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Jo Rockendorfer

Art Therapist & Transpersonal Counsellor 

“The doors to the world of the wild self are few but precious.

If you have a deep scar, that is a door,

if you have an old, old story, that is a door.

If you love the sky and the water so much you almost cannot bear it, that is a door.

If you yearn for a deeper life, a full life, a sane life, that too is a door.”  


Clarissa Pinkola Estes




The holistic practice of Transpersonal Counselling and Art Therapy is considerate of the body, mind and spirit and combines creative expression to enhance wellbeing.

Engaging in the ancient practice of a community circle encourages stronger connections, the circle becomes a container for truth telling, sacred witnessing, healing and transformation.


Workshops are facilitated through a combination of the creative process, meditation, movement, archetypal myths and reflective discussion/enquiry. This supports movement within our psyche for new awareness, it guides inner direction and develops a surer sense of self.


Puberty is a time of significant change physically, psychologically and emotionally for young people.

The physical and hormonal changes that occur during transitions into puberty are one of the most transformative changes in a humans experience.

Adequate education and awareness are required to properly manage the changes a body undergoes during this period.



Individual Therapy

Click here to read frequently asked questions.

It’s important to find a counsellor who feels right for you.  A positive client-counsellor relationship is a necessary ingredient for a successful outcome.

"My counselling process is gentle, client centred, and draws on evidence-based theory and modern techniques but also employs methods that relate back to our ancient wisdom.

I want to invite you to be a co-creator in the process so that together we build your internal resources that helps to guide you into a more resilient, empowered and joyful life."   

- Jo              


Group Workshops


Seasonal Journey Workshop

Celebrating the seasons of the year through time honoured practices helps us to deepen our connection with the earth and in doing so, to deepen our connection with ourselves.  Our re-connection with our inner core essence and the earth, enables us to be more fully present for our loved ones when we are with them, better manage stress, and have an increased sense of well-being.  The continued changing of seasons also represents corresponding stages of your inner journey.

Autumn is the season known as harvest time and gives us the opportunity to reflect on what we are reaping in our own personal lives.

During this transition time we also celebrate both bounty and impermanence, celebration and gratitude.

Winter offers us the opportunity to rest and dream, we must wait in the darkness of Midwinter, teaching us that drawing inward for a time  is necessary for the growth that comes later.

Spring is a time of release, renewal and rebirth.  Starting anew, there is a sense of rejuvenation as we orientate to the beginning of longer days and warmer weather. 

Summer is a time of solar power and our own internal empowerment often realised through our vulnerability. Holding both the healthy masculine energy of power and the healthy feminine energy of openness.

Dates for 2021 

Sacred Circle  

Medicine Wheel 

The history of the wheel shows us that there was a time when humans were more closely connected with the forces of Nature and the elements of Mother Earth. Where the natural world shared sacred teachings with them and revealed to them how to live in harmony so that in their listening and honouring they could understand the continual turning of the circle of life, death and rebirth.

. This circle can become a map of life and worked with as a daily practice, can bring through a consciousness that offers an opportunity for this living mandala to become a sacred awakening within you. 

A series of four workshops that draws on the teachings of the four directions through archetypal energy, the natural world and personal enquiry.​​

Each archetype taps into the deepest mythic roots of humanity so we too can draw on this wisdom as we begin to collaborate with these archetypes within ourselves. 

Dates for Medicine Wheel 2021

Spirit Dolls

Dolls and sculpted figures have been used for spiritual rituals, rites of passage, healing and celebration in many cultures around the world, for thousands of years. Some used specifically for fertility, others as a ‘rite of passage’ helping young girls and boys understand social roles, acting out community events and ways of behaviour.

We tend to see ourselves in the doll. It represents an aspect of the human condition. When one engages with the process of making a doll all kinds of possibilities come to the surface.  Doll-making is a way to free oneself of worries, struggles and emotions. Creating a doll, or any art, directly effects the nervous system which controls body functions and the immune system.

A doll can be a tool, it works on the artist as the artist works on it, as you listen It instructs. It contains the sacred being created from your soul self and represents the deep desire of the body to expresses its truth. A doll allows you to truly see who you are.  

This one day workshop explores through intention, myth, shamanic journey and the creative process the crafting of your personal doll. 

Create a doll that is birthed from your own unique and authentic self, reclaim aspects of your deeper soul self and discover a greater understanding of who you are. The very act of doll making can take you through a process of transformation, awakening and spirtual medicine. 

Dates for 2021

Saturday 5th June


Girl Revolution

Girl Revolution aspires to create a caring, supportive environment for all girls, women and their families. We encourage skills, attitudes and values that promote a positive wellbeing.

This 90-minute talk is arranged for adults only and delivers a greater understanding of the changes that occur in the female brain during puberty. 

We look at how that impacts on a physical, emotional and social level. 

Participants are equipped with some practical tools to help support the adolescent girl

through this transition time.


“The structure of a female brain at puberty determines not only how they think but what they value and how they communicate.”

Louann Brizendine – The Female Brain.

Dates to be confirmed


Understanding Your

Teenage Girl 

Puberty Workshop

Whats happening to me?

Puberty is a life transition where the brain, body, and soul go through a major transformation that girls can approach with both excitement and apprehension. This one-day workshop endorsed by the Royal Women's Hospital Randwick and designed for the 9 -12-year-old girl explores the changes that happen during puberty in a fun, non-threatening way. We share empowering knowledge, build resilience and self-esteem and offer tools that help support and guide the young girl into adolescence with confidence. 

Puberty Workshop
Dates for 2021


The time you spend together and the effort you put into listening to and laughing with one another creates an unbreakable bond that can survive tough times, miscommunications, hurt feelings and the teenage years.

Designed to support the bond between mother and daughter, this one-day circle for  9-12 years old girls and their mums is spent in nature sharing meaningful discussion and stories, playing games and engaging in creative projects.This day is enhanced when combined with the Puberty Workshop.

Mother/Daughter Circle

Wisdom of the Cycles 

A series of workshops over four seasons of the year.

With Jo Rockendorfer & Arahni Lion

Dates for 2021 

Lammas -  Saturday 6th Feb 

Nurture self/others + positive body literacy.

Mabon - Saturday 20th March 

Create circles of support + commune with nature

Samhain - Saturday 1st May

Connect with ancestral lineages + shamanic journey.

Yule - Saturday 19th June

Develop intuition + Sound healing.

Imbolc - Saturday 31st July

Celebration day to honour mums and daughters. 



"Jo Rockendorfer has been delivering 'Girl Revolution' workshops at St Catherine's School for the past 5 years.  Jo has been an inspirational, caring and supportive presenter who has engaged students covering sensitive and complex issues regarding puberty. Jo and her team have managed the many misconceptions of students in thoughtful ways and have been very open in their approach.  The sessions have always been a big hit with the girls (even though there was a lot of apprehension prior to the workshop day!) I would strongly recommend this workshop for girls approaching puberty."

Nicola Logan (Year 5 Co-ordinator)

 "I have had the pleasure of being Jo’s supervisor over the 15 years at the Royal Women's Hospital and have known her to present the program in a way that offers girls accurate and up-to-date information as well as bringing a sense of fun and support.  Jo is ethical and is always sensitive to the girl’s needs. The programs appeal under Jo’s guidance has seen families returning with subsequent daughters."

Dr Jane Svensson

Clinical Midwifery Consultant – Health Education and Diversity Health 

"Before I went to Girl Revolution I felt nervous. During the lesson I felt a little embarrassed, but better. At the end of the day I felt that I had learnt important things about puberty. I think it was beneficial and important for every girl to know about, even if she doesn’t want to."

-Zoe, Year 6

"The Spirit Doll workshop was absolutely wonderful in every single way. I would recommend it highly to any woman. 

You led the group so gently and wisely and supported and guided us. Your home was the perfect space to hold the group. The fireplace and the garden were an added bonus.   So, a big huge thanks to you Jo for giving me a beautiful growthful learning experience and a doll to help guide me along my path."



About Jo

Jo has training as an art therapist and transpersonal counsellor.  She has facilitated group workshops for adults and children for over 20 years and utilises creative techniques to enhance the therapeutic relationship.

Jo lives on the South Coast of New South Wales and has  found the natural world to be her greatest friend and teacher.  As a young girl she had a special connection to nature and to the land and spent hours "just being"in the natural environment. 

This love of the natural world deepened as an adult and she discovered as a therapist the value of working  restoratively with the land and with earth-based practises.

Through Jo's involvement with ‘Rites of Passage’ work she has found a special joy guiding individuals and groups as they move through life’s transitions and assisting them to find their full potential and true essence.  Jo has come to believe that when someone has a need to understand themselves at a deeper level, they can achieve this through a weaving of the arts such as body movement, stories, archetypes, writing, collage and with earth-base medicine.   In this way a person's psyche strengthens and resolves and reflects back inner wisdom, guidance and healing.

Dip SocSc, Advanced Dip Transpersonal Counselling and Advanced Diploma Art Therapy, Cert Movement Based Therapy, Cert IV Train the Trainer, Cert Group Leadership Skills (educator, facilitator and author of Eco OOSH in action: a whole-of-centre approach to sustainable living.



Mobile:  +61 404 969 122

Click here to make a booking online and check availability
or email Jo directly.  

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