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Child of the Earth: An Autobiography


Her early experience of violence, poverty and discrimination moved co-founder of Groupwork Institute Glen Ochre to become an internationally recognised leader in groupwork. This is her story, written in the year before her death in 2014.


“A compelling life story, beautifully told” – Rosie Batty

Glen Ochre had a tough, wild and courageous life. Raised deep in the bush of central NSW, she was inspired by the systems of collaboration in the natural world. Glen encountered many setbacks as she forged her own path in life, but from Mother Earth she drew the strength to act with love.

Her experience of violence, poverty and discrimination from a young age stirred her passion for a just, nonviolent and sustainable world. These forces shaped Glen’s work as an activist, feminist, facilitator and educator, and her determination to find better ways of living and working together.

Glen was a great innovator in the movement for social change, which led to her becoming recognised locally and internationally as a facilitator and facilitation skills trainer. It was her vision that established the Commonground Co-operative intentional community and the Groupwork Institute of Australia.

She touched the lives of many people in her 69 years, and Glen’s footprints and fingerprints are indelibly stamped on her wider community, who carry her work far and wide.

Listen to an interview on ABC Radio with Ed McKinley and Clare Bowditch.

I just want to say that I love Glen’s book. It’s an inspiring piece of personal and public herstory and a bloody good read. I couldn’t put it down and read it within days, which I always feel is a mixed blessing considering what it takes to put a book together! I will surely return to it many times. – Helen Iles


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