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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
    
 
 
UPCOMING EVENTS:
 

Sat. July 14th 2018

10 AM-3 PM

 

KIDS DAY

 at FWC

 
Night Sky Program with Astronomer, Kevin Boles
 
7PM-10PM 

 

The FWC is a wonderful place to have fun and this event is designed to allow parents and children alike to delight in the Natural Wonders of the Blue Ridge around the Cabin.  See Details to the Right.

 

Sat. Aug 11th 2018

10 AM-3 PM

 

Annual Open House

 at FWC 

 

This is FWC’s way of providing a personal ‘Thank You’ to our wonderful donors and also a ‘Welcome’ to those who would like to see firsthand one of the Blue Ridge’s most remarkable places for peace, quiet and renewal.  Read event details to the right.


 


Sat. Sep 8th, 2018

 

Four Meeting Picnic

 

10AM-4PM

 

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.

 

 

Sat. Oct 27th 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-2 PM

Artifact Education and Identification Event

We will be offering an archaeology education program at the Niles Cabin where you can bring by artifacts you have found to have them examined and identified by members of the local chapters of the Archaeological Society of Virginia. No valuations will be offered, only help in identifying what you have found and some ideas about when and how the item may have been made and how it was used. Light snacks and water will be available. A small donation to FWC is requested in exchange for participating in this event. 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.


 
 


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

 
Additional Events:
 
 

Sat. July 14th, 2018

 

10 AM – 3 PM

 

Kids Day at the FWC 

 

Bring the kids out to the Niles Cabin at the FWC and take a guided Nature Hike around the FWC's ponds and nearby trails, play lawn games, do nature crafts, and just enjoy a wonderful Summer Day outside on the lovely Blue Ridge.  There will even be a special opportunity to meet rehabilitated birds that had been injured and nursed back to health and are now makeing appearances as feathered ambassadors for the Great Outdoors.  Good food, fellowship, and a chance for young and old alike to just kick back and have fun.  RSVPs are essential to planning this event, so please contact Sheila Bach if you plan to attend and let her know how many will be in your party.  Also if this is your first visit to the FWC, 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.


 And later in the day we will also be offering dinner (for those who have made reservations by July the 12th) followed by a wonderful tour of the night sky with astronomer Kevin Boles and his marvelous telescope.  Please join us for a magical evening of fellowship, fireflies and stars.  CLICK HERE FOR PROGRAM DETAILS.
 
 
 
 
 

 

Sat. August 11th, 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. Also if this is your first visit to the FWC, 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.



 
 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.