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!

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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

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.”


 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.
Dec 28th:  10 AM to 2 PM The Annual Reflection Hike  Join                   Board member, Jonathan Glass on a silent hike of                   the trails at the FWC during which you can bask in                   the blissful quiet and winter beauty of the Blue                   Ridge and let the spirit in the land renew and                   refresh your own spirit.  A home-cooked lunch will                   be available for a cost of $10 if you ask for it when                   RSVP'ing to Sheila Bach.  So come a join others                   seeking to end the year on a reflective and positive                   note and share in exercise, food and fellowship.
A January 2020 Poetry Program 
Sat Jan 11th:  10 AM to 2 PM       
                  'Exploring Light and Darkness Through Poetry'
                     Board member, Debbi Sudduth, and Sheila Kryston                   will co-facilitate this poetry program at the Niles                   Cabin.  This program will encourage discussion and                   contemplation of how to celebrate the joy in our                   lives while at the same time being aware of our                   own pain and the pain of others in the world.  You                   may bring your own poems or those of others that                   speak to the theme of this program.  When                   RSVP'ing for this program to Sheila Bach, please let                   her know if you would like a home-cooked meal for                   a $10 charge. 
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.