Kamala Linda Fordham (1947 - 2017)

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On November 11th, at 9:30am, our dear friend Kamala passed away peacefully, surrounded by friends in Santé Fe, New Mexico. She died from cancer that could not be healed, but her spirit remained bright. Her ashes have been spread around the mountain campsite she took care of - a second home – on her holy mountain at Big Tesuque outside of Santa Fe.
She was born Linda Joan Fordham to James and Joan (Niemeyer) Fordham, on October 22, 1947, in Bronxville, New York. After graduating from nursing school at the University of Michigan, she worked as a public health nurse in Colorado. She drove a Volkswagen Bug that the children in her clients' families called 'The Love Bug'. In Alaska, too, she was a public health nurse in Bush Alaska. An adventurous spirit, she hitchhiked on small planes in Alaska, mountain climbed two seasons in the Banff/Jasper area, lived in Gurdjieff community in New York, traveled to India, Bali, New Zealand, and elsewhere, often exploring alone. She taught yoga at a resort in Waillea, Maui, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, where she also took people snorkeling, and delighted in often swimming with dolphins. She shared her love and knowledge of Hawaii with visiting friends. India is where she met her guru Papaji, a deep influence on her life. She explored many cultures and shared what she learned, sparking journeys of spiritual exploration in many of her friends. With her former partner Lincoln Hart, she travelled between McCall, Idaho, and Juneau; and the two were early teachers of Tai Chi in Juneau. She laughed about the fact that Juneau was the only place they'd taught Tai Chi where people brought thermoses of coffee to class! She was known for the beautiful pottery she made for several years, and she later made animal-shaped ceremonial 12 tone water whistles based on South American prototypes.
When Kamala began doing Jin Shin Jyutsu, she once said she loved the way it combined the work with her hands she had done as a potter, the healing work she did as a nurse, and the body work of Tai Chi. She studied and taught Qigong, Somatics, Core Strengthening, Clearing Trauma and Art therapy, and raw food classes. She led hiking and camping adventures, made flower essences, used gem stones for healing, and facilitated spiritual retreats in Japan, Hawaii, Bali, Arizona, and New Mexico. Generous with her time and talents, Kamala lived a life of service. She met people where they were on their journeys and shared her own. She was kind and loving to cats, dogs, horses; and she loved, and was loved, by the children of her friends and family.
Survivors include her siblings Pamela Waldrop (Mick) and Brian Fordham (Connie); nieces Anna Nwosu (Sydney), Sarah Dunn (Joe), and Hannah Fordham; nephews Michael Waldrop (Kelly), Jake Waldrop (Erin), Luke Waldrop (Cara); four great- nieces, three great-nephews, and countless friends.
There will be an informal celebration for Kamala's life at Northern Light United Church on Saturday, December 16, 2017 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Friends are welcome to bring a story or snacks to share. Anyone wishing to make a donation in Kamala's name can donate to the Gastineau Humane Society.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Dec. 13, 2017 to Jan. 12, 2018