Character by Design

is a happiness factory providing non-preachy insights into living a fulfilling life.


Things We Know About

  • Spiritual Intelligence
  • Emotional Intimacy
  • Analytical Thinking & Writing
  • Right Use of Power
  • Difficult Conversations
  • Conscious Leadership
  • Influencing and Scaling
  • Non-Violent Communication & Conflict Resolution
  • Internal Family Systems Therapy
  • Hakomi Therapy
  • Mindfulness & Meditation
  •  Zen Practice
  • Spiral Dynamics & Integral Theory
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Krzysztof Piekarski

Krzys has a PhD in English from University of Texas, Austin and is a Council Member at Appamada Zen Center. He often throws bananas at Nathan with exquisite accuracy. 


Nathan Smalley

Nate is an education reformer, teacher, and coach to educational bigwigs across the country. He currently serves as the Chief of Network Leadership development with KIPP and is a PhD candidate at TBD.  He is a student at Appamada Zen Center.