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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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  • Matthew Avatar
    Matthew

    We had a thoroughly enjoyable experience staying in the yurt.

    The location was perfect, with only the sheep and the odd chicken for company.

    Shayne & Nathan were very welcoming, meeting us on arrival and giving advice on places to visit.

    Hope we can return soon!
    12 Jul 2019

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    Jeff

    The Yurt was authentic, spacious and really cosy. The surrounding forest and berywn mountains are beautiful and great for walking. Large well equipped kitchen, perfect for cooking big meals. Shanye and Nathan were really great hosts willing to help out and give advice whenever needed. We also had a great evening with them in there round house 01 Jan 2018

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    Ashlea

    Wonderful and beautiful place. We were 4 young adults who went to have a relaxing weekend away, and that’s exactly what we got.

    The yurt was in such a lovely secluded place, with plenty of different and exciting walking spots and some absolutely stunning views, in every direction.

    Was interesting using the compost toilet as this was a new experience for all of us! Everything was very clean and well prepared for our visit.

    We couldn’t have asked for a better host and will definitely be returning for future holidays.
    29 Apr 2018

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    Jennifer

    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

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    Anders

    A really wonderful place in the middle of nature. Great place to relax and to do some hiking in the surrounding nature. 03 Aug 2018

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    Haylee

    Beautiful yurt in a beautiful location.

    Had everything we needed and Nathan and Shane were very welcoming and made sure we were comfortable. Feel 100% relaxed after staying here :)
    22 Mar 2019

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    Mickey

    I just held a breathwork and shamanic healing retreat at Ty Mam Mawr and it was a beautiful experience beginning to end.

    This review almost feels like I'm cheating writing a good review for two extremely good friends, that's how well we were welcomed and the depth of our connection to Shayne and Nathan over the course of the weekend.

    The location is absolutely gorgeous. The yurts are really cool and cosy. The round house is an energetic bubble with the vibe of a really sacred space.

    Shayne and Nathan are two of the most pleasant, loving, funny and authentic people...
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    02 Sep 2019

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    Z

    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

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    Xavier

    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

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    Melanie

    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

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    Simone

    Shayne and Nathan were superb hosts- nothing was ever too much trouble and they thought of everything. The yurt was clean and designed so well- absolutely loved our stay there- definitely be great to go back in the summer time. It had been snowing during our visit but the yurt itself was so warm and cosy we looked forward to our cosy nights in after a day of exploring. Kitchen has everything you need and so interesting how they generate own energy. Really is a relaxing stay away- missing it already! Definitely a chilled eco friendly mini break! Will be... read more 14 Feb 2018

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    Kathryn

    Lovely, special place. Peaceful and snug. Good host. 12 Jul 2018

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    Jenni

    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

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    Alison

    Fab stay amazing yurt in amazing location! Thanks xx 07 May 2018

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    Ben

    Loved staying in the Yurk. Thoughtful touches throughout, in an idea location. Will be recommending, and will be back myself asap 12 Aug 2018

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    Gemma

    We stayed in the bigger yert, and didnt use the log cabin at all expect for rubbish, as we wanted to experience off the grid living as much as possible. We cooked on the fire pit and heated food up in the stove. To do this you have to take your own cooking equipment. I'd also take an ex so you can go get your own logs. If you want to experience off the grid living but still want a bed and hot shower this place will defo give you that. Lovely views, it's quite privet, think we bumbed... read more 03 Jun 2019

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    Ben

    It was our first experience of a Yurt and my sons were thrilled when we were shown around by our host.

    The facilities available were also fantastic with a large communal kitchen which was well stocked with kitchen equipment and the cleanest oven I think I’ve ever seen.

    Our Yurt also had access to a private toilet, shower and small kitchen area which was perfect for grabbing a coffee before you are able to face anyone.

    The yurt and area around the yurt feels very secluded and we only briefly saw the others staying in the other yurt once.

    We used...
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    17 Aug 2018

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    Caitlyn

    Shayne, Nathan and there two beautiful dogs Tilly and Ruby were outstanding hosts. The resort is the definition of tranquility, so peaceful and relaxing. Something we definitely needed. We will be back. Thank you for such an amazing few days 15 Nov 2018

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    Beth

    Everything about this place is amazing. 22 Jun 2018

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    Sam

    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

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    Jan

    Yurt was amazing. Spotlessly clean, comfortable beds, high quality bedding and towells, great kitchen.

    If you are thinking of booking - do it as everything about this holiday home is so so good.
    31 May 2019

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    Alice

    Friendly Hosts! Stunning Location! Perfect for a long relaxing weekend 10 Mar 2019

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    Craig WG Seaton

    I have had the great pleasure in spending a night at Ty Mam Mawr and also running a weekend retreat there.

    I whole heartedly recommend this place for both time away and holding a retreat.

    The environment is gorgeous and secluded with a beautiful forest walk and open fields right near by.

    The yurts are a true delight to sleep in with ideal decor to match your get away in nature.

    Shayne & Nathan the owners are some of the most wonderful people I have ever met and so accommodating. If you want to be on your own doing your own thing...
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    24 Jun 2019

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    Neve

    Great accommodation, very clean and had all kitchen equipment necessary! The yurt was lovely to stay in and really loved the rural location! The hosts never bothered us and gave us our privacy which was great. The bathroom and kitchen were as clean as the yurt which is rare when experiencing rural living! Everything was exactly as expected and we loved every minute of it would defiantly recommend if you like the outdoors of camping but prefer a slightly more (glamping) approach!

    I only suggest that when you book and are on route to the location.. do not use the...
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    05 Jun 2019

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    James

    Beautiful yurt, lots of space. Warm despite the freezing temperatures (and snow) outside. 21 Jan 2018

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    Mickey Owen

    I just held a breathwork and shamanic healing retreat at Ty Mam Mawr and it was a beautiful experience beginning to end. This review almost seems like I'm cheating writing a good review for two extremely good friends, that's how well we were welcomed and the depth of our connection to Shayne and Nathan. The location is absolutely gorgeous. The yurts are really cool and cosy. The round house is an energetic bubble with the vibe of a really sacred space.

    Shayne and Nathan are two of the most pleasant, loving, funny and authentic people I've ever met. I'm definitely...
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    09 Sep 2019

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    Natalie

    We had a great 2 nights in the Yurt! It’s exactly as the pictures and the wood burner was more than warm enough even when it was nearly freezing outside :)

    We would hope to come back in the summer to make more use of the outdoor spaces!

    Thanks Shayne & Nathan for the experience we would 100% recommend it! :)
    24 Mar 2019

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    Tim

    Delightful yurt in a lovely setting, wonderful peaceful location with great additional amenities to make staying a pleasure. Friendly, welcoming hosts. 08 Jun 2019

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    Emily

    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

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    Constance

    If you're looking for something a bit quirky but that still has all the amenities you need, then this is a great place to go. The hosts are so friendly and welcoming, the yurt was incredible and they have everything you need. Everything is clean and the setting is fantastic, beautiful and quiet with a nice babbling brook for background noise. The shared facilities were great and we never had any issues with waiting (there is only one other yurt). Overall, great stay. The beautiful weather definitely helped :) 17 Jul 2019

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    Jamie

    We stayed for four nights with our 6 month old daughter. The Yurt looks great and is in a beautiful location. It is very comfortable and cosy even though it's pretty large. Shayne and Nathan were great hosts, very easy going, easy to talk to and helpful. Facilities were all good, kitchen was well equiped and comfy. 21 Jun 2019

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    Dione

    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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    Claire

    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

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    Naomi

    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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    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

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    Verónica

    Lovely place, unique experience! 18 Nov 2018

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    Sarah

    The perfect place to escape, we only stayed for one night and wish it could have been longer. The yurt itself is beautiful and the surroundings are wonderfully peaceful. The facilities are great and the hospitality even better -would definitely recommend this place! 22 Feb 2018

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    Tess

    Very comfortable and relaxing stay in such a beautiful and peaceful setting. The yurt was fantastic! Nathan was very welcoming and gave us some great local walking tips. Wish we could have stayed longer! 13 Sep 2019

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    Nia Lloyd-Jones

    Ty mam mawr diolch yn fawr, om swastiastu,

    Thank you,

    This amazing fabulous, safe enchanted space, has shaken my mind, body, and spirit and soul to a totally pure delight exploration, of my self love ❤️ journey. Feeling the huge depths of the connection with the divine Mam Mawr (mother natural).

    The most powerful connection I've ever felt to a place the practice, and the super duper inspirational holders of the space, Nathan and Shayne 🙏💫❤️❤️

    I have absolutely loved the two life changing events, and am so grateful and and honoured, to have been able to shared...
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    03 Dec 2017

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    Kimberley

    This was mine and my husbands first experience with Airbnb and we were not disappointed. We booked this beautiful yurt to celebrate our first wedding anniversary and we were not let down. It is absolutely beautiful in a stunning location. Very welcoming and always on hand when needed. Great recommendations on where to go. We had some fantastic walks with our dog and built some great memories. Highly recommend coming to stay here. 10 Jun 2019

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    Taylor

    All of our family loved it here. Nathan & Shayne made us feel so welcome and the location is stunning. A really special couple of days. 08 Aug 2018

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    Ro Greene

    Love love love this place, the is a tangible atmosphere of peace and celebration the water is Devine the air is clear and the people. Are beautiful. 29 Nov 2017

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    Steven

    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

    Craig Avatar
    Craig

    I have had the great pleasure in spending a night at Ty Mam Mawr and also running a weekend retreat there.

    I whole heartedly recommend this place for both time away and holding a retreat.

    The environment is gorgeous and secluded with a beautiful forest walk and open fields right near by.

    The yurts are a true delight to sleep in with ideal decor to match your get away in nature.

    Shayne & Nathan the owners are some of the most wonderful people I have ever met and so accommodating. If you want to be on your own doing your own thing...
    read more
    16 Jun 2019

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    Ayfer Karakus

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

Events

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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Location

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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