Discover Ty Mam Mawr

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

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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  • Ellie Avatar
    Ellie

    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

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    Reece

    The big yurt is perfect, it looks exactly as the pictures suggest. The location is off the beaten track and very peaceful. Last but not least the hosts Nathan and Shayne are superb too. Would recommend this place to anyone! - 29 Apr 2021

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    Emily

    Faultless! Nathan gave us the warmest of welcomes and made us feel at home right away, which is such a relief when traveling with dogs. The space is absolutely stunning, well designed with lots of thoughtful touches like handmade rugs, mood lighting, extra blankets, logs for the fire etc. The whole trip was made completely stress free by the detailed instructions from detailed directions to log burner operations. The location is perfect for a quiet getaway surrounded by beautiful walks through the woods with some stunning views as recommended by the amazing hosts. We’ll definitely be returning soon! - 22 Sep 2020

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    Lesley

    Most relaxing break ever, we will be back. Shared kitchen is excellent and shower/toilet spotless.
    Loved the yurt, warm, cosy and comfy on the frosty cold first night.
    Lucky to get a sunny Saturday in Wales and I just wanted to sit and swing in the hammock chair :)
    Fell in love with the chucks too! I felt right at home in this beautiful spot. The outdoor spaces are excellent.
    Lovely host nathan made us feel most welcome
    - 07 Apr 2019

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    Jessica

    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

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    Tim

    Wow! What a place this is. The hosting was fantastic and the Yurt and surroundings is beautiful Thank you both so much for making us feel so comfortable and helping us to relax and unwind. We will definitely be back - 19 May 2019

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    Stephanie

    Shayne and Nathan were excellent hosts. They kept in constant communication before our trip and were very understanding when our plans had to change by a day. The yurt was cosy and unique and the surrounding landscape was fantastic to take-in in the morning with a cup of coffee! Nathan gave us plenty of sight-seeing recommendations in the area, but unfortunately, we were not there long enough to really explore. Will definitely be staying here again! - 23 Mar 2018

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    Nazra

    We stayed for a couple of days and must say it was amazing. The views were beautiful, it was very peaceful and we walked through the forest seeing the wildlife. Shayne and Nathan were so welcoming and helpful. Wouldn't hesitate to go back again. - 03 Jul 2018

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    Steve

    A very peaceful and secluded place that is drivable to local amenities - but you may as well just take what you need and chill. We were impressed that it had internet facilities and the communal shower is a good one. The hosts are really lovely people and very welcoming. We've never stayed in a yurt before but we were happy with our stay and will look at yurts again in the future. The scenery is amazing. - 27 May 2018

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    Marcus Tindal

    A beautiful and relaxing spot...well worth a visit. - 09 Sep 2017

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    Caroline

    A lovely yurt in a beautiful setting overlooking the forest. If you want a no frills, eco friendly trip with all the amenities you could need then this is the place. The hosts are welcoming and helpful and on hand if you need anything and, if not, leave you to enjoy the peace and quiet. - 27 Sep 2019

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    Nicola

    A lovely remote place to feel refreshed and relaxed. Great location with plenty of local walks and very easy to access somewhere a bit of a drive away.
    Sooo cosy and great to be off grid for a while.
    - 22 Feb 2019

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    Waqas

    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

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    Bethany

    We had an amazing stay in Shayne and Nathan’s Mongolian yurt. It was beautiful and so cosy in the evening with the fire lit. We couldn’t have needed anything more as the set up is lovely with great cooking cabin and toilet and showers. A very cool place to stay and we can’t wait to come back again! - 04 Apr 2018

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    Rebecca

    Of all the places we have stayed, this was the most magical and refreshing one to date. The location is breathtaking, fresh air and gorgeous views. The yurt is so cosy and beautiful. We drove 50mins and climbed Snowden. There is a village 5 minutes away. Shayne and Nathan were excellent hosts. - 21 Oct 2019

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    Neve

    Great accommodation, very clean and had all kitchen equipment necessary! The yurt was lovely to stay in and really loved the rural location! The hosts never bothered us and gave us our privacy which was great. The bathroom and kitchen were as clean as the yurt which is rare when experiencing rural living! Everything was exactly as expected and we loved every minute of it would defiantly recommend if you like the outdoors of camping but prefer a slightly more (glamping) approach!

    I only suggest that when you book and are on route to the location.. do not use the...
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    - 05 Jun 2019

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    Colette

    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

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    Nicky

    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

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    Kirsty

    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

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    Charlie Edwards

    Wonderful location, absolutely beautiful site. We had a girly walking weekend and couldn't fault the place. Wouldn't definitely love to go again! - 17 May 2021

    Tom Avatar
    Tom

    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

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    Guy

    Great place in a gorgeous setting, we had a lovely stay, the hosts were very friendly and helpful. - 29 Oct 2018

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    Juliet

    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

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    Roger

    Really lovely place; staying in the yurt with the log burning stove made our time very enjoyable despite bad weather. Would definitely come back! - 06 May 2021

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    Ruth

    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

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    Siobhan

    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

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    Andrew

    Great! - 30 Mar 2018

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    Graeme

    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.

    Thanks
    - 07 Mar 2019

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    Dominique

    The yurt is a lovely place to relax, the fire makes it so cosy and warm, perfect place to unwind after a long walk in the beautiful surroundings. We will definitely be coming back! Thanks for a lovely stay. - 03 Dec 2017

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    Josephine

    We give this place a ten out of ten, it ticked every box. We were not after a boozy party weekend, so if that’s what your after you would be wasting your time. Set up in a beautiful rural area of Wales, we stayed in one of the yurts with all the necessities we could need. The weather was miserable at times which all added to the experience, our own log burner inside to keep us warm after amazing walks in the hills and deep forests.
    We didnt see a soul on our walks, the site is literally the last...
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    - 20 Dec 2020

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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

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    Anson

    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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    Suzy

    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

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    Hilary

    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

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    Verónica

    Lovely place, unique experience! - 18 Nov 2018

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    Nadine

    Everything about our stay at Shayne and Nathan’s was perfect! I was a little sceptical about staying in a Yurt in the height of winter but it was super cosy and warm with the wood burning stove. Shayne and Nathan were on hand for advice about the local area and ensuring our stay was as enjoyable as possible. Can’t recommend this place enough! What an incredible space in a breathtaking location. - 11 Feb 2018

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    Amy

    A very beautiful and peaceful place to stay and go off grid for a few days. - 25 Sep 2020

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    Snowflake Mountain

    What a fabulous inspiring place this is, a blue print for off grid living and working in harmony with nature. I was here for a weekend on a retreat and left feeling nourished in heart body and soul. A thoroughly uplifting experience in magical surroundings, with a waterfall in walking distance and river to bathe in.

    The round living spaces feel so organic and harmonious and the shower and kitchen facilities all work well. Can't wait to visit again. Utter peace and tranquility with caring joyous hosts.
    - 14 Jun 2018

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    Jordan

    Shayne and Nathan were amazingly warm and welcoming, their local knowledge of beautiful walks was superb. They always went the extra mile in helping us find our way about and made a lovely peaceful and much needed break. We will definitely be booking again. - 25 Apr 2018

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    Loui

    Amazing hospitality & communication from start to finish. Nothing was too much trouble, Nathan & Shayne are wonderful hosts & the space has an incredible energy about it. We will be back! - 07 Jul 2019

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    Ian

    Immaculate amazing place. Would highly recommend. - 13 Oct 2018

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    Nathaniel

    Truly amazing. the location is breathtaking, Nathan and Shayne are amazing hosts and the yurt itself was incredible. Super cosy and comfy inside and out, the views in the day and night are stunning and hospitality is second to none! We will definitely be back! - 12 Feb 2019

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    Belinda Ray

    Delight-filling Paradise on Earth.... Ty Mam Mawr - House of The Great Mother, has clearly been created with great love and vision by Nathan and Shayne. A beautiful and beautifully constructed sacred retreat centre... built to serve, inspire, evolve and grow, far into the future.

    Mother Nature's Blessings on this place are palpable.

    Only just completed, the roundhouse and surrounding yurts and cabins already feel like sacred community... hosted by the warmth and dynamic creativity of Shayne, Nathan and their dogs, chickens and cats.

    I was lucky enough to attended Ty Mam Mawr's first retreat .... it...
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    - 08 Sep 2017

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    Monieka

    Fantastic hosts, it was an overall brilliant experience. The yurt was beautiful and very peaceful. The amenities are great too. Nathan was lovely and was very informative with suggestions on what to do in the area/nearby. 100% overall, thanks again look forward to visiting again in the future. - 14 Apr 2019

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    Ayfer Karakus

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

Events

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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Location

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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