Except where noted, there is no set cost for a program BUT we do ask that you consider making a donation of $10 to the FWC since we are entirely dependent on donations for meeting our operating expenses. Home cooked meals may be available at an additional cost of $10 IF you indicate you would like same when making your reservation with Sheila Bach.


Additional details will likely be provided as dates draw closer, so please check back.

RSVPs to Sheila Bach (snbach@earthlink.net) are requested. Also if you have not visited the FWC before, please consult our DIRECTIONS PAGE and/or use the Waze app on your smart phone to locate the Niles Cabin.)





Jan 12th:    10 AM – 3 PM A Fiber Arts Workshop with Julie Courtwright. 

Feb 9th:    10 AM – 3 PM: Poetry for the New Year: FWC Board Member, Hayden Mathews, will lead a poetry program at the Niles Cabin in which he and program participants will share poems (or short prose excerpts) that offer spiritual and emotional sustenance to buoy us up in these turbulent times.  The intent of this gathering is to embody the FWC’s tag line, ‘Relax, Renew, Recharge,’ by sharing words that will help those gathered to do exactly that. They may be your own words or those of another poet or writer as long you feel as they provide sustenance, resilience, and/or clarity for application in the year ahead. A home cooked lunch will be available for $10 if you ask for it when you RSVP to Sheila Bach by telephone at (304) 728-4820 or by email at snbach@earthlink.netFor first-time visitorsPLEASE consult the Directions Page on the FWC website (www.friendswilderness.org) for written directions to the Niles Cabin as some GPS programs may not provide proper directions over the last 1.5 miles of road.

Mar 2nd:    10 AM – 3 PM FWC BOARD MEETING

Mar 9th:    4 PM – 9 PM An afternoon showing of a movie about the carefully preserved Farm House from Tibet that may be installed at the FWC in 2019/2020 followed by discussion, fellowship and dinner for those who RSVP’ed; and then weather permitting, a telescope tour of the night sky with astronomer Kevin Boles. With clear skies you may see a thin crescent moon after sunset, the planet Mars, double star Castor in the constellation Gemini, the Orion nebula, the double star cluster in Perseus and the Andromeda galaxy. 

Apr 13th:      10 AM – 2 PM   “Art and Spirit” An Expressive Art Workshop led by Lynn Perlik. Explore and enjoy the innate connection between Spirit and creativity through art media and practices such as guided meditation and a brief nature walk. This workshop is appropriate for any level of art experience. There will be a $10 materials fee for chalk pastels, paper and ink needed to create your artworks. Lunch will be available with RSVP.

 Apr 27th:     10 AM – 4 PM SPRING WORK DAY: Come and help spruce up the Niles Cabin and the surrounding grounds and trails. A free home-cooked lunch for all who come.


May 11th:  10 AM – 3 PM   ‘Writing Under the Trees’: Caroline Pelton will lead this workshop in nature journaling during which she will help you relax, be present to the spirit in nature and to distill this experience into meaningful words and images. Lunch will be available with RSVP.

 Jun 1st:    10 AM – 3 PM  FWC BOARD MEETING

Jun 8th:     10 AM – 4 PM  ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE: EVENT CANCELLED.  Formal activities have been cancelled but if the you would like to stop by the FWC for a visit, please do so as our forest trails await you as always.

Jul 13th:    10 AM – 3 PM   A Sustainable Building Program in which you will learn about rammed earth walls and other low-impact, environmentally friendly techniques used in making snug, affordable homes.  Hopefully you will be able to see actual rammed earth walls being built and help build them if you wish. Lunch will be available with RSVP. 

 Aug 10th:  10 AM – 3 PM A Children’s Nature Program will be led by Hayley Libowitz and involve both exploring time in the woods and streams and activities near the cabin. Lunch will be available with RSVP.

Sep 7th:    10 AM – 3 PM FWC BOARD MEETING

Sep 14th:  10 AM – 4 PM A Picnic for regional Friends Meetings and members of the public. Food, fellowship, and new connections for all who come.

Oct 12th:  10 AM – 3 PM   A fun-filled game of Capture the Flag around the Niles Cabin will be featured and coordinated by Greg Robb of the Friends Meeting of Washington. Lunch will be available with RSVP.

Oct 19th:  10 AM – 4 PM   FALL WORK DAY: Come and help spruce up the Niles Cabin and the surrounding grounds and trails. A free home-cooked lunch for all who come.

Nov 9th:    10 AM – 3 PM   Poetry In the Cabin with Hayden Mathews and guests. Our poetry programs are so popular that we added a second one in 2019.  Lunch will be available with RSVP.  

Nov 30th:  10 AM – 2 PM   Cold Turkey Hike: Bring your leftovers for a pot luck dinner which will be held at the cabin after a 90 minute hike on the trails near the FWC.

Dec 7th:    10 AM – 3 PM FWC BOARD MEETING

Dec 28th:  10 AM – 2 PM   Reflection Hike: In keeping with this event’s focus, it will be a silent hike (only instructions from the leader en route) during which you can meditate on the events of 2018, let any emotional weight you may be carrying drop away, and take in the grace and grandeur of the Blue Ridge as you look ahead to the New Year. Lunch will be available with RSVP.