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  • Gidlow and her partners Mr. and Mrs. Roger Somers purchased the five-acre farm containing two barns , two dwellings and various small outbuildings and storage tanks, all related to the poultry business for $12,000 USD. Elsas writing career brought the

Poetry scene, in which she was involved from the late 1920s, and included intimate connections with early San Francisco Renaissance figures like Sara Bard Fields, Clarkson Crane, Kenneth Rexroth ( a life-long friend) and friendships with later figures like Robert Balzer and Allen Ginsberg. Elsa wrote the first purely sapphic poetry published in the United States. *Jazz scene in the 1950s with Dizzy Gilespie the poster child for the term ' Beatnik'; rock music legend Nel Young enjoyed the company of Roger Somers during the scene in the 1960s. Women's movement in the 1970s created a hope of a women's retreat at the heights. The dream ended in the eighties with the death of Elsa Gidlow who did not want an exclusive retreat (for lesbian women only )to be established ,but a place for understanding between sexes and /or partners. A realistic idea for the use of Druid Heights must include both sexes and all gender identities for the State of California to justify funding.

  • Watts dedicated his book, The Joyous Cosmology (1962), "To the People of Druid Heights".primary
    • Secondary: Liberatore, Paul (August 18, 2011). "Alan Watts' life celebrated in his son's animated documentary". Marin Independent Journal.
  • PBS film, "Alan Watts: A Conversation with Myself, shot at Druid Heights?[1] James Broughton film " The Bed ," Filmed here in late sixties or early seventies.
  • Gidlow's organic farming. In 1972 Elsa Gidlow gave an organic gardening enclypeodia to her friend Pulitzer Prize winning poet Gary Snyder. Gardening was Elsa's life long passion. Connection to her poetry and sexuality.
  • LSD experiments in early 1960s.[2]
  • Watts and his wife "Jano" moved permanently to Druid Heights in 1969 after the scene on the Vallejo began to attract too many groupies. (Furlong 1986, 165)
  • Ashes of Watts and Gidlow are buried here. Reports say Elsas' ashes are under an apple tree in her garden and Alan's are beneath a simple marker near his library , both at Druid Heights. Alan Died in the 'Mandala' house on the site, while Elsa died in hospice.

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