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Child of the Earth by Glen Ochre

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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. She influenced thousands of individuals through her life’s work and her story will inspire generations to come.

“an inspirational story of overcoming the most extreme adversity to achieve so much in creating a better world” – David Holmgren

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“A compelling life story of overcoming adversity, beautifully told.”

– Rosie Batty, 2015 Australian of the Year

Glen Ochre (1944-2014) was driven by a passion for a just, non-violent and sustainable world that arose from her own experience of violence, poverty and discrimination. These forces propelled her work as an activist, counsellor, social worker, nurse and educator. Through these activities, Glen developed a passion for groupwork – she believed in the transformational power of groups and their capacity to bring about change for the wider good.

Glen co-founded Commonground Training Resources and the Groupwork Institute of Australia and became one of the world’s leading teachers of facilitation and collaborative process. Her first book, Getting Our Act Together: How To Harness the Power of Groups, was published in 2013.

Glen wrote her autobiography in her final year of life while struggling with pancreatic cancer. It tells of her childhood of poverty and abuse, when she found a deep spiritual connection in the bush. Through tragedies and years of single parenthood, Glen retained her faith in Mother Earth and went on to study social work. She forged new ways of working with marginalised groups at the Brotherhood of St Laurence and helped set up refuges for women, all the while maintaining her enthusiasm for life and her own brand of practical feminism.

Child of the Earth lays out the foundations of Glen’s teachings built on the deep wisdom she began to develop from an early age when she found solace under her favourite tree deep in the bush. We seek to take this book into the world to share Glen’s story and inspire new ways of living and working together.

Paperback. 241 pages, black and white with colour inserts including 58 photos. ISBN 9780995359604

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Weight .415 kg
Dimensions 220 x 150 x 15 mm

1 review for Child of the Earth by Glen Ochre

  1. 5 out of 5

    This book captures the extraordinary life and times of Glen Ochre; from her traumatic origins in outback NSW, to the final moments before her death. Her story is one of overcoming extreme hardship throughout her life, drawing on the wisdom of the earth itself to transform adversity into strength – inspiring new ways of living and working together.

    It’s clear from her writing that Glen faced a lot of pain on her own, which is probably why she reinforces the importance of collaborating, looking towards positive outcomes and a sense of fairness – linking back to her gypsy heritage.

    From the injustice of raising a family in poverty as a single parent she set up a ‘radical revolutionary’ communal house in the early 80’s, the precursor to the Commonground Intentional Community. Together, the group raised a gaggle of kids under a ‘one roof, one table, one purse’ challenging social norms. She honed her skills as a collaborator and expert facilitator and set up the Groupwork Institute to reach beyond her community and train a new generation to continue this work.

    Glens approach focuses on the need to listen deeply to what’s going on, and less on what’s being done or said, to acknowledge the need for everyone to be heard and to be worthy of being loved. It’s a challenging and moving read. A wonderful example of building resilience, in ourselves and our communities, a legacy she left for us all.

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