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.
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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."
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
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.
Dates for 2020
January Tues 21st
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.
Dates for 2020
Feb Sun 16th
"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."
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.