Danielle Arsenault, founder of Pachavega Living Foods Education, is a lover of many things. She is a passionate Raw Food Chef, Spanish teacher, cave guide, slack liner, rock climber, mountain lover, cookbook author and whole foods nutrition and lifestyle consultant. 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. Pacha came from Pachamama, which is a native word from the indigenous Quechua people of South America meaning Mother Earth, and Vega is to honour the humble vegetable.
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 travelled the world and discovered isolated corners of over 25 countries (and counting). In 2011 a near-death rock climbing accident gave her the realization that we must honour this one life we live, that we are truly blessed to be here and the sky is the limit. We can achieve anything we put our minds to and that 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.
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 recently published her own recipe book, Heal and Ignite; 55 Whole Food, Plant-Based Recipes to Heal your Body and Ignite your Spirit!
In 2012, she also completed a ukulele-infused, singer-songwriter album under her musical pseudonym, Mustache Fable and in 2016 she became an Ambassador for Journey. Journey helps people to see the impact they’ve made through philanthropic donations and funding by traveling to meet locals, getting hands dirty by building together and afterwards reflecting and reconnecting, and re-framing the world.
Looking for some grounding roots, she founded Pachavega Living Foods Education 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 raw food chef certification including the most amazing 45 hour Healing Whole Foods Preparation Certificate and the 70 hour *Heal and Ignite* Raw Chef Certificate. She is currently working on the new television series, Heal and Ignite Across Canada, which will be filmed in the summer and fall of2018.
Danielle Arsenault 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. With these under her belt, her professional career includes a stint as professor at Pacific Rim College in Victoria who has created and developed several courses there, a Raw Food Chef and Nutrition Consultant at Aqua Wellness Resort in Nicaragua, TV Show Host and Keynote Speaker. She is also a contributor to several popular health blogs, including youngandraw.com, healingthebody.ca, elephant journal, zhou nutrition and earth therapy as well as regular contributor to the popular Canadian fitness and running magazine, Impact magazine.
“No matter how busy I get with projects, ukulele picking, playing in the garden, crossing mountain ranges, rock climbing, writing cookbooks, dancing in the kitchen, 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.”