HAI emphasizes choice throughout our work, and the clothing optional aspect of our workshops is no exception. At our Level 1 workshop, during a gentle disrobing exercise you will have a choice to remove all of your clothing, some of your clothing, or to keep all of your clothing on. Every choice is honored, and there is no pressure to remove any clothing. Many people do choose to remove their clothing, so you do need to be aware that you will see others naked, regardless of what you choose about your own clothing.
Many of us find that when we remove the layers of clothing we also remove a layer of emotional armor, that we have more access to our feelings, and can connect more deeply with others on the journey. In HAI we clearly decouple nudity from sexuality, so if you choose to be without your clothing, it is not a prelude to sex, nor an invitation for anyone to touch you.