It’s Citrus Season! 🍊🧡

Welcome to the vibrant and fruitful season of citrus! As the air turns crisp and the festive spirit fills the air, the citrus trees adorning the farm come alive with a spectacle of juicy orange baubles. It’s nature’s way of decking the halls with vibrant, vitamin C-rich delights just in time for the winter. There’s […]

How to find peace where you are

Achieving a state of time spaciousness Following my own advice to be kind to myself, I booked a short break last week for Richard and I to Rome and Naples. We explored Rome in my favourite way – we wandered around wherever our feet took us, drifting in and out of shops and up and […]

Home-grown Beetroot Burgers

Welcome to our garden’s finest, the vibrant and earthy beetroot! Bursting with deep purple hues, these homegrown treasures have thrived in the changing seasons, developing a unique autumn flavour. Their natural sweetness and earthy undertones are the stars of our beetroot burgers. Join us in our farm-to-table experience as we transform these beautiful beets into […]

Discovering Quinta Carvalhas: A Divine Retreat Centre in the Portuguese Countryside

Nestled in the serene countryside of Portugal, Quinta Carvalhas stands as an idyllic retreat venue catering to holistic well-being and the harmonious alignment of body, mind, and soul. As a premier divine retreat centre, our sanctuary offers an oasis for those seeking transformative experiences and rejuvenation. The Essence of Quinta Carvalhas Quinta Carvalhas embodies the […]

Cape Malay Butternut or Pumpkin Soup

It’s Butternut and Pumpkin Season at the Quinta! Introducing the stars of our garden this autumn, the butternut and pumpkin! Plump and radiant, our homegrown butternuts have thrived under the gentle sun and copious rains. Their earthy, sweet flavour makes them the perfect ingredient for comforting butternut or pumpkin soup. As we gather these golden […]

Laughter, A Brilliant Tool for a Sharp Mind✨

Today, the day of dressing up and eating candy in some parts of the world, is a good day to have some light-hearted fun. The first time that someone told me that we were born to experience joy and happiness, I did not believe them. No way! If that is true, then we wouldn’t experience so […]

Ask Michelle…✨ Part Two – Your Dream Created

Question: Dear Michelle, I have had a big dream for many years, but I don’t know how to take it from dream to reality. Something seems to always hold me back. Seeing what you have created motivates me, but how did you get from where you were to this dream come true? In last week’s Part One we […]

Ask Michelle… ✨

How to Order Your Dreams Part 1 Question: Dear Michelle, I have had a big dream for many years, but I don’t know how to take it from dream to reality. Something seems to always hold me back. Hearing your story on how you created this centre motivates me, but how can I do the […]

What to Do When You Want to Give Up 🙃😵

What to do when you feel like giving up. Today, now that all the construction is completed, there are still people who tell me I am crazy – but now the ‘craziness’ is that it must be so hard to manage this retreat centre and farm. Why would I take on so much work, they ask. Most of the time I am delighted with my life and the business, but when I start to feel stressed, inevitably it is their words I remember, not the many more who tell me how much they love it here and who express deep gratitude for the space.

Almost from the beginning of this project, people would visit the farm and tell me I was crazy to take on so much work. I would show them around, waving my arms enthusiastically while I showed them spaces with crumbling walls and dirt floors that would one day be venue spaces or bedrooms. Thank goodness […]

Manifestation Mindset 🧠✨

Last weekend I was chatting to some guests about the peace and beauty on this farm. They were remarking about how easy it is to feel good here, but when they go back to their apartments in the city it is not nearly as easy to feel at peace and happy. This got me thinking about […]

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