Leirion is an alternative library - art place. It was founded in 2017 with a vision to promote books, art, and innovative educational methods. Our goal is for all members of society, irrespective of economic status, to have the opportunity to participate in educational, cultural and artistic activities.
All this effort takes place in a beautiful house surrounded by a big colourful garden with trees and flowers, built in 1954, which has endured over time the new constructions of Cholargos. It is a home for those who believe in the power of intention, harmony and love; for those who believe that values are the basis of a flourishing society!
Our philosophy is that every individual should have access to quality educational programs as well as discover the book through alternative paths. Our home is sensitive to social matters such as unaccompanied refugee minors, abused women, abandoned children in maternity hospitals.
In collaboration with local bookstores, Leirion organizes book presentations and meetings with authors and publishers as well as storytelling nights for both children and adults. Among others, our artistic activities include regular pottery, painting, radio podcast, and theatre workshops, various exhibitions, musical events, and creative poetry writing. For our little ones, the regular educational activities include Robotics, Ancient Greek, and Rhetoric workshops, Model United Nations (MUN) club, study tutoring, math labs, philosophy sessions (Socrates' method for children 4 to 8 years old). Our adult programs include Oratory clubs, Gordon’s Parent Effectiveness Training (P.E.T), and parenting consulting.
What makes us stand out
What distinguishes our foundation is the way we embrace cooperation. At Leirion there are o employees; all programs are carried out by professionals who have the freedom to organize the structure of the projects’ vision, implementing their own educational methods. The decisions are made jointly with the direction and its partners. Another distinguishing element of Leirion is the confidence it shows to young people, especially university students, who are hired with equal rights as professionals, enjoying the freedom to implement their fresh ideas.
Our programs are implemented in groups of various educational profiles and backgrounds, often taking place outdoors. In order to maximize the interactive character of our initiatives, children participants have the freedom to choose the way of teaching themselves, thus, developing their critical thinking and soft skills.