Bella Botanica's Founder, Liisa Korpela is an herbalist who teaches and practices in Eugene, Oregon. Since 1995, she has been as passionate about plants as she has been about educating others, teaching them about supportive, sustainable practices for living on earth.
Liisa was raised in Columbus, Ohio by Finnish parents. In 1990, she moved to the lush Pacific Northwest to begin her studies at the University of Oregon in Eugene. In 1995, she received two degrees, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Textile Design and a Bachelor of Science in Biology.
After graduation, Liisa began delving more deeply into the world of plants by working with native flora, ecosystems, propagation, and gardening in the Pacific Northwest. She also began her formal herbal studies at the Blue Iris School of Botanical Studies with Colette Gardiner, and then at the Columbine School of Botanical Studies with Howie Brounstein and Steven Yeager, and most recently has studied to be a Certified Women's Herbal Educator with Dr. Aviva Jill Romm.
Liisa traveled extensively in the 1990s, co-leading eco-tours to Costa Rica. She also served as Tour Assistant on excursions to the sacred sites of Egypt and Peru.
Blending the art and science of herbalism, Liisa inspires others to build relationships with nature and to learn holistic ways to care for their body, mind, and spirit.