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. For almost 10 years, she travelled the world and discovered isolated corners of over 25 countries (and counting). The subsequent 8 years, she lived in a van. Minimalist and free. (She eventually upgraded to an RV).
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 attributes this vitality to the food that she eats and this sparked her passion to share this lifestyle with the world. She knew it was her calling 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 Master 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 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 developed and taught several plant-based nutrition courses, a Raw Food Chef and Nutrition Consultant at Aqua Wellness Resort in Nicaragua where she redesigned their menu with a new focus on healthy, gourmet, plant-based meals and the host of her own TV show, Heal and Ignite Across Canada, a travelling culinary adventure series currently in pre-production.
While living in South Korea, 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. 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.
Danielle has been a contributor in several popular health blogs and magazines, including youngandraw.com, elephant journal, Edible: Vancouver Island, Calgary Alumni Magazine, 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 Skirt, The Vegan Troubadour Show, Power Plant Body Podcast, Think Plant Based, Vegan Boss Radio, Mindalia TV in English and several online summits. Her TEDX Talk, “The Power of Plants” has almost 43,000 views on YouTube.
It is my deep desire to educate the world about the healing power of plant-based whole foods.
– Danielle Arsenault
Looking for some grounding roots, Danielle 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.