HERIZEN™ Life Adventures offers personalized self-awareness coaching, sailing lessons, yoga training and destination adventure experiences for women around the world in nature.

Valma Shakti (Brenton) is the owner operator and is passionate about inspiring you to keep your dreams alive and live your best life.  Ignite your Dreams & Live the Adventure.

More About Valma 

As a transformational trainer / educator, mystic and global adventurer,  Valma is passionate about inspiring women like you to gain clarity, confidence, focus, increased intuition, find more love for self and others, self empathy, nurture oneself, have faith, trust, peace of mind, optimal health and learn out of the box ways to create your ideal life.

Valma is a life long learner and it is through her continued professional training in Sailing and Yoga, as well as Self Awareness education and personal life experiences that she has sage wisdom to share with you.  

She has been traveling around the sun for 64 years...and at 3 months of age she crossed her first ocean via the Queen Mary from the UK to Canada. Valma then started her more extensive major world travels at the age of 15.  In her early 20's Valma began her boating and sailing experiences while fishing the West Coast of Canada and at that same time she owned and restored a number of wooden sailing yachts.  As her thirst for knowledge, experience and adventure grew, she gained further professional training and certifications in the marine industry.  

Are you Intrigued?  Learn more below on the fascinating story of Valma and her offerings - let the adventure continue and may they inspire you to live large!


The Valma Story and her Offerings


Sailing: Capt Valma inspires and empowers women through her sailing for women seminars and training / adventure programs. For over 44 years, boating, sailing and self-awareness training have been a major part of Valma’s life.

During this time, her work and personal adventures on the oceans of the world have allowed her to see herself in an entirely new light.  Since 1979, Valma has sailed the British Columbia West Coast, Hawaii, British & US Virgin Islands, French West Indies, French Polynesia, Mexico, Belize, Thailand, Malaysia, Bahamas, Cuba, Greece and US east coast on boats ranging in length from 20 to 60 feet.

In addition, she has captained and crewed on 20 to 110 foot scuba dive charter and commercial fishing vessels.  Valma maintains a Fishing Master IV International Captain’s licence and has completed the CSC 2 60 ton Small Craft Masters Training.

Sail training includes Sail Canada Basic Cruising, Intermediate, Advanced and Coastal Navigation Standards as well as the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) Pleasure Craft Operators Card. In addition, she is a qualified Sail Canada Basic Crew & Cruising Day Skipper Instructor, Intermediate Crew and Cruising Bareboat Skipper Instructor and Advanced Crew and Cruising Coastal Skipper also qualified to instruct and exam clients for the CCG Pleasure Craft Operators Card.

For the last 19 years, Valma has been bare boat yacht chartering both sailing sloops and cataramans in Canada, Mexico, Belize, Virgin Islands, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, East Coast of the USA, Greece, Thailand, Malaysia and the Bahamas – thus she has the knowledge to share with you.   Yes ladies you can do it too!   Valma offers private sailing lessons and coaching for women and couples on charter yachts or private sailing yachts and makes yacht calls around the world.  

As a requirement to maintain her professional yachting certifications she has an International Marine Medical Fitness exam every 2 years.

Valma is a certified International Occupational Scuba Diver and holds PADI Open Water, Advanced and Rescue Diver Certifications since 1985.    A handy skill when it comes to any kind of boat or yacht.

Outdoor / Wilderness Guide: Valma has trained as a kayak leader and overnight guide. She holds Marine Advanced & Wilderness First Aid, CPR and ROC-MC (comercial) and Operator’s Restricted with DCS endorsement (pleasure craft radio communication certifications). 

Personal Passions: Valma is very creative and enjoys being and living off grid in nature. She creates beautiful garden designs using permaculture principles, natural products and local plants. As well, she loves to paint mandalas, sacred art yantra using a number of unique methods and styles. Watercolour, gauche and natural paints are the medium used. In addition, Valma has been acting in a number of local theatre productions in her home town of Todos Santos, Baja Sur, Mexico and enjoys singing both with guitar and vocal.


Yoga & Healing Modalities: Valma discovered Kundalini Yoga 28 years ago while leading a successful environmental technology company in Chile, SA. Within a short time, she noticed that her Yoga Sadhana (practice) raised her level of awareness, allowed her to stay focused, calmer, healthier and present in her physical body. This was important to her as she had lost the use of her legs temporarily in the recovery of a spinal injury some years before.  In addition, being a women in a male dominated industry, this gave her the confidence to succeed at many levels.

In the continued exploration of Yoga, Ayurveda and other healing modalities such as Qigong, Energy Mirrors, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Sound Healing, Attunement to Nature, Animal Communication, Spiritual Iridology, Tarot, The Sedona Method, Numerology, Astrology, Palmistry and further Self-Awareness Trainings, she found her practice to create a bridge between the body, mind and the spirit. Valma believes this will also play an important role in the global awakening.

Certified / Registered as an Ayurveda Practitioner, Ayurvedic Health Educator and in Qigong (Cloudy Satchel form), E-RYT 500 (Experienced Yoga Teacher) in Iyengar & Ashtanga influenced Hatha Yoga, traditional Hatha, Iyengar precision & Ashtanga Hatha Yoga and Qi Yoga flow are practices that Valma incorporates in her daily life as well as her women only adventure programs.

Valma is a recognized Advanced Yoga and Ayurvedic Health Educator from the American Vedic Institute and a Certified / Registered Ayurvedic Practitioner through New World Ayurveda School. She is also a certified Qigong Master and believes Yoga, Qigong and movement gets people into their bodies, deeply connects them to themselves, and more openly connects them with nature and others.

One way in which she empowers herself to raise her own level of Consciousness, stay focused, healthy and present in her physical body is through Ayurveda, Qigong and Yoga including Meditation, Mantra and Pranayama techniques. These practices create a bridge between the body the mind and the spirit.

Self Awareness & Holistic Training:  On the self-awareness side of her life, Valma has studied a wide range of holistic healing arts and as a Certified CEM therapist inspires others and herself through a process called Consilence Energy Mangement (CEM) or Energy Mirrors formerly Consegrity. This is a natural Well-Being process that works with the electromagnetic and vibrational systems of the body by reflecting / mirroring in a way that supports clearing at the level of cause. 

Advanced Healing Modalities: Valma is a graduate of Context Associated Training, Peak Potentials Training and Mastery of Self Expression programs. She also holds certification in Spiritual Iridology, Train the Trainer Certification, Animal Communication, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), Ayurveda Counceling, Cooking / Personal Lifestyle Coaching, Permaculture Design, is trained in Law of Attraction and is a Registered / Certified Ayurveda Health Educator, Registered Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, Astro Palmistry as well as a host of other interesting and profound personal growth processes. She is a wealth of knowledge and is passionate about inspiring women to celebrate joy, health, happiness and vitality in every moment of their BEING. 

Her experience teaching self-awareness programs such as; in the moment music, meditation, Qigong (pronounced “chee gung”), Yoga, Ayurveda, success, business & life coaching for women, sailing & self-awareness seminars and survival first aid for boaters, fisherman and loggers, has helped Valma to develop an acute awareness of what women need to build confidence, self esteem and competence in the traditionally male-oriented world of sailing and or business in general. 


BusinessValma has a varied business background with experience as a business owner, entrepreneur and developer of advanced environmentally friendly technology for the global fisheries / aquaculture industry. Her business experience has taken her across Canada – British Columbia, Ontario, Nova Scotia, through the USA and internationally into Europe, Tasmania, Curacao, Scotland, Chile, Mexico and French Polynesia. Valma has participated in business startups / development, and has held positions at the Board level, management, operational, sales & marketing and research levels.  Her business has been a model for self help books such as the Tipping Point and Yes You Can.

Writing, Photography & Journalism:  She is a successful author and photojournalist, specializing in boating, sailing, fisheries and aquaculture related subjects. In addition, Valma has published numerous research publications that have appeared in scientific journals and government scientific updates. Other feature articles and photography has been published  and displayed in magazines, newspapers, books and art galleries. West Coast Fisherman, Northern Aquaculture, “Working the Tides” A Potrait of Canada’s West Coast Fishing Industry and Pacific Aquaculture. She was featured in “Salt Water Women at Work ” by Vickie Jensen. Her most recent works includes the book "Thumb - The Symbol of Personality" Published in 2020.   

Get Even more Personalized Attention with One-on-One Coaching with Valma - Private Sail Coaching, Life Coaching, Clarity Session.

Say Yes - there is always a solution!

“My purpose is to be a mirror for other women, to inspire you to feel joy, health, happiness, and vitality in every moment of your BEING. To share my knowledge of the difference between male and female realities and the needs of women sailing and life in general. To inspire you to create miracles in your live and be open to the present moment… creating balance through awareness, self-confidence, intention and faith. I invite you to celebrate personal success and natural Well-Being through awareness, sailing and nature. Join me on a journey of freedom, magical adventure and let your Spirit fly.” .

— Valma

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation.