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Seymour Telegraph - Inspiring Story about Glen Ochre


This story about Glen Ochre's autobiography was published in the Seymour Telegraph on the 22 Jun 2016. If you would like to support the crowdfunding campaign to publish her autobiography click here:


Title: Inspiring Story

In the 15 months between cancer diagnosis and her death, Seymour facilitation teacher, Glen Ochre, wrote her autobiography.

It is the remarkable story of a woman overcoming odds, from her childhood of poverty and abuse to becoming one of the world’s leading teachers of facilitation and groupwork and cofounding Commonground Cooperative.

Ms Ochre’s friends and family are now running a crowdfunding campaign to publish her autobiography, at

Ms Ochre, who divided her time between Commonground and Melbourne, was best known in the community for her work as a counsellor and groupwork teacher. In particular, Ms Ochre worked with Bahloo Womens Group and did suicide prevention work with young people.

Child of the Earth will be published and launched in September, along with the premiere screening of the Glen Ochre Documentary. This is Ms Ochre’s second book. Her first, was published in 2013.

The crowdfunding runs until June 30.

2015 Australian of the Year Rosie Batty said that Ms Ochre’s autobiography was ‘‘A compelling life story of overcoming adversity, beautifully told,’’ while Australian Greens Senator for Victoria Janet Rice said ‘‘I’m so pleased to be able to support this project and I hope you can too. Glen was my teacher in the very first year of the Groupwork Institute’s Advanced Diploma in Group Facilitation. Her wisdom guides me every day in my work with the Greens.’’ campaign