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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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  • Meredith Jones Avatar
    Meredith Jones

    Just got back from a fantastic retreat weekend, and would like to say a big thank you to Nathan, and Shayne for being the perfect hosts. If anyone is considering going to one of these retreats, all I can say is just do it! You certainly will not regret it. If you have anything that needs to be worked though, such as a difficult life situation, it can really help you to work through painful emotions, and gain a healthier perspective that can make it easier to gain closure moving forwards. Sign me up for the next one! :-) - 27 Nov 2018

    Andy Avatar

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

    Graham Avatar

    Great place to stay if you want a beautiful & quiet location, a pond to cool your wine, a firepit to keep you warm in the evening, great amenities and lovely hosts....we'll be back one day - 12 Aug 2020

  • 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

    Gemma Avatar

    Lovely peaceful place with fabulous walks & views - 29 Oct 2021

    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

  • Ellis Avatar

    The hosts were amazing! Made us feel so comfortable and went past our expectation. Thank you for letting us stay. We had such a great holiday! - 11 Oct 2019

    Connor Avatar

    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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    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

  • Lynn-Amanda Brown Avatar
    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

    Z Avatar

    It was beautiful. Brought us back to nature. Saw the pheasants. Fed the chickens. Freedom to potter around the area. We watched the sunset lying in the hammock by the outdoor fire. Nathan was cheery and helpful and made us feel at home. The yurt was cosy with little stove. Great facilities - shower, kitchen. We had great experience. - 24 Jun 2018

    Kaz Avatar

    Amazing yurts and location, everything you need is available. A peaceful and magical place ✌️ - 01 Feb 2019

  • Ben Avatar

    Cannot recommend the Yurt enough. A very special magical space in beautiful surroundings with great hosts! We are all looking to stay again with you! - 10 Nov 2019

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    Emma Groves

    We had the absolute pleasure of running our first official retreat at Ty Mam Mawr and what an experience it was! Shayne and Nathan, who own this beautiful space, are the most helpful and gracious owners. From start to finish they assisted us wherever we needed, from frequent phone calls on the lead up to the retreat, to providing recipes and even cooking our whole group a delicious meal on the last night x Shayne and Nathan what you have created together is absolutely awe inspiring and I cannot recommend this place enough to others. Mickey and I will be... read more - 04 Sep 2019

    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

  • Phoebe Avatar

    We loved staying in the Yurt it was a really unique experience! It is in a beautiful location, the bed is comfy, there’s a wonderful outdoor area with a cover/fire/bbq, the kitchen and toilet are clean and had every thing we needed. We especially loved the friendly chicken that came to visit. Would definitely recommend! - 18 May 2021

    Arjan Avatar

    We had a fantastic stay in the tranquil yurt. We loved the silence and the curious chicken that come around if you sdit outside. We love the off grid approach and yet it still felt like luxurious glampingglamping just more conscious. We plan to return soon. - 04 Aug 2018

    Gemma Avatar

    Wow, what a lovely 4 days we have had at this beautiful yurt. Nathan and Shayne are great hosts very warm and friendly with lots of advice on local walks to hand. The yurt it’s self is truly amazing and it has its own little garden area with fire pit/bbq, chairs and table. The perfect place to come back to chill after a nice long walk and toast some marshmallows which went down a treat with our 6 year old son. I really can’t rate this pace enough. We are a family of 3 with a black Labrador and let... read more - 29 Aug 2019

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    June Meagher

    Stunning location, wonderful hosts, sacred and beautiful energy. This has to be on you bucket list for places to escape too x - 22 Dec 2019

    Jordan Avatar

    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

    Xavier Avatar

    This Airbnb is amazing. Beautiful view and beautiful nature nearby! Shayne and Nathan are very friendly and I will definetely visit again! - 12 Feb 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

    Gareth Avatar

    Shayne and Nathans Yurts are beautiful, stylish and fantastically situated in a beautiful valley. And Shayne and Nathan are as lovely. Felt more than welcome every moment we were there. Look forward to staying again. Can not recommend enough. - 08 Oct 2017

    Eve Avatar

    Wonderful place, great hosts. We held a magical weekend of yoga and we couldnt have chosen a better place. Cant wait for our next visit - 12 Jul 2021

  • Caroline Avatar

    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

    Roger Avatar

    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

    Elizabeth Avatar

    What can I say.... This was the first time we have stayed in a Yurt. It was peaceful, beautiful scenery, comfortable and very cosy. Shayne and Nathan are brilliant hosts, very welcoming and helpful. We hope to be back to stay again soon. A much needed break in the beautiful Berwyn Range. We would highly recommend anyone wanting a proper, comfortable and peaceful retreat from life’s rat race. - 25 Oct 2018

  • Leeanne Avatar

    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

    Jeanette Avatar

    What an amazing place to stay! We stayed in the smaller yurt, plenty big enough for both of us with lovely outside space and our own fire pit. Beautiful bed linen and wall hangings inside and fairy lights which added to the cozy ness along with the log burner. Fully equipped spotlessly clean kitchen in the log cabin next door. Didn’t get to meet Shayne unfortunately but Nathan is a great host. Very hospitable and up for a chat. They have a beautiful place up there in the forest and will most certainly be going back but for longer next... read more - 21 Oct 2018

    Henry Avatar

    Beautiful accommodation in a lovely secluded location. The perfect getaway from the usual city life. Will undoubtedly be returning again. - 30 Jun 2019

  • 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

    Robin Avatar

    We stayed there with two dogs, great area for walks, stylish place, great kitchen and amazing hosts! Bargain compare to anything similar. We will be back. - 29 Dec 2017

    Sam Avatar

    Easy to communicate with, friendly and approachable but also left us to it, lovely comfortable and well equipped. Beautiful location. Loved the hammocks! We will be recommending to others and may even return - 04 Sep 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

    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

    Charis Avatar

    This place is utterly idyllic. Beautiful, calm and welcoming. Perfect hosts sharing this wonderful off-grid paradise they're building. If you want to unwind and get yourself a hankering after moving to North Wales, go! - 24 Jun 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

    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

    Neve Avatar

    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

  • Dave Avatar

    Awesome venue in an awesome location with awesome hosts. - 14 Oct 2018

    Jane Avatar

    Stayed in the mini yurt for a few days which was lovely. The yurt is comfortable and cosy and the surroundings are very relaxing. The kitchen has everything you need for cooking and is right next to the yurt, as is the bathroom which is spotless. Nathan & Shayne are great hosts and ensure you have a hassle free stay, lovely people. - 23 Sep 2021

    Faye Avatar

    Shayne and Nathan were lovely hosts! They had everything prepared for us and gave brilliant instructions on how to get there, how to use everything etc. The yurt was so cosy and warm and we didn’t have the best of weather either. Lovely location up in the mountains, will definitely be staying again! - 28 Aug 2020

  • 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

    Guy Avatar

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

    John Avatar

    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


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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