Sally Golan has mastered the art of the social icebreaker: At her Naked Painting Party (Mar 13; $30–$35), mingling is fueled by brushes, pigments and an hour of free cocktails. Golan emphasizes that the shindig is about having fun painting each other’s bodies, not hooking up: Voyeurism, personal photography and X-rated activity are not allowed, and behavior monitors ensure that everyone is comfortable and having a good, creep-free time. “I don’t like gawkers because it’s all about the participation,” she says. “My rule of thumb is: Drop your inhibitions, but keep your respect.” Still feeling shy? Guests are welcome to keep their underwear on—just be willing to sacrifice any garments in the name of art.Read more
Bend, breathe and balance
Yoga is all about using your outer self to connect with your inner self, so it’s no surprise that a number of studios are extolling the benefits of a clothes-free practice. Bold & Naked (boldnaked.com; $25), Nude York Yoga (nudeyorkyoga.com; $20), Zensual Yoga (zensuality.us; $20) and instructor Cindee Rifkin (cindeerifkin.com; $25–$30) all offer regular single-gender and unisex classes where you can challenge yourself to focus on your breath, and not the person in front of you.
Drink beer in the buff
On March 15, Young Naturists America gives you the rare chance to hang out at a bar in your birthday suit without being forcibly ejected. The group’s St. Patrick’s Day mixer takes place at an Irish pub in midtown (location disclosed with ticket purchase; youngnaturistsamerica.com; 8pm–2am; $30, members $20), complete with green body painting by Andy Golub and themed raffle prizes. Bring I.D., a bag for your clothes and a towel to sit on while you raise a few pints au naturel.
Feel the wind in your, er, hair
Taking place in dozens of cities each year, the World Naked Bike Ride is a cheeky (geddit?) protest against those pesky fossil-fuel–burning vehicles we’re all so fond of. This June will mark the sixth clothing-optional spin through NYC; follow @wnbrnyc for announcements on the date, time and place. Organizers do recommend you cover your arse (metaphorically and literally) to comply with the city’s nudity laws—and more importantly, the unspoken laws of bike-share etiquette.