Emma Defresne meets Ösel Hita at Vajra Yogini Institute, France

Emma Defresne is one of our regional coordinators in France.

You might remember Emma from a couple of news we shared last year wishing her success with a heart surgery.

It is great to hear from Emma again, after going through a challenging period.

Later that year, during the Summer of 2023, Emma met Ösel, our founder, at Vajra Yogini Institute, France. Emma shares it was a “nice surprise”.

“It was the first time I had the opportunity to speak to Ösel. I could tell him how it was precious to be a little piece of GTI’s puzzle and how it was a pleasure to have received Anrich and Pia in Provence.

My ‘new’ heart (after the surgery) was full of happiness and I could feel Ösel’s kindness during this hard time.

Thank you, Ösel, and thank you to all the people involved with GTI. May this project help humanity grow towards respect and friendship”

Emma has met some of our community members and always shares how happy it makes her feel. If you are in France, you can reach out to Emma at

If you are making new friends through the Global Tree Initiative, please remember to tell us about it! You can send us an email, or tag us on one of our social media pages!

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