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Gilly Smith


Life after Lockdown will be a time of reflection, creativity and reset, at least it will be in our little piece of paradise in rural Sussex., We’ll be offering opportunities a go-go to share skills and inspiration with people who refuse to go back to the way we were.

Podcasting masterclasses, food writing, yoga, creative writing retreats, creative breakouts… I’ve got them all coming up at the House of Dreams. And, new for 2021… Cooking the Books: the Retreat is my series of weekend getaways with some of the incredibly talented food writers I feature on my podcast.

Food and philosophy, food and identity, food as activism, it’s what fire pits were built for. Join us as we chop and chat about life through the lens of food.

Night walk with the Natural Navigator

July 1 2021

Tristan Gooley, writer navigator and explorer

Natural Navigator, Tristan Gooley takes us on a nighttime walk through the meadows, around the ponds and into the woodland in the grounds of our home near Laughton, East Sussex.

Join us for an informal dinner of local, seasonal produce at 7pm before heading out to find a world beneath your feet and above your head that you may never have noticed before.

Find out how to read the tracks on the ground and understand the signs of the wild that connect us so much more deeply to the world around us. 

Tristan’s approach to the natural navigation is unique in that he does not view it as a survival skill, but as a means to enrich journeys and connect with the world around us.

Stay overnight in our glass-backed eco house in the middle of nowhere and wake to the sight of the local roe deer crossing the meadow, pausing to drink in the pond before heading into the woods. 

Breakfast in the garden before heading home by mid morning, enriched and relaxed, to look at the world with a different gaze.

Contact to find out more and to book.