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I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I have just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.
― Diane Ackerman

Your Joy is Medicine!

with Mara Glatzel


September 28 - October 4, 2025

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Your life is for living


Not for keeping yourself busy by trying to make everyone around you happy. 


Not for earning your worth or striving, striving, striving for someone else’s model of success.


Not for punishing yourself for everything you are not (or are not yet). 


Not for holding your breath until you get “there” – wherever “there” is for you. 


Your life is for living. Breathing. Eating. TRYING. Making art. Making mistakes. Dancing. Tromping through the wilderness. Laughing. Joyfully embodying every square inch of your body. 


YOUR JOY IS MEDICINE retreat is your invitation to press pause on your life as you know it for one week and PLAY – with watercolors, in the sunshine, outside, with your food, in good company, and under the stars. 

I want to take you on a gorgeously curated retreat to the Tuscan countryside where the only thing on the agenda is living as fully and deliciously as you can.

Feed your body with unimaginable meals (and desserts!) prepared just for you. 


Unfurl as you spend time wandering the incredible landscape of Tuscany, brought back to life by the sun on your skin and the fertile earth beneath your feet.


Take up space in your life and nourish yourself in a way that is so hands-on and healing that you will be gobsmacked to realize that your needs are not a burden, but a compass guiding you home to yourself. 

Say yes to yourself by making your deposit + securing your spot here.


Hey there. I'm Mara Glatzel (she/her)

I'm a writer, intuitive coach, and teacher who helps humans like you radically reclaim their needs in order to cultivate lives rich with sustenance and deep purpose. 


I wrote Needy: How to Advocate for Your Needs & Claim Your Sovereignty.


I'm also a queer, femme wife and mother of two, recovering control freak, and a human who deeply understands the impulse to relegate my needs to the bottom of a very long to-do list in an attempt to prove my worth.


And, I was put on this planet to create transformative experiences overflowing with opportunities for belonging and connection. I would love to gather with you.


You don’t need an idyllic setting to take care of yourself and meet your need for pleasure in new and exciting ways… but, it certainly helps. 


YOUR JOY IS MEDICINE retreat takes place in the rolling Tuscan hills at Fattoria Del Colle. 


Fattoria Del Colle is a tranquil oasis in the Chianti region of Tuscany. It is the family estate of Donatella Cinelli Colombini, the award-winning entrepreneur of Il Casato Prime Donne, the only all-female-owned winery in Italy. Donatella’s ancestors first owned land in the Montalcino area in the 16th century and Cinelli Colombini inherited the estate from her mother in 1990. The vintners are all women, and the wine is made on and around the estate of Fattoria Del Colle. 


The ancient land, villas, and chapel are infused with Old World charm, a dose of mystery and an invitation to unfetter your senses.


During your stay, you will be invited to walk among the vineyards, take a wine tour through the facility, and enjoy these wines with each meal, if you so desire. The heart of the estate is a 16th-century villa and chapel, an award-winning restaurant, Osteria di Donatella, and a cooking school. 


Our retreat classroom is a beautifully renovated barn with spectacular views of the vineyards and the medieval village of Trequanda. (And an excellent sound system for our mid-retreat post-dinner dance party.)


During our delicious week together, you are invited to sit at the table like family and soak up the magic of the Tuscany countryside, while you are nourished mind, body, and spirit.

Get Ready to RECEIVE

During the retreat, I will be teaching daily workshops about getting to the root of what you need, honoring those needs as we experiment and play with our decisions during our time together, and prioritizing pleasure and PLAY to craft an utterly satisfying life.


Unlike retreats where you rest and play only to return home to an extremely long to-do list (and the stress that accompanies it), the skills that I will teach you during your week together will be fabulously transferrable to ensure that you are able to weave the magic of your week in Tuscany into the fabric of your daily life.

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Here’s what a day on retreat may look like…


8 - 9:30 A delicious + nourishing breakfast

10:00 - 12:30 Learn, explore + play with Mara 



12:30 Lunch

2 - 6 Personal time + group activities (Pasta making, vineyard tours or watercolor anyone?! swoon!)



7:00 Dinner

YOUR JOY IS MEDICINE has been designed to be the perfect balance of deliciously curated activities, support.. and deep relaxation. I am willing to bet that your everyday life is pretty damn full to the brim. During our time together, we will take breaks, rest, get outside, move our bodies, eat snacks, and explore Tuscany!


And, I will be there to support you every step of the way.


Pssst: I also have it on *high authority* that it will still be very warm during the week we are there and THE POOL WILL BE OPEN. Ahem.


6 nights in wild Tuscany. 

Private Room w/ Private Bath | $4,400

Shared Apartment w/ Private Room | $4,100

*Airfare not included.


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  • 6 nights in wild Tuscany at Fattoria Del Colle

  • Daily teachings by Mara Glatzel

  • Daily Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner prepared by on-site chefs, with vegan and vegetarian options

  • Group transport to and from the retreat from the Rome airport (Fiumicino)

  • Concierge office staff

  • Laundry services (additional fee)

  • Massage available upon request

Your retreat tuition includes everything from when you touch down in Rome to when you get back on your plane. Airfare is not included.  


Guest rooms are private bedrooms with shared bathrooms in beautiful 2 or 3 bedroom apartment suites. We’ll pair you with a like-hearted suite-mate or bring a friend! A small number of private suites are available at a $300 surcharge.


Expect :: Magical gifts. Cozy beds. Energy work. Art supplies. Beautiful field trip to Pienza + experiences. Moving your limbs in a way that feels really good. Mouthwatering meals cooked just for you. Ample time with Mara. Heart-opening conversations. And naps – lots of naps. 

Best of all –– you won't have to lift a finger.


Say yes to yourself – and a week of delicious replenishment and heart-opening exploration in the Tuscan countryside.


Feeling nerv-cited? It’s the flutter that’s alighting in your belly: The one that has you called forward, but also consciously aware that there is change in the air. 


And it’s how I know you’re ready.


P.s. Heart set on joining us but a brain full of the million upon million reasons why you COULDN’T POSSIBLY? Email me at
I would love to chat with you about it x

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