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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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  • Harriet Avatar

    Gorgeous nights stay in the hills with a great walk to follow :) - 19 Aug 2019

    Andrew Avatar

    What a beautiful location. Being so high up is fantastic and it gives you a sense of escape.
    Delightful hosts and the best dog ever.
    - 18 Apr 2019

    Heather Avatar

    A great place to stay, the yurt was super warm despite the cold March weather and very spacious for 5 guests plus our dog.
    Great bathroom and kitchen facilities in addition to the yurt.
    Super walks available for our dog in the fields and woodland.
    Shayne was very friendly and even gave us some freshly laid eggs for breakfast.
    Very much enjoyed the stay
    - 08 Mar 2020

  • 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

    Robbie Avatar

    Had a lovely stay in the yurt. Some lovely walks in the area and would recommend visiting Old Wives Tales for food in Corwen. - 14 Nov 2019

    Justine Avatar

    We had a fantastic stay in the yurt, and can’t wait to return! Stunning, peaceful location on the edge of the forest, with waterfalls and hiking paths on your doorstep. The facilities are outstanding: a very well-equipped kitchen, delightful hot shower, wifi, and fire pits. Shayne was a warm host, giving us plenty of local advice. Thank you! - 26 Aug 2019

  • Hannah Avatar

    This is a great place to stay for anyone looking for a rural escape with great views and cosy accommodation. The yurt is well placed for exploring North Wales and we especially enjoyed the wood burner and the friendly chickens! - 22 Aug 2018

    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

    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

  • Charis Avatar

    This place is utterly idyllic. Beautiful, calm and welcoming. Perfect hosts sharing this wonderful off-grid paradise they're building. If you want to unwind and get yourself a hankering after moving to North Wales, go! - 24 Jun 2018

    Orlanda Avatar

    Such a fantastic place to stay, right in the middle of the countryside. An hour to Snowdon an hour to the coast... brilliant. The fire in the yurt kept the room toastie, the kitchen had everything we needed to cook a Christmas roast and the shower had lovely hot water. Highly recommend! - 28 Dec 2019

    Natasha Avatar

    The yurt was an amazing weekend break away! Perfect opportunity to relax and explore some of the beautiful welsh countryside! The yurt itself was very nicely decorated and the log burner kept us nice and toasty at night. Nathan was a great host and gave us lots of tips of where to go walking and was very welcoming. Overall a great experience and we will hopefully get chance to go back at some point in the future! :) - 18 Nov 2018

  • Tess Avatar

    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

    Simone Avatar

    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

    Beth Avatar

    Absolutely brilliant. Exactly as described. A beautiful yurt, fully stocked kitchen, hot showers and a log fire. Lots of information, suggestions and maps for hikes and activities. Will definitely stay again. - 03 Feb 2019

  • Laura Avatar

    What an amazing place. The yurt is simply gorgeous with everything you could need. the skylight to the stars is such a lovely touch and the chickens made us giggle a lot. Snowdon walks less than an hour away, and plenty of lovely walks near by or just enjoy the space laze in the hammock and build fires ;) Lush!! - 10 Aug 2018

    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

    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

  • Ruth Avatar

    Comfy bed, which allows for a great night sleep. The dog loved staying in the yurt too! Awful weather but got cosy with the log burner. Thanks - 27 Aug 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

    James Avatar

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

  • David Avatar

    The yurt was lovely and cosy and Shayne was very welcoming. - 14 Jun 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

    Ruth Avatar

    The yurt is warm and cosy, set within beautiful countryside and we had some great walks. Nathan was a friendly and accommodating host and we enjoyed meeting him. Kitchen amenities had everything you need and the other facilities were excellent too. We will certainly be visiting again. - 08 Sep 2019

  • Gemma Avatar

    Wow, what a lovely 4 days we have had at this beautiful yurt. Nathan and Shayne are great hosts very warm and friendly with lots of advice on local walks to hand. The yurt it’s self is truly amazing and it has its own little garden area with fire pit/bbq, chairs and table. The perfect place to come back to chill after a nice long walk and toast some marshmallows which went down a treat with our 6 year old son. I really can’t rate this pace enough. We are a family of 3 with a black Labrador and let... read more - 29 Aug 2019

    James Avatar

    An idyllic spot, ideal to relax and enjoy some nature. - 20 Feb 2020

    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

  • 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

    Martin Avatar

    Our stay was perfectly timed for a nice warm Easter weekend. We were greeted by Shayne who was very attentive and made us feel at home. The yurt is lovely, just exactly what you expect, with nice views. What we really enjoyed was the birdsong, a range of finches but also woodpeckers, cuckoo and even a sighting of a sparrowhawk. There are some resident Pheasant families that will keep you amused for hours. Considering this is off grid it didn't feel like it in that electricity and wifi were good, the kitchen facilities spotless and... read more - 22 Apr 2019

    Hussain Avatar

    Highly recommened this booking! We found it cosy even at night despite minus temperatures thanks to the wood burners so dont let the time of year put you off.
    On arrival the yurts and kitchen were very clean and the lovely hosts were always available if needed but allowed us pur privacy. Personally the best part of the experience was the most beautiful walks without the need for a car to get there. The children loved the friendly dogs the most and enjoying being with the family in the evening playing games. The place has something for everyone!
    - 05 Jan 2019

  • Nichola Avatar

    What a fantastic stay we had in such a beautiful yurt in a beautiful part of Wales! Never stayed in such a relaxing, tranquil place, with just the birds tweeting and no one else around - it was perfect! The hosts are very friendly, the yurt was so cosy, especially on an evening with the stove lit, and the kitchen cabin was great with plenty of space and lovely, private views. We will definitely be booking again! - 12 May 2019

    Helen Avatar

    Shayne and Nathan’s yurt is absolutely beautiful. The decor is very attractive and colourful and the yurt feels so cosy with the log burning stove on. The scenery surrounding the yurt is absolutely stunning and there are also interesting and picturesque towns to visit nearby. The cooking, bathroom and shower facilities were beyond anything we expected and made the stay practical and easy. We would highly recommend staying here. - 24 Sep 2019

    Victoria Avatar

    Really fantastic place, very peaceful with beautiful views. Yurt was truly cosy, once the fire got going it was lovely and toasty despite being 1 degree outside. Hosts were super hospitable even when we got very very lost! Great facilities for cooking, eating and socialising. Very friendly dogs even came to say hello which was a lovely surprise! Already planning on coming back soon! - 30 Nov 2018

  • Karl Avatar

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

    Fran Avatar

    The yurt was amazing! A really picturesque location. It was really cozy with the log burner and made for a lovely winter stay. - 09 Feb 2020

    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

  • Tim Avatar

    First time we have stayed in the smaller Yurt. As amazing as the bigger one. Beautiful place, great views and a super place to relax and unwind. Highly recommend it as a place to go! - 03 Nov 2019

    Callum Avatar

    Beautiful yurt in an amazing location, we didn't want to leave. It's a brilliant place to go to relax and escape to nature. Inspiring to see how comfortable off the grid living can be. - 02 Jun 2019

    Sophie Avatar

    We absolutely loved staying in the yurt, it has such a cosy wonderful vibe to it and the location was beautiful. Everything about our stay was amazing, can’t fault a single thing. The location was great for walking and getting to near by towns and the yurt and all the amenities were super clean. Shayne and Nathan were on holiday so we didn’t get to meet them but there friends were super helpful and showed us around. We will definitely be going back again! - 19 Aug 2018

  • Ann-Kristin Avatar

    Brilliant place to go to enjoy tranquility and nature. The yurt is super cozy and perfect for a couple. we spent a whole weekend there and loved every second of it. - 06 May 2019

    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

    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

  • Melissa Avatar

    Gorgeous yurt and space. All very chilled and bed was so comfy. Wonderful waking up to the Berwyn forest and happily swinging in the hammock!! The small log burner off so much heat- which was lovely and would be so cosy in winter. Shayne and Nathan were very friendly and the chickens and dogs were a lovely addition! - 22 Jul 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

    Dan Avatar

    Peaceful location with great walks. - 24 Jul 2020


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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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