COVID-19 Update (9/14):

 

OUR TRAILS ARE NOW RE-OPENED FOR HIKING!! Please feel free to visit and enjoy the natural joys of the Blue Ridge forests but please observe the following courtesies and safety precautions when doing so:

 

·       Always observe social distancing of at least six (6) feet when encountering or interacting with others whom you might meet on your visit;

·       Please carry a mask and put it on when you do encounter others in close proximity;

·       If possible, please call ahead to let Sheila Bach know that you are coming out and approximately when you plan to arrive; and

·       Please leave a donation for the ‘Friends Wilderness Center’ at the Niles Cabin before or after your hike. We plan to have a marked box for collecting donations near the front door of the cabin.

 

PROGRAMS FOR 2020: To be mindful of COVID protcols but still do what we can to meet our shared desire for community and connection, we are going to have our first VIRTUAL PROGRAM via Zoom on Saturday, October 10th (Time TBD).  The topic will be sustainable farming and the program leaders will be Tom Farquar and Robert True.  Since they will be held outside and can be properly social-distanced, both our Annual Cold Turkey Hike (the Saturday after Thanksgiving) and the Annual Reflection Hike (Dec 26th) are planned to be held.  Fall Work Day on Oct 24th is being re-evaluated to see what might be safely worked out but remains cancelled for the time being pending a COVID compliant plan.  Many thanks for your continued support, patience, and understanding.  Be safe and share the Light.


 

The FWC Board of Directors

  

 
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!

 
 
 
Another video just released!!  A wonderful video from the the Baltimore Yearly Meeting Unity With Nature Committee will move you to take action for our wonderful planet.  CLICK HERE to view 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
Calendar:
 


While all programs are cancelled at present, to see what we had planned for programs in 2020

 

 

 

 


 

 



 

 

 

      


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

UPCOMING PROGRAMS  

Please put the following dates on your calendars:

 

Saturday, Oct 10th (Time: TBD) : Our first virtual program via Zoom on Sustainable Farming. (See above)

 

Saturday, Nov 28th (Time: TBD): The Annual Cold Turkey Hike on FWC Trails led by the Benson Family from Annapolis Friends Meeting. Details will be forthcoming.

 

Saturday, Dec 26th (Time: TBD): The Annual Reflection Hike led by Jonathan Glass of Sandy Spring Meeting. Details will be forthcoming.

 

 
                 
 
               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.