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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 ✓ Venue for Hire
 ✓ Self-Catering Space
County Wicklow, IrelandKippure Estate, in County Wicklow, is a very special place, offering quality accommodation and facilities privately set in 240 acres of mature woodland and rolling farm pastures. The ...
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 ✓ 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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 ✓ Workshops
 ✓ Self-Catering Space
CornwallBotrea is a working organic farm in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in wonderful West Penwith. Accommodation will be in one of our tipis or yurts, made to the highest quality ...
 ✓ 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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 ✓ 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, ...
 ✓ Workshops
 ✓ Venue for Hire
Derbyshire, EnglandA beautiful converted old stone mill nestling in its own secluded valley, surrounded by pasture and woodlands with a brook running gently by. Superb location for walking & discovering ...
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Scuola Yoga Camerino picture
 ✓ Retreats
 ✓ Workshops
 ✓ Holistic Holidays
ItalyYoga Workshops in Camerino (MC) Le Marche.The workshops are suitable for both beginners and more experienced yoga students; everyone will work within ...
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 ✓ Retreats
 ✓ Workshops
 ✓ Venue for Hire
Surrey, EnglandSet in 30 acres of beautful gardens and woodland with superb views of the Surrey Downs, Burrows Lea offers a truly tranquil environment for your wedding or conference within easy reach ...

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.