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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

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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  • Sharmila Avatar

    The place was an absolute bliss. We had a warm welcome by Nathan on arrival and he showed us around. The place it self was very clean and tidy. Very well facilitated or an off the grid life. Loved the fire pit and the bbq. - 21 Jun 2018

    Colette Avatar

    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

    Immi Avatar

    We had a wonderful trip, Nathan was the 'Host With The Most'. If you're reading this and wondering if you should - don't hesitate to book this beautiful yurt. It will be the foundation of the most natural, calming and revitalising retreat you could wish for... - 16 Sep 2018

  • Lauren Avatar

    Shayne & Nathan are both lovely people, they make you feel right at home! We really enjoyed our stay in their beautiful yurt and they were always there to provide a helping hand. The yurt was provided with a lovely view which required all the essential you need for a cosy weekend off the grid. I can't thank them enough for their kindness and for making our stay that extra special. I will most definitely be booking another weekend soon and I recommend to anyone :) - 02 Apr 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

    Kerry Avatar

    Friendly and welcoming hosts, very knowledgeable about the area with great walking route tips (and friendly dogs who might want to join you!). The hosts are very respectful of you being on a quiet, eco-friendly holiday. It was cosy and peaceful in the little yurt for me and my best mate. Comfy beds for both and fleece blankets available to sit on the porch on colder evenings. The log burner is so effective and the view from the porch tranquil. We loved the hammock seats outside. The decor really adds to the relaxing vibe with wall hangings and ambient lighting.... read more - 18 Aug 2019

  • Jenni Avatar

    Absolutely loved my stay at the Yurt. Its the second time I've stayed, and it's been just as lovely of not better. The facilities are great, and have grown since the first time I went a couple of years ago, and I will definitely be back with more now there's more space!! Nathan and Shayne are lovely, the location is perfect for doing nothing but close enough to go explore Wales, and the yurt is just amazing! Thank you again, Jenni - 13 May 2019

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    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

    Tessa Avatar

    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

  • Antonios Avatar

    Excellent location to get isolated and enjoy the nature. Really nice experience - 28 Feb 2020

    Hilary Avatar

    Really great and different place to stay...we all loved the yurt and the vibrant interior...gorgeous setting and kind hosts....a thoroughly enjoyable stay.... - 09 Aug 2018

    Joan Avatar

    A cheerful and friendly welcome. Helpful hosts. Good, clean, well provided facilities in the yurt, kitchen area and shower. A relaxing place to stay in a quiet spot of Wales. - 30 Sep 2018

  • Karl Avatar

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

    Stefan Avatar

    Nathan and Shayne were amazing hosts, really helpful with check in and local walks etc. The yurt and facilities were lovely and in keeping with their eco ethos. A great base to explore a beautiful area. Will definitely return. - 24 Oct 2019

    Jenny Avatar

    The yurt at Shayne and Nathan's was absolutely lovely. A very authentic yurt in true Mongolian style.
    The kitchenette and toilet facilities were private, modern and very well equipped.
    True glamping with a sustainable twist, a real find and a beautiful location!
    - 28 Jul 2019

  • Michael Avatar

    Had a lovely time staying at Nathan and Shayne's place. Great location, and really nice hosts. Liked the chickens wandering about, and the water (pumped from a nearby spring?) was amazing. Yurts were great too. - 01 Aug 2018

    Dan Avatar

    Peaceful location with great walks. - 24 Jul 2020

    Emily Avatar

    Met with a very warm welcome into a beautiful location, we were given a mini tour and had a little explanation of how all the amenities needed were supplied off grid. Impeccably clean!! Such and well throughout place, having the feeling of being outside of the night but with all the homely comforts!

    We will be back again!
    Thank you!
    - 20 Sep 2019

  • 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

    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

    Ruth Avatar

    The yurt is warm and cosy, set within beautiful countryside and we had some great walks. Nathan was a friendly and accommodating host and we enjoyed meeting him. Kitchen amenities had everything you need and the other facilities were excellent too. We will certainly be visiting again. - 08 Sep 2019

  • Karen Avatar

    Amazing facilities, great value for money. Loved every minute of our chilled 5 day stay over Christmas. Will definitely be returning and recommending to all our family and friends x - 28 Dec 2018

    Amy Avatar

    100% recommend was so relaxing! The yurt and the view was beautiful. - 05 Jan 2020

    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

  • Megan Avatar

    Great location, amazing hosts, friendly dogs tilly and ruby! seen so much wildlife, the shower and kitchen was always extremely clean, and the yurt was even more beautiful then the pictures, abit cold but once the fire gets going it’s extremely cosy, advise taking fire starting kits but overall an amazing trip! Will be back soon! :) x - 16 Feb 2018

    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

    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

  • Sharnamay Avatar

    This is a wonderful place to experience. We have wanted to come here for nearly two year and we finally managed to book a weekend away for our anniversary. It was everything we needed and more ! The views and surroundings are magical. Listening to the birds all day was soothing. The sunsets were great. We went here to celebrate our anniversary and it was a weekend we will have in our memory for a long time. The yurt had so many hippy vibes which was great ! This is definitely a place to get some tranquilty and stillness. We... read more - 22 Mar 2020

    Dione Avatar

    The yurt is a fun and unique way to spend the night camping. Shayne and Nathan offer all the amenities you need when camping and the yurt is situated in a tranquil area where you can sit under the stars by the fire pit or relax in the comfort of the yurt. We hope to visit again with our kids. - 01 Jun 2018

    Maggie Avatar

    We stayed in the large yurt as a group of four and it was spacious and extremely cosy with the log burner. The hosts Shayne & Nathan were lovely and friendly while leaving you to have privacy too. They had just completed a small seperate bathroom and kitchen for theyurt, which was excellent with everything that you could need, we cooked nice meals and sat out by the fire. Every little detail has been thought through! The area is of outstanding beauty and we did lots of walking. Highly recommended! - 24 Jul 2020

  • 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

    Jack Avatar

    The yurt was amazing! the beds inside are very confertable and having a log burner inside made it parricularly cosy! It was also a lot of fun having a fire pit and bbq outside to which you can use at your leisure! The area is beautiful and very tranquil, totally off the grid you can really relax. Nathan and Shane let us bring our dog with us and she loved it to! A very accommodating couple and a wonderful experience! - 15 Jul 2018

    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

  • Hannah Avatar

    Beautifully situated. Wonderful hosts and absolutely 100percent value for money. - 04 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

    Emilie Avatar

    My brother and I both enjoyed staying here, there were some great walks and the scenery was amazing. - 26 Mar 2018

  • Lindsay Avatar

    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

    Nichola Avatar

    What a fantastic stay we had in such a beautiful yurt in a beautiful part of Wales! Never stayed in such a relaxing, tranquil place, with just the birds tweeting and no one else around - it was perfect! The hosts are very friendly, the yurt was so cosy, especially on an evening with the stove lit, and the kitchen cabin was great with plenty of space and lovely, private views. We will definitely be booking again! - 12 May 2019

    Steve Avatar

    Lovely place in a beautiful setting. Very peaceful. We would very happily return. - 27 Jul 2020

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    Lynn-Amanda Brown

    This is such a beautiful place, created with love and held by Shayne and Nathan. I felt so warmly welcomed and also inspired by their whole vision of living in harmony with nature, using only natural, sustainable resources... They prove what can be achieved...a wonderful place to be. - 09 May 2018

    Sophie Avatar

    Exceeded all expectations, we thoroughly enjoyed every bit of our stay - even despite there being a storm. The yurt was so lovely, cosy and super clean - the stove heats it up really well and we stayed warm and snug all night long. The kitchen and bathroom also really clean, great hot shower and everything was provided that you’d need for an enjoyable break away in the countryside.
    We were just gutted the weather was rubbish and we didn’t get to enjoy the hammocks and outdoor fire pit - we’ll have to come back!! Not that we needed an...
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    - 03 Mar 2019

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    Hilary Pound

    Absolutely stunning location, The roundhouse fills you with love warmth and nurturing the minute you enter it and the yurts are delightful to stay in, Would recommend this place to everyone.
    Fabulous walks also right on your door step and a very warm welcome awaits you

    Hils x
    - 23 Nov 2017

  • Craig Avatar

    I have had the great pleasure in spending a night at Ty Mam Mawr and also running a weekend retreat there.
    I whole heartedly recommend this place for both time away and holding a retreat.
    The environment is gorgeous and secluded with a beautiful forest walk and open fields right near by.
    The yurts are a true delight to sleep in with ideal decor to match your get away in nature.
    Shayne & Nathan the owners are some of the most wonderful people I have ever met and so accommodating. If you want to be on your own doing your own thing...
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    - 16 Jun 2019

    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

    Stella Avatar

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