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. Mar 10, 2018

10 AM-3 PM


Poems in the Cabin


FWC Board Member, Hayden Mathews and published poet, Tom Donlon, will be co-facilitating this program that will explore the power of poems to enrich our lives with their power to enlighten, challenge, and expand us.  Bring your own work or copies of your favorites to share and discuss. 


Sat. April 14, 2018


Finding and Telling Your Stories




Let a master storyteller show you how to embrace the magic and power of your own life’s stories.




Sat. Apr 28, 2018


Spring Work Day




Share food, fellowship and the joy of offering service as we tackle Spring chores at the FWC. Free lunch for all who RSVP to Sheila before the event.


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

Additional Events:

Sat. May 19, 2018

CANCELLED Due to Likely Rain 

Exploring the Night Sky

With Kevin Boles

6-9 PM


Come explore the gorgeous night sky with Kevin Bowles of the Morgan County (WV) Observatory and his telescope. Dinner will be available before the program for all who RSVP to Sheila before the event.






Sat. June 16, 2018

10 AM-3 PM

FWC Open House


Come out to FWC to experience the wonders of the forest and trails surrounding the FWC and also share in good food, fellowship, and family friendly events throughout the day. This is our way of saying 'thank you' to those of you who support us throughout the year with your donations and also our welcoming of new visitors who have never experienced the wonderful peace and quiet that the FWC affords.  Tour our 'Tree House' tree platform and spend some time in the branches.  Visit our Geodesic Dome and discover how nice life can be in a room with lovely views and no right angles!  We would love to see you!  Please RSVP to Sheila Bach to assist in food planning and perhaps bring some food to share when you visit.


 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.