Our Founder

Danielle Arsenault, founder of Pachavega Living Foods Education, is a lover of many things. She is a passionate Raw Food Chef and Plant Based Nutrition Educator, outdoor enthusiast, mountain lover, ukulele player and singer-songwriter, fluent Spanish speaker, cookbook author, humanitarian, environmentalist, vegan and mama. It is her dream to educate the world about the healing power of plant-based whole foods and a healthy lifestyle rooted in compassion for the planet. She can become lost in the folds of nomadic travels now and then but still finds time to pursue her passions. For almost 10 years, she traveled the world and discovered isolated corners of over 25 countries (and counting).  In 2011 a near-death rock climbing accident changed her relationship with the world and life as she knew it. It gave her the realization that we are truly blessed to be alive. We can achieve anything we put our minds to and we have the ability to make our dreams come true. Always with an eye for fresh foods, Danielle has discovered endless combinations and hidden secrets in nutrition – especially in raw, living foods. After the accident, she found herself rapidly healing with no lingering pains whatsoever. She attributed this vitality to the food that she was eating and this sparked her passion for whole foods. She knew it was her calling to strive to educate herself in depth about the healing power of whole foods and a healthy lifestyle.

Danielle received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Drama Education and a post grad degree from the Masters of Teaching Program both from the University of Calgary, a Living Foods Lifestyle Education Certification from the Ann Wigmore Institute in Puerto Rico, a Raw Food Educator Certificate from the Raw Foundation Culinary Arts Institute in Vancouver, a certificate in Permaculture Design from Sadhana Forest in Haiti and is also certified as a Colon Hydrotherapist. Her professional career includes a stint as professor at Pacific Rim College in Victoria BC, Canada where she created and developed several plant-based nutrition courses. She has also been a Raw Food Chef and Nutrition Consultant at Aqua Wellness Resort in Nicaragua, a TV Show Host and Keynote Speaker. Her TEDX Talk, “The Power of Plants” has over 24,000 views on YouTube. She has also been a Raw Food Chef and Nutrition Consultant at Aqua Wellness Resort in Nicaragua, and redesigned their menu with a new focus on healthy, gourmet, plant-based meals.

While living in South Korea for years, she collaborated with the lovely Jessica Perlaza by co-creating a vegan, gluten-free cookbook series inspired by seasonal, whole foods. They call themselves the kitchens of pinch and dash and wrote four books together. You can find these cookbooks online. Danielle has also published her own recipe book, Heal and Ignite; 55 Whole Food, Plant-Based Recipes to Heal your Body and Ignite your Spirit

She is also a contributor to several popular health blogs and magazines, including youngandraw.com,  healingthebody.ca, elephant journal, zhou nutrition, Edible: Vancouver Island, Calgary Alumni Magazine, and earth therapy as well as regular contributor to the popular Canadian fitness and running magazine, Impact magazine. She has also appeared on many podcasts including; The Game Changers Mentality Podcast, Dirt in Your SkirtThe Vegan Troubadour Show, Power Plant Body Podcast, Think Plant BasedMindalia TV in English.

Looking for some grounding roots, she founded Pachavega Living Foods Education in 2013 to inspire people to take charge of their happiness and health by eating mindfully. She offers whole foods, plant-based catering, nutritional consultation and runs a vegan culinary school that teaches international raw food chef certification. Since 2013, she has graduated over 150 students in the art of plant-based culinary mastery. She is also the founder of Pachavega Culinary Arts Institute Online, offering unique plant-based nutrition fundamentals courses and advanced living foods chef certifications online.

Danielle is also the co-founder of Wanderlust Utopia, a eco-modern retreat center for wellness events and private functions on Ometepe Island, Nicaragua where she resides half the year with her beautiful daughter, Indira.

“No matter how busy I get with being a mama, pickin’ the ukulele, playing in the kitchen, crossing mountain ranges, rock climbing, writing cookbooks, dancing in the garden, teaching and dreaming, I still have to eat. My boundless energy and creative drive are directly related to the food I nourish my body with. I am chlorella, tahini, peaches and zucchini.”

Contact Danielle HERE

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