Founding Director

Janell KapoorJanell Kapoor is an international mud mama turned planetary priestess of the earthy & erotic arts. As founding director of Ashevillage Sanctuary, a once dilapidated junkyard, now Goddess Sanctuary & Eco-Urban Homestead, Janell acts as a personal & community catalyst, systems strategist designer & motivational speaker. Her passion centers around helping visionary changemakers to clear their ancestral, soul & womb blocks so they can be in their greatest service. Janell organizes & hosts online & in-person retreats, coaching sessions & a podcast on: the intersectionality of human evolution, modern indigineity, women’s sexuality, orgasm as prayer & connecting with our sensually sovereign selves. Janell is dedicated to human evolutionary homecoming for planetary coherence.

In a recent lifetime, Janell was founder of the Permaculture School, Whole Earth Summit & Kleiwerks International, which conducted hands-on trainings that catalyzed regional natural building movements with people from over 52 countries.

Janell lives in Asheville, NC, surrounded by the oldest mountains on the planet.

Our people

Sometimes the word ‘community’, or even the word ‘we’ can be confusing & leaves much for interpretation, especially on a property that is privately owned. That said, here’s our attempt at clarifying who ‘we‘ are.

• Over the years, Ashevillage (what was then an Institute) worked with a good 60+ local & global teachers who specialized in ecological arts, permaculture, homesteading & food as medicine. We had a staff to support our programs. We have since shifted…

• We simplified our operating model & have settled into a new (perhaps deepened level of) our purpose. We now run as Ashevillage Sanctuary & are made up of 12 residents & managers; 5 seasonal worktraders & a few ‘glampers’; practitioners of the healing arts; local friends & extended community who come to events & just come; visitors from other places who participate in our quarterly retreats.

• We are about to start a membership — stay tuned!


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