Training

Highwater Farm + Fields of Recovery

Vitality of land and people.  Recover healthy habits for yourself and the planet.

Come learn, grow & share. 

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Danielle Chevalier Fitness Trainer

     Farmer & Personal Trainer. There is no turning back now. I love it and am wholly dedicated. Growing food has deeply influenced my character. When tending crops you cannot help but see a bigger picture of intricacy and power. Nature's sensitivity and yours are of epic proportions. You are connected to Nature, and to all those before who have planted seeds and tended patiently through fruition. Imagine if you learned to grow 1 thing, lets say potatoes for example. In your life time you will only have the chance to do it 40 to 80 times at the very most. Consider the scale of it when there are so many plants to grow, to learn about, to experience.

     When you're responsible for feeding people you realize what a gift it is to take part in the cycles of Nature itself: of life and death, and of transformation. From compost (blood, guts, poop, sweat....), through storms, with sunshine and sometimes under great blue sky to green pastures and abundance of roots, stems, stalks, fruit, beans, seeds. It is also incredibly grounding. It's a great way to stay strong, skilled, practical, and of service to your community.

     I was not a high school athlete. I smoked cigarettes and got into trouble for bringing alcohol to school at a very early age. I never had any interest in gaining muscle mass till I became a farmer. As a farmer, I suffered physically, emotionally and mentally. The stress of finances, putting all our work into crops beginning in Winter, before seeing any return in the summer or fall and sometimes none at all. There are always risks. For the first 10 years we were harvesting year round, in the NW Winters where the rains fall everyday hovering just below freezing. It made me hardy and strong. But I was in pain. Shoulder pain, knee pain, back pain. I could be seen often running around mad angry, forcing myself and attempting to get others to get the job done. I was causing more pain to my body and to the people around me. I also was making myself crazy from the pressures and demands I put on myself. Here's where personal training, kinetic chain stability & mobility, health coaching, lifestyle medicine, and yoga come in. Now I practice and teach these skills for building functional strength, moving pain-free, and emotional regulation. 

       Before I was a farmer and before I was a personal trainer, I was a midwife. I studied human development. I learned the intricacies of body systems and details of anatomy & physiology. I witnessed how miraculous the body is. I saw how much diet and exercise could impact the pregnancy, the birth, and the recovery. But it was in studying exercise science, behavioral health & addictions science that I learned to use the tools for optimum performance for all humans no matter the stage of life. I know which to use and how to use them to replace harmful habits with ones that help us and the planet thrive. But it takes time. Like the tending from seed to full fruition.

       

       I believe in learning by doing and that we can all build on our strengths wherever we are. By paying attention to your limits and at the same time consistently challenging yourself you can build the stamina to achieve great feats more easily. Since 2013, I've facilitated 1000s of body mind wellness activities for people of all ages and backgrounds: at churches, shelters, drop-in centers, residential drug treatment and outdoor behavioral healthcare centers, at the health club, the yoga studio, and at the hospital. These are regular people who've struggled with mental health issues, addictions, insomnia, high blood pressure, and chronic diseases. And we all have habits that can help or hinder our own healing.

     You can feel good in your body. You can be productive, strong, and gentle.

I created Rhythm & Energy-a whole body integration program to help

you love your Nature body. 

        It's for people who want to automate healthy habits, improve sleep, have natural energy, move more, connect to nature, and feel at home in the body. 

Rhythm & Energy uses personal training, group support, the seasons' cycles and the wisdom of patience of tending our healthy habits while weeding out, threshing and winnowing away the things that harm us. 

If you're interested in learning more about our programs and to see if we're a good fit for you follow the link below.

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  •  Restoration Agriculture  

  • Organic Vegetables

  • Permaculture
  • Perennial Crops
  • Herbal Medicine
  • Sylvo Pasture
  • Geese
  • CSA
Highwater Farm

   Est. 2007. 

 

   We grow organic vegetables, medicinal herbs, and seeds. We've hosted hundreds of participants for sustainable living and whole foods growing. We produce 105% of our electricity with Solar power. We donate more than 7000 lbs. of vegetables to food banks and average 15 000 lbs. of produce sales annually. 

Some of our past project partners are: WSU graduate students' environmental research plots and seed trials. WWU undergrad student employees. Family stays with World Wide Opportunities in Organic Farming. Volunteer tours from Skagit Distribution Center/Community Action's farm worker justice education.

Our Community Supported Agriculture is U-pick vegetables at wholesale prices combined with the opportunity to be a part of our farm. You can schedule visits with your friends and family. You can spend time enjoying the views, having picnics or giving a helping hand while actively learning about growing and tending crops. The cost is 1000$ per household for an annual membership. Good for the Farm and Good for you. Once a member and you've had your first tour and orientation, you can visit the farm on weekly scheduled U-pick days and  by appointment.

 

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