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.


RESCHEDULED Sat. Feb. 25th

6-9 PM

Skywatching with Kevin Bowles

A family friendly event that will let you see wonderful things in the night sky.  Details.


Sat. Mar. 11th

10 AM–2 PM

Poetry at the Niles Cabin

Bring poetry to share:  your own or the work of others.  share the magic of words and drive the cold winter away. Details.

Sat. Apr. 8th

10 AM-4 PM

Spring Work Day

Come help out with spring chores at the FWC.  Enjoy fellowship and great home-cooked food (free for workers).  Details.

Sat. Apr. 22nd

Newly Scheduled!!

10 AM-2 PM

Earth Day Family Nature Hike

This program designed for younger children (Ages 4-10) is a wonderful opportunity to see the Blue Ridge through the eyes of children.  Details.


Sat. May 13th
Newly Scheduled!!
10 AM-2 PM
Journaling In the Midst of Nature

 Caroline Pelton will lead this program that explores Spirit In Nature. A wonderful opportunity to feel the flow and nurturance of Spirit in Nature. Details.

 Sat. Jun. 10th

10 AM-4 PM
FWC's Open House
Come and find out what the FWC has to offer you and your friends and family:  explore the Niles Cabin, our tree house and our wonderful ponds, streams and walking trails.  There will be activities and free food and beverages for all.  Details.

Jun. 23rd - Jul. 2nd

Adult Vision Fast
If you are looking for a powerful way to continue your spiritual journey, consider applying for this program conducted by Bryan Bieniek at the FWC's Tree House and Fire Circle area and the surrounding forest.  Details.
 Sat. Jul. 8th
Check back to see what we will be offering on this date.

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

Additional Events:
Sat. Aug. 12th
6 PM-9 PM
The Traveling Players Ensemble
Theater Under the Stars
One of our very best family eventsSee talented Middle and High School drama students stage another marvelous adaptation of a classic story and is you wish join us and the cast for dinner before the show.  Details.
Sat. Sep. 9th

            Check back to see what we will be offering on this date.
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. 21st
2 PM-8 PM
Andy Day IV
Come and let your creative genius play in the forest at FWC in this 2-part Andy Goldsworthy tribute program that will let you make 'natural sculptures' in the woods and share the joy of creating in the outdoors, break for dinner, and then see a video of Mr. Goldsworthy creating his world famous creations. Details.
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.
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.

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.