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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! New Trips! Photographic Safari and Mindfulness Workshop in Kenya and Botswana, Africa.

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Also: Walking the Camino de Santiago, Spain and Sailing and Hiking the Greek Islands.

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On August 15th, I am launching a new program, Happiness: The Art of Life Balance.

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1)9 Facts About the US Total Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017. One is that it is the first total solar eclipse in thirty-eight years. Another is that parts of fourteen States will go dark.

Find out the other seven

2) Everything you need to know about the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse. “For the first time in U.S. history, a total solar eclipse that crosses the country from coast to coast will be visible only in America. The rare celestial spectacle in August has been dubbed The Great American Eclipse.”

Time Science Article

3)Astronomers Without Borders Offers Giveaway Of Solar Viewing Glasses To Underserved Communities. This international nonprofit is giving away more than 100,000 eclipse-viewing glasses to youth centers, children’s hospitals, and other organizations.

Details here


4) #WorldElephantDay, August 12th. Goal: to bring the world together to help care for and protect elephants.

Details here

Picture Happiness: Take a Shot

5) From the Greater Good Science Center: Gain Perspective on an Argument. Try taking a third-party point of view.

Here is how

6) Do you know the ten common climate-damaging foods in the American diet? Beef is number one. Read about the other nine.

CNN Report

7) You have heard of postmortem. Now there is premortem and it can help you to manage stress. Watch TEDGlobal-London with Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin.


8) A new study shows that work-life balance, or rather work-life conflict, is a serious issue for both men and women.

Read more

Doing what you love is the cornerstone
of having abundance in your life.

~ Wayne Dyer

Upcoming Sojourn Events


NEW trips!!! Announcing our partnership with
Great Plains Conservation’s Wild Studio
Photographic Safari and Mindfulness Workshop
Kenya, November 14th – 21st, 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 the best 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 myself on a uniquely curated safari that will tap into your true inner-photographer.

View Kenya View Botswana


Program Launch, Happiness: The Art of Life Balance,
Tuesday, August 15th

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 90-day Program. It is designed to be an ongoing curriculum that can fit into anyone’s schedule and can be joined online anytime. You will learn to manage your day-to-day world in a way that is sustainable while experiencing both group and individual support. For a complimentary consultation, please contact me.

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Los Angeles, September 9th
By request (thank you, Akram) I am leading a Prayer of the Heart Silent Meditation Walk and Picnic 9:30 am – 12:30 pm at Will Rogers State Park. Hiking level: easy to moderate. Length: 2-mile loop.



Camino de Santiago, Spain, September 26th – October 3rd, 2017.
This pilgrimage has long been on my travel ‘hit’ list. For years, I have heard inspiring stories about it. We will stay in quaint farm houses, 17th-century stone-made mansions. Eat well, drink well. Pray, meditate, breathe. Of course, walk. Go home happy. *the trip cost includes my Happiness: The Art of Life Balance program.

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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

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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