"The Mission of the Viva La Raw is dedicated to raise awareness, provide education, and teach skills to anyone concerning an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just, health-giving, tropical food lifestyle. Viva La Raw supports scientific research, initiatives, and organizations that significantly increase quality of life, expand healthy nutrition, envision the healing of earth and its resources, as well as those who encourage others who seek to embody this lifestyle."

~Eric Rivkin, Raw Food Chef / Managing Director

Who We Are

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The purpose of the Viva La Raw foundation is to provide education and support for sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just, plant-based, nutrition-rich lifestyles, supporting scientific research and creative initiatives that respect and enhance the quality of all life on Earth.

An abundance of organic fruit, collected on the farm or purchased at the local feria.
An abundance of organic fruit, collected on the farm or purchased at the local feria.

Education and living by example helps everyone make better choices to manifest the worldwide awakening to adopt conscientious lifestyles respectful to all life. The projects of Viva La Raw share skills, knowledge, and an ongoing lifestyle directly to the people that are involved in this awakening.

Internships include learning a full spectrum of permanent practices.
Internships include learning a full spectrum of permanent practices.

One main Viva La Raw project is the involvement in the co-creation of the educational aspect of the intentional permaculture community La Joya del Sol (Jewel of the Sun), nestled in 167 acres of Costa Rica’s South Pacific coastal mountains. Amidst lush rain-forests, pure spring water, private waterfalls/natural pools, breathtaking mountain scenery, and organic orchards and gardens, the experience of a natural, beautiful, raw vegan way of life is being accomplished.

We work hard, and play harder.
We work hard, and play harder.

This pristine tropical rain-forest environment enlivens the senses, helps calm and heal, contributes to the nourish and strengthen the body, and brings us more personally and collectively connected. Residents and guests aim to be driven by universal love, pursuit of happiness, freedom of spirit, inspiration from nature, co-operation and creativity, expression through art, music, and dance, and connection to Divine Creation.

Indoor sprouting of whole foods for raw cuisine class.
Indoor sprouting of whole foods for raw cuisine class.

The choices we make re-create sacred connections inspired by indigenous cultures, and by the practical philosophies of life expressed in the books of Anastasia of the Ringing Cedars of Russia.

One of many falls that line the property.
One of many falls that line the property.