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"Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step."

"Having a dream you don't pursue is like buying an ice cream cone and watching it melt all over your hand

"New York has been my dream for a long time and I was very glad to finally make it come true"

You can now read Minna's blog at Join for free and read her weekly updates from the Big Apple. See how her dream come true and how she is implementing The Song of the Tree Initiative to the States.

Going on: the script is available now in English, Finnish and Swedish. We are currently working on the translation to French, German and Spanish. Download the script for free from

"Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution. It is, strictly speaking, a real factor in scientific research."

Going on: The “Dreaming on Stars� project is in pre-production.

Going on: Mary-Ann Mandishona is adapting The Song of the Tree script to five stories about five children. The film is in pre-production.

If your life was a story in a movie, how would you want that story to unfold?

Going on: Our visual director Janne Kopu will also be the art director for our feature length animation film The Song of the Tree. The film will be produced when the time is right and the funding is granted.

Going on: Maria Sundell (Finland) has illustrated her version of the story and it will be available as an ebook shortly.

Going on: we are excited to be recording the original version of The Tune of the Tree and to be collaborating with Chiwoniso Maraire on a unique version of the song for TSTI in Africa.


enny Gibe is our head of TSTI in South Africa and he was invited to present TSTI in his hometown Boipatong during a career expo for the youth. Over 300 children were present and many learners and educators were excited to engage TSTI in their schools. This will be the first step in developing a model of establishing TSTI as part of the curriculum as an ongoing I aspire to dwell in the fountain activity in schools promoting arts and of wisdom and knowledge, culture and life skills education. Read for I have the willingness to make a better tomorrow. Kenny’s story. I aspire to be the seed bearer of my destiny, for I am determined to navigate its course. I am the champion at carving the path that leads to high echelons of success, because I have aligned with my willingness to achieve it. My gravitation towards failure and mistakes, sharpens my skill and tweak my wisdom to be brave and wise. I will not succumb to failure and laziness, for I am driven by motivation and determination.

“Having a dream, living that dream, losing that dream, dreaming again and then having that dream come true again is one of the greatest feelings ever because I'm stronger.�

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams" Eleanor Roosevelt

The Tree-zine June 2012  
The Tree-zine June 2012  

DREAM BIG! Read about the powerful dreams of The Song of the Tree Initiative and how you can connect with them. Meet Minna Penttilä, head of...