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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.

unplug ∙ recharge ∙ grow ∙ be

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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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  • Alex Avatar

    This place is just so special. Cannot recommend it enough. It's the perfect spot to disconnect and return to the peace and tranquility of nature. - 24 Nov 2019

    Paul Avatar

    What an incredible place. I can’t recommend this enough, get off the grid and unwind for a weekend!

    Nathan and Shayne are fantastic hosts who communicated really well and looked after us throughout the stay.

    They were happy to recommend anything locally but also left us to it in the yurt.

    Couldn’t ask for more for a weekend away relaxing.

    Thanks both for a top weekend!
    - 11 Mar 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

  • 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

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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

    Lisa Avatar

    What a hidden little gem. Perfect location, outstanding accommodation and the most amazing hosts.

    Thank you so much Nathan, we will definitely be back!
    - 30 Dec 2019

  • Alicia Avatar

    Really lovely surroundings. Nathan was easy going (Shayne was away, but I am sure she is also lovely!) and the yurt was a perfect little hub. We walked up the big hill with huge backpacks and I have to say the reward felt greater! Buuuuutt take up Shayne and Nathan’s offer for a lift if available. You’ll be thankful later - 29 Jan 2020

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    Ayfer Karakus

    Great hosts and place you can visit with your dogs and very affordable - 29 Dec 2017

    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

  • 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

    Beth Avatar

    Everything about this place is amazing. - 22 Jun 2018

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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

  • Martin Avatar

    Friendly hosts, amazing location and very clean accommodation . Would definitely visit again. - 14 Sep 2018

    Saskia Avatar

    We loved everything about this place! Staying off grid but with modern facilities was fantastic. Nathan and Shayne have really thought of everything here and you couldn’t wish for two nicer, more knowledgable hosts! We can’t recommend enough! Thank you again! - 05 Jun 2018

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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

  • Rochelle Avatar

    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

    Rebecca Avatar

    Of all the places we have stayed, this was the most magical and refreshing one to date. The location is breathtaking, fresh air and gorgeous views. The yurt is so cosy and beautiful. We drove 50mins and climbed Snowden. There is a village 5 minutes away. Shayne and Nathan were excellent hosts. - 21 Oct 2019

    Stella Avatar

    Such a beautiful location and the yurt was perfect to relax in, very cosy! - 30 Mar 2018

  • 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

    Lesley Avatar

    Most relaxing break ever, we will be back. Shared kitchen is excellent and shower/toilet spotless.
    Loved the yurt, warm, cosy and comfy on the frosty cold first night.
    Lucky to get a sunny Saturday in Wales and I just wanted to sit and swing in the hammock chair :)
    Fell in love with the chucks too! I felt right at home in this beautiful spot. The outdoor spaces are excellent.
    Lovely host nathan made us feel most welcome
    - 07 Apr 2019

    Kaz Avatar

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

    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

    Claudia Avatar

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

  • Matthew Avatar

    An amazing place to stay with plenty of walking routes nearby. Luckily the weather wasn't too cold for a January visit but the fire made the yurt very cosy for the evenings. Worth knowing that the kitchen is well stocked with utensils so great if you are wanting to cook from scratch. We would definitely recommend staying here if you're after a peaceful getaway! - 26 Jan 2020

    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

    Tom Avatar

    Shayne and Nathan are lovley hosts and very helpful. the yurt is comfy and warm and dry and the views are fantastic. they have thought of everything and the facilities are clean and to a high standard. a magical getaway and a truly relaxing experience - 02 Dec 2018

  • Christopher Avatar

    One of the rare places you stumble across on Airbnb, get super excited about, and it lives up to and even surpasses expectations! A beautiful place in a magical location!!

    Nathan and Shayne were both lovely, welcoming and attentive hosts, we had everything we needed and our stay was not only a breeze but also very relaxing and chilled!!

    I could easily return time and time again! And hopefully will!

    Thanks a bunch and see you soon
    - 21 Oct 2018

    Gemma Avatar

    We stayed in the bigger yert, and didnt use the log cabin at all expect for rubbish, as we wanted to experience off the grid living as much as possible. We cooked on the fire pit and heated food up in the stove. To do this you have to take your own cooking equipment. I'd also take an ex so you can go get your own logs. If you want to experience off the grid living but still want a bed and hot shower this place will defo give you that. Lovely views, it's quite privet, think we bumbed... read more - 03 Jun 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

  • 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

    Lisa Avatar

    Everything about this place is fantastic and highly recommended. The hospitality from Nathan and Shayne is great and the yurt itself is cosy and welcoming, but also wonderfully spacious. The facilities are clean and well equipped, remarkable when you are so rural and off grid. The setting is peaceful and scenic but the nearby Corwen has most amenities. A great base for walking, mountain biking or just lying by the fire reading. - 04 Nov 2017

    Mal Avatar

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

  • Steve Avatar

    You can look forward to peace, quiet, wind, chickens, views, lovely walks and all based in a beautiful yurt. Camping with attitude. - 01 Jul 2019

    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

    Tom Avatar

    Brilliant place in the hills, the yurt was great and such an experience to stay in! The peace and quiet was perfect! - 25 Oct 2019

  • 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

    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

    Toni Avatar

    An absolute joy.... - 07 Aug 2020

  • Anson Avatar

    We had a lovely time staying in the yurt. The lighting and the decor make it a very relaxing place to be. The wood stove was perfect for keeping it nice and warm and Nathan had plenty of logs and firestarters available throughout our stay. Both the yurt and the wood cabin were clean and we had no complaints with anything. Nathan is very genuine and hospitable, which helped to make our stay in Wales even better. We would definetly recommend staying here if you're looking somewhere quiet, beautiful and a bit different than your run of the mill hotel. - 22 Dec 2017

    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

    Edward Avatar

    This is the second time we stayed here and, just as expected, we had a fantastic time. Our daily adventures in the local forests ended with a hearty BBQ in the idyllic setting, then a cosy fire in the gorgeous yurt. Perfect!! Shayne and Nathan are breath of fresh air - down to earth, friendly and extremely helpful. We will definitely stay here again. Thank you! - 17 Jul 2020

  • Nicola Avatar

    A lovely remote place to feel refreshed and relaxed. Great location with plenty of local walks and very easy to access somewhere a bit of a drive away.
    Sooo cosy and great to be off grid for a while.
    - 22 Feb 2019

    Christine Avatar

    We spent a great night in Nathan and Shayne's yurt. It was lovely and cosy with the woodburner on and there was plenty room for 5 of us.
    It is in a great setting, the kids loved playing with Ruby the dog and we had a lovely walk in the forest before leaving.
    Would love to visit again.
    - 03 Apr 2018

    Claire Avatar

    We were blessed to have had a Heavenly stay in this sanctuary of sorts that was so lovingly dreamed into being by the wonderful Nathan and Shayne. Peacefully surrounded by beautiful nature whilst sleeping in a magical yurt knowing that it’s in an ecologically minded way is truly a gift! We are so thankful to the both of them and from the heart recommend a stay here. - 28 Jun 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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