Discover Ty Mam Mawr

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

We love to help you feel at home.

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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  • Ian and Ruth Rawson Avatar
    Ian and Ruth Rawson

    We loved it, its a wonderful space, a joy - 13 Sep 2021

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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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    Helen

    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

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    Michele

    If you are looking for a quiet retreat in the beautiful mountains and forest of Wales, this Yurt is the perfect escape! It is the exact right balance of camping and comfort, glamping at its finest. The real fire furnace inside the yurt along with all of the comfortable beds, cushions and blankets make the inside warm and cozy. The outside area is perfect for meals and relaxing. Everything needed for cooking, grilling and building a fire in the put pit are provided. Nathan and Shayne's warm hospitality complete the experience, along with visits from... read more - 06 Jul 2021

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    Briony Gunsen

    What a (re)treat!! I had the most incredible stay at Ty Mam Mawr – Shayne and Nathan were such warm and generous hosts. A group of us booked out the site for a meditation retreat and it was the perfect setting to allow for such work to take place. Gorgeous scenery, beautiful, cosy yurts to stay in, a nearby waterfall that we walked down to and swam in! Adorable friendly pets – dogs and chickens! – that roamed around, sweetly interacting with us. And the site is clearly a labour of love – these stunning, eco-friendly structures. Oh and I mustn’t forget Shayne’s... read more - 30 Apr 2021

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    John

    The location of this yurt is beautiful and the yurt and accompanying cabin are equipped with everything you will need, hot water,power shower,electrical sockets lighting ,heating and much more .Our only disappointment was that we didn't stay longer. John and Annice - 04 Sep 2020

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    Sally

    A fabulous retreat, all the amenities you could hope for and more. Can’t recommend highly enough. 5*’s all the way. - 18 Feb 2019

    Chris Avatar
    Chris

    We spent a fantastic four days in Shayne and Nathan's wonderful yurt. Very clean and comfortable and all the facilities were well thought out and worked well.

    Shayne and Nathan were always on hand if we had any questions and gave us a warm welcome. Shayne took plenty of time showing us around and talking us through how evertying worked.

    Snowdonia is within easy reach. We climbed Tryfan and Cadair Idris, both of which were about 45 minutes drive away.

    Of course it helped that the weather was fantastic, but if it hadn't have been, the yurt is so big...
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    - 30 May 2018

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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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    Mal

    Don’t miss the opportunity to stay in this amazing place with amazing hosts. - 12 Jul 2018

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    Henry

    Beautiful accommodation in a lovely secluded location. The perfect getaway from the usual city life. Will undoubtedly be returning again. - 30 Jun 2019

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    Pascal

    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

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    Juliette

    Magnifique yourte au milieu de la forêt. Une très belle expérience, tout en respectant la nature ! - 21 Apr 2019

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    Andrew

    Great! - 30 Mar 2018

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    Jen

    We had a lovely time here. Shayne & Nathan are lovely and helpful hosts with clear knowledge on the local area with lots of suggestions of what you can do in the area. We loved the suggested walk we went on and we visited a local waterfall as suggested which was beautiful. All in all, we had a great experience here and have already recommend the place to put friends and family. Thank you for having us :) - 15 Feb 2019

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    Emma Groves

    We had the absolute pleasure of running our first official retreat at Ty Mam Mawr and what an experience it was! Shayne and Nathan, who own this beautiful space, are the most helpful and gracious owners. From start to finish they assisted us wherever we needed, from frequent phone calls on the lead up to the retreat, to providing recipes and even cooking our whole group a delicious meal on the last night x Shayne and Nathan what you have created together is absolutely awe inspiring and I cannot recommend this place enough to others. Mickey and I will be... read more - 04 Sep 2019

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    Juliet

    Well, another blissful weekend at the Yurts. This time we had the weather with us and it was perfect- sunny and blowy, with chilly nights. Perfect yurt weather and Cynwyd weather as the walks through the woods and up by the waterfall are beautiful. As before, the yurts were equipped with logs, blankets and cushions for a cosy time In the evenings and everything was spotlessly clean. We were in the big yurt this time and it was fabulous. So much room. Very comfortable beds, a piping hot three way shower and well equipped kitchen makes it top glamping. Unforgettable... read more - 31 Mar 2019

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    Lindsay

    Had an amazing time, yurt was beautiful and in a gorgeous location. Kitchen and bathroom facilities we’re spot on and very clean. Nathan and Shayne were just a message away if we needed anything.
    Had lots of fun playing fetch with the owner’s dogs. Lots of hiking routes around the area. Perfect to get away from it all for a few days. Would recommend to anyone wanting a bit of piece and quiet in the countryside. Will definitely be booking again :)
    - 02 Apr 2019

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    Fia

    Shayne & Nathan we’re wonderful hosts, very attentive to our needs and keen to give tips on places to visit & local hidden gems nearby.

    The yurt was spacious, clean and we loved the hammock outside to chill in near the camp fire in the evenings.

    Very cool experience - would recommend to a friend and family!
    - 25 Jul 2018

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    Louise

    The yurts are so lovely, they are decorated beautifully with everything you need close by. The hosts are very welcoming and happy to help with anything you need. They are a pleasure to stay in with relaxing surroundings and i look forward to going again in the future! Amazing place and a credit to the hosts!! - 12 Jul 2019

    Kate Avatar
    Kate

    Two of us stayed in the larger yurt for 3 nights: it was a beautiful and luxurious space with lovely attention to detail. We stayed when it was wet, windy and cold, and had a great time, cosy in the yurt with the fire going. We couldn't believe how warm we were - hardly left it except for a walk through the forests and into the empty mountains! The compost loo and the little outdoor kitchen just meters away were really convenient, and the main kitchen and bathroom was only a few steps up the hill when needed. Shayne and... read more - 06 Jan 2018

  • Nia Lloyd-Jones Avatar
    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

    Paul Avatar
    Paul

    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

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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

  • Emily Avatar
    Emily

    Faultless! Nathan gave us the warmest of welcomes and made us feel at home right away, which is such a relief when traveling with dogs. The space is absolutely stunning, well designed with lots of thoughtful touches like handmade rugs, mood lighting, extra blankets, logs for the fire etc. The whole trip was made completely stress free by the detailed instructions from detailed directions to log burner operations. The location is perfect for a quiet getaway surrounded by beautiful walks through the woods with some stunning views as recommended by the amazing hosts. We’ll definitely be returning soon! - 22 Sep 2020

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    Tim

    We had a fantastic and peaceful time in this spacious, magical, beautifully lit traditional yurt, away from it all in the midst of the North Welsh hills. Very friendly, accommodating hosts - 09 Oct 2020

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    Andrew

    Great host and location - 31 Aug 2018

  • Mike Avatar
    Mike

    Wonderful part of the country. Drive through Snowdonia to the west coast while you're there. Great for recharging and spending quality time with loved ones. Can get chilly in the night this time of year so make sure you've always got wood for the log burner.
    Shayne & Nathan are very welcoming and were quick to respond to any questions.
    - 01 Nov 2019

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    Clare

    Our third trip staying at shayne a and Nathan's and we absolutely love it, and wish we could live there. The hosts are really friendly and lovely people to be around, we ran out of wood, so nathan happily came and chopped some for us. The yurts are so comfortable, and the facilities are great for any weather. Hope to stay again soon. - 27 May 2019

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    Fiona

    We had such a wonderful time staying here, the location is so beautiful, the yurt is stunning so cozy with the log burner. It was so nice to relax on the hammocks and stargaze. We stayed here last year & booked to come again as its so magical for our baby moon. Nathan is a fantastic host, what a lovely. We are looking forward to returning again. Thankyou x - 15 Nov 2020

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    Rochelle

    Very quiet and peaceful holiday which was perfect for us and our dog. Great location with many walks close by, to get further afield into snowdonia it took us roughly a 1 hour drive each time but this gave us great opportunity to stop off at beauty spots. It can get very cold in the yurt at night so the use of the wood stove is very much needed and the included free bucket of logs you get lasts at least 5 days. You share the kitchen and bathroom with the smaller yurt which everytime was clean and had... read more - 05 Jul 2019

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    Oliver

    What a beautiful space in idyllic surroundings, perfect to unwind, relax and connect with nature. The yurt is both beautifully decorated and very cosy, the fire kept us toasty and our two 5month old twins were slept like proverbial logs. Shayne and Nathan are perfect hosts and put the cherry on top of a much needed break away. We will be back to swim in the waterfalls in summer - 19 Mar 2020

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    Juliet

    The yurt is cosy with speakers for an iPod, electricity, a really efficient stove and two very comfortable beds. The bathroom is the piece de resistance- hot, fast, efficient shower with different settings for getting a top to toe clean! Also, a very well stocked clean kitchen and all with a fantastic view and plenty of parking. Lovely. I feel rejuvenated! - 09 Dec 2018

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    Rhian

    Wow! What a wonderful place to stay! The perfect place to get away from it all, chill and just enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Beautiful location and still convenient for other towns. Would definitely recommend the walk to Liberty Hall from the yurt and being around for sunset, also using the fire pit and star gazing at night. We'll certainly be back in future! Great, friendly and helpful hosts too xxx - 19 Sep 2019

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    Scott

    One of the best places we've ever stayed. The area is like stepping into another world. Serene and peaceful, no light pollution so tonnes of stargazing to be had. Not far to a couple of idealic locations for excursions or hikes! - 05 Feb 2020

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    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

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    Betina

    Amazing place to spend some time away from the busy city.
    100% Recommended!
    - 30 Jul 2021

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    Hazel

    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

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    Stephanie

    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

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    Juliette

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

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    Sarah

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

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    Clare

    Another amazing stay here at shayne an nathans! This time we stayed with friends in the big yurt. It was beautiful and very comfortable. Great new areas have been added since our last trip, compost loo and a new fire pit area. And some really sociable chickens. Thank you for having us all. Cant wait to come back. - 22 Apr 2018

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    Alex

    I have been back to this location many times now to hold my 'Return To Nature' retreat with groups from London and other parts of the UK. The place never fails to deliver. Winter, Spring, Summer or Autumn the land is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to in the UK.

    Aside from the setting, it is always an absolute pleasure to see and catch up with Shayne and Nathan who are becoming dear friends and have infused the place with LOVE which is immediately felt by anyone present. I'll be back again a few more...
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    - 26 Apr 2021

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    Natasha

    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

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    Nick

    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

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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