Our Team

Santara Gonzales

Executive Director and Co-Founder

Santara has over four years of experience of running programs focused on restoring participants’ relationships with themselves, their families, and communities in ten adult prisons throughout the state of California. During that time, she introduced incarcerated men and women to Stoic principles in order to help them to expand their sense of agency and improve their emotional well-being.

Using Stoicism as her philosophical foundation, Santara’s goal is to create spaces for people in need of healing, restoration, and growth, particularly where such spaces have been denied or their offering inadequate. In this regard, Santara is working to build shoulders for others to stand on so that they may see beyond their immediate surroundings and limitations.

Read Santara’s Stoic Story.

Kai Whiting


Kai is a Stoic researcher and university lecturer based at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. He is the co-author of Being Better: Stoicism for a World Worth Living in. In Being Better and elsewhere he has discussed how we might approach many contemporary issues from a Stoic perspective including education, socioeconomic inequality, and climate breakdown.

Kai aims to make Stoicism accessible to everyone interested in a living a life worthy of being lived regardless of socioeconomic background, nationality, political or religious belief.




Read Kai’s Stoic Story.