Empower Compassion and Movement


In this project we would like to address the need of strengthening coaching skills, expanding skills and knowledge on Non Violent Communication and the need of effectiveness in developmental work with young adults, which can be obtained by including more of the performative approaches, such as IFS (Internal Family System) and psychodrama.

The Atalaya team members took part in a 6-day tailored training „Compassion focused dialogues with self and others, based on IFS and NVC” prepared by Pernille Plantener from BusinessByHeart in Denmark. 


During the 6-day training, we acquired the knowledge and competences needed in our daily work with youth.

Day 1- We set individual goals for the week. We presented cases from our work, using NVC to understood dynamics. We made a body – emotion exercises. Establishing a measure stick in our own bodies.

Day 2 – We had time for Needs-Based Coaching basics. Principles of trust, resourcefulness, diversity, wholeness and freedom. We got to know what they are Empowering questions. We structured a coaching session.  We talked about coaching skills: Intuition and metaphors, Interruption and silence 

Day 3 – NVC – in supporting and in equal relationships. (Dissolving judgements with care and understanding for ourselves; The power of precise requests). We focused on feelings: The seven circuits of feelings and motivation, with figurines to represented them.

Day 4 – Understood needs, the living energy of needs, and used figurines to represent them.

Day 5- We worked with shame, combining IFS and NVC

Day 6 – We talked about self-care in practical life. Saying NO! And receiving no. And restoring dignity with both. Appreciations for us, for self, for life. Grief as an ongoing, daily practice. We made evaluation and completion.


As a result of all the actions, we will prepare a publication, which will include several articles about effective support for young adults in the transition to adulthood process. We will focus on shedding some more light on problems and challenges faced by young adults with fewer opportunities and the ways of supporting them compassionately and effectively.

Pernille Plantener

is a consultant, trainer and coach in companies, families and with individual clients. She has taught courses on communication, coaching and business development. Trained in organic farming and agricultural engineering, Certified Trainer in Nonviolent Communication, Certified Coach at PCC Level, and Mentor Coach. She trained in Internal Family systems, Interpersonal Neurobiology, and Resonant Healing of psychic traumas. Pernille uses figurines to model the multi-facetted nature of the human mind.

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