NEW HAMPSHIRE WORLD FELLOWSHIP CENTER INC
Rating: 4.89 stars 27 reviews
Issues: Education, International
Location: PO Box 2280 Conway NH 03818 USA
Mission: The World Fellowship Center promotes peace and social justice through education and dialogue inspired by nature.
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We had been wanting to go to World Fellowship for a long time. Always something interfered. Sometimes the programs that were being offered on our available weekends didn't seem interesting and sometimes we figured our kids wouldn't like it. We finally were able to go for four days last July. We had a great great time and regret that we hadn't gone all these years. We went to programs that didn't actually look great on paper that turned out to be both interesting and fun. (And the kids seemed to be having a ball...) What's best is the welcoming atmosphere--a great community of friendly and intelligent people. So in addition to the natural beauty and physical activities, we really enjoyed the great, lively conversations with interesting people.
World fellowship offers everything. A beautiful place where you can learn about the world and the arts along with others who work with you to make the world a better place for everyone, I go there whenever I have a chance.
World Fellowship shows the promise of what life could be when people dedicated to social and economic justice gather to learn and get inspired. The coalescing of diverse age and race and gender are a powerfully subversive force. All this in the White Mountains with spectacular scenery and outdoor activities. And great food, too. A week at WFC is both stimulating and relaxing. Susan O
My family has gone to World Fellowship yearly since 1986. It's an amazing and magical place in a remarkably beautiful nature sanctuary. In this beautiful venue are a number of buildings that are lovingly cared for by directors Andy Davis and Andrea Walsh and their engaged staff. Rustic, simple rooms are economical, clean and conveniently located near one of the most beautiful ponds that our family has ever had the pleasure of enjoying whether it's for a swim, a row boat or a canoe ride. The organic food that is mostly grown on the property is served family style, so that folks who join, whether they're first-timers or veterans, like our family, can always count on a mostly vegetarian deliciously flavored menu with occasional fish or the traditional turkey supper on Sundays. The speakers and special guests that the Davis/Walshes bring to WF are always fabulous, and all of them are committed to leaving the world a better place than they found it. My husband and I are the founders of a Latin music ensemble that performs there yearly and has stayed there even when we're not performing. Another thing we treasure about WF is that the attendees are truly multicultural, multiethnic and multigenerational. It is the very definition of the word "inclusive". That is exceptional in rural New Hampshire and is the result of a commitment to make this so. Our now 18 year old twins have gone to WF with us since before they were born and never want to miss our World Fellowship weekend! WF is one of the most special places in the U.S. for our family and we are always grateful that it exists. The people we meet there inspire us to be change makers in the world. There is no place like World Fellowship!
It's hard to write a review of World Fellowship Center because there are so many wonderful things to do here--Art on the Porch, jigsaw puzzles, bike rides and hikes with Howie, swimming in Whitten pond, kayaking, rowing, canoeing, meeting new people at breakfast lunch and dinner, attending the Fun Night talent show...and on and on. Some people think "fellowship" means a religious organization, but it's not--it's just a "friendly association, especially with people who share one's interests." Many people from the nonprofit world come here because they can have a vacation while knowing that their money is going to support a worthwhile cause. The place has a large lawn interspersed with a lot of trees, so you can sit out in the sun or the shade. Children like to run around and play with other children at the "Children's Fellowship" or at the playground area. There's a little building at the back of the lawn (the Schmauch Center) where they often have yoga, meditation, folk music, and talks on social justice topics of the day.
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Being a single mother during the hot summer months with my 8 year old son was not easy for me in Boston in 1982,.
Friends brought me to World Fellowship and I have been returning for the last 32 years. Now my grown son is married and with a young daughter. He flies in every summer, and my daughter, her husband, and soon new grandson, as well as My husband Ed and I will head up to WF. It is a family ritual….It has become our second home for family time where we are fed, rested, and at ease.
Lots has changed. Wonderful people have passed away, and so many have moved to other parts of the world, but what remains consistent is the exquisite "Whitton Pond", where Loons tend to watch over us each summer as we canoe, swim, and spread ourselves like beached whales on the furthest dock for sun, and great conversations with whomever happens to float by…
Catching up on what we did all year, politics, world news, or what's for dinner in the community dining room that night.
People come for all sorts of reasons, bringing their interests, and passions for life to share, or just to be still. It's not luxurious in the aesthetic sense, yet the luxury we feel is in its simple, yet hardy way of placing itself amongst those who are searching for a simple format to land for a weekend, or a week, or camping for the summer. To Bike or take a hike, or drive into North Conway which becomes a 12 mile adventure to pick up candy at the Old Five and Dime store. There is something for everyone if you are looking to have a really interesting, and relaxing time. I support it, love it, and will always hang in to help it grow….I can't imagine a summer without World Fellowship.
If you come up July 4th weekend or the first week in August, look for me. I am one of the beached whales on the big dock on Whitton Pond with a smile on my face:):
CHeers, Barbara Moss
World Fellowship offers great progressive programs in a gorgeous natural environmental
great food shared in a communal family environments-good for young people & adults
I absolutely love the World Fellowship Center for short vacations. It's like a camp for adults, who can also bring their children. Everyone eats together the same food in the dining hall. There are many stimulating programs to attend if you want to--from lectures to music to writing workshops to exercise. A walk down the trail takes you to what I consider the best swimming lake in New England. And such interesting people who attend! All this for a very reasonable price.
I love this place and spent many happy times here with my daughter as she was growing up. I have rarely visited since, partly because it has become more and more expensive and partly because the programs have gotten somewhat repetitive. Having said this, it i still undoubtedly a great place to come with family.
World Fellowship offers a unique and affordable vacation resort experience amidst the natural beauty of New Hampshire. Accommodations are modest, but comfortable and clean. The directors and staff are great and the food wonderful! One eats at long tables with 9 other guests giving one the opportunity to interact. If you like to swim, row and canoe, Whitton Pond is on site and Lake Chochurua is a short drive down Route 16. There are many interesting programs during the season. I have learned so much during the 34 years I have been attending WF. If you love liberal, progressive politics, this is the place to vacation! And the diverse community is composed of warm, intelligent and interesting folk doing interesting work to improve the world. I love World Fellowship!
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