Catherine has a long held passion for nature, ignited as a child in the vegetable patch of her back garden. As an adult this took her to look for a home away from London in the wilds of the West Coast of Ireland. Here she began her own family and the desire to care for her children in the most natural way possible inspired her to study herbal medicine. The East West College of Herbal Medicine provided the link between eastern philosophy and the hands on approach of using what grows around us.
The principles of Chinese medicine provide a framework for health that is in tune with the environment, the seasons and the natural flow within our bodies. Catherine took further steps into this world by studying acupuncture and uses Qi Gong as a way to maintain and cultivate her own energy. Working in the field of natural medicine, Catherine has had the joy of being inspired by many practitioners and the methods they use to bring balance to the lives of their patients. She enjoys the idea of people coming together to share and explore these tools, from yoga, Qi Gong, natural medicine, dance or art and feels honoured to be able to host a space from which these gifts can be offered.
After years of renovation projects, Simon has turned his experience to restore the faded grandeur of Quinta Galegas. Simon has travelled extensively and spent many years as a tour guide across Europe. He visited Portugal in 1998 and fell in love with the culture, climate and landscape.
As an experienced event manager at international cultural festivals, he has a passion for creating the right atmosphere for any occasion. In his rare moments off from the day-to-day running of the Quinta, you'll find him either in the vegetable garden, tending to his bees, playing table tennis or sticking foreign coins to the pizza oven.