Ranjana (Ranji) Ariaratnam is passionate about holding space for people who want to deepen their self-care and to heal themselves, whether from the stresses of daily life or the repercussions of more momentous events. Ranji’s approach is to combine practices which she has found very healing in her own life – each addressing different layers of our being. She is committed to helping people reach more of their potential.
Ranji focused her graduate studies in community planning for refugees and refugee and human rights law, subsequently working in several countries with people displaced by conflict in roles such as Program Coordinator, (Human Rights) Protection Coordinator, Protection Technical Advisor, and Deputy Director.
After spending years overseas as a humanitarian aid worker in more than 10 countries, Ranji was searching for practices that were transformative and could address the conditions which led people to be displaced by wars in the first place. This search led her to NVC, first introduced to her by her Ammah (‘mother’ in Tamil) in 2005, in which she, together with her partner David, immersed herself for two years of intensive training with BayNVC, completing among numerous other trainings, the Leadership Program in 2009 and the year-long Mediation Program in 2008-09. After a dear friend heard about TRE®, she suggested Ranji explore it as another possible way in which she could increase her capacity to hold space for people to heal themselves. This led her to train in TRE®, which together with NVC, she finds complement very well her practices of yoga and Vipassana meditation.
Ranji has been teaching NVC since 2009. In addition to private sessions, examples of work she has done include:
- Ongoing NVC training and mediation for staff of a democratic school in Vancouver allowing them to have a shared language for addressing issues and conflict
- Ongoing NVC workshops and series for parents of two schools in Vancouver giving them tools to resource themselves and foster the types of relationships they long for
- NVC training for Yoga Outreach volunteers
- NVC workshops and series for staff at social services organisations in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside providing tools to address conflict with clients in safe and empathic ways
- NVC workshops for activists and community members in northern Sri Lanka
- Plus, she has been a member of the teaching team for BayNVC’s Living Peace retreat in California for 6 years
As a Certified TRE® Provider, Ranji has shared TRE® with individuals, groups and organisations in Canada, the US and England (as well as via Skype with people in other countries), and in northern Sri Lanka to support people there recovering from the war. In addition to her work in North America, she intends to continue working in other war-affected regions of the world bringing together her previous experience as a humanitarian aid worker with her NVC & TRE® training in order to support traumatized communities, frontline workers, and local TRE® providers – addressing in particular intergenerational trauma which she sees as at the base of so much of the violence in the world.
Ranji & David provide a space that offers such a supportive, safe and extremely comfortable environment to learn, heal & practice self-connection…..while there, and after I leave, I feel very at peace, revitalized, re-energized, calmer, happier and truly like I am making progress in my quest to become more self-connected, as well as a better parent, and a better human being.
TRE has helped with my body pain & helps me feel relaxed and rested, calm and at peace. It is most definitely a way to care for yourself. Great for the physical body & the mind! Ranji has a wonderful way of explaining things, is very knowledgeable and caring.
– Angela Erquicia, Vancouver, BC
I started NVC to build my skills, to be the best parent I could be, to my 10 year old son. Through my time with David & Ranji, I have started to learn ways to interact and communicate my feelings and needs with compassion for others feelings and needs. The skills they have taught me have supported me in my relationships with my friends, my son and in my work place.
In addition to NVC, I also learned TRE from Ranji. Ranji is an easy person to be around! She is calm, self aware and very supportive in learning this practice. She gives in depth sessions with the background, the physiological aspects of TRE, and helps you to learn how to use this as a tool in your day-to-day life.
I feel so relaxed and calm after TRE. The more I do it, the more I notice when I am not calm or relaxed. Then I can use strategies to get myself back to a calm and relaxed state and find I can go forward in a more loving and caring way.
David & Ranji share their knowledge in a way that makes it easy to understand and leaves you wanting more. The environment is welcoming, accepting and all inclusive.
– Shirley Ann Harris, Vancouver, BC
I had been able to get the tremors going on my own, but working on Skype with Ranji took this practice to a new level for me. She invited and guided me in moving into different positions to find deeper levels of comfort and allow tremors to travel into new areas and with more fluidity… Even though I’m familiar with trusting my body’s wisdom and regularly practice it in my life, her discerning witness to my process sweetly supported me to embrace more fully the empowerment that comes from truly respecting life as it flows through me. Ranji is a superb witness and sensitive coach.
Several years after I was introduced to TRE my home and half the homes in my community burned in a wildfire [the Butte fire in the Fall of 2015]. Ranji reminded me to shake. This made a huge difference to my ability to release the initial shock, integrate other forms of healing that were supporting me, and to let each opportunity of spontaneous tremoring complete itself on the spot. Months later, I gratefully turn to shaking when the uncertainty of my future overwhelms my ability to take the next step in rebuilding my life.
– Susan Holper, Mediator and Body Mind Practitioner, Mountain Ranch, CA