After turning 50, Maria started to explore the vulnerabilities that have accompanied her journey through life. Maria says she has often sensed a lack of harmony between how people present and who they really are, that throws her easily out of balance as she struggles to reconcile the conflicting messages she absorbs. Her confusion over this, she says, is often misunderstood as confrontation. “Nature is like a cloak I can wrap around myself for protection. The authenticity of nature is in harmony with what I feel, and is relaxing in the balance it provides”.