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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.

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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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  • Louise Avatar

    What a fabulous place to stay. Exactly as advertised: a warm and cosy yurt! We couldn’t have asked for more. The log burning stove in the yurt was more than enough to keep us toasty warm at night. The location is in a stunning part of Wales with beautiful views to observe and explore. The facilities extremely clean and well-kept whilst being environmentally friendly. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would definitely recommend to others. Thank you for being so accommodating Nathan! - 16 Apr 2019

    Lydia Avatar

    Amazing hosts, and a beautiful space. The views are gorgeous and you dont need to walk far to see them! There's waterfalls down the track too; all in all a truly wonderful place to spend your time. I would recommend to everyone - 18 Jan 2020

    Dan Avatar

    Peaceful location with great walks. - 24 Jul 2020

  • Hannah Avatar

    Beautifully situated. Wonderful hosts and absolutely 100percent value for money. - 04 Oct 2019

    Martin Avatar

    Just back from a fabulous three day break in the Welsh mountains at one of the most unique airbnb properties we have ever stayed in.

    The location was excellent, being conveniently placed to access most of North Wales abd the yurt was everything that we expected, and yes, while we were in fact living off the grid, Shayne and Nathan made sure that the whole experience was extremely comfortable with plenty of hot showers and great kitchen facilities (and even wifi if you just have to keep in touch with the outside world but much better to leave technology...
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    - 24 Feb 2019

    Sarah Avatar

    We were two familes of four that booked the two Yurts for a 3 night stay over the new year period, and we enjoyed every second of it! What an absolutly fanstastic place to stay. The House manual is very thorough but all common sensse, as seasoned campers weren't put off. There are a few things to think about as the site is completley off grid, but all things that are considerate to conserve enery and the environment.

    The Yurts are amazing and extremly compfortable and to wood stoves heat them up so quickly...
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    - 02 Jan 2020

  • Jennifer Avatar

    Welcoming hosts to a Yurt in an idyllic location. A place to arrive at and not get in your car again until you leave.
    Very comfortable yurt with well equipped kitchen and bathroom, we very much enjoyed just sitting, enjoying the views with a cup of tea and 'playing fire' in the evenings, we even managed to keep the stove going all night!
    Highly recommended.
    - 06 Sep 2019

    Moyra Avatar

    We had a lovely stay, the yurt was gorgeous and very cosy. The deck outside was fantastic to sit out and enjoy the sunshine. Lovely location, so peaceful and I loved all the fruit trees, statues etc and the general ambiance was wonderful. Very welcome hot showers after our walk in the hills, and the kitchen was a nice space to sit and enjoy our breakfast. Thanks so much! - 30 Sep 2018

    David Avatar

    stunning all round wonderful retreat! - 09 Mar 2018

  • Carl Avatar

    If you are looking for something a bit different then the Yurt is great. Warm, cosy and good for stargazing in the evenings. Make sure you put the full address in as only the postcode takes you to a dead end at the end of the road. Nathan met us to check in and show us around, he was helpful and recommended a few local places to find food. The Yurt gets very toasty andalthough the supplied wood only lasted one night, the DIY shop in Corwen sells wood and kindling quite cheap so it wasn't an issue. The... read more - 28 Mar 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

    Zoe Avatar

    We really enjoyed our time in the yurt. All of the facilities were spotlessly clean and the location is excellent. Even in the middle of winter the yurt was warm and cosy thanks to the wood burning stove.
    The communal kitchen and bathroom were well equipped with everything we needed. The outdoor kitchenette and composting loo were really handy too. We would recommend the yurt to anyone and would definitely visit again.
    - 21 Jan 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

    Naomi Avatar

    Absolutely fantastic stay! Not only was it a beautiful location but the hospitality during our time there made us wish we could have stayed longer!

    Hosts welcomed our dog, who thoroughly enjoyed interacting with the other pets and wildlife. They were very accommodating of this and ensuring we had everything we required.

    Yurt itself and decor created a peaceful ambience and we were supplied with enough wood to keep the fire going! Would definitely recommend a stay here with themes superb hosts
    - 11 Apr 2019

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    Snowflake Mountain

    What a fabulous inspiring place this is, a blue print for off grid living and working in harmony with nature. I was here for a weekend on a retreat and left feeling nourished in heart body and soul. A thoroughly uplifting experience in magical surroundings, with a waterfall in walking distance and river to bathe in.

    The round living spaces feel so organic and harmonious and the shower and kitchen facilities all work well. Can't wait to visit again. Utter peace and tranquility with caring joyous hosts.
    - 14 Jun 2018

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    Lynn-Amanda Brown

    This is such a beautiful place, created with love and held by Shayne and Nathan. I felt so warmly welcomed and also inspired by their whole vision of living in harmony with nature, using only natural, sustainable resources... They prove what can be achieved...a wonderful place to be. - 09 May 2018

    Bethany Avatar

    Lovely stay, lovely people, lovely area! Definitely recommend! - 17 Jun 2018

    Phoebe Avatar

    This place is absolutely stunning. The views are incredible, the yurt is gorgeous and the kitchen and toilet facilities are perfect! Nathan was a fantastic host and we had an amazing time! Took our two dogs who loved it just as much as we did! - 20 Jan 2020

  • Jeanette Avatar

    What an amazing place to stay! We stayed in the smaller yurt, plenty big enough for both of us with lovely outside space and our own fire pit. Beautiful bed linen and wall hangings inside and fairy lights which added to the cozy ness along with the log burner. Fully equipped spotlessly clean kitchen in the log cabin next door. Didn’t get to meet Shayne unfortunately but Nathan is a great host. Very hospitable and up for a chat. They have a beautiful place up there in the forest and will most certainly be going back but for longer next... read more - 21 Oct 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

    Jonathan Avatar

    What a top place! We’ve had a quick family break (2 adults, 3 kids age 9,10,13) and we’ve loved every minute of Yurt life! The Yurt itself is fantastic and a great space. Brilliantly decorated, a cosy warm stove and outside area for fires, seating. The facilities are all thoughtfully done with attention paid to being self sufficient as you are off grid. You wouldn’t know this though as you have all you need. The area itself is off the beaten track and you need to drive to access shops, eating etc but there is also a well equipped kitchen... read more - 28 Apr 2019

  • Sarah Avatar

    Lovely accomodation, great hosts outstanding location. - 29 Sep 2019

    Christine Avatar

    We spent a great night in Nathan and Shayne's yurt. It was lovely and cosy with the woodburner on and there was plenty room for 5 of us.
    It is in a great setting, the kids loved playing with Ruby the dog and we had a lovely walk in the forest before leaving.
    Would love to visit again.
    - 03 Apr 2018

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    Emma Groves

    We had the absolute pleasure of running our first official retreat at Ty Mam Mawr and what an experience it was! Shayne and Nathan, who own this beautiful space, are the most helpful and gracious owners. From start to finish they assisted us wherever we needed, from frequent phone calls on the lead up to the retreat, to providing recipes and even cooking our whole group a delicious meal on the last night x Shayne and Nathan what you have created together is absolutely awe inspiring and I cannot recommend this place enough to others. Mickey and I will be... read more - 04 Sep 2019

  • Emilie Avatar

    My brother and I both enjoyed staying here, there were some great walks and the scenery was amazing. - 26 Mar 2018

    Nick Avatar

    There are many original and quirky places to stay on AirBnB, but I really don't think you would find anywhere better than this. The yurt and amenities are excellent and both Shayne and Nathan are truly fabulous hosts... you will instantly feel welcome and they really feel like you have become part of their lifestyle for the duration of the stay (and you get to meet their gorgeous dogs, cats and chickens!).
    The views are incredible and the local area is wonderful to explore, and if you are willing to travel slightly further afield there are some great sights to see...
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    - 26 Aug 2019

    Katy Avatar

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

  • Abigail Avatar

    Had a lovely stay in the large yurt. Couldn't have asked for more from Nathan and Shayne! The yurt is so warm and cosy and the kitchen log cabin is a great addition giving you freedom. Oh and the shower is super warm! - 17 Feb 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

    Callum Avatar

    We had such a wonderful time at Shayne & Nathan's little haven these last few days. The location is beautiful, the place cosy and welcoming, all in a secluded and tranquil setting. Can't recommend it enough if you fancy an escape. Thanks guys! - 20 Mar 2020

  • Olivia Avatar

    Amazing place, the best glamping experience we’ve been on. Views were amazing! - 24 Feb 2018

    Sharnamay Avatar

    This is a wonderful place to experience. We have wanted to come here for nearly two year and we finally managed to book a weekend away for our anniversary. It was everything we needed and more ! The views and surroundings are magical. Listening to the birds all day was soothing. The sunsets were great. We went here to celebrate our anniversary and it was a weekend we will have in our memory for a long time. The yurt had so many hippy vibes which was great ! This is definitely a place to get some tranquilty and stillness. We... read more - 22 Mar 2020

    Henry Avatar

    Beautiful accommodation in a lovely secluded location. The perfect getaway from the usual city life. Will undoubtedly be returning again. - 30 Jun 2019

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    Paulanuman Scott

    Heavenly, Peaceful and lovely people. 5 stars from me :) - 11 Sep 2017

    Tom Avatar

    Shayne and Nathan were friendly hosts who were very helpful and a pleasure to meet. Our large group of 12 was very comfortably housed in their retreat which was relaxing and well facilitated. We all enjoyed our evening around the fire pit catching up and enjoying the beautiful scenery around their property. Looking forward to our next visit. - 14 Jul 2019

    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

  • Nadine Avatar

    Everything about our stay at Shayne and Nathan’s was perfect! I was a little sceptical about staying in a Yurt in the height of winter but it was super cosy and warm with the wood burning stove. Shayne and Nathan were on hand for advice about the local area and ensuring our stay was as enjoyable as possible. Can’t recommend this place enough! What an incredible space in a breathtaking location. - 11 Feb 2018

    Lorraine Avatar

    Amazing spot, and an absolutely fantastic off the beaten track place for families. The hosts were superb ensuring we had everything that we needed. The property was spacious, clean and quirky and a massive hit with our children as well as ourselves. - 31 May 2019

    Arjan Avatar

    We had a fantastic stay in the tranquil yurt. We loved the silence and the curious chicken that come around if you sdit outside. We love the off grid approach and yet it still felt like luxurious glampingglamping just more conscious. We plan to return soon. - 04 Aug 2018

  • David Avatar

    The place really has that magical feel about it. Outstanding everything.

    Nathan welcomed us as soon as we arrived with a warm and welcoming encounter. Incredibly approachable guy who made us feel so at home.

    The yurt itself was a thing of beauty, bright and spacious.

    Lovely hot showers, bbq facilities with fully functioning kitchen.

    The surrounds are breathtaking. Sheep, chickens, ruby the dog all just added to the magic. The walk to the waterfall was lovely too, only a short distance from the yurt. Easy access to snowdonia too.

    All in all a unique, 5 star experience.

    - 11 Sep 2019

    Christine Avatar

    We had an amazing 3 night stay in Nathan and Shayne’s yurt! Nathan gave us a warm welcome and tour on our arrival. We were blown away by the scenery surrounding the yurt and how self sufficient everything was. We’ve stayed in a few yurts before, but found this one really had all the amenities spot on! The kitchen, shower and toilet are on your door step, the fire pit and bbq are in a nice private area (also right beside the yurt) and the main log cabin has practically everything you can think of kitchen wise. We had plenty... read more - 28 Sep 2019

    Z Avatar

    It was beautiful. Brought us back to nature. Saw the pheasants. Fed the chickens. Freedom to potter around the area. We watched the sunset lying in the hammock by the outdoor fire. Nathan was cheery and helpful and made us feel at home. The yurt was cosy with little stove. Great facilities - shower, kitchen. We had great experience. - 24 Jun 2018

  • Toni Avatar

    An absolute joy.... - 07 Aug 2020

    Corinne Avatar

    Great location! Shayne recommended a fantastic walk which we loved. The yurt and communal area have all you need for a comfortable stay. Thank you! - 15 Aug 2019

    Abigail Avatar

    This really was a hidden gem in the forest!
    We had such a wonderful time, we were made so welcome and relaxed the minute we walked into the beautiful yurt. The hammocks were amazing and extra facilities just perfect.
    Shayne and Nathan are people to really inspire to be like, they’re working so hard to have as little impact as possible on the planet, everything has been thought through and considered. Inspirational!
    Thank you, we can’t wait to come back! X
    - 21 Jul 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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