Who We Are



Community Founder

Luke Staengl
Luke was the original landowner at Anahata. He began the community and has been a pillar of the community throughout its many iterations and processes. A longtime supporter of the progressive community in Floyd, Luke has helped to found Blue Ridge Mountain School and the Sustain Floyd Farmer’s Market, the main Saturday market in downtown Floyd. He serves on the board of multiple Floyd organizations. In addition, Luke has been the driving force behind several high technology environmental companies since 1979. He founded and served as chief executive officer of three companies involved in converting biomass to fuel, fiber, feed and other high value products. Throughout the 1980s he also played a very active role as an advocate for renewable fuels and sustainable technologies.

Kathryn Ashera Rose
Kathryn Ashera Rose

Ashera seeks to cultivate connection, clarity, peace, joy and beauty through the awakening of the heart, creative expression, and intergenerational community celebration. She is an interfaith minister, mentor teacher of the Dances of Universal Peace, author and teacher of creative peace curriculums, Reiki Master – healing arts practitioner, Connection Practice Coach, and lifelong dancer. She facilitates individuals and groups in self-awareness,compassionate communication and conflict resolution. She has directed programs for adults and youth in religious, educational and community settings.  Contact Ashera at KathrynAshera@gmail.com.

Aaron Ananta Staengl

Aaron Ananta Staengl
Aaron has spent most of his life at Anahata, and sees community as one of the ‘master units’ of sustainable culture.  Aaron has been doing art most of his life in many different mediums and has a background in massage, Ayurveda, herbology, graphic design, and fine art. He attended the Florida School of Massage, the Ayurvedic Institute, Virginia Western Community collage and attained honers and awards. He has travelled extensively through India and Bali, Indonesia. He has designed numerous posters, magazine covers, cd covers, brochures, logos and has his own business called “Ayurveda Posters” which combines spirituality, art and the ancient science of self healing known as Ayurveda.See some of Aaron’s inspiring sacred healing arts posters at: http://ayurvedaposters.com/.  Spirituality is his main inspiration and he continuously strives to express it through art.  As a graphic arts designer, Aaron Ananta Staengl creates custom brochures, business cards, flyers, illustrations, and more through Staengl Design.  Contact aaronananta@yahoo.com 

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