that are sure to entertain and delight you. Our Mr. GNI Leather, Mr. Bare Bear contests will also be held at other times. There’s also a nightly movie series after the main show.

We’ll also hand out prizes and awards throughout the week.


Big Bids: The NAC Auction
To help raise funds for the Naturist Action Committee (NAC), bring us an item you’d like to donate, and help us fetch top dollar for it through our silent auctions. Bob Morton, NAC Executive Director, will speak to the group about the anti-nudity opposition NAC works hard to overcome, including legal issues and nude beaches.  We encourage you to make a donation to this important organization.


Big Entertainment!
In addition to the amazing talent that our members bring to The Gathering, you can expect to see some professional talent brought in from across the country. Some you might not expect to see – naked! This year, we are thrilled to have Deven Green headlining for us. Deven has received millions of views online as the satirical ‘Betty Bowers – America’s Best Christian’ and for her inscrutable parody videos and memes which have created a new lexicon. With a fervent following Deven is one of most original, subversive comedians today. We also have joining us internationally known Muscle-Bear Comedian, Peter C. Bisuito as he performs live at GNI. Peter’s humor is at all ends of the spectrum. These are just two of the entertainment acts we have lined up. You’ll have to join us to see what else we have planned throughout the week!

Accommodations


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The GNI Gathering will be held August 21 – 30, 2015. Registration is OPEN!


This was an old summer camp for kids that has been updated to cater to professional organizations, corporate retreats and adult groups.


Cabins
Have a blast in one of 70+ cabins that house 8-18 men each (the average cabin holds 8-10 men). Beds and mattresses are provided, and can be arranged any way you like. Camp staff is available to help get your gear to your cabin or campsite.

Each cabin has full bathroom facilities and begs for your designer touch (we can lose the clothes, but we can’t lose the gay gene).


Tents / RVs
We have spaces for Tents & RVs. Sewer, water, and electrical hookups are not available, although you will be assigned nearby shower and bathroom privileges. Each member in your tent or RV must register separately.


Hotel and Offsite Housing
If rustic thoughts give you a rash, why not stay in a nearby hotel and join us for daily activities? Room and commute charges will be your responsibility, and no fees will be deducted, but some of us can’t put a price on luxury! Contact our Business Office to learn more.

Freedom Has Its Price


The NEXT GNI Gathering will be held August 21 – 30, 2015. Registration is OPEN!


Admission to The Gathering includes all meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks), beverages (water, soft drinks, beer, some mixed drinks, and wine), accommodations, use of camp facilities (basketball/tennis/volleyball courts, weight room, canoes and paddle boats), admission to all evening activities and more. Unless you purchase something from the Crafts Fair, GNI store, or NAC/NEF auction, you won’t need any cash or credit cards! 

Register online with a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover, accepted). We’ve sold out in the past, so register early. You should also read our Refund Policy before you register.

Click here to register online for The Gathering

Linen Rentals: why schlep your sheets?

 

Linen rentals are available for only $44 and include:

  • a twin fitted sheet

  • top sheet

  • pillowcase

  • pillow

  • blanket

  • 3 large bath towels

  • 2 washcloths

 
Just check the box when you register!

Attendance Option & Dates

Per person

Early Arrival & Full Week
Aug. 21 – 30, 2015
Body Electric Workshop Eligible

 

$1,295

Full Week
Aug. 23 – 30, 2015



$998

Early Arrival & First Half Week
Aug. 21 – 26, 2015
Body Electric Workshop Eligible



$698

First Half Week
Aug. 23 – 26, 2015



$469

Second Half Week
Aug. 26 – 30, 2015




$695

Early Arrival Option 1
Aug. 21 – 23, 2015
Body Electric Workshop Eligible




$279

Early Arrival Option 2
Aug. 21 – 24, 2015
Body Electric Workshop Eligible




$364


BRING-A-BUDDY REFERRAL
 

Up to a $50 Referral Rebate
If you’ve already attended The Gathering, you’ll receive up to a $50 rebate* for every first-time attendee you refer!

To receive this credit, you and your new guest(s) must both register, pay for, and attend The Gathering, then let us know who referred whom before August 20, 2015. If anybody cancels or is a no-show, this offer is void, although there is no limit on rebates offered! Rebates in the form of a check will be mailed after The Gathering has ended.


*$50.00 rebates are issued for “Early Arrival + Full Week” and “Full Week” option. Any Half Week option are issued a $20 rebate.  Rebates are not issued for weekend or day passes.


10% Next Generation Discount
If you’re under 35 years old when you register, we’ll give you 10% off camp and bus registration fees the first time you attend The Gathering. It’s part of our Next Generation Initiative for Naturism (NGIN), which is all about getting younger guys to discover the joys of nudism. Just scan and e-mail a copy of your government-issued ID or fax it to (954) 567-2070.

Getting from A to Being Naked


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The GNI Gathering will be held August 21 – 30, 2015. Registration is OPEN!

We arrange reliable transportation to The Gathering from Newark International Airport and from midtown Manhattan. Just reserve and pay for your seat when you register. Buses depart on time, and the trip is about 2 hours, so plan your flights accordingly. Fares are $47* each way.


Buses To Camp

Near Grand Central Station, Manhattan | departure from The Hyatt Hotel, west side of Lexington (between 42nd and 43rd)

  • 2:00pm – Friday, August 21, 2015

  • 2:00pm – Sunday, August 23, 2015


Newark International Airport | departure from Terminal B, Lowest Level

  • 2:45pm – Friday, August 21, 2015

  • 2:45pm – Sunday, August 23, 2015

  • 2:00pm – Wednesday, August 26, 2015


Buses Home

Sunday, August 30

  • 9:00am – Sunday, August 30, 2015 – To Manhattan

  • 9:00am – Sunday, August 30, 2015 – To Newark International Airport

  • 11:00am – Sunday, August 30, 2015 – To Newark International Airport

There is NO bus departing on Wednesday either into Manhattan or Newark International Airport. Please make your own travel arrangements.


If you can’t make these buses, and can’t drive, a local taxi can bring you to camp from the bus station in Stroudsburg. Check out Martz Trailways  (570-421-3040) for current bus schedules or contact Pocono Cab Company (570-424-2800) for taxi rates and information.  Please do not call and ask us to “send someone to pick you up” as we are unable to accommodate those requests. On your departure from camp, we recommend that you take a cab to the bus station and then catch a ride on Martz Trailways into Port Authority in Manhattan for your return trip if you are departing on Wednesday or anytime during the week.

*The bus rate is subject to a fuel surcharge and, if imposed, will be collected when you board. Reservations made after July 15 must be paid by credit card. Cancellations are subject to a $5 fee per trip, and changes made after your confirmation notice (issued in early August) is sent are subject to a $5 fee.

Social Hours - Don your costume. Or don't!


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The GNI Gathering will be held August 21 – 30, 2015. Registration is OPEN!


Social Hour Themes
GNI Gathering Social Hours, August 2015; 5 to 6-ish p.m. (except as otherwise noted)
Day DateTheme (or submission guideline)Sponsoring club or group*
Friday21Naked As We CameGNI Staff
Saturday22Show and TellTBD
Sunday23The World CupGNI Board of Directors
Monday24Let’s Play Doctor!SEMEN – Cabin G4
Tuesday25Logo A GogoNaked M8’s
Wednesday26A Day at the RacesThe Verandah – Cabin H4
Thursday27Whip Me, Strip Me, Tie Me, Fly MeMr. GNI Leather Contestants
Friday28The Emerald ForestBare Bears – Cabin A1
Saturday29A Night at the MuseumMales au Naturel – NY (MAN)

GNI encourages participants at the themed Social Hours to be creative with their costumes, but in a manner that is appropriate to the theme and consistent with the nudist character of The Gathering.

* GNI thanks the sponsoring clubs, cabins, or other groups whose members provide volunteer staffing for Social Hours. Sponsoring groups compete for a prize for best Social Hour.  A winner will be chosen by audience applause in the Auditorium on the final evening.

To sponsor a Social Hour, contact the GNI Business Office with the name or cabin number of your group, the available day your group is committing to volunteer, and three theme suggestions (within the guideline, if any, for that day). The Gathering Committee will select the best one and post it here.


Terms And Conditions


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The GNI Gathering will be held August 21 – 30, 2015. Registration is OPEN!



We know that a page full of terms and conditions looks scary, but please take the time to read through them. They have been created to make sure you know the nature of event, and to make sure everyone has a good time at The Gathering. Thank you for your patience, and your interest in GNI!


GNI RULES

  1. This is a NUDE EVENT for men aged 21 and over. Clothing is permitted only for medical conditions, inclement weather, and as a costume for stage performers and theme parties. If you are a first time attendee, you can participate in our clothing-optional weekend; clothing is permitted ONLY during Early Arrival (for 2015, from arrival on Friday, August 21 until 5 pm on Sunday, August 23th).

  2. Still cameras can be used only in photo approved zones. Always ask permission before you take anybody’s photo to avoid problems. DO NOT take photos of anyone with a red dot/card (no photo) name badge.

  3. In the same spirit, red dot/card wearers may not photograph or participate in any high profile contests, shows or activities that attract photographers where cameras may be used.

  4. The use of video cameras is PROHIBITED. Violators may be expelled from the camp without refund.

  5. Your name badge must be with you at all times and must be worn at all meals.

  6. Always sit on a towel.

  7. No indoor smoking. Please dispose of all cigarettes properly.

  8. No littering. Please use the receptacles provided for both trash and recycling.

  9. No open displays of sexual activity on the “near” side of the lake.

  10. No nudity on buses, within sight of camp boundaries, or off-premise.

  11. No illegal substances, drugs, firearms or weapons of any kind on the campgrounds.  Authorities may be notified and violators expelled from camp without refund. This is a Drug-Free event.

  12. No fires except in designated campfire areas.

  13. No pets.


PAYMENT & CONFIRMATION
The entire cost of The Gathering and bus transportation is payable in full at time of registration or you can choose a payment plan when you register. You can pay by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover), check, or money order in US funds.

  • Each applicant – including couples – must submit a separate registration form.

  • Confirmation documents will be uploaded to your profile in the online Member Directory. Instructions to retrieve them will be provided by e-mail. Please make sure your e-mail is configured to receive communications from gaynaturists.org and gni@memberclicks-mail.net. Check your spam or junk mail file for missing e-mail from GNI.


CANCELLATION GUARANTEE
If you request and pay the $49 cancellation guarantee fee when you register, and are unable to attend The Gathering for any reason, you may cancel your registration until August 1 at no further cost. Consider purchasing the Cancellation Guarantee if you have any concerns about attendance at the time your register, as it cannot be purchased separately.


REFUND POLICY
Cancellation requests received on or before July 15, by anybody who has not paid the cancellation guarantee at time of registration, will be honored less an $119 fee.

Cancellation requests received after July 15 will be refunded per the following schedule:

  • on or before July 15:  $119 cancellation fee

  • July 16 – August 1: 50% penalty (less $119 cancellation fee)

  • After Aug 1: No refund


Credit card refunds will be processed within 10-business days from the date of the request. Check and money order refunds will be processed within 30 days from the date of the request. All refund requests must be made in writing to the GNI Business Office by e-mail, post, or fax. We cannot transfer fees paid to a future year or to another person.

Any member who submits a check for annual dues or The Gathering, that is returned for NSF will be assessed a $45 service charge from GNI, and money owed as a result of an NSF check or credit card charge-back may result in suspension of membership until payment has been made.


GNI PHOTO POLICY
Please respect and abide by these rules, question those who may be misinformed, and, if you cannot resolve an issue, contact a Board or Staff member immediately.

  • Still cameras may be used unless otherwise announced. It is the photographer’s responsibility to request permission of anyone in frame before taking a photograph. If there is any objection, please delete or destroy the picture immediately.

  • Videos and other recordings may only be taken with the written permission of GNI and all parties involved (including those in the background).

  • No photo, video or other recording of GNI-sponsored events may be posted online without the express, written permission of those involved and GNI. 

  • Recordings, photos or videos my not be taken of or by anyone with a red dot/card (“no photo”) name badge.

  • If you’re wearing a red dot/card (“no photo”) name badge, do not place yourself in situations where you can expect photos will be taken, and note you may not participate in high profile contests, shows and activities where cameras are allowed.

  • The Dance Club is a “No Photo” zone.

  • Special events with photo sessions may be scheduled, but must be pre-approved by the Board.

  • Recording equipment, aside from anything providing entertainment at the Dance Club, will not be allowed on the premises without Board pre-approval. This includes, but is not limited to, handheld cellular devices, video cameras, still cameras, tape recorders, voice memo recorders and streaming media. 

  • Social hours are considered GNI-sponsored activities, so our photo policy is in effect.

  • Violators of this policy may be expelled from the camp without refund.


ACTS OF WAR AND NATURAL DISASTERS
In the event The Gathering is cancelled, postponed or cannot be held due to acts of war, natural disaster, hurricanes, floods or other weather emergencies, public unrest, terrorism, or other causes beyond the reasonable control of GNI, GNI shall not be obligated to refund any Gathering registration fees, either in full or in part, unless approved on a case-by-case basis by the Board of Directors of GNI. It is your responsibility to protect your travel investment; thus, we recommend you purchase travel insurance from an authorized agent.


CHECK-IN
Please arrive at or after the check-in time found on your FRONT GATE PASS. The gate will otherwise be closed and monitored by security. There will be no check-in between the hours of 11PM and 7AM.


WiFi
WiFi access is available in limited areas, although the network is unsecured. Information sent to or from your device can be captured by anyone else with a wireless device and appropriate software, within the range of the access point. We cannot provide technical assistance and are unable guarantee a wireless connection.


WEATHER
The Gathering site takes place in the Pocono Mountains of Eastern Pennsylvania. Evenings can be cool, and it may even rain, so plan accordingly. Forecasts will be posted daily on the information board by the camp’s main office.


CASH, VALUABLES, and SECURITY
Registration fees cover all your expenses for the week. There is no need to bring large sums of cash, although you may want to shop at the GNI Craft Fair or purchase something at the Naturist Action Committee (NAC) auction.  Credit cards are accepted at the GNI store and auction.  Please leave valuables at home as we do not provide a safe, locked room, or secure area.  You can, however, purchase a portable safe at a nearby office supply store and keep it with you in your cabin. You are responsible for your own security.

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FAQ / HELP


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Welcome to The Gathering (and NakedFest) FAQ and Help page

 

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For all other FAQs, please visit our General FAQ and Help page for general questions and answers.


Registration Help
Housing Questions
Bus Questions

Registration Help

All men who are attending The Gathering must register for one of the posted attendance options. Though we don’t offer “day passes” in the strictest sense of the term, we may offer a shortened attendance option entitled, “Naked Getaway™” for those that would like to join us for an abbreviated stay.

You are free to arrive or leave any time during the period for which you are registered. Discounts or refunds cannot be prorated nor issued for any unused portion of time that has been paid. Unused time is also not transferable to any person.

No. There are no discounts for couples and there will be no additional discounts offered during our registration season. The prices posted will remain in effect, up to and including, the start of The GNI Gathering.

No. Unused portions of time are not transferable to any person. A full week attendance option may not be shared by two individuals. Each must register separately for the period of time he intends to stay.

You will receive an e-mail from the Business Office letting you know that your Confirmation Documents have been uploaded to your Directory profile within a few days after receipt of your registration form. We encourage you to mail your registration materials to the Business Office by Certified Mail in order to ensure that your forms have been received. If you register online, you receive immediate confirmation upon submitting your form that your registration has been received by the Business Office – this initial confirmation does not confirm your Gathering attendance, but only that your registration has been received. We encourage you to print your online registration confirmation from your computer for your own records.

Unless there is a problem with your registration form or form of payment, you will not be notified that your registration form has been received in the Business Office if you mail it to GNI. Your official notice of receipt will be the issuing of your Confirmation Documents unless you send your registration form via Certified Mail.

You can expect to access your Confirmation Documents in your personal online profile in GNI’s Member Directory within a few days after the Business Office receives your registration form; most are issued within 24 hours.

No, your housing location will not be provided to you until you arrive at camp and receive your registration packet materials. Remember, there are no guarantees for specific housing requests; thus, your Confirmation documents will not confirm your housing.

No, your Confirmation Documents confirms your entrance into camp, only. It will not confirm with whom you will be housed, even if you’ve requested to be housed with a particular person(s) or group.

Yes, as long as there are no objections from your cabin mates and the cabin allows for beds to be moved.  Some cabins have movable shelves that allow beds to be placed together, while other cabins have shelves that are permanently installed and cannot be moved.

Yes. You may register for The Gathering, become a member or renew your existing membership, reserve a seat on the buses, and reserve a set of linens to rent while attending The Gathering via our secure, online registration form.  GNI encourages everyone to register this way instead of the traditional way of mailing in your registration form with your payment.

Yes. All of GNI’s transactions are processed through a secure server. See GNI’s Security Statement for more information.

Place your cursor over Gathering on the menu panel (above) and then select the item you want to know more about.  If you don’t find what you’re looking for, you may contact the GNI Business Office for assistance.

Sorry, no. If you took the Cancellation Guarantee ($49) at the time you registered, you will not be assessed this $119 cancellation fee.

No, the Board of Directors has waived all late fees.

Yes, only GNI members may attend our annual Gathering. You can become a member at the time you register for The Gathering by including your membership fee with your payment. You may also renew your membership at this time, if you desire. You do not have to wait until your membership renewal date in order to renew your membership. Memberships can be renewed any time.

If you register online, you will not have a need for a printed registration form. However, you will be able to find downloadable forms from this website. We encourage you to photocopy the registration form or forward the Registration Packet to your friends who may want to attend our Gathering as well.

GNI plans special events and/or activities during the week. If you would like to help defray the cost to GNI of special events, please indicate on this line and include the amount in your payment. All donations are always optional; they are never mandatory.

This fund was created to assist our international members who are attending The Gathering in need of defraying their additional cost for travel & currency exchanges. All donations are always optional; they are never mandatory.

Each group / club cabin has a Cabin Coordinator assigned to it. Your cabin coordinator will be responsible for arranging the housing in your cabin and he will communicate the group list to the Business Office. If you have questions regarding your group housing, please contact your Cabin Coordinator instead of the Business Office. If you want to be in a group cabin and are on your cabin coordinator’s list but do not register for The Gathering before July 15, you may not be placed in the group cabin of your choice. All group cabins are required to have their cabin mates registered for The Gathering by July 15. Registrants who do not register by July 15 may not be housed in their group cabin!

Of course! You may tent if the weather is nice or if you just want to find a private spot away from your cabin.

You are welcome to bring friends to stay in your RV. However, each person who attends The Gathering must register separately. Unregistered friends who plan to stay in an RV will not be allowed entrance into camp.

Access and complete the online Registration Form. The Business Office will contact you to plan the time, day and place for your activity.

Yes, you may. Send an e-mail to the Business Office and we will contact you to plan the time, day and place for your activity.

For any additional questions about registration for The Gathering, please contact the GNI Business Office.

There are two (2) ways to retrieve and print your Confirmation Documents. The first way is by far the easiest. Although the instructions below are for The Gathering documents, the exact same instructions are used for NakedFest documents.

The first and easiest way to retrieve your documents:

Once you log in to the Member Directory, look for the section on the landing page under the large photo on the “Welcome & Information Page” entitled, “You’ve Got Confirmation Documents.” Your documents for the Gathering will appear in this section. Click on the 3-letter PDF file (for example: ARK.pdf) next to the “Required Gathering Docs” on the left and print. The Optional Gathering Docs on the right are for informational purposes, only. Watch a short video to see how easy this is.

The second way to retrieve your documents:

  1. The second way to retrieve and print your documents requires you to log in to the Member Directory using your username and password. Once you’re logged in and are on the landing page entitled, “Welcome & Information Page,” click on “My Profile” in the main navigation bar.

  1. Your profile will open in a new window.  Please review this information and feel free to make any changes you need to at this time.  You may also choose another Username and Password.  Be sure to SAVE your profile.

  1. At the top of your profile under the “Expiration Date” field, you will see two (2) fields that look like this: 

Required Gathering Docs: XXX.pdf   (The “XXX” will be replaced with your three-letter Confirmation Code.  The first letter of that code indicates which line to enter at the Gathering check-in for efficient service.)  Included in this section are DRIVING DIRECTIONS. 

Optional Gathering Info: 2015GatheringInfo.pdf

4.  Click on the link ending in “.pdf” to the right of the label, Required Gathering Docs: and your document will open in Adobe Reader.  These documents are REQUIRED to bring with you to the Gathering.  You must have the pages marked “BRING THIS PAGE” with you when you arrive.  They are needed to check in at camp.  If you forget to bring these documents, you will be assessed a  $15 fee for printing them on the spot, which GNI will donate to the Naturist Action Committee (NAC). The link pdf, to the right of the label, Optional

  1. The link 2015GatheringInfo.pdf, to the right of the label, Optional

If you’re still confused, watch a short video to see how easy this is!

Housing Questions

You will receive your official housing assignment when you arrive at camp and receive your registration materials. It has been suggested that the Business Office should let attendees know in advance who is housed in their cabin. While this sounds like a great idea in theory, the GNI housing assignments are very complex and changes are made literally up to and including the day members check in. We don’t want to let people know where they may be housed only to inform them at later time that they’ve been moved for any number of reasons. There are no guarantees for specific housing requests and informing members where they are placed in advance acts as a guarantee.

These things happen for a variety of reasons. First, your friend may have registered after you or after the cut-off date for specific housing requests. Housing is assigned on a first-come basis so if he is not in the same cabin as you have requested, it may be due to the late submission of his registration. Or he may not have requested to be housed with you, but with someone else. GNI makes an effort to ensure housing requests are fulfilled, but due to the complexity of The Gathering’s housing accommodations, we cannot guarantee specific housing requests to anyone.

Housing near the dance club may be due to the date the GNI Business Office received your registration form. Or it may be that you’ve requested to be housed with one or more friends. Since the majority of cabins are “club” cabins, in order to accommodate your special request, a cabin with sufficient space must be found. Oftentimes, it is the cabins nearest the dance club where new or small groups can be placed.

You can ask to be placed elsewhere but the availability of openings in a particular cabin or area of camp is affected by a lot of variables. You may see the Executive Director to assist you while at camp.

You may speak to any member of the GNI Staff or Board of Directors if you have a particular problem with a cabin mate. You will be able to recognize them by the BLUE name badge they will be wearing.

We will make accommodations available to guys who are tenting if inclement weather prevails throughout the week and we will announce what facility is available for them at The Gathering.

For any additional questions about housing, please contact the GNI Business Office.

Bus Questions

Contact Rick, GNI Executive Director. He can be reached by calling (954) 567-2700. You may also reach him by emailing the GNI Business Office.

The airport is divided into two levels: the Upper Terminal level and the Lower Baggage Claim / Transportation level. Make your way to the Lowest Level of Terminal B. A map of Newark Airport will be included in your Bus Confirmation.

Yes, but only if your refund request is made in writing before August 1 (at that time, buses are fully paid for and we have paid for your seat).

Please submit your cancellation request in writing to the GNI Business Office via e-mail, by mail, or by fax at (954) 567-2070. Cancellation requests made by telephone cannot be processed. There is a $5 cancellation fee (per trip) for all cancelled bus reservations prior to August 1. No refunds are issued after August 1.

If you’ve paid for bus transportation by credit card, you will receive your refund within 10-business days. If you’ve paid for bus transportation by check or money order, your refund will not be processed until 30 days after the date of your request.

Yes, Bus Confirmation letters are issued after August 1. Your bus confirmation will include directions to the location where you need to meet the group as well as a map of the airport for you to find your way to the bus pickup location. Please do not contact the GNI Business Office prior to August 1 to inquire about your bus. If you don’t receive a confirmation by August 10, please let the GNI Business Office know at that time.

Please call your Bus Coordinator first or the GNI telephone number which will be forwarded to the Office Administrator. We will make every attempt to ensure the bus will not depart until everyone is present and accounted for, but we cannot guarantee that we will hold a bus if a flight is cancelled or delayed for a few hours. If you miss the bus, we can not accommodate individuals who can not make his scheduled bus and it will be up to you to get yourself to camp or to take a public transportation bus to Stroudsburg. If you arrive in Stroudsburg, you will be able to contact a local taxi service to pick you up from the bus station and to bring you to camp. Please do not call us and ask us to “send someone to pick you up;” we are unable to accommodate those requests. For more information about the bus service into Stroudsburg, please visit Martz Trailways. In order to take public transportation into Stroudsburg, you will need to get from Newark Airport to Port Authority in lower Manhattan.  For rates and information about taxi service, visit Pocono Cab Company. Please do not call and ask us to “send someone to pick you up;” we are unable to accommodate those requests.

The bus ride from Newark Airport is approximately 2 hours, depending upon traffic, road construction, and weather conditions. You may add an additional 30 – 45 minutes for the bus ride to / from Manhattan in New York City. Please allow additional time to be processed through the security checkpoints at the airports.

A one-way trip on the bus costs $47 per person. Round trip is $94 per person.

If you register online at our web site, you will also be able to reserve a seat on the buses at the time you submit your registration. However, The Gathering Registration forms will include a form entitled “Bus Transportation”. Please fill this out completely and return it to the Business Office with your GNI Gathering Registration form and payment. Your bus fees will be included as an additional line item that you will pay for when you register for The Gathering.

Yes, you may.  GNI will make every effort to reserve a seat for you, but cannot guarantee that a seat will be available at a certain time if the registration is received late in the season. Payment for late bus registrations after July 15 will be taken by credit card or money orders, only.

No. You may sit anywhere you’d like.

There are two bus sizes — 47 and 54 passengers. The appropriate sized bus will be planned based on the total number of reservations.  There is also plenty of room for luggage in the storage compartments.

Unfortunately, no. Clothing must be worn on the bus to and from camp.

Typically the bus will arrive approximately 10 – 15 minutes early. If you arrive before the bus does, please be patient and do not panic. The bus will arrive and a Bus Coordinator will be there to assist you with your questions and concerns.

The bus will wait as necessary, but typically not more than 5 – 10 minutes if you’re confirmed for a particular bus. This is why it is necessary to make sure that you either cancel or confirm your bus reservation; otherwise, the bus may be waiting for someone who’s listed to ride, but isn’t going to show. If there are numerous flight delays caused by weather conditions, strikes, or matters beyond GNI’s control, a bus may wait for a longer period of time to ensure that delayed passengers have a ride to camp.  Mobile phone numbers of the bus greeters will be provided so be sure to touch base with them if you are going to experience any delays.

If your flight does not arrive in Terminal B, you’ll need to take the Airport Passenger Train to Terminal B. Follow the signs in each terminal to locate the passenger train. Once you are in Terminal B, make your way to the Lowest Level where parking is located (follow the airport signs to this area). The bus will be parked outside of this terminal.

GNI recommends that you take a cab. The bus will meet everyone in New York City – downtown Manhattan near Grand Central Station – Hyatt Hotel, west side pickup on Lexington between 42nd & 43rd Streets. This location is within walking distance of Grand Central Station station. Click here for a map to this pick up location => Map of 43rd St & Lexington New York, NY.

There will be a bus greeter for each Newark Airport bus. He may be wearing a GNI t-shirt, baseball cap, or some other identifying mark. He will be found at the Lowest Level of Terminal B. The bus greeter for Manhattan will also be wearing an identifying mark.

Yes. You may change your reservation as many times as you’d like up until two weeks before The Gathering is scheduled to begin, depending upon availability of seats for the time you are requesting. Be sure to contact the GNI Business Office for any changes. Changes made after August 1 may be assessed a $5 administrative change fee.

No. But it will help you check in with the Bus Coordinator. Each confirmation letter will have a confirmation number and will be matched up against the reservations made for a particular bus and time. There is also a map of the airport on the confirmation letter that you may find helpful in assisting you to locate the GNI group if it’s your first time attending our Gathering.

Typically, enough buses are dispatched to handle each departure at each location. There is one bus that will depart from the scheduled departure locations each day. Of course, the outgoing departure from camp has three (3) departure options.

You may bring all of your luggage on the bus, although the bus is nearly at capacity with baggage when most of the seats are full. We do ask that any smaller bags that can be carried on the bus (and stored overhead or under the seat) be taken with you to help ease the loading of the main cargo compartments under the bus. We suggest that, if you intend to bring a lot of items to camp and are registering to take the bus, you ship your items via a common carrier to camp.

Contact the GNI Business Office for a shipping address and instructions for the camp.

For any additional questions about bus transportation, please contact the GNI Business Office.