Episode 185: Mia Maestro

On the Way of Tea, the practice of service, the meaning of presence and the medicine of silence.

  • (1:46) – Tea, presence, and mindfulness.
  • (5:48) – Tea, meditation, and prison reform.
  • (11:52)- Buddhist chaplaincy training and tea practices.
  • (16:26) – Acting, producing, and healing.
  • (22:37) – Meditation, mindfulness, and Zen Buddhism.
  • (32:14) – Music, prison reform, and personal growth.

Mia Maestro most recently wrapped Oscar-nominee Jose Rivera’s Castro’s Daughter, directed by Miguel Bardem. She appears in the Apple+ Scott Z. Burns’ climate change anthology Extrapolations starring opposite Ed Norton.

Mia made her feature debut in Carlos Saura’s Tango, which earned Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for Best Foreign Film. Her extensive film credits include Walter Salles’ The Motorcycle Diaries opposite Gael Garcia Bernal, Julie Taymor’s acclaimed biopic Frida, Oliver Stone’s Savages opposite Benicio del Toro, Wolfgang Petersen’s Poseidon, Miramax’s Secuestro Express,  Lucrecia Martel’s The Holy Girl and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Parts 1 and 2.

Mia starred in Domenico De Feudis’ Italian feature The Binding for Netflix. She stars in Francisca Alegría’s The Cow That Sang A Song Into The Future, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2022. She is attached to star in After His Death with Lee Pace to be directed by Lucio Castro.

Other credits include multiple starring roles in hit series including Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain for FX opposite Corey Stoll, J.J. Abrams’ Alias for ABC, and a recurring role in Mayans M.C. and Scandal.


Mia is a citizen of the worldtraveling, surfing, scuba diving, and warming her spirit through the practice of Cha Dao, The Way of Tea. She’s passionate about prison reform and serves tea to the incarcerated through Healing Dialogue and Action in the state of California.


References mentioned: Baelyn NeffGlobal Tea Hut/ WuDe

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