About me

The “Ar” is like a pirate would say it, not like “Harry”….

Thanks for taking the time to say “Aryanisha” like “Aah-ree-ah-neesha” - I bet you get it straight away :)

I’ve spent 15 years doing my own transformational work to break free of limiting habits around career/life choices. I’ve learnt how to listen to my fears, guilt and self-doubt without allowing them to control me. In doing so, I’ve been able to clarify what I really do want when those voices aren’t drowning out a quieter one that whispers late at night.

I have had those moments, normally alone, where I have had to finally accept that I am not living my life. It’s been a perfectly fine life, one that I’m sure millions of women around the world, without safety, freedom and all our basics needs would be grateful to have. And I am grateful. It’s just not the life I want - sometime just not quite, others not at all.

At times this has felt like wearing clothes that don’t quite fit, or that have a slightly scratchy texture. At others, more like a gnawing feeling in my stomach. And on occasion, something has pierced through the superficial pre-occupations of my everyday mind to my heart underneath. It’s felt raw and true.

In the words of Audre Lourde “I began to recognise a source of power within myself that comes from the knowledge that while it is most desirable not to be afraid, learning to put fear into a perspective gave me great strength.”

Teachers and guides can be found in many places - but learning to trust the one inside of you is essential.

My journey has been hugely influenced by my training for Ordination within the Triratna Buddhist Order. All the material and approaches I use with you work outside of that context.

You will encounter a whole bunch of things with me including: meditation, mindfulness and deep relaxation, writing/journaling, communication exercises, silence and solitude, nature-connection, art and creativity, and reflecting on the powerful words of figures like Audre Lourde, Sufi mystics and poets, and Florence & the Machine. I love a good Tarot set as a way of using images to dialogue with different parts of me.

If you’re curious and willing to experiment to find out what actually works for you, I think you’ll enjoy what I offer.

I’m an experienced workshop, course and retreat leader. Amongst other things, at the moment I co-lead a four-year study/reflective group for Buddhist women (you know who you are if you’re reading this - thank you for encouraging me to set this up). In 2022 I gave up my full-time role as a Programme Manager for a social enterprise, to put my energy fully into my coaching work and also running walking retreats with The Yonder Way - set up by my partner and fellow Buddhist, Viryanaga (sounds like Vi-ree-uh-nah-gah). I’ve been hugely privileged to be trained by stand-out teachers, including some of the team at the London Buddhist Centre.

Working in corporate and not-for-profits, I’ve led some fantastic teams with amazing women. Ensuring their work and volunteering is enabling them to achieve whatever they want for themselves is part of my DNA.

I’ve also spent plenty of time developing team and organisational strategies, drawing out collective vision and values through iterative, collaborative processes

I was the first person from my working class school to go to the University of Cambridge. I’ve worked as a Monitoring and Evaluation Manager for a women’s rights charity in India, a consultant to international businesses on ethical supply chains, a frontline worker in social housing, in social media and events for Buddhist charities, and most recently as a Programme Manager, leading a not-for-profit’s strategy and operations to tackle fuel poverty in the UK.

At different stages, I’ve done crazy hours, been on Universal Credit as I recovered from burn out, had 18 months off work completely to explore my spiritual life and I’ve worked part-time as well.

“Career pathway” sounds like you could “follow the yellow brick road”. This has more felt like carving my way through a brambly wood at times!

A little glimpse into my life…

A big thanks to Richard Nicholson - photographer extraordinaire - for the gorgeous studio shots around my website. These here are of me in my natural environment.

The man with the amazing beard is Viryanaga, Chair of Brixton Buddhist Centre, Walking Retreat Leader with The Yonder Way and my patient, loving partner.

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