“Yanaguana” is a Payaya Indian word that means “Sacred Waters.” The Payaya Indians lived near San Antonio at the time Spanish Explorers first came to Texas. It turns out that “Yanaguana” is a central theme of the modern Native American Church and used in many of its songs and ceremonies, a fact that we did not realize until after we named and built this Sanctuary. We mean no disrespect or cultural appropriation.


Guadalupe River

History And Spiritual Significance

Towering Bald Cypress line the banks of this beautiful Heart River of Texas, which bubbles up out of the limestone aquifer in West Kerr County. The trees invite us to sit among their roots and lean against their ancient trunks in silent meditation, or maybe to drum or play the flute, with the soothing sound of rushing waters.

The River was named by Spanish Explorer Alonso de Leon in 1689. The name “Guadalupe” is said to come from the Moorish phrase “Wad al lube” which means “Hidden Waters.” Indeed it is likely that most of the river is flowing underground and we see only a part of it as it makes its way across Texas to the Gulf of Mexico.

The River was named by Spanish Explorer Alonso de Leon in 1689. The name “Guadalupe” is said to come from the Moorish phrase “Wad al lube” which means “Hidden Waters.” Indeed it is likely that most of the river is flowing underground and we see only a part of it as it makes its way across Texas to the Gulf of Mexico.

Janet promised to create an altar to the Virgen del Guadalupe if she could find a place on the river to build. The Virgen del Guadalupe is widely revered in the Southwestern part of the US, Mexico and other parts of Latin America and is also the name of a river in Spain.


Images of water rushing over stone under the canopy of giant bald cypress trees is the beginning of the healing journey invoked by this ancient landscape.


Opening The Heart

Heart on Fire


Opening the Heart has to do with Opening the Feeling Body or getting better at FEELING as opposed to THINKING. This is the Gateway to Present Moment Awareness – where we are not bound by the past or worried about the future, just fully experiencing the NOW moment.

When we undertake to open the heart, we may at first be flooded with sensations that feel overwhelming. Thus, we need to practice “no resistance to sensation.”

The rewards of doing this are great: We learn how to live in non-judgmental community with the people around us; we get in touch with our Intuition; we let go of old emotional wounds and patterns; and we become much more able to follow our Soul’s Purpose and put our LOVE INTO ACTION.

We practice Opening our Hearts by using the extended holding of yoga postures to increase our capacity to be with intense sensation. We recommend Michael Brown’s The Presence Process to get better at feeling.


Co-Creative Science

Squash Blossom


Machaelle Small-Wright has written a book called “Co-Creative Science.” It is about learning how to work with Nature in a direct and conscious manner. My own teacher, and a great Spiritual Teacher of our time, Peter Dawkins, says that we have already passed the time when we can figure out from our limited human perspective how to reverse the destruction of our Natural World and the cataclysmic collapse of our eco-systems. He believes that our hope for planetary solutions comes from learning how to connect with unseen helpers and teachers through non-ordinary states of consciousness and how to ask for assistance and practical guidance.

We access these non-ordinary states of consciousness through:

“Tuning in” in the garden and learning to listen to the small promptings we are given to nurture the plants and the soil.

Using Yoga Nidra, Yoga, Ecstatic Practices like Circle Dancing and Psychotropic Breating Sessions, Meditation, and Hemi-Sync Exercises to go into altered states every day.

Celebrating the 8 Solar Festivals to increase our awareness of the Cyles of Nature and Time and to learn how to do “the right thing at the right place in the right time and with the right intention” in order to co-create with the Divine.

Establishing personal relationships with the plant life of this landscape, which includes noticing, drawing, dreaming, and applying healing knowledge of plants who show up to be with us here.

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