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New Hampshire World Fellowship Center Inc

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts, Culture & Humanities, Camps, Civil Rights, Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, Environment, Forest Conservation, Sports

Mission: The World Fellowship Center promotes social justice and connections between people, communities, and nature through education, recreation, and creative expression.

Results: Each summer our inclusive inter-generational multicultural summer camp and conference center provides hundreds of individuals, families, and groups the opportunity to gather and explore new ways of being together. Shared meals, wilderness recreation, 'Art on the Porch' and cultural performances, lectures and training, and body movement classes are offered in the midst of fresh mountain air and water. People leave happy to have enjoyed a sense of community and reinvigorated by a renewed connection with nature.

Target demographics: individuals, organizations, and families connect with nature and communities

Direct beneficiaries per year: families, individuals, couples, and organizations connect with each other, wilderness, and community.

Geographic areas served: social justice, recreation, and creative expression

Programs: summer hike and bike outings, social justice education, and participatory arts during our summer camp and conference center season.

Community Stories

51 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

1

Client Served

Rating: 4

This space has been such a gift, and has a long-standing role in the community as a haven for those who want to see the world be liberated and full of peace. As a trans person of color I've appreciated how the staff have been very kind and collaborative, welcoming me and my family + colleagues into the space with open arms, ready to learn how to grow and improve and change in order to continue fulfilling their mission of promoting "peace and social justice through education and dialogue inspired by nature." I've been going annually and it's been a wonderful space for retreat and restoration, with a lot of beautiful nature on-site and nearby.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

World Fellowship Center is my favorite place in the world! I have been going there every summer (for at least one week) for the past 27 years! It is a major source of renewal for me for doing the social justice work I am committed to throughout the year.
I have met wonderful people there and gone to incredible programs. The World Fellowship site is located with a gorgeous view of Mt. Chocorua and with the most beautiful lake to swim in that I have ever found--no motor boats, but definitely loons! My partner and I got married there in 2007 because I couldn't think of a better place to bring friends and family and to celebrate. The directors and board work all year long to bring a diverse group of social justice presenters to broaden and deepen our perspectives. My son grew up going there. It is a great place for families with young children or teens, for older people, for couples, for single people, etc. Please join us!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Every year, we drive seventeen hours from southern Ohio to spend two weeks at the World Fellowship Center. Our children and friends meet us there, when possible. We go no matter what: for the people, the fellowship, the natural beauty and the overarching commitment to helping people grow, intellectually, physically and socially.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been coming here since I was a kid, and it's one of my favorite places in the world. It's a place that has touched countless lives and brought so many people into a community that has lasted for generations now. It's so unique that it's almost impossible to describe.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

World Fellowship has been an essential part of most of my life, nurturing, challenging and inspiring me as a member of it's community and how I respond to and act in the wider world.
One of many unforgettable summer days some years ago: waking up and watching the sun changing the colors of Mt. Chocorua, eating the day's meals with my World Fellowship extended family, talking with the guests taking the daytime photography workshop I teach about whether, in this age of 24 hours images, photographs can still have meaning and bear witness, taking part in the evening program's lively discussion. Then, at 10 at night, walking the path through the woods to Whitton Pond with friends, we lay on the dock and watched a lunar eclipse and shooting stars. A magical end to a day at magical World Fellowship.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Incredibly kind, generous, and welcoming community. They have provided a safe space for our group to recharge for the past three years.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This place is great! Feels like coming *home* every time I go. Warm, caring, super-interesting, engaged and fun people of all ages -- my kinda folks! Every time I go, I make a number of really nice, deep, soul-nourishing and intellectually exciting connections with a bunch of people, plus I get to reconnect with the many friends I've made during past stays there... Food's great, nature is *gorgeous* and inviting, so many opportunities to learn new things/activities with all the great programs offered throughout the summer (Just look at their summer calendar -- it's like being a kid in a candy store!), so many opportunities for meaningful work volunteering and supporting the important mission of this very special camp. Great program for kids -- they actually *run around* and *play* together! And ...drumroll... the pièce de résistance for me, the cherry on the tippy top of this wonderful combo of the many different things I want in my life -- and something I'd never expected to find at a "summer camp" -- there's an optional talk every night where authors, musicians, historians, political activists... give interesting glimpses of the projects and issues they're currently working on!?! This *is* a real home for me.

Thanks to Andy and Andrea -- and to the whole staff and team of volunteers (Howie! Fiona! the new chef!! and so many more) -- for making this the warm and wonderful place that it is!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The people at World Fellowship Center are incredible humans who work hard to create a space that I felt so welcomed to and included in. World Fellowship Center was an reinvigorating space to be in this summer and continues to inspire me from afar just knowing that a place like that exists amidst the beautiful mountains. I am grateful to have been invited as part of the University of Orange team representing Design Studio for Social Intervention to volunteer and teach some Art on the Porch sessions as well as an evening workshop with UofO on Place-based Organizing. The discussions withe people in these structured settings along with lakeside chats, late night kitchen whispering debates, or while hula hooping or folding napkins fresh from the dryer all made such an impression on me. The company I was able to share delicious collectively cooked meals with were nourishing and sustaining. I was inspired by the many generations of people who were there from toddlers to elders and those who've been going there for generations with their parents as adults. What an important place that was (and is) for recharging the mind, soul and body to continue the work we do in the world. I am grateful.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My husband and I first visited World Fellowship Center 27 years ago, with our soon-to-be-adopted 8 year-old daughter in tow. The welcoming atmosphere, the wonderful home-grown food, excellent presentations on topics of the day, and child care, arts activities, hiking, swimming, biking....it all made for a terrific experience that has brought us back as a growing family every year since. This is a wonderful place to relax, socialize and spend time in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

1 Ellen W.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

WFC is where I go to replenish my heart and soul in the midst of the madness that surrounds us everyday. I have gone for at least two weeks every summer for many years. Don't go there for luxury or high-tech. Go for the beauty of the surroundings, the amazing undeveloped lake (no motors allowed!), the choice to go to stimulating workshops and events, to go hiking or biking, or to be by yourself with a good book. Most important to me, though, is the wonderfully inclusive community--the opportunity to see loving "camp friends" each year, and always the opportunity to make new ones. Can't wait to be back.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The first time I went to World Fellowship, for several days of a Latin America program, in 1981, I met my husband. Two of my children have gotten married there. In addition to the natural physical beauty, the green, the mountains, the stars, the water, are the people. The current directors make it warmer and more welcoming than it was when I first started coming. It is both a place to renew one's efforts to make the world better for all, and a refuge.

3 Stacey S.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family ended up at World Fellowship a few summers ago, almost by mistake. The land is beyond beautiful and peaceful, and the lake is glorious. It was the most inclusive place I've ever been - a unique combination of a tight-knit community of people that completely welcomed newcomers into the fold. Children bonded with each other and were accepted by the staff and guests with joy and openness. Guest speakers reflected the center's commitment to social justice and equity. We plan to go back and highly recommend this palce.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We attended a Musical performance with Israeli and Palestinian children. It was deeply moving and inspiring. The staff and facilitator were engaging, present & accomidating. The world fellowship center is a jewel in our community.

1 Elaine Bentley B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My first experience with WFC resulted from a training that "just happened" to be scheduled on site. In retrospect, I understand how perfectly suited a place it was for a conference on co-housing and non-violent communication. Over the years of my visits there, I've found it to be a place where everyone's children are treated with respect and kindness by all. Thus, the children who come there are fascinating to converse with, joyful, and respectful of others. Beyond the amazing vibe of the place (people here live their values!) it's an incredible deal as a vacation retreat. Shared meals means you are part of a community that is generous without being intrusive. The classes and conversations there broaden my understanding of experiences other than my own. It's like visiting beloved family that welcomes you every time -- and doesn't bug you about how you "should" live, just shows you how it's done. My life is immensely enriched for visiting WFC and being allowed, in my small way, into the family.

1 Sam K.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I grew up on the lawn of World Fellowship, hiking its trails, swimming in its water, running around with other little kids. It helped shape the person I am today and it's a national treasure. I've been going my whole life, and now I take my kids there so they too can experience the wonder of World Fellowship.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been going to world fellowship for over 15 years. It is one my favorite places to visit. I started there as a presenter and have returned many times as a guest. I love the gorgeous surroundings, the singing wood on the walk to the clear ice blue lake, the lovely intellectual, creative and thoughtful people that gather there. It is a place to be inspired by conversation and by scenery, to rest, to think, to plan. The garden fresh food is also delicious. A great place for families. I wouldn't see my son from one end to the day to the next, he was enjoying children's fellowship and playing in the woods and feeding chickens and goats with his new pals.

1 Kathy H.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

So much to learn from the great speakers! It helps that it is in a beautiful environment with delicious, healthy foods.

1 mbhoffmann

Donor

Rating: 5

World Fellowship is an extraordinary place where for over 75 years individuals, families and groups have come to play and learn and teach. The focus is on peace and social justice, with art, music, body movement and outdoor sports always available. Welcoming and open to all, guests, volunteers and staff come from all over the world. It's like summer camp with soul, organic gardens, great food, all in a gorgeous setting in the White Mountains of NH.

Previous Stories
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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

For over 74 years in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire this family educational and recreational camp has provided programs dedicated to peace and social justice along with arts and body movement, hiking and biking and swimming and singing. Most offerings are free to the public and inexpensive for guests to stay with all inclusive room and meals. I discovered WFC just 2 years ago and am hooked on their positivity and fun.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

One of my favorite places in the world. Peaceful, beautiful, inspiring and energizing. Social justice programming of all kinds, hiking and biking, a safe and comfortable place to vacation on your own.

3 Virginia H.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

If you want a place that shares peace and truth, this is where to go. Not only is the place beautiful and peaceful, but so are all the people there. I can trust that everyone is educated and informed on what's going on in the world. I can also trust that they help to do something about the issues we face. The beautiful people you meet at World fellowship make this world a little easier to deal with.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is where I go to energize and refill my activist batteries while enjoying a wonderful nature vacation surrounded by people from all walks of life.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We love the World Fellowship Center! The people and the food are great. You can pitch a tent or select from a variety of rooms. There are always interesting events and usually twice-daily topical offerings, often around a weeklong or weekend-long theme, but it's also totally OK just to read, sit, nap, walk, swim, chat, enjoy the silence, etc. Mealtimes guarantee fascinating conversations, if you're up for it. Early Music Week is very fun to participate in or just to listen. Wonderful history and heritage, and serious stewardship of the land. Coming up the driveway towards Lloyd Lodge always feels like a homecoming. Love this place and the people who run it and visit it.

2 Pieranna P.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I came to World Fellowship for the first time this summer, to attend a week-long choral workshop with the wonderful folk-singer, feminist and justice advocate Bev Grant. i not only loved singing with a dozen spirited women every day but encountered so many other touching people and experiences. Each evening featured an informative and inspiring report from the field--Greek refugee settlements, the Puerto Rican countryside, the US university system--where brave and caring people are coming together to alleviate suffering and honor our shared humanity. Each day was spent exploring the pristine lake and woods, enjoying fresh, lovingly prepared meals, and participating in a range of activities. I especially loved the joyful. restorative yoga taught by the incomparable artist, teacher and healer Becky Thomson. WFC caretakers Andrea and Andy. and the staff and volunteers, welcome visitors with kindness. humor and a commitment to education and equity. I can understand why some have been coming back for decades to connect, relax and revitalize--and will hopefully be able to return to this place for many decades more.

2 Karen Petrucelly S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family and I love World Fellowship so much we haven't missed a summer in over 35+ years!! Warm, friendly, welcoming staff and guests. Breathtaking location and views. Hiking, boating, swimming and biking are just a few fun outdoor things one can indulge in or just sitting out on the lawn or one of the many porches of the grand old lodge talking with new and old friends about political social justice matters in empathetic non judgmental ways! I Can't say enough great things about World Fellowship!

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

3 Diane134

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

4 Barbara201

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

3 Renee54

Volunteer

Rating: 5

World Fellowship offers great progressive programs in a gorgeous natural environmental
great food shared in a communal family environments-good for young people & adults

4 Jim_127

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

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.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

World Fellowship is a wonderful place where socially and politically conscious people and families can connect in a relaxing vacation venue to have fun, socialize, and breathe the fresh mountain air. My husband and I have been going year after year and keep coming back. The delicious healthy meals, bike riding, and pristine pond are our favorite parts. We also like the fact that folks of all ages and from all over the country come there. We love it.