Setting My Course for the Camino De Santiago | 22 Sept 17

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Here is this week’s 8 Good Things. This newsletter is my year-long weekly gift containing everything from articles to books to quotes to videos that are meant to be helpful, inspirational, aspirational, informational, and just fun to read!

Please make sure to scroll all the way down to see our Upcoming Sojourn Events!

Photographic Safari and Mindfulness Workshops in Kenya and Botswana, Africa.

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Also: Sailing and Hiking the Greek Islands.

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Ongoing Program (Beta) Happiness: The Art of Life Balance.

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1) This is where I am heading on Sunday, the 24th. I am doing the last 100km of the 780km journey along the Camino De Santiago. It has long been on my travel hit list. My sojourn is also a fundraiser in support of UCLA NeuroSurgery. This is my chance to help those suffering from neuroendocrine tumors. Find out more. Please donate.


2) The Way (2010). Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez did a film about the Camino De Santiago. Here is an interview with them. “You don’t choose a life, dad. You live one.”


3) Inspiration. Camino De Santiago in Pictures.


4) Some insight. Millennial men will travel for love. Women travel for independence. Really? Read the survey.


Picture Happiness: Take a Shot


5) It’s almost here! Congratulations to Roma Downey as she launches a new platform — a place to find content created and curated to brighten your day. Their official launch is September 25th. Here is a preview of what you will be able to find online.


6) Did you know Einstein was labeled mentally slow on his permanent school record? Or, that Spielberg was rejected from film school three times? A mentor of mine would often say, dare to fail. I think there is a lot of wisdom in that challenge. 11 Famous Failures That Will Inspire You to Success.


7) A positive outlook on life, a proactive personality, being resilient. Find out why these are important to cultivate in life. Psychologists find the key to a thriving life.


8) Tai chi fights stress, getting popular with Millennials. The Millennials once again have it going on, embracing the ancient Chinese martial art of “moving meditation.” If you can slow yourself down, it is a truly powerful, mindful, and grounding practice. It has been a while since I have done Tai chi, though have always enjoyed when I have taken time for it.


“Faith is to believe what you do not see;
the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.”

~ Saint Augustine

Upcoming Sojourn Events


In partnership with
Great Plains Conservation’s Wild Studio

Photographic Safari and Mindfulness Workshops
Kenya, November 15th – 24th, 2017 | March 3rd – 8th, 2018
Botswana, November 23rd – 30th, 2017 | March 21st – March 28th, 2018

Great Plains Conservation’s Wild Studio was started by award-winning National Geographic filmmakers Beverly and Dereck Joubert. Whether you are a pro or an amateur, you will have the extraordinary experience of photographing lions, leopards, elephants, and buffalo. Best part is that there will always be a veteran wildlife photographer there to give you tips on getting great shots. Leave with an amazing portfolio of your wildlife adventure. Africa has long been my favorite place in the world, and I look forward to sharing it with you. Please join the Wild Studio Team and me on a uniquely curated safari that will tap into your true inner-photographer.

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Ongoing Program (Beta), Happiness: The Art of Life Balance
I am committed to helping those who sit in the overwhelm, constantly feeling out of time, and always stressed. As a longtime TV producer, I have been there many times over and have spent the last eleven years studying what to do about it. My promise is to get you out of the crazy and into the happy. To do that, I have put together a program that can fit into anyone’s schedule and can be joined anytime. For a complimentary consultation, please contact me.

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Greek Islands, May 25th – June 2nd, 2018 | Memorial Day Weekend
If you romanticize sailing and hiking the islands in the Aegean, then come along with me. Explore, meditate, do restorative yoga, energizing breathwork, eat great food, dance. Find your inner Zorba. Opa! *the trip cost includes my Happiness: The Art of Life Balance program.

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“Happy is the man, I thought, who, before dying
has the good fortune to sail the Aegean Sea.”

~ Nikos Kazantzakis, author of Zorba the Greek

Special Shout Out

19th Annual LA Greek Festival, October 6th – 8th

This is so much fun!! Great food. Great dancing. This festival is the largest and most iconic Greek food and wine festival in Los Angeles


Saint Sophia Cathedral
1324 South Normandie Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90006
(at Pico and Normandie)

Happy Weekend! Love,
Maria and Team Sojourn
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Maria Baltazzi, Purveyor of Happiness and Conscious Living

Founder of Sojourn Explorers and Picture Happiness: Take a Shot, Emmy-winning Producer, Seven-continent Distance Walker, Fundraiser

Certified Studies (partial list): Science of Happiness, Science of Thinking, Spiritual Psychology, Metaphysics, Primordial Sound Meditation, Restorative Yoga

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