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Our Chelsea Green Authors : Helen Whybrow

Helen Whybrow

Helen's life as an educator, farmer, and writer follows a career in book publishing, where she was most recently an acquiring editor for W. W. Norton and the publisher of their Countryman Press imprint. She left publishing to cofound, with Peter Forbes, what became a nationally recognized place of learning and change-making - Center for Whole Communities - at their home place of Knoll Farm in central Vermont. She now manages their organic family farm and consults for Vermont Farm Viability and the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont while also homeschooling their daughter and continuing her writing life. She is the editor of Dead Reckoning and co-editor of Our Land, Ourselves and The Story Handbook, among other works. You can learn more about their farm and ongoing projects at

    Helen's Upcoming Events

    • "A Man Apart" Launch Event at Big Picture Theater
      Big Picture Theater, Waitsfield VT 05673
      March 29, 2015, 4:30 pm

      On March 29th, Peter and Helen will celebrate the launch of their new book, "A Man Apart," alongside Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem's new album release. The event will take place at the Big Picture Theater in Waitsfield and begin with a free book release party at 4:30 PM. At 6:00 PM, Peter and Helen will sign copies of "A Man Apart" and at 7:00 PM, Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem will be in concert.

    • Peter Forbes and Helen Whybrow at Frontier Cafe
      14 Maine Street , Brunswick ME 04011
      April 9, 2015, 5:30 pm

      Peter Forbes and Helen Whybrow will celebrate the release of their book, "A Man Apart: Bill Coperthwaite's Radical Experiment in Living," at the Frontier Cafe in Brunswick, Maine on April 9. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event. The event will be co-sponsored by Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Chelsea Green Publishing, Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, and Gulf of Maine Books.

    • Peter Forbes and Helen Whybrow at The Norwich Bookstore
      291 Main Street , Norwich VT 05055
      May 8, 2015, 7:00 pm

      Peter Forbes and Helen Whybrow will discuss their new book, " A Man Apart: Bill Coperthwaite's Radical Experiment in Living," on May 8 at 7:00 PM at the Norwich Bookstore. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.

    Helen's Books

    A Man Apart

    Bill Coperthwaite's Radical Experiment in Living

    A Man Apart is the story—part family memoir and part biography—of Peter Forbes and Helen Whybrow’s longtime friendship with Bill Coperthwaite (A Handmade Life), whose unusual life and fierce ideals helped them examine and understand their own.

    In this intimate and honest account—framed by Coperthwaite’s sudden death and brought alive through the month-long adventure of building with him what would turn out to be his last yurt—Forbes and Whybrow explore the timeless lessons of Coperthwaite’s experiment in intentional living and self-reliance. They also reveal an important story about the power and complexities of mentorship: the opening of one’s life to someone else to learn together, and carrying on in that person’s physical absence.


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