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A place for change and growth, learning and being

Ty Mam Mawr (The House of the Great Mother) is an intimate off grid eco retreat centre.

She nestles deep in Cynwyd Forest high in the Berwyn Mountains of North Wales and is a fantastic venue for intimate events, workshops and residential retreats.

Ty Mam Mawr is a perfect place to leave the world (and your mind!) behind and sink deeply back into nature, reconnecting to your true self.

A secluded off grid low impact property surrounded by woodland and hills under clear skies with no light pollution. Fully self reliant in terms of water and power.

Deep peace pervades. Silence…with only the sounds of abundant nature.

Breathe fresh clean air and enjoy the medicine in the mountain spring water.

unplug ∙ recharge ∙ grow ∙ be

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Spaces & Accommodation

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Centred around a magnificent modern straw bale roundhouse, accommodation is provided in two gorgeous yurts. There's a fully equipped kitchen in the log cabin with a small dining area plus a shower room/toilet and another smaller log cabin kitchenette with a compost loo and shower.

The roundhouse will very comfortably seat 20-25 people or to look at it another way, there's space for 8-10 yogis. Up to 6 guests can sleep in the roundhouse, whilst the yurts will accommodate a maximum of 12 guests between them.

Seats and fire bowls next to each yurt and a main central firepit near the roundhouse provide further communal spaces. The roundhouse and yurts are heated with wood burning stoves.

We may be 'off grid', but in terms of facilities you wouldn't know it! Plenty of hot water, a power shower, electricity in all the spaces and WiFi if required.

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  • Rochelle Avatar

    Very quiet and peaceful holiday which was perfect for us and our dog. Great location with many walks close by, to get further afield into snowdonia it took us roughly a 1 hour drive each time but this gave us great opportunity to stop off at beauty spots. It can get very cold in the yurt at night so the use of the wood stove is very much needed and the included free bucket of logs you get lasts at least 5 days. You share the kitchen and bathroom with the smaller yurt which everytime was clean and had... read more 05 Jul 2019

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    Zaka Gibbard

    Visiting here for a retreat was very nourishing on many levels. The landscape was idyllic and captivating with some beautiful walks in nature nearby (and swims for those that dared!). Shayne and Nathan were excellent hosts who made the stay very comfortable and the roundhouse was a very peaceful and warm place to meditate. The food served was delicious and we ended up staying an extra day as we liked the place so much. Will definitely visit again! 13 Jun 2018

    Rebecca Avatar

    We had a fantastic time at Shayne and Nathan’s yurt - it’s a real haven in the Welsh countryside! The yurt itself is beautifully furnished, spacious (perfect for a girls weekend) and very very cosy, especially on a stormy weekend. The off-the-grid facilities are great and we could self cater very easily. Shayne & Nathan are incredibly welcoming and accommodating hosts - their dogs Ruby and Tilly even came with us for a walk over the hills. We will definitely be back for another adventurous weekend away from London! 14 Oct 2018

  • Sam Avatar

    Easy to communicate with, friendly and approachable but also left us to it, lovely comfortable and well equipped. Beautiful location. Loved the hammocks! We will be recommending to others and may even return 04 Sep 2019

    Dominique Avatar

    The yurt is a lovely place to relax, the fire makes it so cosy and warm, perfect place to unwind after a long walk in the beautiful surroundings. We will definitely be coming back! Thanks for a lovely stay. 03 Dec 2017

    Dione Avatar

    The yurt is a fun and unique way to spend the night camping. Shayne and Nathan offer all the amenities you need when camping and the yurt is situated in a tranquil area where you can sit under the stars by the fire pit or relax in the comfort of the yurt. We hope to visit again with our kids. 01 Jun 2018

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    Kenny Clayton

    Had the pleasure of visiting this wonderful retreat recently. I can't recommend it highly enough. Ran by the most welcoming and friendly hosts, the retreat has everything you could wish for. Cosy yurts with log burning stoves, a well stocked Kitchen with everything you could possibly need, a roundhouse that's perfect for hosting a meditation or yoga class and miles upon miles of rolling hills and woodland walks. It's completely off the grid too. Perfect. 30 Jun 2019

    Claire Avatar

    We were blessed to have had a Heavenly stay in this sanctuary of sorts that was so lovingly dreamed into being by the wonderful Nathan and Shayne. Peacefully surrounded by beautiful nature whilst sleeping in a magical yurt knowing that it’s in an ecologically minded way is truly a gift! We are so thankful to the both of them and from the heart recommend a stay here. 28 Jun 2018

    Tom Avatar

    Beautiful welsh scenery and surrounded by wildlife. Warm and good size Yurt - get the log fire going and you’ll be really toasty.

    Nathan and Shayne know the area well and recommended some great walks for dogs. You feel at peace sitting out on the veranda early morning with a cup of coffee listening to the flowing water and birds chirping away.

    Me and my wife stayed here for our first wedding Ann and our only regret is not staying long enough.

    We’ll be back eventually.

    Thank you Nathan & Shayne
    25 Mar 2019

  • John Avatar

    Thank you for our fantastic "yurting" experience off grid. It was our first time in a yurt and it exceeded our expectations. Set in a fantastic location all the facilities were clean warm and beautifully decorated and the yurt was cosy. We enjoyed local country walks and the tranquillity. 12 Mar 2019

    Mal Avatar

    Don’t miss the opportunity to stay in this amazing place with amazing hosts. 12 Jul 2018

    Juliette Avatar

    Magnifique yourte au milieu de la forêt. Une très belle expérience, tout en respectant la nature ! 21 Apr 2019

  • Nathaniel Avatar

    Truly amazing. the location is breathtaking, Nathan and Shayne are amazing hosts and the yurt itself was incredible. Super cosy and comfy inside and out, the views in the day and night are stunning and hospitality is second to none! We will definitely be back! 12 Feb 2019

    Steven Avatar

    The perfect place to relax and unwind in amazing surroundings. Also everything possible has been done by Nathan and Shane to make it as eco friendly as possible. Lovely hosts and a beautiful location. 19 Jul 2019

    Alex Avatar

    This place is just so special. Cannot recommend it enough. It's the perfect spot to disconnect and return to the peace and tranquility of nature. 24 Nov 2019

  • Varun Avatar

    Cosy yurt in the middle of the wilderness. As in the description, it's in the lap of nature! Lovely location, and Shayne and Nathan are wonderful warm and helpful hosts. They live off the grid, producing their own electricity and water. Some nice walks to do around the area, and lots of stars to see at night! 28 Jun 2018

    Katy Avatar

    Amazing accommodation! Inspiring eco-living! Totally off the grid, peace & quiet. Could have happily stayed a lot longer ❤ 28 Mar 2019

    Emily Avatar

    Shayne and Nathan’s Airbnb is even better than we could’ve imagined - the photos really don’t do it justice. The hosts are lovely, down to earth and are there to help whether it’s to turn the oven on or suggest a place for lunch.

    The location alone is incredible - somewhere that feels like the middle of nowhere whilst only being 5 minutes from the main road. Words can’t describe how incredible this place is.
    22 Sep 2019

  • Martin Avatar

    Friendly hosts, amazing location and very clean accommodation . Would definitely visit again. 14 Sep 2018

    Juliet Avatar

    The yurt is cosy with speakers for an iPod, electricity, a really efficient stove and two very comfortable beds. The bathroom is the piece de resistance- hot, fast, efficient shower with different settings for getting a top to toe clean! Also, a very well stocked clean kitchen and all with a fantastic view and plenty of parking. Lovely. I feel rejuvenated! 09 Dec 2018

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    Belinda Ray

    Delight-filling Paradise on Earth.... Ty Mam Mawr - House of The Great Mother, has clearly been created with great love and vision by Nathan and Shayne. A beautiful and beautifully constructed sacred retreat centre... built to serve, inspire, evolve and grow, far into the future.

    Mother Nature's Blessings on this place are palpable.

    Only just completed, the roundhouse and surrounding yurts and cabins already feel like sacred community... hosted by the warmth and dynamic creativity of Shayne, Nathan and their dogs, chickens and cats.

    I was lucky enough to attended Ty Mam Mawr's first retreat .... it...
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    08 Sep 2017

  • Kerry Avatar

    Friendly and welcoming hosts, very knowledgeable about the area with great walking route tips (and friendly dogs who might want to join you!). The hosts are very respectful of you being on a quiet, eco-friendly holiday. It was cosy and peaceful in the little yurt for me and my best mate. Comfy beds for both and fleece blankets available to sit on the porch on colder evenings. The log burner is so effective and the view from the porch tranquil. We loved the hammock seats outside. The decor really adds to the relaxing vibe with wall hangings and ambient lighting.... read more 18 Aug 2019

    Danielle Avatar

    Myself and my 3 friends spent a weekend here, we all had an amazing time!! I would definitely recommend 2/3 night minimum as it is off grid and theres a lot to see and do around the area but you’ll need that bit more time as you have to travel quite a bit to get to places. Kitchen and shower facilities were superb. Breathtaking views and location, both hosts very happy to help. I would recommend speaking to the hosts on how to get there prior your journey, just as air bnb directions sent us a little wrong . Definitely recommended!! 23 Sep 2018

    Rhian Avatar

    Wow! What a wonderful place to stay! The perfect place to get away from it all, chill and just enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Beautiful location and still convenient for other towns. Would definitely recommend the walk to Liberty Hall from the yurt and being around for sunset, also using the fire pit and star gazing at night. We'll certainly be back in future! Great, friendly and helpful hosts too xxx 19 Sep 2019

  • Paul Avatar

    Shayne and Nathan’s yurt is AMAZING. It’s the perfect escape for the weekend in the beautiful backdrop of North Wales.

    This is the second time I’ve stayed there with friends and Nathan is an amazing host. We felt instantly welcome and relaxed.

    I’d highly recommend this to anyone. It’s a great space and living off the grid is cool!
    09 Dec 2018

    Nathan Avatar

    This spot is perfect if you are looking for that relaxing break. The views around of the mountains were great. The weather was not the best on our visit, however this was not a problem as the yurt was so cozy. We would not hesitate to recommend to others and the hosts were fab. 11 Nov 2018

    Karl Avatar

    Awesome location, awesome hosts, perfect off grid vacation. Cannot recommend enough! 18 Feb 2018

  • Tommy Avatar

    Beautiful views

    Amazing space

    Great host

    Amazing experience

    Would return in a heartbeat

    Very much enjoyed our time away

    Thanks again

    Tommy & Jo
    02 Nov 2018

    Al Avatar

    Beautiful space, I cannot recommend it highly enough. It was a magical few days which could have lasted much much longer. Shayne and Nathan were friendly, considerate and great hosts. Would go back in a heartbeat. 22 Oct 2019

    James Avatar

    You'll find everything you'd possible need for an off grid getaway. You certainly won't be slumming it with the great on site amenities.

    Highly recommended
    10 Feb 2019

  • Fiona Avatar

    We have been glamping at various places over the year & this trip blew us away. The yurt & the land are really magical , everything was perfect , the kitchen was great for cooking in & shower was lovely. We really enjoyed chilling out in the yurt playing bord games , going for walks in the forest & ventured to Bala to go to the micro brewery.Nathan is a wonderful host , he made my birthday weekend & nothing was too much trouble. Would highly recommend going here , we can’t wait to return. Thanks so much xx 14 Jan 2019

    Karen Avatar

    Amazing facilities, great value for money. Loved every minute of our chilled 5 day stay over Christmas. Will definitely be returning and recommending to all our family and friends x 28 Dec 2018

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    Richard & Emma

    Great location and the Yurt is really cool. Shayne and Nathan were really helpful and facilitated a late check in for us travelling up from Guildford.

    Everything you need is here and it is a great base to explore from to places like Llangollen and Betsy.

    Thanks for your hospitality.
    04 Aug 2019

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    Ayfer Karakus

    Great hosts and place you can visit with your dogs and very affordable 29 Dec 2017

    Stephanie Avatar

    Shayne and Nathan were excellent hosts. They kept in constant communication before our trip and were very understanding when our plans had to change by a day. The yurt was cosy and unique and the surrounding landscape was fantastic to take-in in the morning with a cup of coffee! Nathan gave us plenty of sight-seeing recommendations in the area, but unfortunately, we were not there long enough to really explore. Will definitely be staying here again! 23 Mar 2018

    Stefan Avatar

    Nathan and Shayne were amazing hosts, really helpful with check in and local walks etc. The yurt and facilities were lovely and in keeping with their eco ethos. A great base to explore a beautiful area. Will definitely return. 24 Oct 2019

  • Chloë Avatar

    A very relaxing experience! Warmer than expected in February once you get the wood burner going and a lovely space to be in. We brought a radio and games to keep ourselves entertained as not too much to do nearby in the evenings, but lots of nice walks within easy drive! Shayne and Nathan were great hosts and made us feel really welcome! 05 Feb 2018

    David Avatar

    If you are Looking to stay in a Yurt in a great setting look no further. I have never stayed in a yurt before and I am totally blown away. With a wood burner it’s a beautiful cosy place to stay. There is a small wood a walk away and Llangollen is only 25 minutes away. Will be back again! 08 Dec 2019

    Joanne Avatar

    Beautiful & peaceful stay. Our Yurt was just perfect I wish we could have stayed for longer. Nathan met us for check in and he was very welcoming and helpful. Thanks for a wonderful stay 11 Sep 2019

  • Lauren Avatar

    Lovely weekend away with our dog. Nathan was extremely helpful and friendly. Beautiful area, lots of local walks. The yurt was beautiful, bed was very comfy. Thankyou for a lovely stay. 25 Feb 2018

    K Avatar

    Excellent hosts - Nathan had great communication and made check-in super easy. The yurt was very cosy and even when it was only 5 degrees outside, the inside was so warm (after a couple of minutes with a log on the fire!) Will recommend to anyone looking for a short stay in the North Wales mountains. 10 May 2019

    Xavier Avatar

    This Airbnb is amazing. Beautiful view and beautiful nature nearby! Shayne and Nathan are very friendly and I will definetely visit again! 12 Feb 2018

  • Maggie Avatar

    Fantastic place, great to get away and back to nature. So relaxing. 10 Mar 2019

    Melanie Avatar

    This is our third time in the yurt, and as always, it was a true pleasure. Everything was immaculately clean and the Yurt was kept toasty warm with the wood. We will return, its one of our favourite get-aways! 16 Sep 2018

    Jenni Avatar

    Absolutely loved my stay at the Yurt. Its the second time I've stayed, and it's been just as lovely of not better. The facilities are great, and have grown since the first time I went a couple of years ago, and I will definitely be back with more now there's more space!! Nathan and Shayne are lovely, the location is perfect for doing nothing but close enough to go explore Wales, and the yurt is just amazing! Thank you again, Jenni 13 May 2019


unplug ∙ recharge ∙ grow ∙ be

Find out more about forthcoming events at Ty Mam Mawr eco retreat centre and see what we've been up to previously.

Whether you'd like to hold an hours yoga class, a one day dance workshop or a week long meditation retreat this is just the venue for you.

Whether you book the retreat centre or just the roundhouse, we can list your forthcoming event here and on our social media pages. Every little bit helps when it comes to making connections.

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Cynwyd Forest, Berwyn Mountains, North Wales

Ty Mam Mawr eco retreat centre nestles deep in Cynwyd Forest high in the Berwyn Mountains above the Dee Valley in North Wales and is a fantastic off grid venue for intimate events, workshops and residential retreats.

Only an hour or so from Manchester, Liverpool or Birmingham. It's easy to get here...but you won't want to leave!

Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is on the doorstep and Snowdonia National Park just 20 minutes away.

Much of North Wales and especially the Berwyn mountains are associated with King Arthur and many other Welsh legends. This is an ancient and special land where nature and spirit are within easy reach when you choose them.

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