FWC PROGRAMS FOR 2020 

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING FIRST:

(ALL PROGRAMS ARE ON SATURDAYS UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED. 

Additional program details will be provided as dates draw closer, so please check back for final changes and details that may be of importance. As a courtesy and to assist us in planning for each event, we request that you RSVP to Sheila Bach by email (naturesheila@gmail.com) or by phone (571) 271-6267. Also if you have not visited the FWC before, please consult our DIRECTIONS PAGE and/or use the Waze app on your smart phone to locate the Niles Cabin.) 

 Except where noted, there is no set cost for a program BUT we do ask that you consider making a donation of $10 to the FWC for each program attended since we are entirely dependent on donations for meeting our operating expenses. Home cooked meals may be available at an additional cost of $10 IF you indicate you would like same when making your reservation with Sheila Bach.

Jan 11th:    10 AM – 2 PM A Poetry Workshop FWC Board member, Debbi Sudduth and Sheila Kryston of Goose Creek Friends Meeting will lead a poetry program entitled ‘Exploring Light and Darkness through Poetry.’  Debbi and Sheila will ask you to discuss and contemplate how to celebrate the joy in our lives while at the same time being aware of our own pain and the pain of others in the world.  Please feel free to bring your own poems. 

Feb 22nd:    Noon to 4:30 PMClimate Change: Act for Our Future  NOTE: This will be held offsite at the Langley Hill Friends Meeting, McLean, VA. The Friends Wilderness Center is focusing many of its programs for 2020 on the themes of connecting with Nature and of living sustainably. Our February 22nd, 2020 program is a special off-site program held at Langley Hill Friends Meeting (6410 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA 22101) to allow for a larger audience to participate in a dialogue about global climate disruption and how each of us can take action to mitigate it.  Structured both to educate and to inspire, this 3-part program will hopefully inspire you to add your voice, your heart and your talents to shaping a sustainable future for future generations and the planet they will inhabit. As Kallan Benson, our youngest presenter, noted in her September 2019 speech to the gathered environmental delegates at the United Nations in New York, “Giving up is not an option.” 

A home-cooked lunch and dessert will be available for a charge of $10 with an advance reservation. Brown Bag lunches are permitted. Please RSVP to Sheila Bach by Monday, February 17th at naturesheila@gmail.com or (571)271-6267 if you plan to attend and let her know if you would like a meal when you do so. 

For a more detailed description of the program, details on the three presenters, and recommended resources please click here.

Mar 14th:    Noon to 3:30 PM Finding Art: Friending Earth

                     Janet Dinsmore, a member of Friends Meeting of Washington and a poet and artist will lead this art-oriented program in which you will discover how plastic trash and other discarded objects can become art when you use your creative eye.

                     Participants are asked to bring the following: 1) a pair of scissors; and 2) small materials from home that would otherwise be discarded.  Participants will also have the opportunity to gather natural materials during a short walk at the Friends Wilderness Center at the start of the program. Then with what they have brought and gathered, they'll design a piece of art. The workshop leader will supply glue and backing paper as well as magazines. If you plan to attend, look for flattened plastic bottles and cans among other debris when you are out and about; as you will discover, they can have a better future than landfills. There will be a chance to talk about the experience at the end of this 2-hour workshop.

                     This program will begin at noon with a short walk to gather materials and enjoy the wilderness setting. We will have lunch at 1 and then work on collages until 3 pm.

Lunch will be available for a cost of $10 if you ask for it when you RSVP to Sheila Bach. If you have not visited the FWC before, please consult our DIRECTIONS PAGE and/or use the Waze app on your smart phone to locate the Niles Cabin.

Apr 18th:      10 AM – 2 PM   The Chinese Folk House and its sustainable features will take center stage. John Flower, FWC Board Member from Sidwell Friends School and prime mover behind the Chinese Folk House that is being erected next to the Niles Cabin, will be leading a multi-faceted program highlighting the sustainable aspects of the CFH’s construction and construction choices such as the use of rammed earth and ‘Hempcrete’ in making the exterior walls for the house and entrance gate. Lunch will be available for a cost of $10 if you ask for it when you RSVP to Sheila Bach. If you have not visited the FWC before, please consult our DIRECTIONS PAGE and/or use the Waze app on your smart phone to locate the Niles Cabin.

 Apr 25th:     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 will be available for all who RSVP. Please RSVP to Sheila Bach so that she knows you will be coming.

May 16th:  10 AM – 4 PM   ‘Celebrating the Trees’: FWC Board Clerk, Caroline Pelton, will lead this program that will celebrate the physical, emotional and spiritual sustenance we receive from trees. . Lunch will be available for a cost of $10 if you ask for it when you RSVP to Sheila Bach. If you have not visited the FWC before, please consult our DIRECTIONS PAGE and/or use the Waze app on your smart phone to locate the Niles Cabin.

Jun 13th:     10 AM – 2 PM  ‘An Exultation of Larks’: This program celebrating the birds in FWC’s forest will be coordinated by FWC Board member, Debbi Sudduth. Lunch will be available for a cost of $10 if you ask for it when you RSVP to Sheila Bach. If you have not visited the FWC before, please consult our DIRECTIONS PAGE and/or use the Waze app on your smart phone to locate the Niles Cabin.

Jul 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 for a cost of $10 if you ask for it when you RSVP to Sheila Bach. If you have not visited the FWC before, please consult our DIRECTIONS PAGE and/or use the Waze app on your smart phone to locate the Niles Cabin.

 Aug 8th:  10 AM – 2 PM Program to be Announced Please check back to see what program we have developed for this date.

Sep 12th:  10 AM – 4 PM A Picnic for regional Friends Meetings and members of the public. Food, fellowship, and new connections for all who come. If you have not visited the FWC before, please consult our DIRECTIONS PAGE and/or use the Waze app on your smart phone to locate the Niles Cabin.

Oct 10th:  FOOD will be the focus of this program: where we obtain it; it’s ‘carbon footprint;’ the spiritual dimensions of food; and other facets of ‘how we are what we eat.’ Check back as details become available. If you have not visited the FWC before, please consult our DIRECTIONS PAGE and/or use the Waze app on your smart phone to locate the Niles Cabin.

Oct 24th:  10 AM – 4 PM   FALL WORK DAY: Come and help spruce up the Niles Cabin and the surrounding grounds and trails. A free home-cooked lunch will be available for all who come and have RSVP’ed to Sheila in advance. If you have not visited the FWC before, please consult our DIRECTIONS PAGE and/or use the Waze app on your smart phone to locate the Niles Cabin.

Nov 28th:  10 AM – 2 PM   Annual Cold Turkey Hike: Bring your leftovers for a pot luck dinner which will be held at the cabin after a 90 minute hike on the trails near the FWC.

Dec 26th:  10 AM – 2 PM   Annual Reflection Hike: FWC Board member, Jonathan Glass, will lead this silent hike (only instructions from the leader en route) during which you can meditate on the events of 2020, let any emotional weight you may be carrying drop away, and take in the grace and grandeur of the Blue Ridge as you look ahead to the New Year. A free home-cooked lunch will be available for all who come and have RSVP’ed to Sheila in advance. If you have not visited the FWC before, please consult our DIRECTIONS PAGE and/or use the Waze app on your smart phone to locate the Niles Cabin.