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 was founded by David Leventhal and Sandra Kahn, developers of Casa Viva Troncones, a popular B&B located 30 minutes north of Zihautanejo/Ixtapa. Since opening in 2008, David has lead the hotel through its growth to where it is today and is proud to be run by three great women managers:

• Julia García, Hotel Operations

• Amanda Harris, Permaculture and Farm Ops

• Mariana Leal, ReSiMar, Social and Environmental Impact

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 Playa Viva’s Core Principles which secured us B-Corp Certification 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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