Sandhi Associates

Jeyanthy Siva - Founder & Member of Board of Directors

Jeyanthy Siva is an international trainer in Communication, conflict resolution and healing/reconciliation. Jeyanthy's vision and greatest hope is to contribute to healing, reconciliation and peaceful coexistence of all the different communities of Lanka and by extension the world by sharing the skills for people to resolve conflicts without resorting to violence, to stay connected with each other even when there is a disagreement and to gain access to resources needed to sustain life powerfully and peacefully.

Kumudu Rathnayake, MD - Member of the Board of Directors

Kumudu Rathnayaka is a psychiatrist by profession. She enjoys NVC for its simple practicality as well as its philosophy. She finds NVC principles are invaluable in her day to day life, in clinical practice helping people as well as dealing with personal and relational issues. She finds NVC deepens her understanding and appreciation of who she is. She believes it can help anyone to connect with his/her inner needs and be contented and connected with them. She is grateful for Jeyanthy Siva for introducing NVC to her. She wishes the best in future progress of NVC in Sri lanka.

Vasuki Rajasingham - Member of Board of Directors

Vasuki is an academic, organic farmer, NVC practitioner. About her interest in NVC, she says, "I have been learning NVC since 1998 and I am trying basically to live a peaceful life with the environment, people and cultures around me. I want to grow and learn more and more about it. I find NVC is a tool which enables me to reach there. It showed me how to live a peaceful live in the midst of conflict." To the question of what motivates her to serve Sandhi as a director, she says, “My sense is that Sandhi trainers are highly skilled and I wanted to learn from them.

Philippe Dresrüsse - Member of the Board of Directors

Philippe works in international development. He studied Law and European Studies and he acquired qualifications in international cooperation, conflict prevention and peace building. Nonviolent communication has became an integral part of his capacity building programs.

Helen de Silva - Company Secretary

Helen de Silva ACCS, is the Governing Director of Corporate Affairs (Pvt) Ltd the Company Secretaries to Sandhi Institute. It is indeed a pleasure to work with Jeyanthy and serve Sandhi Institute on regulatory matters relating to non profit Companies. We see Sandhi as a unique organization working towards a worthy cause that is so important to us individually and collectively.

Chamila Udagama - IRT Coordinator & training assistant (Volunteer)

I have done and learnt so many things in my life, but I remained with questions about what am I going to do with what I leant, is it really what I want in my life? Are the things I have been taught making any sense to me? My answer was “NO”, and with NVC my whole life became different, it helped me to tune into to myself, and awaken the unique, beautiful person who lived inside me, whom I could not see till I was introduced to NVC.

Gayathri Sewwandi - Program Coordinator (Volunteer)

Gayathri is a graduate from the University of Kelaniya with a degree in Peace and Conflict Resolution and an undergraduate for the LLB (law) degree.

Lucy Perry - Visiting Trainer & Volunteer Supporter

Lucy Perry began studying Nonviolent Communication in 2002, and graduated from the Bay Area Nonviolent Communication Leadership Training Program in 2006. Lucy enjoys providing NVC training to a wide variety of groups in her home country of USA, and internationally. When outisde Sri Lanka, Lucy continues her connection with Sandhi, providing various types of ad-hoc support such as website development. Lucy lives in Brussels, Belgium.

Nilanjana Premaratna - Volunteer Supporter

Why I'm excited by NVC: It could be so many things; it has been so many things. Right now, because it gives me hope; something to hold onto, even in the hardest times: because it shows me the way to be caring and true to others while caring and being true to my values, my needs and my dreams: because it showed me a space where I can simply be myself and not worry.