About Us



We put together a list of the top 10 topics and links for this website based on some of the most commonly asked questions asked by guests, group and retreat leaders, volunteers, press and others interested in visiting or learning more about Playa Viva.


Playa Viva is headed by the husband and wife team of David Leventhal and Sandra Kahn, developers of Casa Viva Troncones, a popular B&B located 30 minutes north of Zihautanejo/Ixtapa. But the true team that makes Playa Viva really run is our dedicated staff, which is led by an all-female management group that includes General Manager Julia Garcia, Permaculture Manager Amanda Harris and Social and Environmental Impact Manager Colleen Fugate.

Host a Retreat

Interested in leading a retreat? We love hosting retreats at Playa Viva. We work with yoga retreats, meditation retreats, healing retreats, couples retreats, company retreats, family reunions, weddings and more. Learn more about hosting your next event with us.

Core Principles

Learn about our Core Principles and how they've guided our operations throughout Playa Viva's history.

  • Use Cleaner and More Abundant and Transparent – Energy, Water and Waste Streams
  • Promote and Create Biodiversity
  • Create Transformational Experiences
  • Promote Meaningful Community
  • Create a Living Legacy

Volunteer with Us

If you are interested in joining the work/live exchange program to volunteer at Playa Viva, please read this page on FAQs about volunteering and then complete the Playa Viva Volunteer Online Application. This is an immersive volunteer experience that requires a minimum commitment of 3 months.


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