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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Osho Leela picture
 ✓ 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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Emmaus House - Edinburgh picture
 ✓ Retreats
 ✓ Bed & Breakfast
 ✓ Venue for Hire
Edinburgh, ScotlandEmmaus House, inclusive Christian community guest house, offers Bed and breakfast accommodation, spiritual direction & life coaching to local people and ...
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Instant Calmer picture
 ✓ Workshops
 ✓ Alternative Camp
Powys, WalesYoga outdoors or in the Lodge may surprise even seasoned students: with clean air, real food and fresh water, prana levels are high and the body responds accordingly.
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Wild Pear Centre picture
 ✓ 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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Tregeraint House picture
 ✓ Bed & Breakfast
CornwallPeace and tranquillity - ancient stones and settlements - buzzards flying overhead - farmland and cliff - sea views - lore and legend - mermaids and moorland - you will enjoy all this ...
 ✓ Bed & Breakfast
 ✓ Venue for Hire
CornwallMichael House is a vegan guest house / bed & breakfast, in a stunning area of north Cornwall, a mile from Tintagel. At the top of a valley in the village of Treknow, it looks down towards ...
 ✓ Workshops
 ✓ Retreats
 ✓ Bed & Breakfast
 ✓ Venue for Hire
Warwickshire, EnglandThe Centre, extended and refurbished in 2007, is in the heart of Warwickshire, set in 7 acres of beautiful grounds enhanced by some spectacular specimen ...
 ✓ Retreats
 ✓ Workshops
 ✓ Venue for Hire
Hampshire, EnglandThe Pastoral Centre is a unique and attractive location run by the Franciscan Sisters of St Mary of the Angels, situated near Wickham, a charming Hampshire village midway between Southampton, ...

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.