30 Day Intensive in-person

Raw Food Chef Residency Program

Raw Food Chef Certification Training Course & Holistic Healing Retreat

30-day intensive in-person

Raw Food Chef
Residency Program

Raw Food Chef Certification Training Course & Holistic Healing Retreat

Transformative Plant-Based Culinary Deep-Dive:
Healing Body, Mind, and Spirit!

Dive deep into holistic culinary arts and transform your relationship with food in our immersive 4-week residency program.

Embark on an unforgettable journey into the world of plant-based cuisine, honing your skills and unlocking your culinary potential. Nestled on the picturesque island of Ometepe in Nicaragua, Pachavega Plant-Based Culinary School offers an enriching and multifaceted journey that extends beyond traditional culinary education. Our program is a holistic experience, encompassing not only nutritional education and hands-on culinary practice but also a profound detoxification process for both body and mind.

Through our curriculum, you’ll delve deep into the intricacies of taste balancing, learning to harmonize flavors and textures to create truly exceptional dishes. Beyond mere cooking techniques, you’ll cultivate your own culinary identity, crafting signature dishes that reflect your unique creativity and passion.

But our program is more than just a culinary school—it’s a transformative experience that touches every aspect of your being. You’ll explore a diverse range of culinary themes, from fundamental principles of plant-based nutrition to advanced methods for addressing specific health concerns. Whether you’re an avid food enthusiast, aspiring entrepreneur, or dedicated advocate of plant-based living, our immersive program is designed to ignite your passion and equip you with the knowledge and skills to thrive in the world of holistic cuisine.

Join us in embracing the plant-based revolution and become a catalyst for positive change in your community and beyond. Together, let’s harness the transformative power of plant-based living to cultivate a brighter, healthier future for all.

Para el bien de todos!

What You Will Learn

  • Foundation Staple Foods
  • Nutrient Dense Plant-Based Nutrition
  • Knife Skills
  • Flavor Balancing
  • How to Stock your Kitchen
  • Soaking and Sprouting
  • Cultured and Fermented Foods, Kimchi and Kraut
  • Sustainability and Ethical Choices
  • Nut-Free Cuisine and Food Sensitivities
  • Detoxification and Your pH
  • Healthy Digestion and your Gut Microbiome
  • Foods the Promote Digestion
  • Tips and Tricks for Healthy Detoxification
  • Healing Spices from Around the World
  • Gourmet Raw Vegan Meals
  • Healing Foods for Fertility, Pregnancy and All Life Stages
  • Healing Herbal Soups and Adaptogens
  • Raw Desserts and Superfoods
  • Raw Food and Essential Oils that Heal
  • Dehydrated Foods
  • Gourmet Cultured Foods
  • Medicinal Mushrooms
  • Vegan Cheese Making
  • Plating Presentation and Food Photography

What's Included in Your Experience?

  • Airport Transfer (complimentary, a $120 value)
  • 30 nights accommodation in a private resort (valued at $1200)
  • All meals included, meticulously curated for your culinary journey (valued at $1550)
  • Embroidered Personalized Apron (valued at $55)
  • Comprehensive 400-page training manual for in-depth learning (valued at $240)
  • Culinary Project Support for hands-on application (valued at $599)
  • Holistic Nutrition Classes to deepen your understanding (valued at $1897)
  • Daily morning yoga, movement, and meditation facilitated by Special Guests for holistic well-being (valued at $540)
  • Instructional Plant labs for practical learning (valued at $2997)
  • Chocolate Tour and Tasting for a delightful experience (valued at $40)
  • One-on-One Holistic Business Coaching (2 hours) for personalized guidance (valued at $497)
  • Breathwork Experience for holistic wellness (valued at $60)

Register Today!


January 26th - February 24th, 2025
November 2nd - December 1st, 2025
January 25th - February 23rd, 2026

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Our trainings are for...

✔ the stay-at-home mom

✔ the nutritionist

✔ the Chinese medicine doctor

✔ the new retiree

✔ the red seal chef

✔ the professional athlete

✔ those looking for a new career

✔ those looking to enhance their nutrition intake

✔ the fresh out of high school

✔ The seasoned entrepreneur 

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… and many more. All these types of people have taken Pachavega’s Raw Food Chef Certification Course.

What we have in common is a desire to create healthy whole food recipes for our families, loved ones, clients and ourselves. We want to know how to help our body do what is designed to do, heal itself.

This course offers an in-depth study into a whole foods, plant-based lifestyle as a means to heal your body and ignite your spirit of adventure and passion to get you into the kitchen and experiment and in turn, improve your health and wellbeing for life.

You will Make Simple as well as Gourmet Recipes

All of our recipes are made with gluten-free, plant-based ingredients that are designed by nature to build health

What's it like to be a Raw Food Chef with Pachavega?


  • Dive into the health benefits of the food that fuels us
  • Train in valuable basic, intermediate, and advanced kitchen skills
  • Master the art and intricacies of flavor balancing
  • Discover how to creatively sauce, plate and present striking dishes
  • Create nutritional powerhouse meals and culinary masterpieces that anyone from age 0 to 99 is bound to enjoy and benefit from
  • Learn the art of effective menu construction and design
  • Acquire a compassion-centered approach to nutrition that supports individual needs and goals
  • Utilize your nutrition and culinary knowledge and skills as the foundation of a holistic wellness lifestyle
  • Turn your newfound-insights and mastery into a revenue-generating venture
  • Have an encouraging feedback and support system from Pachavega educators and students



$5997 USD - Tuition only
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Kind Words about our Courses

What our graduates are saying about us!
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Introducing Your Teacher...

Danielle Arsenault, founder of Pachavega Living Foods Education, is a passionate Raw Food Chef and Plant Based Nutrition Educator. 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. After she healed her body with food, she made it her life’s purpose to educate the world about the healing power of plant-based whole foods and a healthy lifestyle rooted in compassion for the planet. 

Danielle is a professional educator, internationally renowned chef, published author of 7 cookbooks and an award-winning vegan influencer. She is a best-selling co-author and has been on the TedX stageShe has also been featured in over 40 podcasts, 50+ magazine articles, several online summit series and catered over 50 retreats, including almost 30 in-person Raw Food Chef Certification Trainings.

Her professional career includes a stint as a college professor, a Raw Food Chef and Nutrition Consultant at a tropical wellness resort and designing and teaching over 350 students, online and in-person, through her Online Culinary Arts Institute and in-person Holistic Wellness Retreats. She lives on the island of Ometepe, Nicaragua and frequently donates her time and passion to teach healthy cooking skills within her local community.

Location and Accommodation

Ometepe island. nicaragua

Our Raw Food Chef School Nicaragua is based on the Island of Ometepe, Nicaragua at a place called La Vida Bonita. It’s a brand new place, circa 2022 where in fact, we are still in the middle of building our dream kitchen! We will be ready to host our program in 2026.

Our January & November 2025 Programs will be held at Om Island Retreats.

In January 2026, we transition to the new location. We are a school and students stay off-site during the 4-week program. There are many hotels, hostels and beautiful airbnb rentals around the neighborhood within walking distance. It’s just like school. You arrive in the morning and go to your ‘home away from home’ at the end of the day. Before you register for the program,  contact us directly so we can help coordinate your stay at a location of your choice.

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