Barbara Williamson, "the most liberated woman in America," shares her life story for the first time in her amazing memoir - Free Love and Sexual Revolution. As cofounder with her husband John, "the messiah of sex," of the highly successful and controversial Sandstone Retreat in Malibu, California, in the late 1960s and early '70s, the couple started what became known as the hub of the sexual revolution.
The clothing-optional, alternate-lifestyle Sandstone Retreat was outrageously popular, with a membership reaching 500 and nearly 8,000 visitors. Long before today's reality television inundated the airwaves with its media "personalities," Barbara and John Williamson were the darlings of the media, with newspapers, magazines, books,movies, and television shows clamoring for interviews.
SANDSTONE Retreat quickly became outrageously popular with membership reaching five hundred, and numerous newspapers, magazines, books, movies, and television shows clamoring for interviews.
It became known as the hub of the sexual revolution. John was branded as "The Messiah of Sex" and I as the most liberated woman in America. Based on mutual trust and friendship, the bond between John and me grew so strong that we were inseparable for forty-seven years until his death.
University professors nationwide rushed to visit this new kind of unstructured free love community to view and study members joyously living an alternate lifestyle. The dress code was optional but most everyone preferred nudity.
Here are what people are saying about the book
"This book gives you a glimpse into an extraordinary life that will fascinate and entertain you. You won't want it to end. A MUST READ." - Ruth S. Anderson
"Its particular wonderment is to see the world through Barbara's eyes, as she is transformed from a quiet farm girl to one of the iconic figures of her era. To see the great changes that came to America not as front page news stories, but as daily moments. And to see bit by bit how a person can become something new and powerful while still retaining their innate character." -Jonathan Dana