Places to Be: a compendium of tranformational holidays, and places to just be
Welcome to the definitive guide! For fifteen years, Places to Be has been helping people to find retreats, workshop centres and alternative holidays as well as venues in which they can run their own events. To the right, you will see a selection of places from the site. To find others, you might like to choose a category from the tabs along the top and then further refine your search in the area below that. We hope you will find the perfect place to be, and also of course that when you book with them, you mention our site. It will help maintain this service for you, and for all the places you are seeing. Good luck with your search, and may you have a happy, meaningful and inspiring stay.
Using the Retreat Seeker Many traditional establishments cater for retreats but there are also a growing number of smaller venues. Check whether retreats are for individuals or groups and if guidance is available.
Using the Workshop Seeker Search on subject speciality headings. These categories can only be a very crude guide. Often the text on the venue’s page is more specific, and do contact them for detailed information.
Using the Venue Seeker If you’re looking for a place to run your own event then you’ll probably want to search on size and features such as catering options. More detail is given on venues’ own pages, but do check info has not changed.
Using the B&B Seeker Many places listed are representative of a new breed of B&B which offer something more. Perhaps it’s catering for special diets, perhaps an educational service or healing therapy.
Using the Health Spa Seeker These are retreats that focus on relaxation and on healing the body, mind and spirit. Check for more details on the health spa’s own page, and with the establishment itself.
Using the Holiday Seeker Search on broad holiday types. Some operators may use only one venue, some several, while other organise tours. Often the text on the operator’s page is more specific, and do contact them for detailed information.
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 ✓ Retreats
 ✓ Workshops
Wiltshire, EnglandThe International Meditation Centre, UK, was founded in 1979 by the Sayagyi U Ba Khin Memorial Trust (registered under the Charities Act 1960) to provide for the instruction and practice ...
 ✓ Retreats
 ✓ Holistic Holidays
Centre, France‘Opening Space’ is set in the depths of rural France. People come to stay here, from all over the world - they come to this place for many reasons, ...
 ✓ Bed & Breakfast
 ✓ Holistic Holidays
 ✓ Workshops
Auvergne, FranceGuesthouse Auberge Les Liards is offering bed and breakfast, half half pension or, occasionally, full board. You can also have dinner at our place even if you do not opt for half board. ...
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 ✓ Holistic Holidays
 ✓ Workshops
Ionian Islands, GreeceAt Peligoni Club on the Greek island of Zakynthos you can de-stress in a friendly house-party atmosphere and stay in lovely stone cottages in the hills. The emphasis is on relaxing ...
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 ✓ Holistic Holidays
Multiple locationsSpecialists in self-guided walking and trekking holidays in the European mountains. Our trips include trails such as the Walker’s Haute Route, Tour du Mont Blanc, West Highland Way ...
 ✓ Workshops
 ✓ Bed & Breakfast
 ✓ Venue for Hire
 ✓ Self-Catering Space
Cumbria, EnglandBuilt circa 1586, this Grade II* listed Hall is a centre for retreat programmes, day-workshops, B&B and self-catering holidays in beautiful South Lakeland. Visitors enjoy our peaceful ...
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 ✓ Retreats
Denbighshire, WalesColeg y Groes is set between the 12th century parish church of Corwen and the woods and mountain. The House, former 18th century Almshouses and a II* listed building, is a centre for ...
 ✓ Workshops
 ✓ Retreats
 ✓ Bed & Breakfast
 ✓ Venue for Hire
 ✓ Holistic Holidays
Isle of Wight, EnglandNestled in the heart of Shanklin’s Old Village, in the Isle of Wight, and only a minute from its long, sandy beach, The Grange is the perfect retreat from the hectic pace of modern ...

What’s special about these organisations? This is a selection from the the wonderful places and organisations that we have to offer throughout our site. Refresh in your browser and you’ll see a different choice. How do I get more information about a place listed on this page? Click on the name or picture to see any particular entry. The full text will not appear, as unfortunately none of the above has a full page entry on this site, but you will be able to see their address details.