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!

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.

Sat. Sep. 9th

4 Meeting Gathering at FWC
Friends from Hopewell Center, Shepherdstown, Goose Creek, & Frederick Meetings will gather at FWC.
Sat. Sep. 16th

The Langley Hill Spiritual Formation Group will be meeting at FWC. 
Sat. Oct. 7th
10 AM-4 PM
FWC's Fall Work Day
 Come help out with fall chores at the FWC.  Enjoy fellowship and great home-cooked food (free for workers). Details.
Sat. Oct. 14th
One Book, Many Conversations
Kimberly Benson will act as moderator for this group discussion of the many issues raised in George Orwell's book '1984'
Sat. Nov. 11
10 AM-2 PM
Telling Our Stories
Join Lisa Libowitz, a Towson State University professor and professional storyteller, for an experiential workshop that delves into the power of story, more specifically the power of the stories we each carry within.  Details.

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

Additional Events:
Sat. Nov. 25
11 AM-3 PM
Cold Turkey Hike

 Join the Benson Family from Annapolis Meeting for our annual Cold Turkey Hike along FWC's marvelous hiking trails.  Enjoy fellowship, the peace of the mountains, and the exercise that might actually offset the three pieces of pie at Thanksgiving Dinner ;-)  !  Details.

Sat. Dec. 16th
10 AM-1 PM
Special Advent Program
Join Kurt Aschermann of the Berryville Abbey for this special program exploring the spiritual dimensions and gifts of Advent.  Details will be forthcoming.

Thu. Dec 28

1-4 PM
Annual FWC Reflection Hike

 Join us for this annual reflection hike on the trails around the Niles Cabin.  Take time out to ponder the joys and sorrows of the year past and to welcome in the possibilities of the year to come. Details.

 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.