Inspiring Young Ocean Conservationists

Bringing Marine Conservation Workshops to Juluchuca’s Youth. It’s no surprise that Juluchucans love the ocean. Whether it’s fishing, swimming, or just hanging out, the local beach is a popular place on evenings and weekends. Residents have a deep knowledge of their local marine ecosystem. They easily recognize subtle changes that occur in the water over…

A Place to Come Together

Building A New Community Plaza In Juluchuca What unites a community? What brings us together? These are questions we all ask ourselves at holiday times, and something I’ve thought about often since moving to Juluchuca a little over a year ago. With roughly 500 residents, Juluchuca is certainly a small, close-knit agricultural community. Residents are…

A Season of Impact at Playa Viva

Playa Viva’s Season 10 Social Impact As 2019 comes to a close, it is a wonderful time for all of us to reflect on the past year and Season 10 of Playa Viva.  We want to take the chance to share with you some of our key achievements in the community in 2019 and thank…

The Secret Lives of Pets in Juluchuca

Update:  Dec 2019 – A Lasting Gift to the Community In May our first spay and neuter clinic was a huge success. We surpassed $3,500 in funds raised, and brought a group of volunteer veterinarians to Juluchuca where they performed 113 successful surgeries, and activated a new generation of animal advocates through a new local…

Regeneration Training at Playa Viva

Practicing Our Core Values. Regenerative, sustainable, closed-loop systems… we hear these concepts tossed around in different circles, but what do they mean? The team of people who help our hotel, farm and kitchen run smoothly come from communities big and small, carrying their own understanding and interpretation of these terms used to describe responsible practices….

Plastic Pollution & Biodiversity

Preventing Plastic Pollution and Promoting Biodiversity in Our Community. As a coastal community, Juluchuca has a deep connection with the sea.  We, and I think I can now count myself among us, spend our evenings at the beach either fishing or just enjoying a nice sunset with our families and friends. We comment on the…

Jóvenes Construyendo el Futuro

Helping Local Youth Build Themselves a Better Future In December 2018, Mexico’s federal government created a program, Jóvenes Construyendo el Futuro, to respond to an increasingly high number of unemployed youth in nearly every region of the country. The government program, headed by Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), seeks to create pathways to remove vulnerable…

Deeper Engagement Opens New Opportunities for Service

Get Your Hands Dirty And Make A Difference This past spring, we welcomed Anne-Lauren Graham, founder of Radiant Spiral Retreats, for a second year as a holistic host and retreat leader.  In each of those capacities, Anne Lauren found ways to deepen her connection with the local community.  The holistic host is a multi-faceted role…

We All Want the Same For Our Families

As Americans and as humans, we have all been shocked by the photo of the father and daughter drowned as they cross the border into the US.  No matter what your politics, we can all agree that we, as humans, strive for the same things for our families wherever we live and wherever we travel…

Pack for a Purpose When You Visit Playa Viva

On your next trip to Playa Viva, the unused space in your suitcase can make a BIG difference.  We’ve teamed up with Pack for a Purpose to give our guests an easy way to deliver necessary supplies to our nearby communities.   These donations all directly support ongoing social impact programs,  with items such as gently…