Welcome to Friends Wilderness Center, a place of peace and tranquility within a unique 1400-acre wilderness preserve and spiritual sanctuary on the western side of the Blue Ridge, where the sounds you hear are the music of nature – a place to Relax, Renew, and Recharge.

We welcome all who respect nature and our mission to care for the rustic, natural setting entrusted to us, and to enable others to find spiritual nurturing there.  There are many reasons to visit our lovely property on the western slope of the Blue Ridge near Harpers Ferry, WV and here are a few:

  • A variety of  scheduled events which include: meditation and Qi Gong workshops, star-gazing with a professional astronomer, poetry in the trees or inside by the fire, journaling in nature, discovery hikes, nature programs on FWC trails and around our ponds, storytelling and more.
  • Hiking and exploring on your own or with friends or family; personal or small group retreats.
  • Camping for individuals, families, or groups, in your own tent or in the tree house or yurt.
  • Overnight stays in our comfortable, all-season Niles cabin, home of our General Manager, with two guest bedrooms, shared bath, and delicious home-cooked meals.

CLICK HERE to see our short introductory video.  You will enjoy it!

 Looking for something to do with kids?  CLICK HERE!!
 
Have a look!!  A lovely video and interview with Sheila Bach on ShenandoahValley.com.  Click here for the article and click here for the video.  Read, watch and get a taste of what the FWC is all about.
 

Relax:  After a lovely drive out to visit, feel the worries and demands of the day dissipate as the sights and sounds of Nature work their magic.

Renew:  After a pleasant hike, a nice meal, some quiet reading and some time around a campfire, feel a sense of renewed vitality, optimism and ‘Ahhhhh.’

Recharge:  Head homeward with a bounce in your step, a smile on your face and a new light in your heart.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
    
 
 
 
 
2019 Events
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To see all our planned programs for 2019.

 

 

 

 


 

 



 

 

 

   


“Come….feel the peace, hear nothing but natural sounds,
and let ripples of good feeling suffuse you.”

UPCOMING PROGRAMS  

 

 Oct 26th:  10 AM – 4 PM FWC FALL WORK DAY Come and help get FWC ready for winter by helping out with a variety of chores in and around the Niles Cabin and on the nearby trails. Lunch will be free for all those who have given Sheila an RSVP.

 
Nov 16th:  PROGRAM  DATE CHANGE
                  10 AM – 2:00 PM Poetry In the Cabin Join                Board Member, Hayden Mathews, for the second                poetry sharing of 2019.  Bring your own work or the                work of other poets to share and enjoy with fellow                poetry lovers. Lunch will be for available for a $10 fee                for all those who have given Sheila an RSVP by Nov                7th. 
 
 Nov 30th:  The Annual Cold Turkey Hike  Bring yourself                   and your cold Thanksgiving leftovers for a guided                  hike on nearby trails and a pot luck dinner                  following.  Great fun and fellowship.
 
 
 
We hope you will participate in the above programs for heart and soul and help us honor the desires of the Niles family to use the land for spiritual and meditative purposes.  We hope to see you and your family at these events so that you experience first-hand the gentle wonders of FWC and then 'carry forth the embers of Quaker peace and fellowship' from the FWC 'hearth' and share the peace of trees, frogs, birds, firelight and gentle winds.