Seven Steps to Mindfulness for Creatives

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Maria Baltazzi

Webinar hosted by: Maria Baltazzi

Emmy Award-Winning Executive Producer

Everything Maria does reflects her years as an Emmy-winning television producer, international traveler, and well-being teacher. She has developed and produced shows on all seven continents for A&E, ABC, CBS, Discovery, ESPN, History, Lifetime, National Geographic, TNT, and Travel. She was one of the original show producers on SURVIVOR for CBS, a role she continued through its first ten seasons. Maria is a PGA and DGA member, a Fellow National Member of The Explorers Club, and an Advisor and Herald for the Transformational Travel Council. Her degrees include an MFA in film, an Inner MBA, and a PhD in Conscious-Centered Living. Maria’s educational focus over the past decade on happiness and mindfulness has earned her accreditations in Mindfulness, Primordial Sound Meditation, Spiritual Psychology, and Positive Psychology, with teachers including Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, Rick Hanson, and Deepak Chopra. Full Bio »

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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, who's worked with A&E, ABC, CBS, NBC, TNT, Lifetime, and more!

The entertainment industry can be challenging. The rejections, self-doubt, and pressure can wear on even the most mentally resilient creatives.

Many believe that when they land the big TV show or the top manager, they’ll be happy, but that’s not how it works. Those external factors are great, but you need internal strength in order to maintain your mental health no matter the ups and downs that come with working in this industry.

In this exclusive Stage 32 webinar, you’ll learn the seven-step process to crafting your Inner Sanctuary as a creative from a veteran industry executive and wellness teacher so that you'll be able to keep striving forward against setbacks.

Guiding you is Maria Baltazzi, an Emmy-winning executive producer with a Ph.D. in Conscious-Centered Living. Maria has worked with A&E, ABC, CBS, NBC, TNT, Lifetime, and many more. She was even one of the original producers of SURVIVOR, the game-changing reality series for CBS that pushes contestants to their absolute physical and mental limits.

Maria will take you through her tried-and-true process to dispel the myths of happiness and show you her essential seven-step process to build a rewarding and intentional life that is mindfully lived with creative purpose.

Best of all, those who attend the live webcast will have the chance to ask Maria any questions about strengthening your Inner Sanctuary while building a career in the entertainment industry.

Start 2023 with a fresh perspective and the tools to have your happiest and most creative year yet!

What You'll Learn

Introduction

  • Myths About Happiness, the Myth of More, and the Myth of “I will be happy when”
  • Happiness Set-point: Exploring the Happiness Continuum.

Building One’s Inner Sanctuary Overview

  • Step One, Your Foundation. Be 100% Accountable for Your Happiness
  • Step Two, Your Mind. Do Not Believe Everything You Think
  • Step Three, Your Heart. Lead with Love
  • Step Four, Your Body. Make Your Cells Happy
  • Step Five, Your Soul. Connect to Spirit
  • Step Six, Your True North. Live Life on Purpose
  • Step Seven, Your Community. Cultivate Nourishing Relationships and creative networks

Q&A with Maria

About Your Instructor

Everything Maria does reflects her years as an Emmy-winning television producer, international traveler, and well-being teacher. She has developed and produced shows on all seven continents for A&E, ABC, CBS, Discovery, ESPN, History, Lifetime, National Geographic, TNT, and Travel. She was one of the original show producers on SURVIVOR for CBS, a role she continued through its first ten seasons.

Maria is a PGA and DGA member, a Fellow National Member of The Explorers Club, and an Advisor and Herald for the Transformational Travel Council.

Her degrees include an MFA in film, an Inner MBA, and a PhD in Conscious-Centered Living. Maria’s educational focus over the past decade on happiness and mindfulness has earned her accreditations in Mindfulness, Primordial Sound Meditation, Spiritual Psychology, and Positive Psychology, with teachers including Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, Rick Hanson, and Deepak Chopra.

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