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.”


Mar 9th:     4 PM – 9 PM An afternoon showing of a movie about the carefully preserved Farm House from Tibet that may be installed at the FWC in 2019/2020 followed by discussion, fellowship and dinner for those who RSVP’ed; and then weather permitting, a telescope tour of the night sky with astronomer Kevin Boles. With clear skies you may see a thin crescent moon after sunset, the planet Mars, double star Castor in the constellation Gemini, the Orion nebula, the double star cluster in Perseus and the Andromeda galaxy. 

Apr 13th:   10 AM – 2 PM   “Art and Spirit” An Expressive Art                     Workshop led by Lynn Perlik.

Explore and enjoy the innate connection between Spirit and creativity through art media and practices such as guided meditation and a brief nature walk. This workshop is appropriate for any level of art experience. There will be a $10 materials fee for chalk pastels, paper and ink needed to create your artworks. Lunch will be available with RSVP.

Apr 27th:    10 AM – 4 PM SPRING WORK DAY: Come and help spruce up the Niles Cabin and the surrounding grounds and trails. A free home-cooked lunch for all who come.

May 11th:  10 AM – 3 PM ‘Writing Under the Trees’: Caroline Pelton will lead this workshop in nature journaling during which she will help you relax, be present to the spirit in nature and to distill this experience into meaningful words and images. Lunch will be available with RSVP.

 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.