by Tara Redwood School with Founder Pam Cayton

pam-caytonPam Cayton has been active in Universal Education for Compassion and Wisdom for over 25 years, and is the founder of ‘Tara Redwood School’ in Santa Cruz, California. She is the author of the publication ‘Compassion in Education’ and runs the international training institute ‘Creating Compassionate Cultures’.
compassion-in-educationIn this interview (live link to it at the bottom of this article), Pam talks about the history of ‘Tara Redwood School’ and how she developed The Seven Steps to Knowledge, Strength and Compassion framework. She also shares stories about the school and her vision of how this programme can develop to reach wider audiences locally and internationally.

“I can confidently state that this was the most influential and consequential workshop of my teaching career to date. It is my hope to promulgate this sort of an emotional curriculum in a secondary educational model, and this workshop provided the tools and orientation for doing so.” —Adrienne Miller, USA (high school teacher)

The Seven Steps to Awakening Knowledge, Strength and Compassion is a practical teaching framework for awakening the hearts and minds of children, youth and adults, which has grown organically from over 20 years of working with children aged 3-10 years old.


Starting with the question “What do I really want?” the philosophy and methodologies of the Seven Steps are designed to generate insights into the nature of the external world, our own internal world (psychology) and the interconnectedness of the two, in a way that will naturally support the process of developing positive qualities and of learning how to lead a happier and more meaningful life.

creating-compassionate-cultures-kids-ringFor educators, this framework offers an alternative map upon which to base their curriculum, without compromising the subject requirements of any mainstream learning programme. Although the material was initially developed for pre-school and primary school aged children, it is adaptable for all ages.


Tools and resources supplied within The Seven Steps include:

  • Dialogue, simple questioning and logical reasoning
  • Reflection and mindfulness
  • Interactive games and art projects
  • The creation of a nurturing educational environment


The Seven Steps
is a recognized FDCW programme developed by Creating Compassionate Cultures (CCC), an organization which operates internationally from its base in California, USA. Contact CCC to book for training courses in The Seven Steps or for more information about how this programme will suit your needs.



In this interview Pam, founder of Tara Redwood School and developer of The Seven Steps, shares what inspired her to do this work.

VIDEO Click here:

Interview with Pam Cayton ~

The Seven Steps ~

Creating Compassionate Cultures is run by Pam Cayton, the Founder of Tara Redwood School and the author of Compassion in Education.

Contact the school at (831) 475-0201 @ 4746 Soquel Drive, Soquel, Calif. Please let them know that you saw their information in Connection Magazine. Thank you!!


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