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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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  • Mark Avatar

    Fantastic place and people. Will be staying again. - 04 Apr 2019

    Andy Avatar

    Nice space, cosy an nice view in the morning - 09 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

  • Paul Avatar

    Shayne and Nathan’s yurt is AMAZING. It’s the perfect escape for the weekend in the beautiful backdrop of North Wales.

    This is the second time I’ve stayed there with friends and Nathan is an amazing host. We felt instantly welcome and relaxed.

    I’d highly recommend this to anyone. It’s a great space and living off the grid is cool!
    - 09 Dec 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

    Tim Avatar

    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

  • Harriet Avatar

    Gorgeous nights stay in the hills with a great walk to follow :) - 19 Aug 2019

    Nathan Avatar

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

    Nicky Avatar

    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

  • Rhian Avatar

    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

    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

    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

  • Louise Avatar

    What a fabulous place to stay. Exactly as advertised: a warm and cosy yurt! We couldn’t have asked for more. The log burning stove in the yurt was more than enough to keep us toasty warm at night. The location is in a stunning part of Wales with beautiful views to observe and explore. The facilities extremely clean and well-kept whilst being environmentally friendly. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would definitely recommend to others. Thank you for being so accommodating Nathan! - 16 Apr 2019

    Nicola Avatar

    Brilliant! What more can we say! Amazing yurt in awesome location. Super hosts who made our little boys day by letting him chop wood with Daddy! - 21 Feb 2019

    Eamonn Avatar

    Fantastic location and great hosts. They even offered us an extra night free of charge due to storm Ciara - kitchen was spotless, yurt was clean and comfortable - had a fantastic stay - 09 Feb 2020

  • Waqas Avatar

    Shayne and Nathan are really great host. Everything was same as it was described and cleanliness was awesome. Place is beautiful and would highly recommend for relaxation and exploring the area around. - 25 Jul 2019

    Laura Avatar

    What an amazing place. The yurt is simply gorgeous with everything you could need. the skylight to the stars is such a lovely touch and the chickens made us giggle a lot. Snowdon walks less than an hour away, and plenty of lovely walks near by or just enjoy the space laze in the hammock and build fires ;) Lush!! - 10 Aug 2018

    Abby Avatar

    What an amazing place! We couldn’t of been happier to stay in one of the yurts! The most magical experience and beautiful views! There is no place like this! Outstanding. - 18 Sep 2019

  • Justine Avatar

    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

    Fia Avatar

    Shayne & Nathan we’re wonderful hosts, very attentive to our needs and keen to give tips on places to visit & local hidden gems nearby.

    The yurt was spacious, clean and we loved the hammock outside to chill in near the camp fire in the evenings.

    Very cool experience - would recommend to a friend and family!
    - 25 Jul 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

  • 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

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    Richard & Emma

    Great location and the Yurt is really cool. Shayne and Nathan were really helpful and facilitated a late check in for us travelling up from Guildford.

    Everything you need is here and it is a great base to explore from to places like Llangollen and Betsy.

    Thanks for your hospitality.
    - 04 Aug 2019

    Siobhan Avatar

    We had an amazing time, loads of lovely places to walk near by and some of the most beautiful Forrest's. The yurt had a really comfy bed and when the fire was going it was lovely and toasty even in November! - 17 Nov 2019

  • Spencer Avatar

    Conflicted about writing a review , want to keep this place a secret. But ... well they deserve the credit ... it’s an amazing location matched by and awesome place to stay. A magical venue ... there I’ve said it now ... please there there be space when I book again ❤️ - 04 May 2019

    Harry Avatar

    Staying in the yurt was a great experience of camping just more on the glamping side, that being you have a kitchen, bathroom and electricity. The hosts were nice and always replied to messages in a reasonable time. It is also in a good location with plenty of things to do nearby. - 15 Jan 2019

    Caitlyn Avatar

    Shayne, Nathan and there two beautiful dogs Tilly and Ruby were outstanding hosts. The resort is the definition of tranquility, so peaceful and relaxing. Something we definitely needed. We will be back. Thank you for such an amazing few days - 15 Nov 2018

  • Melissa Avatar

    Gorgeous yurt and space. All very chilled and bed was so comfy. Wonderful waking up to the Berwyn forest and happily swinging in the hammock!! The small log burner off so much heat- which was lovely and would be so cosy in winter. Shayne and Nathan were very friendly and the chickens and dogs were a lovely addition! - 22 Jul 2018

    Graeme Avatar

    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.

    - 07 Mar 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

  • 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

    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

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    Ayfer Karakus

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

    Hilary Avatar

    Outstanding. Spent four nights over Christmas. In the big yurt. Sleeps 8. Terribly romantic. Nice double bed. Fairy lights so sweet. Stylish design. Hot shower and flushable loo. Huge gas oven for Christmas dinner. Shared kitchen with couple in other yurt which worked fine. Location remote and beautiful. Found great Welsh stew at Grouse Inn but we drove there. Would be scary in ice as some steep drops from the road. Top of a hill so great views but our 4x4 was reassuring! Two lovely chickens. No roosters. Amazing retreat location. You've got to visit. - 26 Dec 2017

    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

  • 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

    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

    Karen Avatar

    This little yurt and cabin next door were fantastic - just right for the best and worst weather! It's secluded off the beaten track, and felt safe for my adventurous 8 year old. Host were great too - very helpful. I'm sure this site will continue to get better and better . Thank you. - 03 Jun 2018

  • Hannah Avatar

    Beautifully situated. Wonderful hosts and absolutely 100percent value for money. - 04 Oct 2019

    Polly Avatar

    An incredible weekend in the most beautiful setting. Really impressed with the yurt and amenities, We went in thick snow and all the time we spent in the yurt was in t-shirts - 18 Mar 2018

    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

  • Verónica Avatar

    Lovely place, unique experience! - 18 Nov 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

    Anne Avatar

    Beautiful yurt, everything was very clean, friendly hosts and lovely location. - 13 Aug 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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