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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Worth Abbey Centre for Spirituality picture
 ✓ Retreats
 ✓ Intentional Community
West Sussex, EnglandEvent TypesSelf directed retreats.
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Emmaus Centre - Dublin picture
 ✓ Venue for Hire
 ✓ Retreats
 ✓ Workshops
 ✓ Bed & Breakfast
 ✓ Holistic Holidays
County Dublin, IrelandWelcome To Emmaus.Emmaus welcomes people who wish to take time out to find meaning in their lives through the adventure of the spiritual search. This ...
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Art and Yoga Holidays picture
 ✓ Holistic Holidays
 ✓ Workshops
 ✓ Retreats
Multiple locationsRefresh, recharge and relax in a supportive, creative and inspiring environment as you develop your artistic skills, as well as having the opportunity to enjoy yoga - whatever your ...
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Bramlea Bed & Breakfast picture
 ✓ Bed & Breakfast
Herefordshire, Englandvegetarian
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La Maison Verte picture
 ✓ Venue for Hire
 ✓ Holistic Holidays
 ✓ Self-Catering Space
Languedoc-Roussillon, FranceA 19th century wine grower’s mansion in the Languedoc region of the South of France, available to group organisers for running courses, seminars, conferences and rehearsals. This ...
 ✓ Venue for Hire
 ✓ Retreats
 ✓ Workshops
 ✓ Self-Catering Space
Somerset, EnglandLaurel Farm is a rural community education centre close to Bath and Bristol. We offer you a beautiful environment for your retreat, workshop, training or team day.
 ✓ Alternative Camp
 ✓ Bed & Breakfast
 ✓ Self-Catering Space
 ✓ Venue for Hire
Andalusia, SpainTipi Holidays in Andalucia SpainSPECIAL OFFER FOR OUR OPENING YEAR OF 2009. From 32E per ...
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Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre picture
 ✓ Retreats
 ✓ Workshops
 ✓ Self-Catering Space
 ✓ Bed & Breakfast
Somerset, EnglandThe Self Realization Meditation Healing Centre is a Charitable Trust founded by Mata Yogananda Mahasaya Dharma to help people – of all spiritual beliefs and backgrounds and those ...

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.