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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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  • Anson Avatar

    We had a lovely time staying in the yurt. The lighting and the decor make it a very relaxing place to be. The wood stove was perfect for keeping it nice and warm and Nathan had plenty of logs and firestarters available throughout our stay. Both the yurt and the wood cabin were clean and we had no complaints with anything. Nathan is very genuine and hospitable, which helped to make our stay in Wales even better. We would definetly recommend staying here if you're looking somewhere quiet, beautiful and a bit different than your run of the mill hotel. - 22 Dec 2017

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    Simon Huxley

    Such a wonderful retreat here in Wales, the shaking, food, accommodation and welcome from shayne and Nathan was first class, looking forward to the next one already. - 13 Jul 2018

    Ellie Avatar

    After reading all the amazing review's on Nathan and Shaynes place we were super excited for our little break away, all expectations were met and exceeded. A beautiful space and such welcoming friendly hosts, you will not be disappointed. The yurt was cosy, clean and exactly as decipted on the photographs we viewed beforehand. There is a well equipped kitchen and fitted bathroom, though we did all our cooking on an open fire under the stars- absolute bliss. Llangollen is a beautiful town just 20 minutes drive away, we would recommend there for a day out! Though the ground and... read more - 15 Feb 2019

  • 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

    Alex Avatar

    Really beautiful and remote. Shayne and Nathan couldn't have been nicer too. - 07 Sep 2018

    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

  • 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

    Becca Avatar

    it was a beautiful get-away from the world. So peaceful and quite. The Hosts were also very lovely, friendly and happy to help where ever they can. Already planning the next trip up there. - 03 Jan 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

  • 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

    Lisa Avatar

    Everything about this place is fantastic and highly recommended. The hospitality from Nathan and Shayne is great and the yurt itself is cosy and welcoming, but also wonderfully spacious. The facilities are clean and well equipped, remarkable when you are so rural and off grid. The setting is peaceful and scenic but the nearby Corwen has most amenities. A great base for walking, mountain biking or just lying by the fire reading. - 04 Nov 2017

    Shion Avatar

    this beautiful yurt is truly outstanding. The facilities, yurt, cabin and shower room were created with such concern for everyone's comfort. The yurt is gorgeous and the little stove in there makes you feel so cozy and comfortable. I slept better for the nights we were there that I have in years. We'll be back. A sacred Haven of deep peace and wonder. Thank you x - 01 Oct 2017

  • Kathryn Avatar

    Lovely, special place. Peaceful and snug. Good host. - 12 Jul 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

    Ruth Avatar

    Comfy bed, which allows for a great night sleep. The dog loved staying in the yurt too! Awful weather but got cosy with the log burner. Thanks - 27 Aug 2018

  • 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

    Charlotte Avatar

    My family and I stayed here to celebrate my birthday. The yurt is beautiful and the facilities are well above the standard you would expect from off grid living. We were able to enjoy the bbq and fire pit. Chilling our drinks in the pond was all part of the adventure (there is a very large kitchen with fridge available but that isn’t as fun!)
    Shayne was a wonderful host and although we didn’t meet Nathan his enthusiasm for off grid living was evident in all the fantastic facilities he has built.
    Stay here to get away from it all.
    - 22 Apr 2019

    James Avatar

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

  • Colin Avatar

    Firstly, what a Stunning location, beautifully furnished yurt, so peaceful and relaxing, we were lucky to have good weather, chilly and frosty, but that also brought wonderful sunsets, the log burner soon warms the lovely yurt up. We sat outside wrapped up in our blankets, nice mug of hot chocolate, and mulled wine in the hammocks, enjoying the endless change of scenery throughout our trip.
    Shayne and Nathan are such a lovely couple, not to forget the lovely dogs Tilly and Ruby, who were kind enough to take us on a walk around the forest.
    Kitchen area has a full...
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    - 03 Dec 2019

    Andy Avatar

    Nice space, cosy an nice view in the morning - 09 Nov 2018

    Andrea Avatar

    This place is just gorgeous, despite the weather we had an amazing time, the yurts are so warm with the log burner going so you don't get cold and the sound of the rain when you're all cosy and warm inside is so relaxing they have all amenities needed, the shower was lovely and hot, the kitchen was well kitted out with everything you need, worth noting they don't have a microwave but we didn't need one anyway so all good for us.
    Reading others reveiws before we came I was expecting it to be lovely and we weren't...
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    - 17 Jan 2020

  • Antonios Avatar

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

    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

    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

  • 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

    Natalie Avatar

    We had a great 2 nights in the Yurt! It’s exactly as the pictures and the wood burner was more than warm enough even when it was nearly freezing outside :)
    We would hope to come back in the summer to make more use of the outdoor spaces!
    Thanks Shayne & Nathan for the experience we would 100% recommend it! :)
    - 24 Mar 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

  • 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

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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

    Jennifer Avatar

    Welcoming hosts to a Yurt in an idyllic location. A place to arrive at and not get in your car again until you leave.
    Very comfortable yurt with well equipped kitchen and bathroom, we very much enjoyed just sitting, enjoying the views with a cup of tea and 'playing fire' in the evenings, we even managed to keep the stove going all night!
    Highly recommended.
    - 06 Sep 2019

  • Alice Avatar

    Friendly Hosts! Stunning Location! Perfect for a long relaxing weekend - 10 Mar 2019

    Lydia Avatar

    A beautiful space in a gorgeous location - very homely. It's a bit of a steep drive up to the site but definitely worth the view once at the top; perfect to view the sunrise too! Nathan is very hospitable and is always happy to help and give suggestions (unfortunately didnt get to meet Shayne). Overall a perfect place to stay with very lovely animals on site too. Can't wait to go back again! - 16 Dec 2018

    Tim Avatar

    Delightful yurt in a lovely setting, wonderful peaceful location with great additional amenities to make staying a pleasure. Friendly, welcoming hosts. - 08 Jun 2019

  • Julie Avatar

    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

    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

    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

  • Martin Avatar

    Our stay was perfectly timed for a nice warm Easter weekend. We were greeted by Shayne who was very attentive and made us feel at home. The yurt is lovely, just exactly what you expect, with nice views. What we really enjoyed was the birdsong, a range of finches but also woodpeckers, cuckoo and even a sighting of a sparrowhawk. There are some resident Pheasant families that will keep you amused for hours. Considering this is off grid it didn't feel like it in that electricity and wifi were good, the kitchen facilities spotless and... read more - 22 Apr 2019

    Joe Avatar

    Had a lovely time in the yurt it was such a unique space. It was much warmer than we expected especially with the log burner going. Nathan was extremely welcoming with recommendations for food and walks nearby! - 04 Nov 2018

    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

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    Iain And Niamh

    Really cool place in the remote Welsh countryside. Perfect for a relaxing get away. Lovely to sit by the fire pit and catch up with old friends then sleep in the cool Mongolian yurt. - 16 Jul 2018

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    Sarah J Middleton

    Ty Mam Mawr is a perfect haven, set in stunning land scape nestled in a valley. I recently attended a Bioenergetics shaking retreat there; Shayne and Nathan made perfect hosts for a weekend where we all mucked in together; super relaxed and easy to get along with, over seeing us and also pointing us in the right direction for walks and wild swims in rivers and reservoirs. The round house, made out of natural materials made a wonderful place for meditations and inner reflection work. I'm already looking forward to the next weekend planned in November.....hope to see you there! - 06 Sep 2017

    Verity Avatar

    Such a beautiful place to spend the weekend! I cannot recommend Shayne and Nathan's place enough.
    Our hosts were super hospitable and friendly, any questions we had they were just a text away.
    The large Yurt is authentically Mongolian and it is a truly magical space, perfect for a group to relax around a fire. The smaller yurt was more secluded, really gorgeous and had a beautiful view. Super warm and cosy and no need for the fires. Nathan generously supplied a starter kit too so no forking out for fire wood! You are off-grid so we had to be mindful...
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    - 09 Sep 2018

  • Tess Avatar

    Very comfortable and relaxing stay in such a beautiful and peaceful setting. The yurt was fantastic! Nathan was very welcoming and gave us some great local walking tips. Wish we could have stayed longer! - 13 Sep 2019

    Danielle Avatar

    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

    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


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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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