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!

Just Available!!  A lovely interview and video on ShenandoahValley.com.  Click here for the article and click here for the video.  Read, watch and find out about one of the best kept secrets on the Blue Ridge.

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. Sep 10

10 AM-4 PM

A Qi Gong/Meditation Workshop

We regret to say that this program has been CANCELED.

Please check back for this program in 2017.

Sat. Oct 08

10 AM–4 PM

Fall Work Day

Come and help us complete some needed chores in the Niles cabin, yard, and on the nearby trails and enjoy both the season and the special fellowship that is part of shared work. Details.

Sat. Oct 22

2-8 PM

Andy Day III

If you missed Andy Day I and II, come visit for this hands-on outdoor event in which you will make ‘nature sculptures’ from available materials in the spirit of noted Nature Artist, Andy Goldsworthy. After dinner we will watch the remarkable film about Andy, ‘Rivers and Tides: Working with Nature,’ before heading home (or turning in for the evening if you choose to book accommodations for the evening). Details.



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

Additional Events:

Sat. Nov 12

10 AM-2 PM
Finding and Telling Your Stories

 Join Lisa Libowitz, a Towson State University professor and professional storyteller, for an experiential workshop that delves into the power of the stories that we each carry within to transform our lives.  Details.


Sat. Nov 26

11 AM-3 PM
Cold Turkey Hike

 Join the Benson Family from Annapolis Meeting for our annual Cold Turkey Hike along FWC's marvelous hiking trails.  Enjoy fellowship, the peace of the mountains, and the exercise that might actually offset the three pieces of pie at Thanksgiving Dinner ;-)  !  Details.

Wed. Dec 28

1-4 PM
Annual FWC Reflection Hike

 Join us for this annual reflection hike on the trails around the Niles Cabin.  Take time out to ponder the joys and sorrows of the year past and to welcome in the possibilities of the year to come. Details.

 We will be offering another great selection of programs for heart and soul in 2017.  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.