About Us

Plant-based Culinary Arts Institute

We are the change we wish to see in the world.
Pachavega Plant-based Culinary Arts Institute
Pachavega Plant-based Culinary Arts Institute

About Us

Plant-based Culinary Arts Institute

We are the change we wish to see in the world.

At Pachavega, we live a plant-based lifestyle fueled with positivity and gratitude. We aim to inspire by living life from the heart and connecting to nature through the integration of a healthy diet and lifestyle. The word Pachavega is coined by combining two very important things; “Pacha” from the native Quechua word, Pachamama, which means “Mother Earth” and “Vega” to honor a plant-based lifestyle and our love affair with the humble vegetable.

At the core of our philosophy is nutritionally dense and deliciously flavorful, whole, plant-based food that is organically grown as sustainably as possible. We dig deep into plant-based nutrition using the most up-to-date nutrition science and ancient wisdom of thriving healthy cuisines and traditional diet modalities around the world. We teach life-changing plant based nutrition, healthy vegan recipes and raw food chef certification courses.

Raw Food Chef Alliance International Raw Food Chef Certification

Pachavega offers plant-based nutrition coaching, plant-based menu design and upgrades, hosts international wellness retreats and vegan culinary chef trainings, specializing in whole food, plant-based and raw food chef certification courses. Upon graduation students are approved and eligible for the Raw Food Chef Alliance International Raw Food Chef Certification.

Danielle Arsenault

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.

Location

Wanderlust Utopia

Our home base is on the Island of Ometepe in Nicaragua at an incredible retreat facility called Wanderlust Utopia – a conscious, plant-based, health and wellness retreat center for holistic events and private functions. 

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