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.

2020 Events

To see all our planned programs for 2020.











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


Our March 2020 Program

Finding Art: Friending Earth

Sat March 14th:  Noon to 3:30 PM   
With the well-founded concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we felt it best to cancel this program for March 14th.  We will look to reschedule this program later in the year.  Please check our upcoming Programs listing on a regular basis to find out what FWC will be offering.
 Janet Dinsmore, a member of Friends Meeting of Washington and a poet and artist will lead this art-oriented program in which you will discover how plastic trash and other discarded objects can become art when you use your creative eye.  Enjoy food and fellowship and discover a new side of 'trash' and have fun letting your creative side have a day on the Blue Ridge.

A home-cooked lunch and dessert will be available for a charge of $10 with an advance reservation. Brown Bag lunches are permitted. Please RSVP to Sheila Bach at naturesheila@gmail.com or (571)271-6267 by Tuesday, March 10th if you plan to attend and let her know if you would like a meal when you do so. 


For a more detailed description of the program and information on what you need to bring to this workshop click here.

               MORE PROGRAMS IN 2020
To find out what other interesting programs the FWC will be hosting this year please click here.                     
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.