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A Tree-Poem by Fiona Budd

'Not all those who wander are lost.' JRR TOLKIEN

During Autumn 2020, in the height of Lockdown, a very special little tree shared a tree-poem of 22 messages of encouragement, comfort and inspiration. Each message is a mini meditation and there is space in the book for journaling and notes.

For every copy of the book sold one tree is planted through 'One Tree Planted' - over 600 trees have been planted to date since May 2021


Good morning I said to my tree
What news do you have for me?
'The winds and storms are not your fault.'
With immense thanks and gratitude to my Backabuddy donors without whom this book would not have been possible
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(Photo credit: Matthew Willman)


A Little Book of Tree Wisdom

Fiona Budd


 Your purchase supports One Tree Planted

(Nonprofit Beneficiary)

About the Book

Partners & Supporters


Jay-Lee Shih


Taiwanese illustrator Jay-Lee Shih was born in Bloemfontein in 2003 and completed the illustrations whilst in Grade 11 at St David's Marist Inanda in Johannesburg.  A mostly self-taught artist, Jay-Lee is passionate about art and had always enjoyed drawing, especially exploring different mediums and styles. Find him on Instagram at @jays._.arts

 Jay-Lee donated half the income he earned from illustrating A Little Book of Tree Wisdom to Plastic Oceans International.

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Clockwork Books


Clockwork Books was founded in 2016 as an independent South African publisher and online bookstore for South African authors.  Their mission is to bridge the gap between traditional and self-publishing of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and short stories. 


Their new imprint, Zazi Books, provides South African children with relevant fiction in local South African languages.

Phumani Paper & Artist Proof Studio

The leaf bookmark in print copies of the book is made of ficus tree fibre and was made by one of the rural group sites of Phumani Paper –a papermaking and crafts organisation founded in 1999, as a poverty alleviation programme.

The bookmarks were embossed with one of Jay-Lee's leaf designs by Artist Proof Studio,  a Johannesburg non-profit that specialises in arts training, print collaborations, partnerships, sales and distribution of prints and works and collaborations with world-renowned artists such as William Kentridge.

Partners & Supporters
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TreeBalletBarre video

Video Title page website TreeBalletBarre

TreeBalletBarre© is my original concept and class that I  began presenting in September 2019.  I have taught classes at the Emmarentia Botanical Gardens in Johannesburg, the Woodlands Spa in Muldersdrift and in a forest in Amsterdam.

Click on the video image to access my 'Introduction to TreeBalletBarre' YouTube video.

TreeBalletBarre© is an outdoor class that combines gentle exercise and toning, breathing and stretching, and a beautiful exchange of healing energy with trees.  The exercise component is based on a basic ballet barre (no previous experience of ballet required) and conditioning exercises and uses a tree as the 'barre' and partner, to directly connect with Nature.

Other Tree Resources
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Other Tree Resources - Tune into forests from around the world:

Interviews & Podcasts:
Classic1027 Interview with Peter Terry (Sunday 16 May 2021) -
Fiona Budd 'A Little Book of Tree Wisdom':
Peter Terry Classic1027 Interview
00:00 / 08:46
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'The Mediterranean Wanderer' - Paula Hagiefremidis: 
'When her one door closed, this other one flung wide open'
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Wisdom Books, Greenside, Johannesburg, South Africa

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How to purchase (click on links below):

Clockwork Books:  Paperback copies and PDF copies


Amazon.comPaperback copies ($5.00) and Kindle/ePub ($3.00)

Paperback copies (R150.00 each) are available from:

The Green Room restaurant (Pirates Club East, Greenside, Johannesburg)

The Village Fair Cake & Gift Shop (Village Green Shopping Centre, Greenside, Johannesburg)

Random Harvest Indigenous Nursery & Tea Garden  (College Road, Muldersdrift)

Woodlands Spa (Muldersdrift)

Scribbles (Shop 51, Fields Hill Shopping Centre, 13 Old Main Road, Kloof, KZN)

Durban Botanic Gardens Shop (9A John Zikhali Rd, Berea, Durban, KZN)

The Bibliophile Bookshop (312 Church Street, Clarens, Free State)

Taste of Africa - Terminal A, Duty Free Mall, ORT International Airport, Johannesburg

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