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Hello and welcome to Yanaguana – An Experiment in Sustainable Living!

Our location near the headwaters of the Guadalupe River in Central Texas feels very sacred to us. We consider ourselves to be “Stewards” not “Owners” of this land and believe this sacred place was meant to be shared. We therefore welcome people of all faiths and spiritual practices to come and enjoy this beautiful landscape.

In a world where many people have lost their ties to a particular piece of land, we are seeking to make connections with this little 3 acre landscape. Is it possible to once again “become indigenous”?? If so we believe it would have to do with re-connecting with the land and Nature and the Cycles of the Growing Season.

Feeling very grateful for this lifestyle, and looking forward to sharing the adventure with you all!

Our Mission

Yanaguana is a Spiritual Sanctuary on the banks of the Guadalupe River in Hunt, Texas.

Yanaguana is meant to be a place in harmony and communion with nature where people may come to restore themselves – a sort of “eco-ashram.” The name, Yanaguana, means “Sacred Waters” or “Place of Refreshing Waters.”

The vision of this place includes an evolving discovery by full and part-time residents and visitors of how we as humans can live in harmony and balance with ourselves and with each other. We are living an experiment in how to co-create with Nature in a sustainable way using the principles and practices of permaculture.

While honoring Ancient Wisdom Traditions, we seek here to discover the Universal Spiritual Principles that underlie all faiths. Our guiding principle is Love in Action. We seek to apply spiritual knowledge to practical everyday living as we deepen our individual spiritual paths. People of all faiths and races and economic backgrounds are welcome here. This place is to be shared and enjoyed by the many. We have built an Altar to the Virgen del Guadalupe – not as an expression of any particular faith, but to symbolize the Feminine Attributes of the Divine.

Peace, let it begin with me; and the ability to see; I can’t change the world without first changing me.

Community is often formed around food harvesting and preparation. Meals are usually a group effort and often, but not exclusively, paleo or vegetarian. The main house features as part of shared community space a country kitchen, pantry, and outdoor dining area. We seek to learn together how to communicate from the Heart in a non-violent/non-judgmental fashion.

Living in Balance with Nature: We are seeking to learn how we can live on the earth without destroying its natural beauty and balance. The stairway to the river bottom is from stone gathered from the riverbed. Wildflowers, juniper, native grasses, cactus and a rich variety of other vegetation, have all been left as natural as possible. Axis and whitetail deer, hawks, herons, wild turkey and other wildlife are a source of wonder to the astute observer.

Janet Meek

Janet Meek has had multiple careers – US Diplomat, Midwife, and Mother. She served twice as a diplomat – before and after raising her three sons. As a midwife, she helped keep home birth midwifery legal in the State of Texas, developed a Guided Meditation series for Pregnancy and Childbirth with The Monroe Institute, and now has written a book on her experiences as a midwife called “Birth Wild and Sacred.”

After she retired from the U.S. State Department in 2005, a period that was defined by the 9/11 tragedy, she built Yanaguana, an eco-ashram near Hunt, Texas. Lovingly crafted of cob and stone on the banks of the Guadalupe River.

In 2012 she joined forces with Jack Holmgreen, a Master Rainwater Harvester. They were married in 2017 and continue to imagine and embrace sustainable living practices and share their experience with others.

Connect with Janet on Facebook or email her at janet@yanaguana.org.

Jach Holmgreen

Jack Holmgreen is a Master Rainwater Harvester. He obtained the first permit to install a home rainwater system in the City of Houston. His background as a Marine Engineer and his love of the natural environment and the Waters of the Earth led him to pioneer rainwater harvesting in the State of Texas and beyond. He is a current Board Member of ARCSA (American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association.)

Sailing around the world also made Jack an expert in off-grid, sustainable technologies like pumps and motors and highly efficient energy systems. He also has a background in Farmers’ Markets and quality local foods.

Jack built all the rainwater systems at Yanaguana – the underground shockcrete cistern for the Main House, a potable (filtered and ozonated) rainwater system; the underground aquifer that feeds the garden drip system; and small tanks and rain barrels that collect from other structures.

Connect with Jack at SparkleTap or email him at jackskywater@gmail.com.

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