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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  • Hetty Avatar
    Hetty

    Nathan and Shayne were such lovely hosts, we had a very peaceful and relaxing holiday in Cynwyd. We stayed for a week with our new baby and dog and we had everything we needed right on our doorstep. Stunning views, lovely walks and a gorgeous yurt to return to for cosy evenings and rainy days. Shayne and Nathan couldn’t have been more hospitable and the kitchenette was well stocked with everything we needed. We would love to go back one day, it was the perfect holiday for our new family. - 07 Sep 2020

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    Sean

    Fantastic off grid short stay - 24 Aug 2020

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    Jessica

    This was our first experience staying in a yurt and it was amazing! The Yurt was absolutely stunning, with a beautifully decorated interior, cozy wood burner and lots of quirky cushions and dream catchers.

    The location was also very beautiful. We felt very close to nature and loved walking around the grounds. It was snowing during our stay so seemed even more magical! Rich, who was looking after the place, asked if we wanted to stay a bit longer to avoid driving in the snow. Unfortunately we couldn’t but it was a very kind offer!

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    - 26 Feb 2020

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    Matthew

    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

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    Georgina

    Shayne and Nathan's yurt is in a stunning location, so peaceful and quiet, a real treat to have no road noise! The hosts are on hand, but totally respectful of our privacy, we felt like we had our very own bit of Welsh mountain. The yurt , cabin and bathroom were all spotless and really well equipped, it was really easy to cook tasty meals both in the kitchen and on the fire outside. Loved it and hope to be back, thank you! - 18 Sep 2020

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    Abigail

    Beautiful hilltop yurt with fantastic views, ideal for a weekend away getting back to nature! Super helpful and friendly hosts who have produced an eco way of glamping! - 13 May 2021

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    Julie

    Stunning location .. beautiful yurt. Comfortable bed with extra blankets if needed but was lovely and warm in the yurt with the fire lit. Perfect place , very eco friendly .. in a stunning location. Friendly hosts who are very helpful. We will be back x - 07 Mar 2019

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    Joanna

    We had a one night stopover in the big yurt. The yurt is as described and we had an idyllic sunny evening sitting by the fire outside. We were comfortable and cosy and enjoyed our stay. - 26 Aug 2021

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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

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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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    Natalia

    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

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    Justine

    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

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    Ian and Ruth Rawson

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

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    Damian

    It's a set in a beautiful area of Wales, remote but not too far away from key places to visit. Feels like you are away from it all there. Weather was bad during our stay, but still got to see thousands of stars one night. The big yurt can hold more people too, so great for a big family, and very cosy with the fire going x - 28 Aug 2020

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    Kayleigh

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

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    Leslie

    This is a special get away- you’ll find everything you need and more. The yurt is beautiful and warm. Not far away from snowdonia- perfect long weekend treat. - 15 Dec 2019

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    Tessa

    We absolutely loved our stay! It was exactly what we needed and the most breath taking views to relax in at the end of a long day exploring! Lovely, friendly hosts and the yurt itself is full of character. Would definitely recommend to anyway looking to get away! - 01 Aug 2020

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    Michael

    What an amazing place We had the most incredible time last weekend. Yet again Ty Mam Mawr provides a safe space for us to work on ourselves. - 01 Jan 1970

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    Danielle

    Myself and my 3 friends spent a weekend here, we all had an amazing time!! I would definitely recommend 2/3 night minimum as it is off grid and theres a lot to see and do around the area but you’ll need that bit more time as you have to travel quite a bit to get to places. Kitchen and shower facilities were superb. Breathtaking views and location, both hosts very happy to help. I would recommend speaking to the hosts on how to get there prior your journey, just as air bnb directions sent us a little wrong . Definitely recommended!! - 23 Sep 2018

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    Alex

    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

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    Lisa

    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

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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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    Tamsin

    Brilliant trip. The yurt was beautiful and cosy. Even though it rained for most of our trip we were determined to go out walking, but we were able to come back and cosy up to the indoor wood burner, listening to the rain on the roof. On a clear night we sat out by the outdoor fire pit enjoying the stars. The kitchen had everything we needed. The surrounding area is stunning too.
    Nathan met us on arrival to show us around, he was very welcoming and friendly. Whenever we needed anything we just sent him a quick message and he...
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    - 23 May 2021

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    Tim

    First time we have stayed in the smaller Yurt. As amazing as the bigger one. Beautiful place, great views and a super place to relax and unwind. Highly recommend it as a place to go! - 03 Nov 2019

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    Haylee

    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

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    Tom

    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

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    Mags

    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

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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 coming... read more - 30 Apr 2020

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    Bethany

    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

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    Callum

    We had such a wonderful time at Shayne & Nathan's little haven these last few days. The location is beautiful, the place cosy and welcoming, all in a secluded and tranquil setting. Can't recommend it enough if you fancy an escape. Thanks guys! - 20 Mar 2020

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    Maggie

    Fantastic place, great to get away and back to nature. So relaxing. - 10 Mar 2019

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    Benjamin

    Nathan and Shayne have a perfect spot of paradise here. They were both most helpful and had loads of information on the local area. The yurt was spacious, clean and beautiful. Couldn't ask for more. Will be returning! - 20 Jul 2021

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    Colette

    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

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    Reece

    The big yurt is perfect, it looks exactly as the pictures suggest. The location is off the beaten track and very peaceful. Last but not least the hosts Nathan and Shayne are superb too. Would recommend this place to anyone! - 29 Apr 2021

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    K

    Excellent hosts - Nathan had great communication and made check-in super easy. The yurt was very cosy and even when it was only 5 degrees outside, the inside was so warm (after a couple of minutes with a log on the fire!) Will recommend to anyone looking for a short stay in the North Wales mountains. - 10 May 2019

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    Robbie

    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

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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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    Nicky

    Perfect piece of paradise; with a tangible loving and healing vibe to the space. Generous and thoughtful hosts, resident chooks and pups welcoming committee, great facilities and exceptional view from the smaller yurt ✌ - 01 Aug 2019

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    Graeme

    Would definitely recommend as the whole experience was perfect and there’s plenty to do in and around snowdonia.

    The whole place was clean and beautiful and look forward to doing it again.

    You won’t be disappointed.

    Thanks
    - 07 Mar 2019

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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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    Sarah

    Lovely accomodation, great hosts outstanding location. - 29 Sep 2019

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    Phoebe

    We loved staying in the Yurt it was a really unique experience! It is in a beautiful location, the bed is comfy, there’s a wonderful outdoor area with a cover/fire/bbq, the kitchen and toilet are clean and had every thing we needed. We especially loved the friendly chicken that came to visit. Would definitely recommend! - 18 May 2021

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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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    Manni

    What a lovely little retreat. We stayed here with our young children and pet pooch. We all loved it! Nathan greeted us and showed us around, then a chicken came by to say hi, and before long the neighbouring cows introduced themselves.
    The yurt was clean and gave off good chilled vibes, we had use of a private outdoor space to have a fire and bbq with a spectacular view of the Welsh hills. If we ever needed help Nathan was more than willing to help. Definitely recommend to anyone that is looking for a break away fortune usual daily grind....
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    - 27 May 2021

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    Niki

    Enchanting, exhilarating, like staying in a living painting. The location is stunning 400m up hugged by the valley & pines. The yurt was a snug Bohemian heaven. All you could want ‘off the grid’! Very impressive amenities, water from the spring, electricity from the solar panels.... Very effective log burners. Easy & accessible to get there. As for the hosts, just beautiful people. All expectations exceeded!! I will be back! - 17 Nov 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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