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imbolc: 1st - 2nd february 2024

Imbolc Ritual: Preparing the Soil, Welcoming New Life

Imbolc is an ancient Celtic festival celebrated on the 1st and 2nd of February, halfway between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox, marking the beginning of the first stirrings of spring.

It’s a time when the first snow-drops peep out of the frosty ground, and we see the first signs that Mother Earth is once again pregnant with new life. Imbolc means: ‘in the belly’The Celtic Goddess of wisdom, poetry, healing and protection – Brigid – is celebrated at this time too!

This is a beautiful time for us to feel into the quality of our inner soil and prepare it to welcome new life. It’s a time to gently awaken our creativity and use the wisdom gleaned during our winter months as nutrients for our onward journey.

Give yourself the gift of engaging in an Imbolc ritual, which will support you to tune into your inner compass, nourish yourself, let go and have clarity on your next steps, as you gently move into the next season of your life!

* Imbolc Ritual *

As we tune into the energy that Nature brings us at this time in the Northern hemisphere, we collectively remember ourselves as living systems and Regenerative self-leaders.

REFLECT * let go * move forward

We will be tuning into:


Reflect on what you want to resolve, ignite, prepare, enjoy at this time in your life


Allow your creativity to be gently awakened by allowing the reflection to inspire your self-expression

Letting go

Go deeper by including an element of letting go working with earth, wind, water or fire in the process

next steps

Have clarity on your next steps as you gently move into the next season of your life

What you will need for this Imbolc Ritual:

You can modify the ritual to suit your circumstances and needs.

Wish Tree is led by Emily Johnsson, a self-leadership coach, facilitator, deep feeler and creative thinker.

She is committed to supporting changemakers to feel resilient, inspired, purposeful and connected in extraordinary times. Wish Trees can feel like sanctuaries as they allow us to step out from the busyness of our everyday lives and into a space where we intentionally connect with, and listen to our inner knowing.

The IMBOLC ritual offered in this booklet has been created to support your self-nourishment practise and help you tune into your inner compass.

It draws upon pre-colonial Celtic traditions but is, of course, suitable for anyone regardless of background or where you find yourself in the world. This particular ritual was created through deep listening to and with Nature.

Wish Tree exists because of our commitment to wholeness. Whole humans, whole communities, whole organisations, whole ecosystems. A whole world. Wholeness is essential to our ability to thrive as individuals, teams, neighbourhoods, families, businesses, and organisations. Wholeness is key to resilience, balance, creativity, innovation and aliveness: it is intrinsic to how life itself works. Reflection & ritual is intrinsic to our remembrance of wholeness.

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imbolc: 1st - 2nd february 2024

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About Emily & White Supremacy

Emily is a space holder and self-leadership coach to changemakers. She has over 20 years experience in the field of human development, learning and growth, and leads the coaching and consultancy company Wish Tree since 2011. Her work centres around wholeness – whole humans, whole communities, whole organisations, whole ecosystems. A whole world. Her changemakership is therefore dedicated to clearing distortions and fragmentations that relate to our perceptions of separation.

Emily has been exposed to and ‘sat with’ systemic issues around race, racism, privilege and injustice her whole life. She was born in Camden, London, in the late 1970s to a Swedish immigrant single mum and spent her first formative years in a highly culturally and ethnically diverse setting. As a baby, Emily and her mum lived in a bedsit in a shared house with a Black British family. Her first memory of Father Christmas was of him as a Bangladeshi man. Emily’s mum worked with refugee families and in Children’s Homes in inner city London, and since she had no access to child care opportunities, Emily joined her at work. For a while, Emily had an older Black British foster sister called Debbie. She was very often the only white child in the community of children of which she was a part.

Emily moved to Sweden with her mum as a child and as a teenager became involved with, and led, antiracism youth work in her local town through her school and council-initiated networks in the 1990s.

Her mum, who was active in the peace-and- environmental movement and who had been involved as an ally in the civil rights movement in the US on her travels there, introduced her to Black feminist and activist writers such as Alice Walker, Toni Morrison and Audre Lord, and actively taught her about white privilege, white supremacy and the truth of colonialism. She was also taught about the importance of learning from Indigenous wisdom keepers in order to heal and evolve as humanity, and to (in those days) stop climate change.

In contrast, on her father’s side, Emily is of British Colonial descent. Emily’s grandmother was born in Zimbabwe to Scottish sheep-farmers. Her grandfather came from a poor English background but won a scholarship to Cambridge University to study law. As many young British men of his time who sought “adventure, a good job and travel”, Emily’s grandfather joined the colonial service in the final days of the British Empire, and served in several African countries as a high-ranking colonial officer. He spoke Zulu and Emily’s father spoke Swazi and Swahili before being sent to Britain as a child to attend boarding school, thousands of miles away from his parents.

Although Emily did not grow up with her father or his family, she eventually came to know them and have a relationship with them, which involved taking responsibility for understanding and healing her own familial and ancestral relationship to colonialism and white supremacy.

In this process, she came to see, feel and understand first hand and close up, the deeper psychological workings of the system of white supremacy, the colonial mind and its intimate links with narcissism, perfectionism, patriarchy and extractive economies and behaviours.

Between 2003-2015, Emily worked as a learning researcher and Access, Diversity and Inclusion enabler in the Arts & Cultural Sector, deeply rooted in the Convention of the Rights of the Child and the Human Rights Convention. She worked across the U.K and Scandinavia contributing to a number of large scale change projects, self-evaluation initiatives, conferences and trainings such as “Access for All”, “Inspiring Learning for All”, “Belonging – the Voices of London’s Refugees”, “The West Indian Front Room”, “Kultur och Fritid för Alla”, “Vidgat Deltagande”, “In this curriculum I don’t exist”, “In between two worlds – London teenagers’ ideas about Black History, Belonging and being British” to name a few. She worked with a wide range of marginalised communities as well as with leaders and directors holding white privilege, facilitating necessary and brave conversations challenging the status quo.

Emily has worked across many cultures and languages around the world from Sri Lanka to South Africa, Costa Rica and India to Romania and Denmark, continuously reflecting on and challenging white saviour tendencies. In this process has come to observe how white supremacy and racism works differently in different countries depending on context and history.

In 2020, in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, Emily became a loud voice in the Wellness industry by calling in leaders bypassing white supremacy through ‘love and light’ rhetoric, exceptionalism, colourblindness and virtue signalling. She closed down several online coaching circles because white participants were unwilling to dive deeper into their own internalised white supremacy, and rendered the spaces not only additionally unsafe, but traumatising for BIPOC clients. Her platform and large facebook community for coaches and wellbeing facilitators centred BIWOC-led anti-racism conversations as a response.

Emily is a skilled and fiercely loving coach and space-holder with many years experience of creating safe spaces for accountability, healing, integration and growth to take place.

She is dedicated to her own ongoing learning, healing and unlearning of covert white supremacy. Examples of this are continuous learning from a wide range of anti-racism educators, authors and activists from around the world.

This bio has not been written with the intention of centring Emily in the context of Me & White Supremacy, but to transparently share about her background, values, skills and experience in order for you to make a conscious decision to choose her as a space-holder, or not.

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