Check out this year’s schedule to see what kind of activities we have planned during the week. View it on your computer or smartphone to see how much fun we have!
REGISTRATION is OPEN!
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.
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.
This year, we are expanding the rafting options to our group giving everyone three (3) types of trips to choose from. Last year, we scheduled two Family Style rafting trips. It’s an 8-mile run of class I and II rapids, and has a touch of class III rapids; it’s ideal for everyone – beginners, groups, and older adults. This year, we are going to offer one (1) Family Style rafting trip on Thursday, August 24 for the same cost of $55 each.
In addition to the Family Style rafting trip, we’re introducing two more options, and both of them are very different experiences. On opening Saturday on the evening of August 19, we will be hosting a Moonlight Rafting trip. Moonlight Rafting is a nighttime experience like no other. Travel down 8 miles of the Lehigh River with the help of one of our professional river guides. Glow sticks on your raft provide helpful light for your voyage! Come back after your expedition and enjoy a glass of wine and some cheese and crackers. It’s the perfection combination of romance and adventure. Since you’ll be rafting under the moon with an in-raft river guide (you won’t have to do any of the paddling work yourself), when you’re finished, we’ll have an après party waiting for you (including wine, cheese, crackers, marshmallows, etc.) with a roaring bonfire. I’m told that since this is an evening event, nudity is allowed on the river. You can sign up for this option on the GNI registration form and the cost will be $100 each.
The second, new exciting rafting trip we will be offering is the Dam Release Whitewater. You’ll be surrounded by state park protected mountains while enjoying 12 miles and 4-5 hours of Class II, III whitewater rafting and breathtaking scenery. This is a fun, thrilling, and memorable whitewater rafting trip that everyone can do – no experience necessary! You’ll blast through over 17 rapids, laugh, get wet and have an amazing day outdoors. If you were on the river last year, imagine a longer route, more exciting rapids, and fun! Since the state park regulates water releases from which these trips can be scheduled, we’ll be offering this event on Saturday, August 26 for a cost of $75 per person.
These rates include all the necessary rafting equipment, life jackets, change rooms, shuttle service to/from the river and professional river guides, lunches, and moonlight party. There’s something for everyone and if your experience this year is like any of the guys who went last year, you’ll have the time of your life! .
New York Excursion & Tour
For the first time, GNI is introducing an OPTIONAL pre-Gathering excursion to New York prior to the start of The Gathering. Since so many travel long distances and we have the benefit of being so close to New York City, were creating an opportunity for you to spend two (2) days in New York before the camp opens on Friday, August 18!
Your tour will commence on Wednesday, August 16, led by the lovely host, Josh L. who’s planning an exciting fun-filled tour around the city before you catch the Manhattan bus and ride to camp. Plan to arrive no later than 2:00 pm (EDT), check in to your hotel, and Josh will lead a group around the city seeing the sights on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday morning.
Days / Times:
Wednesday, August 16, 2:00 pm to Friday, August 18, 2:00 pm
GNI has arranged for reduced pricing at Colonial House Inn in Chelsea. Call Colonial House Inn to book your room; there are four rooms of various rates to choose from. Mention that you’re with GNI and you’ll receive a 10% discount. Besides being close to many gay bars and various sights to see, Colonial House Inn also has a clothing-optional roof for you to enjoy! Contact Colonial House Inn at (212) 243-9669 and ask for Tony.
Things you’ll see:
Josh is planning to take you on a great tour of the city; we won’t tell you all of the details of the itinerary but were sure you’re going to love what he has planned to show you! We can tell you that you’ll be visiting the Statue of Liberty, One World Observatory (Freedom Tower), Stonewall Inn, and then on Thursday evening, you’ll conclude the tour with a private naked party hosted by one of GNI’s own members, Roger G. On Friday afternoon, Josh will take you to the pickup location for the Manhattan bus. Everyone will board the bus and embark to camp!
If you sign up for the New York excursion, you will receive complimentary round trip bus rides to / from Manhattan!
To reserve your spot on the tour and to give us a head count for the number of tickets we need to purchase for the various sights that charge an entrance fee (these sights encourage tourists to pre-book ticket purchases weeks in advance), simply click on the box on The Gathering registration form by July 15, 2017. Once tickets to the various sights are purchased, we are unable to issue you a refund.
The cost of the tour is $68.50, but keep in mind that you will be responsible for your hotel, food, and beverages.
We hope that you consider taking advantage of this offer; we think many will enjoy seeing New York led by one of its own residents. Josh will be joining us at camp so we know you’re bound to have a good time.
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 Informer. 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.
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.
Trae Crowder – a.k.a “The Liberal Redneck – will be joining us on opening Sunday, August 20, 2017 for a show you should not miss!