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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

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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  • Emily Avatar
    Emily

    Shayne and Nathan’s Airbnb is even better than we could’ve imagined - the photos really don’t do it justice. The hosts are lovely, down to earth and are there to help whether it’s to turn the oven on or suggest a place for lunch.
    The location alone is incredible - somewhere that feels like the middle of nowhere whilst only being 5 minutes from the main road. Words can’t describe how incredible this place is.
    - 22 Sep 2019

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    Connor

    This place is amazing! It was such a unique stay, in a beautiful setting, and the yurt was so cosy especially with the stove lit. It feels remote, up a single track road up a hillside, but still only 10 minutes from shops and places to get food.

    Nathan was super helpful, and helped make our stay great!

    We had a great weekend here and would highly recommend it!
    - 14 Nov 2021

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    Jeremy

    Shayne and Nathan were excellent hosts and it was great to share their lifestyle for a few days. They looked after us very well, being readily available for advice and a chat, but never being obtrusive. The yurt itself was well furnished, with everything you could need for a comfortable stay. The location is excellent - peaceful, away from it all, with good views all around and lovely walks from the door. Visits from the friendly chickens and pheasants while barbecuing on the verandah were an added bonus. A great place to stay. - 11 Sep 2020

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    Rebecca

    We had a fantastic time at Shayne and Nathan’s yurt - it’s a real haven in the Welsh countryside! The yurt itself is beautifully furnished, spacious (perfect for a girls weekend) and very very cosy, especially on a stormy weekend. The off-the-grid facilities are great and we could self cater very easily. Shayne & Nathan are incredibly welcoming and accommodating hosts - their dogs Ruby and Tilly even came with us for a walk over the hills. We will definitely be back for another adventurous weekend away from London! - 14 Oct 2018

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    Lydia

    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

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    Sinead

    What a wonderful place! When we arrived in Cynwyd we were struggling with baggage and so Nathan very kindly offered to pick us up and take us to the yurts. It was a nice drive up to the yurts and we were greeted with the freshest air I’ve ever tasted.. Nathan showed us around the place and explained everything perfectly, we had nothing to really ask him (other than when we realised we don’t really know how fires work). We stayed in the smaller yurt and it was perfect for the two of us, it heated up really quickly and... read more - 20 Dec 2019

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    Claire King

    Sheer Love, Healing and Power emanates from The House and I was gifted with the opportunity of sharing in some of Her energy, truly a blessing and an honour to have had such an experience. Shayne and Nathan are pioneer souls of the New Earth and have manifested a sanctum that anchors as much as it radiates. Immeasurable gratitude to the work being dreamed, crafted and actualised here and may the vision ever-expand according to the Highest Good of All. Ty Mam Mawr, a keystone, reminds us of what our hearts never forgot but our minds resist - living harmoniously... read more - 30 Jun 2018

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    Mickey Owen

    I just held a breathwork and shamanic healing retreat at Ty Mam Mawr and it was a beautiful experience beginning to end. This review almost seems like I'm cheating writing a good review for two extremely good friends, that's how well we were welcomed and the depth of our connection to Shayne and Nathan. The location is absolutely gorgeous. The yurts are really cool and cosy. The round house is an energetic bubble with the vibe of a really sacred space.

    Shayne and Nathan are two of the most pleasant, loving, funny and authentic people I've ever met. I'm definitely...
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    - 09 Sep 2019

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    George

    Amazing place. Great vibe. Great countryside. Highly recommend! - 26 Jan 2020

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    Theo

    Really friendly hosts and very helpful if needed but very relaxed and leave you to it otherwise. The yurts are really beautiful, as is the setting. The kitchen is well stocked with kitchenware to cook good meals for large groups. We bought logs from Nathan and made fires in the pits in the evenings. Has the amenities and comforts of a chalet stay but still feels like you’re camping in the wild! Great stay! - 11 Aug 2019

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    Sarah

    Lovely accomodation, great hosts outstanding location. - 29 Sep 2019

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    Abby

    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

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    Nic

    Shayne and Nathan’s place is absolutely gorgeous! We had the comfiest stay! We absolutely loved how cozy the yurt was; the little fire and fairy lights just topped it off! Also, the location is breathtakingly stunning. It is very quiet and definitely at one with nature. I absolutely loved seeing all the wildlife outside the yurt, and I especially loved the two resident chickens that came to say hi every day The amenities were also great , definitely no faults with the amenities. Thank you for an amazing stay, the place you have is so precious. - 05 Oct 2020

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    Sarah

    The perfect place to escape, we only stayed for one night and wish it could have been longer. The yurt itself is beautiful and the surroundings are wonderfully peaceful. The facilities are great and the hospitality even better -would definitely recommend this place! - 22 Feb 2018

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    Josh

    A truly magical space created by Nathan and Shayne who are wonderful hosts and wonderful people. Great place to connect with nature and have an environmentally friendly break. - 18 Aug 2020

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    Paulina

    Amazing place! Very friendly hosts and a great location. We hope to return soon! - 27 Aug 2018

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    Martin

    Just back from a fabulous three day break in the Welsh mountains at one of the most unique airbnb properties we have ever stayed in.

    The location was excellent, being conveniently placed to access most of North Wales abd the yurt was everything that we expected, and yes, while we were in fact living off the grid, Shayne and Nathan made sure that the whole experience was extremely comfortable with plenty of hot showers and great kitchen facilities (and even wifi if you just have to keep in touch with the outside world but much better to leave technology...
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    - 24 Feb 2019

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    Steve

    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

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    Iona

    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

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    Sarah

    Second stay here and loved it! If your looking for something a bit different can’t recommend enough. - 03 Jan 2022

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    Luke

    An amazing spot with amazing people, we can’t wait to come back! - 21 Aug 2020

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    Charlotte & Andrew

    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

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    Natasha

    Lovely, lovely, lovely. x x x - 22 Sep 2020

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    Lindsay

    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

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    Leeanne

    Absolutely stunning location and a beautiful yurt.
    Nathan made us very welcome, while also giving us all the privacy we needed for a romantic trip away. All amenities were provided and the use of the log burning stove was explained to us; luckily because we didn’t have a clue! It turns out it was very simple to use and it made the yurt incredibly toasty on a chilly night.
    The yurt, the kitchen area and the bathroom were spotless and the bed was ridiculously comfy. Plus there was an adorable chicken called Esmeralda!
    This is an ideal spot for exploring lots...
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    - 28 Mar 2018

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    John

    Thank you for our fantastic "yurting" experience off grid. It was our first time in a yurt and it exceeded our expectations. Set in a fantastic location all the facilities were clean warm and beautifully decorated and the yurt was cosy. We enjoyed local country walks and the tranquillity. - 12 Mar 2019

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    Alex

    I have been back to this location many times now to hold my 'Return To Nature' retreat with groups from London and other parts of the UK. The place never fails to deliver. Winter, Spring, Summer or Autumn the land is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to in the UK.

    Aside from the setting, it is always an absolute pleasure to see and catch up with Shayne and Nathan who are becoming dear friends and have infused the place with LOVE which is immediately felt by anyone present. I'll be back again a few more...
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    - 26 Apr 2021

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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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    Immi

    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

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    Tom

    Shayne and Nathan are lovley hosts and very helpful. the yurt is comfy and warm and dry and the views are fantastic. they have thought of everything and the facilities are clean and to a high standard. a magical getaway and a truly relaxing experience - 02 Dec 2018

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    Tom

    We stayed in Nathan and Shayne’s yurts for 3 nights for my brothers stag do, wanting somewhere chilled, different and with a great setting. The yurts did not disappoint! It was a great base for us to go and explore North Wales and do all the activities we had planned.

    Nathan gave us a great welcome upon arrival, showing us every aspect of the space and was always on hand should we need him, but very much left us to enjoy ourselves. Everything was extremely tidy and we had everything we needed for a great weekend. The BBQs and the fire...
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    - 26 Jul 2021

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    Lisa

    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

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    Simon

    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

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    Christine

    We spent a great night in Nathan and Shayne's yurt. It was lovely and cosy with the woodburner on and there was plenty room for 5 of us.
    It is in a great setting, the kids loved playing with Ruby the dog and we had a lovely walk in the forest before leaving.
    Would love to visit again.
    - 03 Apr 2018

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    Steven

    The perfect place to relax and unwind in amazing surroundings. Also everything possible has been done by Nathan and Shane to make it as eco friendly as possible. Lovely hosts and a beautiful location. - 19 Jul 2019

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    Juliette

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

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    Claire

    Clean and comfortable yurts in a beautiful peaceful surrounding. Really good for walks in the sunshine or sitting around the campfire of an evening. Beautiful place - 16 Aug 2021

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    Niki

    Enchanting, exhilarating, like staying in a living painting. The location is stunning 400m up hugged by the valley & pines. The yurt was a snug Bohemian heaven. All you could want ‘off the grid’! Very impressive amenities, water from the spring, electricity from the solar panels.... Very effective log burners. Easy & accessible to get there. As for the hosts, just beautiful people. All expectations exceeded!! I will be back! - 17 Nov 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

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    Oliver

    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

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    Bethany

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

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    Phoebe

    This place is absolutely stunning. The views are incredible, the yurt is gorgeous and the kitchen and toilet facilities are perfect! Nathan was a fantastic host and we had an amazing time! Took our two dogs who loved it just as much as we did! - 20 Jan 2020

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    Helen

    Shayne and Nathan’s yurt is absolutely beautiful. The decor is very attractive and colourful and the yurt feels so cosy with the log burning stove on. The scenery surrounding the yurt is absolutely stunning and there are also interesting and picturesque towns to visit nearby. The cooking, bathroom and shower facilities were beyond anything we expected and made the stay practical and easy. We would highly recommend staying here. - 24 Sep 2019

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    Els

    Lovely green scenery surrounding the yurt with lots of amazing places for walking! Nathan was a great host and will definitely be coming back here again, maybe even bring our friends with us next time! - 21 May 2021

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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

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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