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Happiness explorer Maria Baltazzi is a unique figure with an impressive portfolio. As an Emmy Winning veteran television producer, wellbeing teacher, and travel designer, Maria’s extraordinary life has taken her to every corner of the globe. Her remarkable journey across all seven continents, walking over 8,500 miles for charity, summiting Kilimanjaro twice, and trekking to Everest Base camp in search of her own road to happiness, is a testament to her commitment to making a positive impact. With a Ph.D. in Conscious-Centered Living and an MFA in film, Maria is well-equipped to inspire others to embark on their epic treks toward happiness. 

Her multifaceted roles shape Maria’s unique approach to personal and professional development. Drawing from her producer experience, she has cultivated a healthier state of being for herself, infusing joy into the process. Maria’s transformative mindset, which views challenges as opportunities rather than setbacks, led her to identify the eight Happiness Essentials — the core values of happy people that form the foundation for a more fulfilling life.

Embarking on a journey with Maria as your lead is as varied as your own preferences. You can choose to attend Sojourn Wholebeing classes, experience transformative adventures with Sojourn Explorers, or delve into Maria’s insightful award-winning book, Take A Shot at Happiness: How to Write, Direct & Produce the Life You Want,” This book, accompanied by an interactive app, offers practical, creative, and inspiring ways to embrace conscious living. Enhance the quality of your life through guided journaling, phone photography, and other proven strategies.

For those with entertainment industry interests, Maria offers script consulting services through Stage 32, the premiere writer’s platform with over a million members and going.
Maria’s educational journey includes an MFA in film from ArtCenter College of Design and a Ph.D. in Conscious-Centered Living from the University of Sedona. Her additional studies encompass diverse areas, including Mindfulness Meditation Teaching Training, Primordial Sound Meditation Teacher Training, Happiness Studies, Positive Neuroplasticity Training, Spiritual Psychology, and Positive Psychology.
However you choose take on your next personal or professional adventure, Maria’s years of research, study, and knowledge aim to inspire and propel you toward a life of happiness and meaningful purpose. She endeavors to teach you how to change your perspective and enhance your overall state of being so you can learn to become your world’s writer, director, and producer, taking charge of your life. Your path to a more fulfilling life begins today, guided by Maria’s insights into the core values that shape one’s happiness and wellbeing.

Book Reviews

Take a Shot at Happiness:
how to Write, Direct & Produce the Life You Want

On a steamy jungle island in the middle of the South China Sea, the most popular television show is about to come to its shocking conclusion. A small television stage lit by tiki torches illuminates a show host, a jury of seven contestants sitting on tree stumps, and the final two runners-up for a million dollars. It was season one of CBS’ competition show, Survivor, one of the longest-running unscripted series. Maria Baltazzi was one of the original supervising producers.

    Those Survivor contestants were stripped of everything except their wits and each other to survive on a beach while trying to win a life-changing cash prize. Only then could they witness their true selves and the potential of others—good or bad—something that always stuck with Maria. So, taking a page from that experience, Maria realized she could only see her true self if she took the time to strip off the negativity, pay closer attention to her actions, and ask some tough questions about what she wanted. This book is Maria’s insights about being happy learned from her time in the entertainment industry, observing people and events, traveling, and studying wellbeing. Within these pages is a practical guide for a creative path to happiness through taking photographs with your camera phone, journaling about things that matter, and being part of a supportive community.

     You can create a healthier state of being and have fun doing it. Even when your world turns upside down, you can still be the writer, producer, and director of the life you desire. 

After more than two decades of producing award-winning television throughout the world, I am now stepping into a role where I nurture promising show ideas. I look to build partnerships with writers, directors, or producers who have great content, however, lack access. These are projects that inspire, inform, or in some way motivate people to take action.

Mentoring through various programs, workshops, and curated luxury travel retreats around a subject that I have been obsessed with for over a decade, Happiness. My journey started when I wanted to find a better way to deal with the stress of being a television producer.

Luxury travel thoughtfully curated around our Four Compass Points of Travel. Experiences that engage and connect you to the local culture and environment. Wellbeing moments that reframe, renew, and rewire your perspective. Luxury that is sustainable and kind to the earth. Giveback that supports the places we visit.

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Embark on your happiness journey with Maria Baltazzi’s inspirational stories and proven practices based on her award winning book’s Happiness Essentials, delivered straight to your inbox or text messages.

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Capture the Life You Want

The Take a Shot at Happiness app is designed to help you cultivate happiness, mindfulness, and personal development by encouraging you to capture and reflect upon meaningful moments in your life. Each section offers thought-provoking prompts to center your thoughts, inspire your perspective, and encourage you to capture images that represent your journey to happiness. Tailor your experience by creating your own Essentials, allowing you to focus on the aspects of life that matter most to you. Coming soon to Google Play.

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