Hi I’m Lisa,
Most days you’ll find me hustling Master 6 + 8 off to school and then I get to spend the rest of the day in my gorgeous store Elemental Barossa.
How did I end up as a small business owner in the Barossa? I was so fortunate to spend nearly 10 years working with communities in China, Vietnam and Laos to overcome poverty and the impacts of war; meeting the most amazing, giving people, it was such a rewarding time of my life. And then life changed in so many wonderful ways when our children came along; with a German partner, where else would we live that the beautiufl Barossa will all it's wonderful heritage?
If I’m not working overseas in Community Development who am I and what am I going to do? A question I often pondered as I tried to work out the direction of my life. Being a mum is amazing, but time to go back to work, what was I passionate about in life? What did I wish to change in this world? One stark culture shock I had upon returning to Australia was how disconnected we are from the people who make our products. I want to show you who made this beautiful piece of jewellery and how your purchase can, and does change lives. I wanted to tell the story behind the products. I want you to know that this small bag you have purchased has been made by a woman in Cambodia living with a disability that is supporting herself and her family.
So with my favourite Mark Twain quote “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover” I opened Elemental Barossa in 2014.
And wow was that a learning curve! Handmade and ethically soucred fair trade products are still at our core, however things have changed and evolved and I’m now bringing you products that help you live a sustainable life, things that can be reused and help you reduce your waste. Things that help you tread more gently on this amazing planet of ours.
In my down time when I’m not child wrangling and searching the world for communities doing amazing things, I love spending time in our garden, growing food that edges us that little bit closer to being more sustainable , reading and dreaming of far flung places around the world that I’d love to visit again one day.
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