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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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  • Meredith Jones Avatar
    Meredith Jones

    Just got back from a fantastic retreat weekend, and would like to say a big thank you to Nathan, and Shayne for being the perfect hosts. If anyone is considering going to one of these retreats, all I can say is just do it! You certainly will not regret it. If you have anything that needs to be worked though, such as a difficult life situation, it can really help you to work through painful emotions, and gain a healthier perspective that can make it easier to gain closure moving forwards. Sign me up for the next one! :-) 27 Nov 2018

    Alex Avatar

    I stayed for a weekend in February with my partner and we both had a wonderful time - we only wish we could have stayed longer!

    The yurt is well furnished and, thanks to the stove, warm enough even on a cold night. The cabin kitchen is clean and well-equipped, and made things much more convenient. And it's all set in beautiful surroundings.
    18 Feb 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

  • Rebecca Avatar

    Beautiful and cosy would definitely recommended 29 Dec 2018

    Pascal Avatar

    If you're looking for a unique experience in a beautiful, secluded location this is it. Shayne and Nathan are warm and extremely accommodating hosts. They are very conscientious and much thought has been put into their yurts. Whatever the season, you'll love this place and be well looked after. 28 Oct 2017

    Sarah Avatar

    Fantastic location and great hosts. We are already planning our next trip 14 Jan 2018

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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

    David Avatar

    The yurt was lovely and cosy and Shayne was very welcoming. 14 Jun 2019

    Charlotte Avatar

    Love love loved our stay :) the location is beautiful, the yurt is beautiful, everything is so well done you can live comfortably off grid without feeling alienated we stayed here and climbed Snowdon, the journey was so straight forward and it was incredible to come back to such a chilled out space Shayne & Nathan are super lovely and helpful upon arrival , didn't disturb us after check in :) already hoping to come back and for a bit longer next time :) 23 Jun 2019

  • Ben Avatar

    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.

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    17 Aug 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

    Lauren Avatar

    We recently stayed for four nights with our 7 month old daughter and had a truly fantastic time. So nice to get away from everything and try something a little bit different.

    Plenty to do in the local area including some lovely river/ forest walks right on your doorstep. We spent an entire day just chilling in the yurt/ garden area and our little one clearly loved it. The yurt and surrounding grounds were a sensory haven for her with so many colours, lights, sounds etc... she got particularly excited when a chicken wandered into the yurt!

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    23 Aug 2019

  • Johannes Avatar

    Staying here exceeded our expectations. It was the perfect secluded haven for a much needed nurturing time. Immersed in nature in a stunning clean yurt, adjacent to a super well equipped cabin. We had all the facilities needed for a short break. Clean air in superb settings, no light pollution enabled nights to be filled with clear views of star filled evenings. We didn't need to go anywhere as the walks on our doorstep gave us ample opportunity to explore the stunning beauty of this location. The hosts Shayne and Nathan were the best, kind, openhearted down... read more 26 Sep 2017

    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

    Lauren Avatar

    We absolutely loved our stay. A beautiful retreat from the world with cozy spaces and friendly pups and chickens. Easily accessible to Bala, Llangollen, and Corwen, but also really nice to just stay close and explore the trails. The kitchen and bathroom were immaculate and the yurt itself was warm and so comfortable. Shayne was so helpful and fun to talk to. 15 Jun 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

    Haylee Avatar

    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

    Natalia Avatar

    We loved everything about our stay: the yurt was magical, the location peaceful and Nathan was lovely and very helpful throughout. Waking up every day to pheasants and chickens running around was a highlight! We came back refreshed from a fantastic few days in nature despite having more rainy weather than we’d expected. 05 Mar 2019

  • Callum Avatar

    Would recommend to anyone who wants a peaceful retreat into nature absolutely divine place with stunning scenery and lovely hosts who made us feel relaxed and welcome during our visit 28 Apr 2018

    Lucie Avatar

    Perfect perfect perfect.... what a fantastic place and such lovely hosts... a real oasis. 08 Feb 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

  • Neve Avatar

    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

    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

    Alex Avatar

    Really beautiful and remote. Shayne and Nathan couldn't have been nicer too. 07 Sep 2018

  • 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

    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

    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

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    Claire King

    Sheer Love, Healing and Power emanates from The House and I was gifted with the opportunity of sharing in some of Her energy, truly a blessing and an honour to have had such an experience. Shayne and Nathan are pioneer souls of the New Earth and have manifested a sanctum that anchors as much as it radiates. Immeasurable gratitude to the work being dreamed, crafted and actualised here and may the vision ever-expand according to the Highest Good of All. Ty Mam Mawr, a keystone, reminds us of what our hearts never forgot but our minds resist - living harmoniously... read more 30 Jun 2018

    Polly Avatar

    An incredible weekend in the most beautiful setting. Really impressed with the yurt and amenities, We went in thick snow and all the time we spent in the yurt was in t-shirts 18 Mar 2018

    Arron Avatar

    Perfect accommodation and hosts. If you want to kick back with nature, this is the place for you! Access to nice walks, water and country pubs. 15 Jul 2018

  • Tina Huxley Avatar
    Tina Huxley

    What a beautiful place in a beautiful setting!

    I had a fabulous weekend retreat with the most delisious food. Shayne and Nathan are super hosts! Highly highly recommended!!!

    Can't wait to visit again soon! 👌♥️
    13 Jul 2018

    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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    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

  • Lisa Avatar

    We had a wonderful weekend away is this fabulous yurt. The location is perfect and simply peaceful. Nathan was a brilliant host. Excellent communication and the yurt was exactly as advertised. The log fire ensured we were cosy at night. Sitting out on the deck in the evening is just tranquil; the stars are so bright. We did lots of walking around the local area. Thanks for the tips and the use of your map. We will certainly recommend to friends and will be back ourselves sometime soon. Thanks for a fabulous weekend break. Love from Lisa, Tom & Maisy... read more 14 Apr 2019

    Julie Lines Avatar
    Julie Lines

    What an idyllic, special place Ty Mam Mawr is! The perfect place to retreat, to unwind and reconnect with nature and the land. Shayne and Nathan are the most hospitable, generous and authentic people I know and pour their love into everything they offer here. The yurts, cabins and roundhouse are stunning and so relaxing. You are truly in the heart of Welsh nature and it is so good for the soul! Highly recommend. Thank you for creating this amazing off grid eco retreat haven Shayne and Nathan. XXX 09 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

  • Matthew Avatar

    Great off grid experience in beautiful area and close to Snowdonia. 16 Nov 2018

    Lorna Avatar

    A beautiful and welcoming yurt set in an amazing location surrounded by forrests full of wild phesants! A great space to relax and reconnect with nature during the day then getting comfy around a fire pit at night and watching the stars. The yurt warms up a treat once the stove is lit and there were plenty of extra blankets to hand. The hosts Shayne and Nathan were always at hand to help if needed and provided a very friendly welcome. We took a short drive out down the A5 to Chirk Castle which makes a beautiful... read more 02 Sep 2018

    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

  • Lauren Avatar

    Shayne & Nathan are both lovely people, they make you feel right at home! We really enjoyed our stay in their beautiful yurt and they were always there to provide a helping hand. The yurt was provided with a lovely view which required all the essential you need for a cosy weekend off the grid. I can't thank them enough for their kindness and for making our stay that extra special. I will most definitely be booking another weekend soon and I recommend to anyone :) 02 Apr 2018

    Alexandra Avatar

    We arrived and were greeted by Nathan who was very welcoming. The location was amazing with great views of the mountains. The yurt was so cosy and clean with beautiful furniture and rugs. We were allowed to take our dog lily who had a lovely holiday, we drove to the beach, went to snowdon and the nearby villages. We would definitely recommend this holiday to anyone who wants to escape and relax! Hope to go back in the future! 01 Jul 2017

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    Tess Ingleby

    What a privilege to have spent 3 days on a White Lion retreat, the 13 Laws of Lionhearted leadership, with Linda Tucker and Julie Lines, in this place...PURE MAGIC .... the love shayne and Nathan have put into creating this very special place is abundant, all feels in harmony with the beauty and deep quiet of nature that surrounds it . The Mongolian yurt is gorgeous, and the round house a wonderful space to work in .........and it's all off grid... the dogs and chickens integrate with whatever is going on as equals , there is... read more 08 May 2018

  • 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

    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

    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


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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