At the time the Opening The Way™ series was created, Janet Meek (Henneke) was a home birth midwife and mother of three sons in the Texas Hill Country. She returned to serve a second time as a US Diplomat 1999 – 2005, a time that was defined by the 9/11 tragedy.
After she retired from the U.S. State Department in 2005, she built Yanaguana, an eco-ashram near Hunt, Texas. Lovingly crafted of cob and stone on the banks of the Guadalupe River, Yanaguana demonstrates principles of natural living. As part of her mission to honor natural processes, Ms. Meek is still promoting alternatives to medicalized birth and educating women about personal empowerment through the birth process. She is helping others apply the power of altered states of consciousness to personal healing and creativity as well as conscious birthing.
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.
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.
Sailing around the world also made him 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 potable (ozonated) rainwater system; the underground aquifer that feeds the garden drip system; and small tanks and rain barrels that collect from other structures.