Posted by: Philip Carr-Gomm | April 18, 2013

Mandinam – A Magical Spot in Wales

The headstone of the last physician of Myddvai, who died in 1719, in Myddvai church

The headstone of the last physician of Myddvai, who died in 1719, in Myddvai church

We’re just back from a recce in Wales. A member has made the wonderful suggestion that we plant a sacred grove on their land near Lake Llyn y Fan Fach and Myddvai. The lake is the site of the origin-story of the Physicians of Mydvvai, who for 500 years healed the sick with their herbal remedies. See an article here about them.We are hoping to plant a grove to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of OBOD, and to include endangered species trees.

We stayed at Mandinam, which offers fantastic accommodation in shepherd’s huts – perfect if you want to get away from it all. The night skies were magnificent and even though sited remotely they have hot showers, a loo, and hot tubs to soak in while you star-gaze! Have a look at their website here for more info and booking details.IMG_0055221


  1. I enjoy reading your weblogs and your books. May be not be doing it right but your second link “have a look at their website” comes up “page not found”. Wales is lovely (spent a few years in North Wales and visited other parts doing astronomy talks).

    • Sorry Linda, you’re right! Have corrected it now!

      • Brilliant thanks. As I have been a bit poorly I was still wondering whether it was me. Cheers thanks for this.. Linda

  2. A great idea, and a fantastic place to further explore sometime…star-gazing and music included!…. & it’s great what they’re doing there!

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