Wish Tree was founded by Emily Johnsson in 2011.
Back then we were leading edge transformers in the Arts & Cultural Sector in the U.K & across Scandinavia, on a mission to make the sector more equitable, relevant and participatory in decision making, leadership and design. From deep listening to and with marginalised community groups, children, young people and educators, to advisory roles, delivering keynotes, broad-scale immersive training opportunities, reports and publications, we sought to implement many aspects of what we today know as regenerative consciousness, including working with root causes and the notion of a paradigm shift in how organisations operate and release potential.
In 2016 the Wish Tree Academy opened its doors to space-holders, wellbeing start-ups, creative solopreneurs & changemaker entrepreneurs.
The smash-hit online programme The Workshop Blueprint (2016-2019) supported coaches, healers and consultants to create, launch and deliver signature transformational in-person workshops, was followed by Get Trued Up (2018-2020) – an immersive self-leadership journey focusing on uncovering and aligning the deeper aspects of ‘why, who, what and how’ of purpose-driven, heart-led businesses, and embracing a greater sense of wholeness in the process. The self-study course I Receive (2019-2021) sought to encourage changemakers to say yes to receiving life’s abundance more deeply, and the creative communication, storytelling & marketing course I see you, I share me (2020-2021) provided perspectives and tools to learn how to share vulnerably from the heart, and create emotional intimacy in their community weaving. A yearlong conscious entrepreneurship journey for space-holders and facilitators including 3 annual in-person retreats, was offered as part of the Wish Tree Academy Mastermind (2018-2021).
Between 2017-2021, Wish Tree facilitated the global online changemaker community Time to Shine, which offered an abundance of live-streamed sessions, ongoing nurturing & caring peer support - all with the intention of nourishing a sense of belonging.
Sessions were centered around embracing our authentic self-leadership, including cultivating the courage to share our unique gifts and medicine with the world. Topics included everything from core aspects of conscious entrepreneurship, healing co-dependency, creating signature offerings, embodying mature masculine and feminine qualities, setting healthy boundaries, wounded changemaker archetypes, working in right relation, racial justice, spiritual bypassing, reclaiming resilience and much more.
The Roots 4 Change journey was born in 2021 and invites changemakers to nurture a healthy and strong inner root system for the times we live in.
Working with the wisdom and folklore of 6 powerful trees, and that of key changemakers from across the world, Roots 4 Change invites us to embody who and how we want to show up and how we want to contribute here now, for us all and planet.
Every year, Wish Tree holds space for the Becoming a Good Ancestor Wholeness Immersion, based on Layla F Saad’s transformational work ‘Me & White Supremacy’. This is deep, necessary, and confronting work specifically designed for anyone who holds white privilege and is serious about the statement ‘change begins with me’, their de-colonial journey and showing up in right relation in our human family. Learn more here.
We collaborate and work in partnership with changemaker organisations and businesses on projects that seek to create meaningful, impactful shifts in the world.
Since November 2022 Wish Tree is working closely with regenerative pioneer and global changemaker Laura Storm and Regenerators Academy, where Emily is the Community Nurturer and support- facilitator of the annual year-long Regenerative Leadership Journey, welcoming around 300 participants from across the globe every year. Emily was a participant on the Leadership Journey in 2022. Emily also works behind the scenes to nourish the carrying capacity of the Regenerators Academy ecosystem and wider community building processes. Check out the 2024 Leadership journey here.
Meet Emily, Wish Tree's Founder.
Emily is a creative thinker, deep feeler and nurturer of changemakers. In her work, she combines intuition and logic – head and heart – and synthesises perspectives from many strands of knowing. She draws upon her background in the history of ideas, learning research, psychosocial work, Arts & Culture, organisational development, transformational coaching, Nature-based spirituality, activism, authentic leadership and conscious entrepreneurship, weaving these threads with regenerative wisdom.
Emily believes in an equitable world where everyone thrives. She believes that courage, care for the whole and compassion are integral aspects of self-leadership with which to infuse every project, interaction and new pathway forward.
Emily is an experienced space-holder who creates boundaried and brave spaces where visioning, accountability, refection, healing and embodiment is possible. Her heritage is Celtic and Scandinavian and she currently lives in the countryside of southern Sweden. She listens deeply to the wisdom of Nature and often plays with the symbolism and folklore of trees in her writings and offerings.
Emily holds a BSc in Science & Technology Studies from UCL, a MRes in Education & Social Sciences Research from King’s College London, a PGCERT in Leadership Coaching & Mentoring from the Institute of Education, London, and is trained in the Co-Active Coach Model with the Coaches Training Institute. She has also studied the History of Ideas at the University of Lund, Sweden, and is currently completing a Diploma in Global Leadership with The University for Peace, Costa Rica.
Wish Trees have existed for thousands of years across many cultures and traditions.
They are symbols of hope and peace – even life itself – and are places where we come to reflect, re-connect and honour what matters to us.
Wish Trees can feel like sanctuaries as they invite us to step out from the busyness of our everyday lives and into a space where we intentionally tune into to our inner knowing. It is here that we can begin to remember our innate wholeness and be guided on our journey of leading ourselves well.