Viva Institute

Viva Institute was created in 2008 as a “virtual retreat center for the modern mystic.” We offer online coaching, e-courses, personal coaching, and weekly bloggy goodness.

From 2010-2013 Viva ran as a retreat center located on an organic farm in the mountains of Brazil, and in 2014 Director and Founder Leigh Hopkins relaunched Viva Institute in the United States.

Leigh Hopkins, Course Instructor

Leigh Hopkins, Course Instructor

Viva Institute’s Director Leigh Hopkins is an experienced educator, speaker, and seminar leader. In her role as Co-founder and Director of Viva Institute, Leigh develops and designs all of Viva’s online learning programs and retreats.

Her online courses include: Introduction to Live Food; Live Your Bliss: Tools for Transforming Your Life, Psychic Development for Beginners with Echo Bodine, and Flight School.

She is a Contributing Writer for Suite 101, an online lifestyle magazine, where she has published more than 60 articles on health and wellness, metaphysics, raw food, and public education.

Leigh SpainBiography

Before founding Viva Institute, Leigh worked in public education reform for more than 20 years. She served as the National Network Director for the National Center on Time and Learning, a national non-profit organization dedicated to improving academic achievement and providing a well-rounded education for public school students.

Prior to joining the National Center on Time and Learning, Leigh was Vice President for Education Initiatives at Public/Private Ventures (P/PV), a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the effectiveness of social policies and programs.

Leigh expanded P/PV’s after school efforts from 20 classrooms in Philadelphia to reach more than 500 classrooms in 17 cities. She led P/PV’s education-based government-relations efforts, working with elected officials, lobbyists and policymakers to promote state and federal support of effective education programs and practice and to ensure that lessons learned were reflected in policy.

Early in her career, Leigh was an elementary classroom teacher, reading specialist and choral accompanist. She owned and operated a private tutoring service and provided professional development and support to teachers and parents of students with learning challenges.

Leigh Hopkins received a BS in Elementary Education from the State University of New York at Oswego and a Master’s degree in Education from Nazareth College. She has a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University and is a certified Reiki Master.


Currently, Viva Institute offers five popular online courses, and 3 more will be added in Fall 2014. All courses are offered on a rotating basis. Check for the latest offerings under E-COURSES.