Herizen Meet the captain

Capt. Valma Brenton

Women Sailing & Self-Awareness Trainer, Experienced Yoga Teacher, Ayurvedic Practitioner and Global Adventurer

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For over 35 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 Virgin Islands, French West Indies, French Polynesia, Mexico, Thailand, Malaysia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Belize, Bahamas, Cuba, Greece, Australia 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 license and has completed the CSC 2 60 ton Small Craft Masters training. She is a certified International Occupational Scuba Diver and holds PADI Open Water, Advanced and Rescue Diver Certifications since 1985.

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 CYA Basic Crew & Cruising Day Skipper Instructor and CYA Intermediate Crew and Cruising Bareboat Skipper Instructor and CYA Advanced Crew and Cruising Coastal Skipper Instructor also qualified to instruct and examine clients for the CCG Pleasure Craft Operators Card.

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

On the self-awareness side of her life, Valma has studied a range of alternate medicines and as a Certified CEM therapist inspires others and herself through a process called Consilence Energy Management. (CEM. ) or Energy Mirrors formerly Consegrity. This is a wellness 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. This process empowers the body’s ability to heal itself.

Valma’s personal mission is to travel and create an enlightened world by spreading the light of Consciousness. 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 Meditation, Qigong, Yoga & Ayurveda. These practices create a bridge between the body, mind and the spirit. She believes they will also play an important role in the global awakening. Certifired in Meditation, Ayurveda, Qigong (Cloudy Satchel form), E-RYT 500 (Experienced Yoga Teacher) in traditional Hatha, Iyengar & Ashtanga Yoga are practices that Valma incorporates in her daily life as well as all sail training and adventure programs. She believes Qigong and Yoga movement gets people into their bodies, deeply connects them to themselves, and more openly connects them with nature and others. It is a transformational practice which encourages well-being and vitality. Over the last number of years – Valma has enhanced her holistic practices with certification in Ayurvedic medicine.

Valma is a graduate of Context Associated Training, Peak Potentials Training and Mastery of Self Expression programs. She also holds certification in Ayurvedic Health Education – R.A.L.C. and is a Registered Ayurvedic Practitioner – R.A.P and Councelor.  In addition, Valma is trained in Spiritual Iridology, Train the Trainer Certification, Animal Communication, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), Astrology, Astro Palmistry, Ayurveda Cooking / Personal Lifestyle Coaching, Law of Attraction and 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.

Valma 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 Tsmania, Curacao, Scotland, Chile 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.

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/displayed in magazines, newspapers, books and art galleries. West Coast Fisherman, Northern Aquaculture, “Working the Tides” A Portrait of Canada’s West Coast Fishing Industry and Pacific Aquaculture. She was featured in “Salt Water Women at Work ” by Vickie Jensen.

Valma’s personal experience as a women in nontraditional roles both on the water, in the forest and in the business world has provided her with the insight, inner strength, confidence and self esteem to believe that she CAN manifest, create and achieve anything. All things are possible now!.

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

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