The Not-So-Basics

The Not-So-Basics

 
 Painting in my teacher's studio in Vancouver, BC (photo by Anita Nairne, my luminous painting teacher)

Painting in my teacher's studio in Vancouver, BC (photo by Anita Nairne, my luminous painting teacher)

So this is the 'About Me' part that is supposed to go on a webpage...

 

name:  Ranjana (Ranji) Ariaratnam

provenance:  born in California of Sri Lankan heritage…  I’m a California girl!  Well, at least I've got the tan.      ;)

formal education:  BA Honors (Peace & Conflict Studies), and MCP + JD (Focus on Planning for Refugees), all from the University of California, Berkeley

 

occupation:  years as a humanitarian aid worker in 10 countries – in the Balkans, a few countries in Africa, and in South Asia – working on programs for people in refugee camps, people displaced by wars, or communities recovering from wars; now sharing Nonviolent Communication (NVC, aka Compassionate Communication) along with my partner David, as well as somatic practices for nervous system regulation, and other practices I have found healing for myself, drawing from Ayurveda, Vipassana meditation, painting, mindfulness, songs and chants, and so much more.

 
 

But a much more interesting way to approach a description of myself is:

What did I always know to be true?
 
Reclaiming this has been my quest!

 

I am an Artist and a Space Holder...

holding space for people to heal themselves