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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Argayall: Place of Light picture
 ✓ Workshops
 ✓ Holistic Holidays
Canary Islands, SpainOn the Canarian island La Gomera, following the stony road behind the harbour of Valle Gran Rey, you’ll find our Finca Argayall. Situated in its own bay, embedded between the ocean ...
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Marlborough House picture
 ✓ Bed & Breakfast
Somerset, EnglandMarlborough House is an enchanting and unusual small hotel in the heart of Georgian Bath. Exquisitely furnished with elegant antiques, but run in a friendly and informal style, we offer ...
 ✓ Holistic Holidays
Multiple locationsGuided walking and exploratory holidays in Cornwall, The Isles of Scilly, Dartmoor, The Cotswolds, Italy (Tuscany, Veneto & Dolomites, Lazio, Sardinia and Sicily), Spain (Picos de Europa ...
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Beau Champ picture
 ✓ Venue for Hire
 ✓ Bed & Breakfast
 ✓ Intentional Community
Aquitaine, FranceBeau Champ is 8 hectares of woods, meadows and gardens located in the south-west of France. Beau Champ is also a community that works towards creating an ecologically-sound lifestyle. ...
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Wild Pear Centre picture
 ✓ Venue for Hire
 ✓ Retreats
 ✓ Self-Catering Space
Devon, EnglandA centre for personal growth work located in a seaside village on the edge of Exmoor National Park and close to spectacular coastal scenery and secluded beaches. With a large group ...
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Osho Leela picture
 ✓ Intentional Community
 ✓ Workshops
 ✓ Venue for Hire
 ✓ Retreats
Dorset, EnglandOsho Leela, Britain’s most vibrant community, is situated in a beautiful house with 15 acres of grounds in the heart of the Dorset countryside. We run an authentic Osho community, ...
 ✓ Retreats
 ✓ Workshops
 ✓ Venue for Hire
 ✓ Self-Catering Space
 ✓ Bed & Breakfast
 ✓ Holistic Holidays
Andalusia, SpainArmonia Alpujarra = well-being and peaceYou may find Armonia by joining us on our healing yoga holidays in the beautiful, peaceful countryside of Alpujarras, ...
 ✓ Alternative Camp
 ✓ Workshops
 ✓ Retreats
 ✓ Holistic Holidays
Devon, EnglandWe organise a number of camps, holidays, courses and retreats in south-west England. Our main focus is Qigong and meditation. Other events include a singing camp and walking holidays.Our ...

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, where the full text will appear only if the place or organisation has a full page entry on this site.