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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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  • David Avatar

    stunning all round wonderful retreat! - 09 Mar 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

    Sinead Avatar

    What a wonderful place! When we arrived in Cynwyd we were struggling with baggage and so Nathan very kindly offered to pick us up and take us to the yurts. It was a nice drive up to the yurts and we were greeted with the freshest air I’ve ever tasted.. Nathan showed us around the place and explained everything perfectly, we had nothing to really ask him (other than when we realised we don’t really know how fires work). We stayed in the smaller yurt and it was perfect for the two of us, it heated up really quickly and... read more - 20 Dec 2019

  • 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

    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

    Theo Avatar

    Really friendly hosts and very helpful if needed but very relaxed and leave you to it otherwise. The yurts are really beautiful, as is the setting. The kitchen is well stocked with kitchenware to cook good meals for large groups. We bought logs from Nathan and made fires in the pits in the evenings. Has the amenities and comforts of a chalet stay but still feels like you’re camping in the wild! Great stay! - 11 Aug 2019

  • 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

    Lucy Avatar

    What a special place this is! It was in exactly the location we were after for the Welsh leg of our road trip and the idea of a remote yurt certainly did appeal! The yurt was super comfortable and kept us cosy during some heavy rain. The view from the deck when the sun came out was fantastic. Kitchen cabin had everything we needed as well. Shayn & Nathan were great hosts and have created such a great place to stay. Totally recommend for anyone wanting something a little off the beaten track and different! I hope to get back... read more - 30 Jul 2018

    Elsie Avatar

    A lovely stay in a beautiful place! - 17 Feb 2020

  • Juliet Avatar

    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

    Jessica Avatar

    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

    Melanie Avatar

    This is our third time in the yurt, and as always, it was a true pleasure. Everything was immaculately clean and the Yurt was kept toasty warm with the wood. We will return, its one of our favourite get-aways! - 16 Sep 2018

  • Juliet Avatar

    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

    Tim Avatar

    Second time visiting this amazing yurt. Super hosts in a super setting. We had such an brilliant time here. A place to relax and enjoy such great scenery. Recommend this place to anyone. Thanks - 15 Aug 2019

    Claudia Avatar

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

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    Ayfer Karakus

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

    Sharron Avatar

    Beautiful scenic secluded place with comfy cosy yurt and great facilities for a peaceful stay. Very eco friendly with lovely hosts. We enjoyed ourselves - 07 Jun 2018

    Abigail Avatar

    This really was a hidden gem in the forest!
    We had such a wonderful time, we were made so welcome and relaxed the minute we walked into the beautiful yurt. The hammocks were amazing and extra facilities just perfect.
    Shayne and Nathan are people to really inspire to be like, they’re working so hard to have as little impact as possible on the planet, everything has been thought through and considered. Inspirational!
    Thank you, we can’t wait to come back! X
    - 21 Jul 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

    Karl Avatar

    Awesome location, awesome hosts, perfect off grid vacation. Cannot recommend enough! - 18 Feb 2018

    Mathilda Avatar

    What a beautiful stay ! Beautiful yurt with comfy bedding and a warm stove. And a beautiful location. Shayne & Nathan are amazing hosts and made us feel very welcome and also gave us our own space. Off-grid, nature powered. Sure it is magical in the Summer also. - 15 Mar 2019

  • Leslie Avatar

    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

    Tom Avatar

    Beautiful welsh scenery and surrounded by wildlife. Warm and good size Yurt - get the log fire going and you’ll be really toasty.
    Nathan and Shayne know the area well and recommended some great walks for dogs. You feel at peace sitting out on the veranda early morning with a cup of coffee listening to the flowing water and birds chirping away.
    Me and my wife stayed here for our first wedding Ann and our only regret is not staying long enough.
    We’ll be back eventually.
    Thank you Nathan & Shayne
    - 25 Mar 2019

    Bansri Avatar

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

  • Matthew Avatar

    We had a thoroughly enjoyable experience staying in the yurt.

    The location was perfect, with only the sheep and the odd chicken for company.

    Shayne & Nathan were very welcoming, meeting us on arrival and giving advice on places to visit.

    Hope we can return soon!
    - 12 Jul 2019

    Chloe Avatar

    An absolutely amazing experience!! such a beautiful yurt with lovely touches. My highlight was definitely renting their dog for the day for a long walk through the forest. 100% returning here
    - 17 Dec 2018

    Taylor Avatar

    All of our family loved it here. Nathan & Shayne made us feel so welcome and the location is stunning. A really special couple of days. - 08 Aug 2018

  • John Avatar

    Thank you for our fantastic "yurting" experience off grid. It was our first time in a yurt and it exceeded our expectations. Set in a fantastic location all the facilities were clean warm and beautifully decorated and the yurt was cosy. We enjoyed local country walks and the tranquillity. - 12 Mar 2019

    Juliette Avatar

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

    Anders Avatar

    A really wonderful place in the middle of nature. Great place to relax and to do some hiking in the surrounding nature. - 03 Aug 2018

  • Phoebe Avatar

    This place is absolutely stunning. The views are incredible, the yurt is gorgeous and the kitchen and toilet facilities are perfect! Nathan was a fantastic host and we had an amazing time! Took our two dogs who loved it just as much as we did! - 20 Jan 2020

    James Avatar

    You'll find everything you'd possible need for an off grid getaway. You certainly won't be slumming it with the great on site amenities.
    Highly recommended
    - 10 Feb 2019

    Andrew Avatar

    Great host and location - 31 Aug 2018

  • Leeanne Avatar

    Absolutely stunning location and a beautiful yurt.
    Nathan made us very welcome, while also giving us all the privacy we needed for a romantic trip away. All amenities were provided and the use of the log burning stove was explained to us; luckily because we didn’t have a clue! It turns out it was very simple to use and it made the yurt incredibly toasty on a chilly night.
    The yurt, the kitchen area and the bathroom were spotless and the bed was ridiculously comfy. Plus there was an adorable chicken called Esmeralda!
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    - 28 Mar 2018

    Clare Avatar

    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

    Ben Avatar

    Cannot recommend the Yurt enough. A very special magical space in beautiful surroundings with great hosts! We are all looking to stay again with you! - 10 Nov 2019

  • Andrew Avatar

    What a beautiful location. Being so high up is fantastic and it gives you a sense of escape.
    Delightful hosts and the best dog ever.
    - 18 Apr 2019

    Jen Avatar

    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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    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

  • Bradley Avatar

    From the get-go Nathan and Shayne where fantastic. Any questions you have leading up to to your check-inn date are responded quickly, Including local knowledge of information about any activities you've got planned in the area. The quick 10 minute introduction about the facilities was good, we even asked several questions about how the off-grid system they have works. The Yurt itself was incredible and very clean. The amenities on-site where also great and clean. Our group spent the day climbing Snowden and was lovely to come back to a shower (which uses straight off the mountain water) and have... read more - 21 Jul 2019

    Suzy Avatar

    Absolutely loved it, the best review we can give is that we wouldn’t change a single thing! Can’t wait to come back - 09 Apr 2018

    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

  • David Avatar

    Just back from my wonderful week away solo stay in Shayne & Nathan's yurt. Secluded enough to feel cut off from it all but with all the amenities you could possibly need for a longer stay, it's nestled in a stunning location with plenty of excellent walks on your doorstep. The yurt itself was sizeable, homely and it didn't take long for me to settle in. Shayne & Nathan were brilliant hosts, full of helpful tips and always on-hand to keep the wood burner stocked - their dog Ruby even showed me around the Cynwyd Forest trails! I'll definitely be... read more - 15 Mar 2019

    James Avatar

    Beautiful yurt, lots of space. Warm despite the freezing temperatures (and snow) outside. - 21 Jan 2018

    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


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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