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About Maria

Embark on a Journey of Wholebeing with Maria Baltazzi: A Happiness Explorer and Author Dedicated to Guiding Professionals.

     Maria is committed to helping professionals lead authentic and fulfilling lives through her creative teaching of eight Happiness Essentials—the foundational values that contribute to a resilient and meaningful existence.

Benefits of Working with Maria

  • Learn to reframe negative thoughts and savor positive experiences.
  • Tap into your creativity for better self-understanding.
  • Benefit from Maria’s extensive knowledge and experience in handling challenging situations and difficult people, generously shared with students and clients.

A Personal Journey to Wholebeing

     As an Emmy-winning television producer overseeing international productions, Maria faced stress, frustrations, and disappointments. One day, she declared, “Enough!” and embarked on a personal journey to unforeseen heights and depths. Maria’s teachings are grounded in lived experiences, inner work, and a wealth of certifications and degrees, fueling her sincere desire to help others live more vibrantly.


     Maria holds an MFA in film from ArtCenter College of Design and a PhD in Conscious-Centered Living from the University of Sedona. Additional studies include Mindfulness Meditation Teaching Training, Primordial Sound Meditation Teacher Training from The Chopra Center, Happiness Studies with Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar, Positive Neuroplasticity Training with Dr. Rick Hanson, Spiritual Psychology with Drs. Ron and Mary Hulnick at the University of Santa Monica, Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, the Science of Happiness at the University of Berkeley, and an Inner MBA endorsed by MindfulNYU.

Guiding Renewed Purpose

     Maria specializes in guiding entrepreneurs, business executives, and creative professionals toward lives of renewed and refined purpose. Connect and explore your happiness and well-being through her award-winning book (and companion app) “Take A Shot at Happiness,” online courses and meditations, or transformative travel experiences with Sojourn Explorers.

Ways to Connect with Maria’s Work

  • “Take a Shot at Happiness: How to Write, Direct & Produce the Life You Want” book
  • “Take a Shot at Happiness” app
  • Insight Timer “Mindfully Happy: Seven Steps to Creating Your Inner Sanctuary” 10-Day self-paced course
  • Insight Timer guided meditations
  • Bi-weekly inspirational newsletter
  • Daily inspirational text messages
  • Stage 32 Blog
  • 30Seconds Blog

Discover a Happier You with Maria—Your Guide to a More Fulfilling Life. Connect Today and Explore the Transformative Experiences She Offers.

     After Survivor, Maria began her own company called Sojourn. Working through Sojourn, she developed and Executive Produced with Mr. Burnett, Expedition Africa: Stanley & Livingstone for History. The series was Emmy nominated for Outstanding Cinematography Non-fiction.

     Other series include National Geographic’s Earth Live!, ABC’s pilot, The Gift, Lifetime’s Women of The Bible from creators Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, Animal Planet’s critically acclaimed 3-part series, Battleground: Rhino Wars. This project was shot in South Africa around the Greater Kruger Area, north of Johannesburg. The story revolved around four US Special Forces Operators working alongside a South African anti-poaching team to hunt down rhino poachers. The show aired in the United States, South Africa, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, and China. World’s Toughest Truckers, a co-production for Discovery US and Channel 5 UK; One Man Army for Discovery and Renegade 83; Sarah Palin’s Alaska for TLC and Mark Burnett. This series debuted at almost 5 million viewers; this was the biggest premiere in TLC’s history.

     Maria has been on all seven continents twice and in more countries than she can count. Location production experience include: Alaska, Antarctica, Australia, Borneo, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, England, Fiji, Guatemala, Hawaii, India, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, Mongolia, Okinawa, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, St. Barts, St. Martin, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Vanuatu, and Zanzibar.

     Also, an adventurer when not shooting, Maria has climbed Kilimanjaro twice (2008 and 2015). Also climbed Mt. Olympus, Greece. Trekked to Mt. Everest Base Camp. Dived in locations like the Great Barrier Reef, Palau, and the Maldives. She is a marathon walker, raising money for charities, and has participated in the NYC Marathon, 2009; LA, 2010; Athens, 2010; The Great Wall, 2011; Solar Eclipse Australia, 2012; Safaricom Kenya, 2013; Rio De Janeiro, 2014; Antarctica, 2015. Her goal was to do a fundraising marathon on every continent.

     Represented by Neal Tabachnick at Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro, Schulman & Rabkin.

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Bring Your Project to Life

After two decades of producing television throughout the world, Maria focuses on nurturing promising show ideas. She looks to build partnerships with writers, directors, and producers who have great content, however, lack the access to getting their projects made. She wants to help projects that inspire, inform, or in some way motivate people to take action.

Online Course

Seven Steps to Mindfulness for Creatives

Learn how to strengthen your mindfulness and happiness as a creative from an Emmy-winning Executive Producer and a Ph.D. in Conscious-Centered Living.


Learn More about Maria’s Career

Discover Maria’s incredible journey, from Survivor to a successful career in crafting hit television for networks like A&E, ABC, CBS, NBC, TNT, Lifetime, and more. Explore her body of work and get a glimpse into what she is currently working on.