Founding Director: Janell Kapoor is an avid mud mama, community catalyst, systems strategist and designer, and motivational speaker on our ‘modern indigineity’. Janell is founding director of Ashevillage Institute & Sanctuary, Kleiwerks International, Whole Earth Summit, and Permaculture School. Since 1997, she led hands-on natural building trainings for people from over 52 countries, helping to catalyze regional resiliency movements among hundreds of thousands of people across Southeast Asia, South America, and Turkey. Janell designed the transformation of her home site, a former crack house junkyard, into a beautiful, thriving eco-urban permaculture oasis, the Ashevillage Sanctuary, in Asheville, NC.
Outreach & Administrative Manager: Meesh Van Sandt is a longtime homesteading enthusiast who lives in her tiny home on the outskirts of Asheville. A ‘jackie of all trades’, Meesh has been a professional videographer, graphic designer, landscaper, food service manager, and personal assistant. Her passion runs deep for walking her talk in all things resilient living, homesteading, food as medicine, authentic relating, and in supporting local economies. Meesh is a longtime friend of Ashevillage and previously held this very position in the early days. She is delighted to be back in the fold to serve the mission and work of creating a resilient future for all life.
Online Strategist: Stacey Murphy is a radical systems designer who brings to Ashevillage her vision of creating whole human communities. Founder of BK Farmyards and Farmyard Bootcamp, Stacey’s background is in forging innovative community partnerships, while designing integrated and healthy systems, including abundant local food harvests. She has initiated urban farms and CSA’s, curated online and on-the-ground agricultural and entrepreneurial trainings, and co-created hands-on, holistic food systems classes for high school students in Brooklyn, NY. As a real foods advocate, Stacey has been featured in Family Circle, on Martha Stewart Radio, and on David Letterman.
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