Hi I am Hatti, a stay-at-home and work-at-home mum of two wild young boys. I’m from the English Lake District but currently following a long-term dream of living abroad and this year we bought a Quinta (small-holding) in Central Portugal with my lovely boys, husband Garf and dog Mindi.
Parent Tribe was born as an idea I had after trying to think how I could combine both my design & techy skills with my passions for natural parenting, family travel and creativity. I started Parent Tribe by myself in July 2013 as a downloadable online magazine. It has evolved so much and taken me on a journey. Hearing about so many inspiring families through the magazine and blog inspired us to live our dream and now we are making our dreams become true so I am so thankful for this. Garf and I always talked about having a retreat for people to learn and grow and be surrounded by nature and it has now happened and we are so happy to welcome families to Brejo de Serra to come and enjoy it with us.
Since becoming a mum my life has changed so so much! It has made me believe in myself and to live by my values. I’m constantly trying to build my life around what I think is best for my children. I believe they are gifts of the future and so how we teach them and show them the world will in turn affect the future of our world. I try to live my truth, show compassion, be grateful and do what I love doing and encourage them to do the same.
My son’s have inspired me to do some fantastic things and meet some beautiful people in the last 6 years. I set up a natural parenting group with a friend Clare Cooper, started my own business Creative Soul, a design studio with a heart, so that I could work from home around my boys. AND…I set up my own magazine blog/ shop, Parent Tribe and have met so many inspiring people from all around the world through it! In fact the reason I am in Portugal now is because I met Clare Monson (one of our writers) when she contacted me to be involved in Parent Tribe and we instantly got on, went on holiday to stay with her when she lived in Portugal and 6 months later ended up moving here!
I just love meeting other parents who are passionate about the same things as me and are making a difference in the world by living their truths and inspiring their children to do the same. I love kids, creativity, kindness, nature and fun and I hope you do too.
I’m Garf, Hatti’s other half and I am also from The English Lake District but fulfilling a shared dream of living abroad with Hatti and the kids.
Hatti and I share the same philosophy about raising our kids (thankfully) and want to encourage them to do what they enjoy and most importantly to be happy. I am also really interested in finding the best and most enjoyable ways for my kids to learn. I am always delving into the world of personal development, health & nutrition and I am happiest when out is exploring nature with my boys and our dog.
In June 2017 we bought an off-grid Quinta (small-holding) in Central Portugal and are currently working towards making it an off-grid retreat for families to come together to learn, have fun, create and find new sustainable ways of living. To find out more and also our events calendar go to Our Farm page.