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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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  • Kaz Avatar

    Amazing yurts and location, everything you need is available. A peaceful and magical place ✌️ 01 Feb 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

    Abby Avatar

    What an amazing place! We couldn’t of been happier to stay in one of the yurts! The most magical experience and beautiful views! There is no place like this! Outstanding. 18 Sep 2019

  • Bansri Avatar

    Would highly recommend for anyone considering staying there!! amazing location and beautiful yurt! 11 Aug 2018

    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

    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

  • Nathaniel Avatar

    Truly amazing. the location is breathtaking, Nathan and Shayne are amazing hosts and the yurt itself was incredible. Super cosy and comfy inside and out, the views in the day and night are stunning and hospitality is second to none! We will definitely be back! 12 Feb 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

    Steve Avatar

    A very peaceful and secluded place that is drivable to local amenities - but you may as well just take what you need and chill. We were impressed that it had internet facilities and the communal shower is a good one. The hosts are really lovely people and very welcoming. We've never stayed in a yurt before but we were happy with our stay and will look at yurts again in the future. The scenery is amazing. 27 May 2018

  • 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

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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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    Durk Jan

    Warm and very friendly people. We had a great time. Really a great place to relax and to walk with a wonderfull view. 24 Jul 2018

  • 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

    Svenja Avatar

    The yurt is as beautiful as in the pictures and we had a great time staying in it. The bed was comfy, there is a proper shower and all kitchen paraphernalia, one needs. Bring your own matches, towles, tea etc. though.

    The surrounding area is beautiful, Pistyll Rhaeadr is really worth visiting.
    19 Jun 2018

    Paul Avatar

    Shayne and Nathan’s yurt is AMAZING. It’s the perfect escape for the weekend in the beautiful backdrop of North Wales.

    This is the second time I’ve stayed there with friends and Nathan is an amazing host. We felt instantly welcome and relaxed.

    I’d highly recommend this to anyone. It’s a great space and living off the grid is cool!
    09 Dec 2018

  • Simon Avatar

    Absolutely brilliant stay in the most beautiful surroundings. Been to Wales many years ago and had forgotten what a wonderfully amazing part of the world Wales is. So green, full of valleys. Loveeeeeedddddd the yurt, the location, amenities (you thought of everything), the marshmallows around the fire watching the sunset. gorgeous walks on your doorstep. You made us feel so welcome and comfortable. We will be booking to come again with family and also with girlfriends. So wonderful to be reminded of the importance of positive well being, self reflection and connection to nature. We both hit the pause button... read more 12 Oct 2017

    Anna Avatar

    Fantastic find. We had a lovely stay - just wished it was longer!!! The yurt is comfortable and toasty warm. The wooden cabin kitchen has everything that you need. Would definitely recommend this to others. 24 Oct 2017

    Nathan Avatar

    Amazing stay. Thankful for the accommodation ! 16 Feb 2019

  • Mags Avatar

    We had a wonderful relaxing getaway here. The yurt is a beautiful space, romantic, comfortable and cosy. It's very quiet and the stars were amazing! We enjoyed walking in the Berwyn mountains and swimming/kayaking on Lake Bala.

    Nathan was very welcoming and helpful, telling us about local walks and lending us a map.

    The kitchen is well equipped and it's handy having a private loo right next to the yurt. I loved it here and wished we were staying longer.
    05 Sep 2018

    Maeve Avatar

    I highly recommend this unique trip! The yurt is incredibly comfortable and charming and the surrounding countryside is magnificent! Shayne and Nathan were very welcoming and helpful, it was a pleasure to meet them and experience some ‘off grid’ living! We will definitely be coming back! 02 Sep 2018

    Laura Avatar

    A fabulous weekend. The yurt was great, really cosy. Nathan and Shayne made us feel really welcome and offered us some great local tips. Will definitely return! 08 Apr 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

    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

    Mark Avatar

    Fantastic place and people. Will be staying again. 04 Apr 2019

  • Andy Avatar

    Fantastic place and the hosts were laid back and all round wonderful people. Perfect if you want your own space away from the hustle bustle. Highly recommended. 29 Jun 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

    Sarah Avatar

    Lovely accomodation, great hosts outstanding location. 29 Sep 2019

  • 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

    Peter Avatar

    Tranquil and scenic perfect for couples wanting to get away or a few of you to book a few yurts and enjoy a bbq and music in the summer. Hosts very welcoming 04 Apr 2019

    Jordan Avatar

    Shayne and Nathan were amazingly warm and welcoming, their local knowledge of beautiful walks was superb. They always went the extra mile in helping us find our way about and made a lovely peaceful and much needed break. We will definitely be booking again. 25 Apr 2018

  • Melissa Avatar

    Gorgeous yurt, very relaxing and the bed is extremely comfy. Fire is fabulous to. Lovely getaway if you looking to escape from it all! 29 Mar 2019

    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

    Jenni Avatar

    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

  • Shion Avatar

    this beautiful yurt is truly outstanding. The facilities, yurt, cabin and shower room were created with such concern for everyone's comfort. The yurt is gorgeous and the little stove in there makes you feel so cozy and comfortable. I slept better for the nights we were there that I have in years. We'll be back. A sacred Haven of deep peace and wonder. Thank you x 01 Oct 2017

    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

    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

  • Olivia Avatar

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

    Sharmila Avatar

    The place was an absolute bliss. We had a warm welcome by Nathan on arrival and he showed us around. The place it self was very clean and tidy. Very well facilitated or an off the grid life. Loved the fire pit and the bbq. 21 Jun 2018

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    Paulanuman Scott

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

  • David Avatar

    Hidden up the valley on the edge of a forest it is not the easiest to find but what a treasure awaits when you get there.

    An instant peace comes over you as you park up behind your yurt, before being wowed by the fairylights and wood burning stove to greet you in the cosy bed space. Even in icy temperatures the yurt holds its heat and with only the stream nearby you’re easily lulled off to sleep.

    To be clear this does not feel like a camping trip, the communal shower and bathroom are clean and warm. Attached to a large...
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    28 Oct 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

    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

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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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    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

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    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


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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