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
 ✓ Self-Catering Space
Inverness-shire, ScotlandA quiet and peaceful country retreat in the Highlands of Scotland. If you need a break, or would like to work in peace on a creative project, accommodation in the comfortable retreat ...
 ✓ Retreats
 ✓ Workshops
 ✓ Health Spa
 ✓ Bed & Breakfast
 ✓ Venue for Hire
Multiple locationsAt Beechcroft Retreat Centre we not only offer seven day liver cleanse but we also provide Vegetarian Bed & Breakfast, you will not only have the most delicious biodynamic breakfast, ...
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 ✓ Holistic Holidays
 ✓ Holiday Agent
 ✓ Retreats
Multiple locationsActivity Adventures in the Alps. Experience a ‘breath of fresh air’ with Tracks and Trails; specialists in hiking, ...
 ✓ Holistic Holidays
 ✓ Retreats
 ✓ Workshops
 ✓ Venue for Hire
Andalusia, SpainYear-round alternative holidays in Spain.Deep in the South of Spain, in a magnificent setting between the mountains and ...
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 ✓ Retreats
 ✓ Workshops
 ✓ Venue for Hire
 ✓ Intentional Community
 ✓ Bed & Breakfast
Oxfordshire, EnglandThe Abbey is a retreat and education centre housed in 13th Century buildings and four acres of peaceful grounds. Rooted in the Christian tradition and open to the wisdom of other faiths, ...
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 ✓ Venue for Hire
 ✓ Workshops
 ✓ Self-Catering Space
 ✓ Bed & Breakfast
County Cork, IrelandThis beautiful renovation of an private old Georgian Courtyard is ideal for weekend workshops and evening classes. There is a beautiful, large, bright, warm group space that can comfortably ...
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 ✓ Self-Catering Space
 ✓ Venue for Hire
 ✓ Holistic Holidays
Devon, EnglandThis hostel, a beautifully converted stable, is located in the village centre of Moretonhampstead, within Dartmoor National Park. Dorm Bunks and Double(bed)Room available. Groups/ Families/ ...
 ✓ Retreats
 ✓ Venue for Hire
 ✓ Workshops
 ✓ Bed & Breakfast
 ✓ Alternative Camp
 ✓ Self-Catering Space
Warwickshire, EnglandHolycombe is a haven for peace, healing and joyful activities where music, dance song, play, meditation, bodywork and healing can renew energy and well-being. Set in a verdant wooded ...

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.