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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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  • Lucy Avatar

    What a special place this is! It was in exactly the location we were after for the Welsh leg of our road trip and the idea of a remote yurt certainly did appeal! The yurt was super comfortable and kept us cosy during some heavy rain. The view from the deck when the sun came out was fantastic. Kitchen cabin had everything we needed as well. Shayn & Nathan were great hosts and have created such a great place to stay. Totally recommend for anyone wanting something a little off the beaten track and different! I hope to get back... read more - 30 Jul 2018

    Becca Avatar

    it was a beautiful get-away from the world. So peaceful and quite. The Hosts were also very lovely, friendly and happy to help where ever they can. Already planning the next trip up there. - 03 Jan 2019

    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

  • Siobhan Avatar

    We had an amazing time, loads of lovely places to walk near by and some of the most beautiful Forrest's. The yurt had a really comfy bed and when the fire was going it was lovely and toasty even in November! - 17 Nov 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

    Ryan Avatar

    Nathan and Shayne were very welcoming, the yurt was very comfortable and had a great view. There is plenty to see and do around the yurt. Had all the amenities that we needed. Would recommend a stay at this yurt. - 31 May 2018

  • 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

    Daniel Avatar

    A fantastic escape and a wonderful stay. I had never stayed in a yurt before but after some log burner practice we were snug as can be.

    A real shame that we only had 3 nights!
    - 22 Mar 2020

    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

  • Gemma Avatar

    Such an incredible experience being so far off grid in the crazy weather that goes on when you're so high up. The yurt was so cosey with the fire on and even though it was minus temperatures outside we were honestly too hot at one point.
    The lifestyle Shayne and Nathan have adopted is admirable and we certainly need more people who care so much about sustainability and don't relay on conviences so much.
    The surrounding areas are stunning, so quiet and peaceful and some lovely walks to go on.
    Thanks so much for the experience.
    - 01 Mar 2020

    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

    Joan Avatar

    A cheerful and friendly welcome. Helpful hosts. Good, clean, well provided facilities in the yurt, kitchen area and shower. A relaxing place to stay in a quiet spot of Wales. - 30 Sep 2018

  • 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

    Katy Avatar

    Absolutely loved our stay! Nathan & Shayne we’re very friendly and helpful giving us tips on where to go out for food. The yurt was very comfortable and super cosy and warm with the fire on. We will be coming back! - 30 Dec 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

  • Vicki Avatar

    A very relaxing stay. Off grid and very peaceful. Very clean facilities including kitchen facilities and shower/toilet room.

    The hammocks on the decking were great... lovely to chill out on after a day of exploring North Wales.

    Literally the only noise to be heard is that of the woodpecker and cuckoo of a morning and an owl... which was a lovely sound to hear.

    Shayne and Nathan although not there on arrival (as we arrived a little later than we expected) ensured we had all the information we required and Shayne came to greet us the following day when we were...
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    - 19 Jun 2018

    Bethany Avatar

    We had an amazing stay in Shayne and Nathan’s Mongolian yurt. It was beautiful and so cosy in the evening with the fire lit. We couldn’t have needed anything more as the set up is lovely with great cooking cabin and toilet and showers. A very cool place to stay and we can’t wait to come back again! - 04 Apr 2018

    Gareth Avatar

    Shayne and Nathans Yurts are beautiful, stylish and fantastically situated in a beautiful valley. And Shayne and Nathan are as lovely. Felt more than welcome every moment we were there. Look forward to staying again. Can not recommend enough. - 08 Oct 2017

  • Jez Avatar

    Beautiful location and wonderful hosts. Nathan met us when we arrived and gave us the tour and rundown of the facilities.
    Lovely helpful hosts, we were given space to enjoy our holiday whilst never being far away should we need anything.
    The kitchen is incredibly well appointed, shower is good and hot.

    If you're looking for a getaway from it all you won't find better than this
    - 27 Dec 2018

    Katie Avatar

    It’s a very relaxing retreat but with all the modern conveniences (WiFi, power sockets, power shower, gas hob and oven) while still being able to use renewable energy. They’ve honestly thought of everything. The thought and care shines through in the little touches. You won’t be disappointed. - 22 Jul 2018

    Carl Avatar

    The yurt was lovely, Shayne and Nathan are great hosts. The kitchen and bathroom are exactly what you need, pick some provisions up on the way in as you’ll be out of the way. Some great walks nearby, and a cracking pub up the road for tea. - 10 Jun 2019

  • Ria Avatar

    Shayne and Nathan are absolutely amazing hosts - they were attentive and incredibly kind! They welcomed our dog with love and he happily played with their dogs as well! Our stay in their yurt has everything you want and more, we spent everyday either in the yurt, outside next to the BBQ pit or walking in the countryside that surrounds their home. It is beautiful, cosy and relaxing - highly recommendable! Thank you to Shayne and Nathan for making Josh's birthday special and very memorable! - 20 May 2018

    Claudia Avatar

    we had a wonderful two nights in Wales, I couldn't' recommend more, such an incredible spot! - 26 Feb 2018

    Colette Avatar

    My partner and I spent 3 nights in Shayne and Nathan’s yurt, location was amazing, great to sit outside on the hammock chairs and listen to the birds. The yurt was cosy just such a great place to stay. My partner was ill one of the days and the hosts made sure he was ok which was really appreciated. dogs and chickens were also very friendly! Loved our stay. - 26 Jun 2019

  • Hazel Avatar

    You’ll love this place! Up on too of a hill, you can see the sunrise, sunset and moon rise. The changing weather systems make the scenery constantly different and interesting. The local village is super friendly as is the wee pub.

    There is plenty wild swimming around, loads of walks and wonderful nature.

    There is so much to do we ended up spending every day out the whole day but the yurt is huge and would allow for plenty of at home activities too.

    Shayne, Nathan and all the animals are welcoming, helpful and friendly.
    - 09 Aug 2020

    Juliette Avatar

    Amazing stay at Nathan's yurt where you can be and live in direct contact and respect of nature. - 08 Sep 2019

    Esther Avatar

    Absolutely gorgeous and comfortable yurt. Easy to make warm on a freezing cold night. Kitchen well equipped. Very peaceful and tranquil area. Would highly recommend to anyone wanting to get away from it all. - 29 Jan 2019

  • Nicola Avatar

    Lovely hosts, any questions you have they will respond very quickly. Very beautiful location. If you are looking for a weekend away, off grid, away from the hustle bustle of general life then this yurt is definitely the place to go for a mini break. - 01 Dec 2019

    Katrina Avatar

    I stayed alone in Shayne and Nathan's yurt and had an amazing time. Whilst the weather and my health wasn't fantastic I didn't take many long rambling walks as I'd hoped, but snuggling in the yurt and it's beautiful surroundings was just as lovely. Nathan gave me a postcode and to warn others, if you are not coming in through the village as I didn't it may send you up a hill with a 'Cynwyd Forest' sign on the right as described in the directions, but it is not the right one! Nathan was patient and lovely with my lateness... read more - 07 Jan 2020

    Craig Avatar

    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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    - 16 Jun 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

    Andy Avatar

    Nice space, cosy an nice view in the morning - 09 Nov 2018

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    Paulanuman Scott

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

  • Kathryn Avatar

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

    Bethany Avatar

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

  • Katy Avatar

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

    Sinead Avatar

    What a wonderful place! When we arrived in Cynwyd we were struggling with baggage and so Nathan very kindly offered to pick us up and take us to the yurts. It was a nice drive up to the yurts and we were greeted with the freshest air I’ve ever tasted.. Nathan showed us around the place and explained everything perfectly, we had nothing to really ask him (other than when we realised we don’t really know how fires work). We stayed in the smaller yurt and it was perfect for the two of us, it heated up really quickly and... read more - 20 Dec 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

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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

    Nicola Avatar

    Brilliant! What more can we say! Amazing yurt in awesome location. Super hosts who made our little boys day by letting him chop wood with Daddy! - 21 Feb 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

  • Kayleigh Avatar

    fantastic stay here! Loved every minute. Great hosts and communication. Loved this place. - 26 Apr 2019

    Ross Avatar

    Nathan was really friendly, and although we didn't have to interact a great deal, you could tell both Nathan and Shayne were incredibly attentive and helpful. The place itself is great and situated well for exploring. The yurt was fantastic, as were the rest of the facilities. It is the ideal place to escape stress and relax. - 20 May 2018

    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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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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