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.


Sat. Sep 8th, 2018


Four Meeting Picnic




Hopewell Centre, Shepherstown, Goose Creek, and Frederick Friends Meetings will gather at the FWC for a picnic, fellowship, and meditative reflection. 


Sat. Oct 13th 2018

10 AM-3 PM


Program/Theme To Be Scheduled 


We are currently exploring several family-friendly options for programs on this date. Please check back to see what is scheduled for this date.








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

Additional Events:

Rescheduled due to Weather

Sat. Nov 3rd 2018

9:30 AM-4 PM


Annual Fall Work Day


Come and help Sheila and the Board tend to clean-up and maintenance chores in and around the Niles Cabin to get ready for the coming of colder weather. Also enjoy the fellowship, camaraderie, the joy of service, and Sheila’s excellent cooking (free for those who have RSVP’ed) while sprucing up the Cabin for winter. Please RSVP to Sheila in advance to assist with meal planning and if this is your first visit, PLEASE MAKE SURE you visit our DIRECTIONS page and print out the directions since you cannot always rely on mobile apps to guide you to the front door.



Sat. Nov 10th 2018

10 AM-3 PM


Poetry In The Cabin


Published poet and co-leader of prior FWC poetry programs, Tom Donlon, will lead this program that will explore the power of poetry to enrich our lives. The poems to be shared may be your own creations or those written by others that carry a special emotional resonance for you. As part of this program, Tom will share poems that he wrote after filling in as a Verizon lineman during strike duty and after touring Israel. The personal insights he received from these poems illustrate how our travels can also be our Muses and a mirror in which to see our inner selves. Absolutely NO prior experience in reading or writing poetry is necessary - only a desire to explore the richness of the human heart using the lens of poetry and to listen to the words as they are read with an open heart.  A $10 donation is suggested to participate but any amount (less or more) will be appreciated.  Please RSVP to Sheila Bach (snbach@earthlink.net) and indicate whether you would like to have a home-cooked lunch (for an additional $10).   Note: If this will be your first time visiting FWC, please read the Directions Page on our website – www.friendswilderness.org -  to avoid getting lost or arriving later than intended.


 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.