GALICIA

Founders

Francis and Diana moved to Galicia from Oxford in 2011 to pursue their dream of being able to offer a fully immersive, natural, educational experience to children and adults alike.

They found an old stone ruin in a south facing valley on the Coast of Death, Diana's paternal homeland and since then have been kept busy getting the project off the ground and starting a family.

Francis Heybrook
  • University College London, BA Iberian and Latin American Studies

  • Forest School Trained (Forest School Education)

  • Monitor de tiempo libre - Spanish Activity Coordinator (FESAN)

  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language (CELTA)

  • Forest Schools First Aid (ITC)

Born into a farming family in Buckinghamshire, passionate about nature and the importance of education for its conservation. Francis has continuously gravitated towards working in the outdoors. During his year abroad of study in Portugal and Spain, Francis worked with a local charity to help restore a fragmented Roman path across a high mountain range and national park. Whilst working in London he acted as a trustee at Siren Conservation Education and ran the London Marathon for a Kenyan Rhino Charity. Whilst landscape gardening he ran willow weaving workshops at music festivals, and when travelling in Argentina, he worked as a volunteer in a National Park. In Buenos Aires, he worked at the city’s food bank. Having run numerous outdoor parties for children and adults, led Forest School sessions at a Buckinghamshire primary school, and taught English to adult and young learners, Francis now wants to continue this experience by providing specialist courses with nature as the backdrop and mainstay. Francis’ hobbies include fly fishing, log fires and getting outdoors with his children.

Diana Heybrook
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  • University College London, BA Iberian and Latin American Studies

  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language (Trinity)

  • Forest Schools First Aid (ITC)

I am English/Spanish, brought up in the UK with Spanish speaking parents. After graduating from UCL, I taught English to all age groups in Spain, Portugal, Argentina and at International Summer Camps in the UK. In 2005 I began my career as Editor for Macmillan Education in Oxford, one of the world’s leading publishers of English Language teaching and school curriculum materials. Having worked on English Language Courses for the Latin American market, in 2007 I spent a year working at the Macmillan Education offices in Buenos Aires.  Since settling in Galicia in 2008 I have been  working as a freelance editor for English language teaching material worldwide whilst making 4 Elements Galicia a reality, mainly with the co-ordination and language content of the courses. We've also been kept very busy with our 4 children who constantly provide us with inspirational ideas for our courses!