We are now welcoming visitors to our 4-day Shinrin Yoku Forest Bathing Retreats in July and September. Details and registration below. Join us!

Paul Mercs, Finn Bay Farm Retreat
Paul Mercs, Shinrin Yoku Guide

Your Forest Bathing Retreat guide

Paul Mercs spent his early childhood in the forests surrounding his family’s farm at the foot of Mt Begbie and beside the Columbia River near Revelstoke, BC. After graduating from high school in Kelowna, B.C., he spent several years studying at the University of British Columbia, travelling in Europe, and then building a career promoting some of the biggest musical acts in the world. Along the way he raised a family, attended law school and was called to the bar in British Columbia, while continuing to promote concerts.

In 2015, he purchased a beautiful piece of property in Lund, BC. Finn Bay Farm Retreat is now well on its way to becoming the place Paul envisioned when he first saw the property: a place to share with as many people as possible who share his love of nature and relationship to trees, growing food, to music, and to animals. Those things which have made his life rich beyond measure. 

Now being able to offer himself as a Shinrin Yoku guide is a transforming step along the path he follows.

About Finn Bay Farm

Finn Bay Farm Retreat is located in beautiful Lund, BC at the southern approach to Desolation Sound Marine Park. Our inspiring retreat was created and continues to grow as a place to welcome visitors from around the world to a multitude of experiences in a small piece of paradise. This enchanting 13-acre property features two cozy rental cabins with private hot tubs. We are close to the ocean, coastal forest hiking and biking trails, marina and water taxi, restaurants, galleries, boat charters and so much more here on the Sunshine Coast.

TMT Forest Bathing Retreat

> CAD $995 / person *

* The details:

  • Secure your place by paying deposit of CAD $400
  • Limited number of people (max. 7/retreat)
  • 100% (minus handling fees) refund of your deposit when you cancel no later than 45 days before the retreat
  • Pay the remaining balance within 44 days to 15 days before the retreat
  • There will be no refund if you cancel within 14 days of the retreat

Available Dates & Itinerary

July Retreat

July 15 to 18, 2022

  • max. 7 people
  • arrival before 3 pm
  • departure by 2 pm

September Retreat

September 16 to 19, 2022

  • max. 7 people
  • arrival before 3 pm
  • departure by 2 pm

Itinerary

DAY 1

  • Arrival and check-in
  • Meet-and-greet
  • Retreat Orientation
  • Community Dinner
  • Walk to Divers Rock
  • Social gathering

DAY 2

  • Meditative Sun Greeting
  • Breakfast
  • Shinrin Yoku Session
  • Community Lunch
  • Reiki Session
  • Water Session
  • Community Dinner
  • Under the stars walk

DAY 3

  • The mindful morning ritual
  • Breakfast
  • Shinrin Yoku Session
  • Community Lunch
  • The 5 senses journey
  • Dinner
  • Guest Speaker – People & Nature

DAY 4

  • Breakfast
  • The Mindful Exchange
  • Preparation for departure
  • Community Lunch
  • Departure

Walk with us

Cedars are of great significance to the Coast Salish people. They provided the material for canoes and paddles, for shelter, baskets and clothing and much more. They represent strength and longevity. The 5 cedars form the gateway separating the more active lower level of Finn Bay Farm from the more contemplative upper level, which will be our destination.

Stay with us

Yurt Cottage

The Yurt Cottage has two components; the main living area with full kitchen & bathroom that has a covered entrance leading into the authentic Mongolian yurt. The yurt serves as the Grand bedroom with a queen sized bed and double bunk beds.

The yurt is made with natural materials such as sheep wool for the inner lining and horse & camel hair for the ropes. There is a private deck with hot tub for the use of Yurt Cottage guests.

Blue Jay Cottage

Our Blue Jay Cottage is a bright, airy studio with a queen size bed, sofa bed, and a full kitchen.

The living area features a wood burning fireplace for use in fall and winter.

A private patio is just off the living area and features a hot tub for the exclusive use of our guests.

Woofer Cottage

The Woofer Cottage’s is a stand alone studio cottage with a bedroom/sitting area, a full kitchen and a 3 piece bathroom. At Finn Bay Farm it serves a home to the many woofers from around the world who have visited and worked at Finn Bay Farm. At times it also is home to the host’s family members and other guests who are at Finn Bay Farm for special events.  It is nestled into the trees and also has its own private outdoor patio. 

The Shinrin Yoku experience & benefits

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