Isabela was born in Montreal, Canada. Named Renée by her parents, she later received the name Isabela from her guru Berdhanya Swami Tierra. Isabela is a name related to Goddess Isis.
After earning a BA in Communications from the University of Ottawa, Isabela first embarked on a career in journalism and later in communications in Canada’s public service. Mid-way, she started training part-time in herbalism, shamanism, yoga, meditation, Ayurveda, aromatherapy and energy work. She studied at the Barbara Brennan School of Healing (in the USA), with Berdhanya Swami Tierra (in Canada), as well as other respected teachers and doctors of ayurveda in Canada and abroad. Her views of the nature of beauty widened through the contact of saints from various traditions including Amma, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, SaiMaa, Sai Baba and Sri Chinmoy.
In 2000, Berdhanya encouraged Isabela to start a business to promote her budding line of skin care products, energetic treatments and facials. That is how Face to Grace was born. Soon after, she began offering workshops and courses for teens and adults. She currently offers her products, services and courses not only in the area of Ottawa, but also online and wherever needs bring her.
For over 15 years, Isabela has offered women, teens and families alternative ways of nurturing their beauty and taking care of skin problems, at both physical and energetic levels. Reconnecting with powerful ancestral–therefore 100% natural–techniques and recipes, she promotes beauty and wellness modalities that are anchored in awareness of the importance of living in harmony with nature and its cycles.
She published The Book of Beauty: Making Skin Care Products with Aromatherapy and Ayurveda in 2013 and Paradoxes: Bilingual Muses bilingues in 2015, 30 Days to Learn the Language of Beauty (e-book) in mid-2016, and is currently working on a book of recipes for beauty for early 2017.