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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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  • Constance Avatar

    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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    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

    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

  • 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

    Al Avatar

    Beautiful space, I cannot recommend it highly enough. It was a magical few days which could have lasted much much longer. Shayne and Nathan were friendly, considerate and great hosts. Would go back in a heartbeat. - 22 Oct 2019

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    June Meagher

    Stunning location, wonderful hosts, sacred and beautiful energy. This has to be on you bucket list for places to escape too x - 22 Dec 2019

  • 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

    Lorna Avatar

    A beautiful and welcoming yurt set in an amazing location surrounded by forrests full of wild phesants! A great space to relax and reconnect with nature during the day then getting comfy around a fire pit at night and watching the stars. The yurt warms up a treat once the stove is lit and there were plenty of extra blankets to hand. The hosts Shayne and Nathan were always at hand to help if needed and provided a very friendly welcome. We took a short drive out down the A5 to Chirk Castle which makes a beautiful... read more - 02 Sep 2018

    Matthew Avatar

    Great off grid experience in beautiful area and close to Snowdonia. - 16 Nov 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

    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

    Ben Avatar

    It was our first experience of a Yurt and my sons were thrilled when we were shown around by our host.

    The facilities available were also fantastic with a large communal kitchen which was well stocked with kitchen equipment and the cleanest oven I think I’ve ever seen.

    Our Yurt also had access to a private toilet, shower and small kitchen area which was perfect for grabbing a coffee before you are able to face anyone.

    The yurt and area around the yurt feels very secluded and we only briefly saw the others staying in the other yurt once.

    We used...
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    - 17 Aug 2018

  • 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

    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

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    Kenny Clayton

    Had the pleasure of visiting this wonderful retreat recently. I can't recommend it highly enough. Ran by the most welcoming and friendly hosts, the retreat has everything you could wish for. Cosy yurts with log burning stoves, a well stocked Kitchen with everything you could possibly need, a roundhouse that's perfect for hosting a meditation or yoga class and miles upon miles of rolling hills and woodland walks. It's completely off the grid too. Perfect. - 30 Jun 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

    Jennifer Avatar

    Beautiful location. Even though it was raining we were nice and warm inside. Best part was listening to the owls at night ! Will definitely return!! - 27 Nov 2019

    Haylee Avatar

    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

  • Arjan Avatar

    We had a fantastic stay in the tranquil yurt. We loved the silence and the curious chicken that come around if you sdit outside. We love the off grid approach and yet it still felt like luxurious glampingglamping just more conscious. We plan to return soon. - 04 Aug 2018

    Amy Avatar

    Just got back from a 2 night stay at Shayne & Nathan’s Yurt. We couldn’t recommend it more, the hosts were brilliant, very welcoming and always there if you needed help. The yurt itself was lovely, very cosy with the log burner heating it up in around 15 minutes, and the cabin with the kitchen/toilet shower was great. It is in an ideal location, quiet, nice views and close to little villages. We had a great time and hope to be back soon! Thanks! - 21 Feb 2018

    Andy Avatar

    Beautiful secluded spot with incredible views. The yurt itself is fantastic - cosy, comfortable, the perfect getaway. Far enough to feel completely immersed in nature and to fully enjoy beautiful snowdonia, and close enough to the next village for anything you might need. Perfect spot! - 10 Nov 2017

  • 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

    Lydia Avatar

    Amazing hosts, and a beautiful space. The views are gorgeous and you dont need to walk far to see them! There's waterfalls down the track too; all in all a truly wonderful place to spend your time. I would recommend to everyone - 18 Jan 2020

    Juliette Avatar

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

  • 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

    Oliver Avatar

    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

    Katy Avatar

    Absolutely loved our stay! Nathan & Shayne we’re very friendly and helpful giving us tips on where to go out for food. The yurt was very comfortable and super cosy and warm with the fire on. We will be coming back! - 30 Dec 2018

  • Kirsty Avatar

    Beautiful scenery, amazing yurt and a lovely couple.
    Enjoyed 2 nights in one of Shayne & Nathans yurts. Such a cool space and has everything you need for a chilled out and relaxing time. Kitchen and bathroom facilities are great too. Hot shower and full range cooker! Hope to stay again soon!
    - 05 Jul 2018

    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

    Iona Avatar

    We were looking for somewhere to relax and this place offered just that! Stunning views surrounded by nature. Cosy yurt that warmed up in no time! So impressed with the fully equipped kitchen and bathroom. Everything was spotlessly clean on our arrival. Very friendly and helpful host who made us feel welcome immediately. Will definitely be returning in the future! - 10 May 2019

  • 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

    Jez Avatar

    Beautiful location and wonderful hosts. Nathan met us when we arrived and gave us the tour and rundown of the facilities.
    Lovely helpful hosts, we were given space to enjoy our holiday whilst never being far away should we need anything.
    The kitchen is incredibly well appointed, shower is good and hot.

    If you're looking for a getaway from it all you won't find better than this
    - 27 Dec 2018

    Kaz Avatar

    Amazing yurts and location, everything you need is available. A peaceful and magical place ✌️ - 01 Feb 2019

  • Jan Avatar

    Yurt was amazing. Spotlessly clean, comfortable beds, high quality bedding and towells, great kitchen.

    If you are thinking of booking - do it as everything about this holiday home is so so good.
    - 31 May 2019

    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

    Callum Avatar

    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

  • 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

    Louise Avatar

    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

    Bethany Avatar

    Lovely stay, lovely people, lovely area! Definitely recommend! - 17 Jun 2018

  • Scott Avatar

    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

    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

    Beth Avatar

    Everything about this place is amazing. - 22 Jun 2018

  • Nathan Avatar

    Amazing stay. Thankful for the accommodation ! - 16 Feb 2019

    Karl Avatar

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


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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