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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 ✓ Holistic Holidays
 ✓ Workshops
Salir de Matos, PortugalA Colina Atlântica is a nice and quiet place to be, in the green hills of the Estremadura. Situated 100km above Lisbon and 8km from the Atlantic Ocean, it is close to Caldas da Rainha ...
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 ✓ Holistic Holidays
Cumbria, Multiple LocationsBritain’s leading adventure tour operator. Specialising in trekking, mountaineering, cultural tours, camel safaris, white-water rafting and mountain-biking holidays in the Himalayas ...
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Free Spirit Travel picture
 ✓ Holiday Agent
 ✓ Holistic Holidays
Multiple locationsFree Spirit Travel is a small company that does very little advertising, relying instead on its reputation being spread by word of mouth.Specialising ...
 ✓ Venue for Hire
 ✓ Workshops
 ✓ Retreats
West Yorkshire, EnglandSet in acres of woodland, Hebden House offers a peaceful and secluded setting from which to run courses, workshops, seminars and retreats. Hebden House offers 58 beds in 15 en-suite ...
 ✓ 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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 ✓ Venue for Hire
 ✓ Intentional Community
North Yorkshire, EnglandScargill House is a retreat, conference and holiday centre growing from an intentional community formed within the Christian ethos. It has focuses in ...
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 ✓ Venue for Hire
 ✓ Retreats
Buckinghamshire, EnglandWoodrow High House is a historic listed building set in beautiful landscaped grounds and has a unique atmosphere. Woodrow’s extensive facilities offer almost unlimited possibilities ...
 ✓ Holistic Holidays
 ✓ Workshops
 ✓ Retreats
 ✓ Venue for Hire
 ✓ Intentional Community
Thessaly, GreeceLocated on Mt Pelion, close to gorgeous Aegean beaches, Kalikalos offers a summer programme of holistic workshops, retreats, Living-in-community guest weeks and alternative holidays.Drawing ...

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.