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
 ✓ Bed & Breakfast
 ✓ Venue for Hire
 ✓ Holistic Holidays
 ✓ Alternative Camp
Multiple locationsWe run courses in the UK and USA and give retreats in the desert of San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The work is based on 'life as dream' and includes shamanic and buddhist techniques of meditation, ...
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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, ...
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 ✓ 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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Vajrasana Retreat Centre picture
 ✓ Retreats
 ✓ Workshops
Suffolk, EnglandEvent TypesOwn course programme.
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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 ...
 ✓ Alternative Camp
 ✓ Self-Catering Space
 ✓ Venue for Hire
Gwynedd, WalesThe Tipi and Yurt Field is set on our top field surrounded by woodland and a meadow, which create a private and cosy site. We have 4 Tipis and a Yurt and in the centre of the site ...
 ✓ Holistic Holidays
Buckinghamshire, England
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 ✓ Retreats
 ✓ Workshops
 ✓ Venue for Hire
Warwickshire, EnglandThe Coventry Diocese Retreat and Conference Centre. A Georgian house in rural Warwickshire. Retreats for groups and individuals. ...

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.