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About CMEN:

The pool is a popular place for activities during the West Coast Gathering

Have you ever longed to swim, hike, camp or hang out naked with men who enjoy the same? Have you enjoyed the feeling that comes from working or playing nude? And have you ever just wanted to drop all the masks and pretensions that are so often required of us?
Community of Men Enjoying Naturism (CMEN) is an international social organization for gay and bisexual men who enjoy nude social and recreational activities. CMEN hosts the West Coast Gathering for naturist men in Southern California, naturist gatherings in Northern California and Tennessee, and other nudist recreation events in the greater Los Angeles area and Arizona throughout the year.

As naturists we enjoy being nude, preferably outdoors, for social and recreational activities. We enjoy the freedom of being without clothes whenever possible and practical.

Hikers enjoy scenery along mountain road

Naturism is a way of life in harmony with nature characterized by the practice of nudity, with the intention of encouraging body acceptance, self-respect, respect for others and respect for the environment. Social nudity is an expression of naturism, exploiting the beneficial effects of the sun, the air and water.

We take the nude human body for what it is: a gift of nature, dignified and worthy of respect. No body parts are shameful; none need take on more significance than others. Naturists think that all natural bodies are whole and complete, no matter what shape they take, or what scars they bear. Being naked makes one more open and honest about himself, and more accepting of others. If clothes make the man, then nudity makes everyone more equal.

Come join the growing number of gay men that have discovered male bonding au naturel! Gay men everywhere are discovering the enjoyment of gathering together with other men for nude camaraderie and the freedom to be found in non-judgmental body acceptance.

CMEN was formed in 1995 with the following goals:

  • To provide a safe, non-threatening environment where men can have fun naked.
  • To sponsor activities that promote being naked.
  • To promote male bonding and friendship.
  • To work toward overcoming negative programming associated with being nudists.
  • To seek to develop an improved self-image and acceptance of our bodies.
  • To provide opportunities for naked men to freely express themselves in a supportive and non-judgmental setting.

CMEN events are private events for CMEN members in good standing. Guys must join CMEN to attend gatherings and local events. Membership and attendance at CMEN activities and events is limited to men at least 21 years old.

CMEN membership is open to all gay, bisexual, and gay-sensitive men without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, physical appearance, or HIV status.

Naturist Gatherings:

CMEN’s West Coast Gathering for naturist men is the largest naturist event for gay and bisexual men on the West Coast. This ten day event has taken place in the Malibu hills each September, and features outdoor recreation, social activities, seminars, workshops and evening entertainment. Activities allow men to have fun together, share their interests, and develop new friendships.

Genital Hospital Social Hour, West Coast Gathering 2012

First held in October 1999, the West Coast Gathering has grown to draw 450 to 500 male naturists each year from throughout North America, the Pacific Islands and Europe.

West Coast Gathering 2019 moved to a new location at a conference facility in the scenic San Bernardino Mountains, following the November 2018 fire which devastated 96,949 acres in the Malibu area including the conference center we had called our home for 20 years.

CMEN’s Northern California Gathering for naturist men is held in the Sierra Nevada Foothills east of Auburn. This smaller gathering also features outdoor recreation, social activities, workshops and evening entertainment. Activities allow men to have fun together, share their interests, and develop new friendships. The first Northern California Gathering was held in August 2015 and 125 naturist men participated.

CMEN’s Southeast Gathering for naturist men is held at the Whispering Oaks Retreat Center, about one hour North of Nashville, Tennessee. First held in Geneva, Alabama in May 2008, the Southeast Gatherings moved to Whispering Oaks Retreat Center in June 2010. This smaller gathering also features outdoor recreation, social activities, workshops and evening entertainment. The Whispering Oaks Retreat Center is also the location of other CMEN Southeast events.

Past Gathering Dates:

  1. West Coast Gathering, October 7-12, 1999 – Malibu Hills
  2. West Coast Gathering, September 11-17, 2000 – Malibu Hills
  3. West Coast Gathering, September 14-23, 2001 – Malibu Hills
  4. West Coast Gathering, September 15-29, 2002 – Malibu Hills
  5. Spring West Coast Gathering, May 13-18, 2003 – Malibu Hills
  6. West Coast Gathering, September 14-28, 2003 – Malibu Hills
  7. Spring West Coast Gathering, May 18-23, 2004 – Malibu Hills
  8. West Coast Gathering, September 17-26, 2004 – Malibu Hills
  9. Spring West Coast Gathering, April 26 – May 1, 2005 – Malibu Hills
  10. West Coast Gathering, September 16-25, 2005 – Malibu Hills
  11. West Coast Gathering, August 29 – September 10, 2006 – Malibu Hills
  12. West Coast Gathering, September 14-23, 2007 – Malibu Hills
  13. Southeast Gathering, May 13-18, 2008 – almost Florida
  14. West Coast Gathering, September 12-21, 2008 – Malibu Hills
  15. Southeast Gathering, May. 9-16, 2009 – almost Florida
  16. West Coast Gathering, September 1-8, 2009 – Malibu Hills
  17. Southeast Gathering, June 6-13, 2010 – Whispering Oaks
  18. West Coast Gathering, September 3-12, 2010 – Malibu Hills
  19. Southeast Gathering, June 5-12, 2011 – Whispering Oaks
  20. West Coast Gathering, September 2-11, 2011 – Malibu Hills
  21. Southeast Gathering, June 3-10, 2012 – Whispering Oaks
  22. West Coast Gathering, August 31 – September 9, 2012 – Malibu Hills
  23. Southeast Gathering, June 2-9, 2013 – Whispering Oaks
  24. West Coast Gathering, August 30 – September 8, 2013 – Malibu Hills
  25. Southeast Gathering, June 1-8, 2014 – Whispering Oaks
  26. Northern California Gathering, August 7-10, 2014 – East of Auburn
  27. West Coast Gathering, August 29 – September 7, 2014 – Malibu Hills
  28. Southeast Gathering, May 31 – June 7, 2015 – Whispering Oaks
  29. Northern California Gathering, August 3-9, 2015 – East of Auburn
  30. West Coast Gathering, September 4-13, 2015 – Malibu Hills
  31. Southeast Gathering, June 5-12, 2016 – Whispering Oaks
  32. Northern California Gathering, August 2-7, 2016 – East of Auburn
  33. West Coast Gathering, September 2-11, 2016 – Malibu Hills
  34. Southeast Gathering, June 3-10, 2017 – Whispering Oaks
  35. Northern California Gathering, July 24-30, 2017 – East of Auburn
  36. West Coast Gathering, September 1-10, 2017 – Malibu Hills
  37. Southeast Gathering, June 2-9, 2018 – Whispering Oaks
  38. Northern California Gathering, July 24-29, 2018 – East of Auburn
  39. West Coast Gathering, August 31 – September 9, 2018 – Malibu Hills
  40. Southeast Gathering, June 1-8, 2019 – Whispering Oaks
  41. Northern California Gathering, July 23-28, 2019 – East of Auburn
  42. West Coast Gathering, August 19-27, 2019 – San Bernardino Mountains
  43. Southeast Gathering, May 27 – June 7, 2020 – Whispering Oaks (limited attendance due to Covid-19 pandemic)
  44. Northern California Gathering, July 28 – August 2, 2020 – East of Auburn (limited attendance due to Covid-19 pandemic)
  45. Southeast Spring Gathering, June 4-13, 2021 – Whispering Oaks
  46. Northern California Gathering, July 27 – August 1, 2021 – East of Auburn
  47. West Coast Gathering, August 19-29, 2021 – San Bernardino Mountains
  48. Tennessee Fall Gathering, September 20-29 – Whispering Oaks
  49. Southeast Spring Gathering, June 3-12, 2022 – Whispering Oaks
  50. Northern California Gathering, July 26-31, 2022 – East of Auburn
  51. West Coast Gathering, August 23 – Sept. 1, 2022 – San Bernardino Mountains

Los Angeles Area Weekend Activities:

Pool parties are a great time to be with friends

CMEN Los Angeles holds a variety of all nude events, including pool parties, cocktail parties, potlucks and massage parties throughout the year in the greater Los Angeles and Palm Springs areas. Most parties are held at private homes, and may range in size from 25 to over 150 members.

CMEN Massage Connection is for men interested in giving and receiving massages with other men in the Los Angeles area. All participants practice giving massage as well as receiving a massage.

Statement on Sexuality:

CMEN and CMEN Los Angeles join GNI in supporting healthy, legal, non-sexual nude recreation.

CMEN, CMEN Los Angeles, and CMEN Arizona, as GNI affiliated clubs, acknowledge that sex is natural, but sex is not equated with naturism. GNI affiliated clubs respect all of their members for their individuality, whether or not they choose to express their sexuality, and shall endeavor to respect individual sensibilities as may be appropriate, and encourage their members to do the same. In addition, all sexually active individuals are encouraged to practice safe sex.

Hiking in the Santa Monica MountainsTo Contact CMEN:

For further information about the West Coast Gatherings, other gatherings and for further information about local CMEN events, contact CMEN at 1-877-NUDIST-1 (1-877-683-4781) or email:

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Our mailing address is:
8424-A Santa Monica Blvd. #119
West Hollywood, CA 90069

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Community Partnerships:

Gay Naturists International (GNI) – Promotes gay naturism, lists local organizations, sponsors an international gathering on the East Coast each year, and is a liaison with The Naturist Society. GNI and its affiliated clubs now have over 6,000 members in 12 countries who enjoy nude recreational and social activities.

Los Angeles Leather Coalition (LALC) – Coalition of Los Angeles Area businesses and community organizations, also hosts the Mr. LA Leather Contest each March.

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