Jehanah Wedgwood was born Stephanie Virginia "Jenna" Hillard on January 28, 1941. She passed just after midnight (12:18 a.m.) Monday, November 15, 2010. She is survived by her loving children -- Mary Shea, Thomas Wedgwood and Susannah Wedgwood -- her daughter-in-law Jill Raznov, and her cherished grandchildren -- Ely, Colby and Evan.
A treasured member of the San Francisco arts community, Jehanah lived in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood for 39 years, where she became a cornerstone of San Francisco's literary culture, presiding over weekly poetry readings at the Sacred Grounds Café for two decades. Jehanah was editor of the Sacred Grounds Anthologies # 1-15. She published chapbooks of her own poetry, Mother of Winter, The Sun Colors, and Song for the Day. Her final work, Next Century's Child (Meridien PressWorks), was published just days before her passing. She left us in the most joyous time of her life, surrounded by loving friends.
Jehanah received a bachelor's degree at Indiana University in 1968 for comparative literature, and spent a year in graduate school studying creative writing at Texas Christian University. Jehanah continued her studies at the Gestalt Institute of Multiple Psychotherapy, and the San Francisco Gestalt Institute, followed by an internship with Ron Kurtz (Gestalt psychotherapist), and an internship with Dr. Rodney Karr (Jungian psychotherapist) for five years. Jehanah also attended the workshops of R.J. Stewart.
She was Rolfed, learned Feldenkreis exercises, Tai Chi, studied nutrition and herbal healing. She developed special interests in the areas of Celtic studies, Druidry and Faery tradition, anthropology, ancient history and philosophy, comparative esoteric literature, brain function and evolution, New Age healing, environmental concerns, international relations and world power structure. Special influences in her life: Joseph Campbell, Alan Watts, William Shakespeare, Gertrude Stein, the poets Jack Micheline and Allen Ginsberg.
Jehanah's literary life was an integral part of her spiritual life. She was a Druid in the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids. She was Grove-Mother of the Monarch Bear Grove, and of the Manannan Mac Lir Grove in San Francisco. She was a Minister of Shamanistic Poetry, ordained by the Association for the Integration of the Whole Person.
Jehanah was always a teacher, and so she will remain. She will be missed profoundly.
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