Coevolution: Growing Together

As we open for Season 11, a decade of co-evolution continues to Playa Viva a better, more impactful environment for all stakeholders. One of the core principles of regeneration is the concept of co-evolution. What does that mean in the context of Playa Viva and Regenerative Travel as a whole?   At Playa Viva, we co-evolve…

And the winner is…

Playa Viva is proud to announce the winner of our Season 10 Photo Contest, our guest Nirvana Nungaray! Nirvana Nungaray visited Playa Viva from her home in Jalisco Mexico in February 2019. You may have already seen her winning image on our Instagram feed or in our July newsletter.  It was so good we couldn’t…

Expanding our Education Impact to Rancho Nuevo

Ariel Arguedas Fernandez is Playa Viva’s Education Coordinator. He grew up in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia. He is an educator, dreamer, and avid nature lover. He has been volunteering with Playa Viva since October 2018. As we open a new season at Playa Viva, it’s also the season for local students to head…

Renewal and Regeneration at Finca Luna Nueva

Amanda Harris is the Permaculture Manager at Playa Viva.  Originally from Maryland, she made her way to Juluchuca by way of Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Southeast Asia, and most recently, a beautiful, diversely planted “holler” in West Virginia.    The streets are alive on Sundays in Juluchuca. It’s a day to connect with extended families, to…

Regenerative Travel – A Deeper, More Impactful Experience

Give of Yourself and Be Surprised By What You Get Back What is the difference between Transformative Travel, Experiential Travel and, now, Regenerative Travel? I was having a conversation with a friend in the travel industry recently. He told me, “I love the Regenerative Travel brand” and so I asked what he meant by that?…

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…

From Germany to Juluchuca – Turtle Camp Coordinator Valentine Reiss-Woolever

Turtle Camp Volunteer Impact All-Star Valentine Reiss-Woolever, or “Valentina” as she is known in Juluchuca, travelled across the world from Germany to our small town in Mexico to be our La Tortuga Viva sea turtle sanctuary coordinator for the 2018-2019 season. With seemingly endless energy, Valentine spearheaded numerous projects in the community, from sea turtle…

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…

Open to All – Playa Viva Thrives on Diversity

Open to All Playa Viva is not the type of place that attracts or is of interest to everyone. No A/C, no TV’s in room, no MiniBars, that definitely sends a strong message of who we are, and we do get a certain “self selection” that happens as a result.  When Sandra, my wife and…