THE PLACE OF CREATIVE SELF-EXPRESSION AND PEACE OF SPIRIT *
Cultural Centre for self-improvement and continuing education
is an innovative idea of a multi-purpose building.
A "different" place for creative arts, dance, yoga,
martial arts, alternative healing and exercise methods
and quality entertainment, for better health and
well being, in body and in soul.
idea for the name “Shantom”
was by Aris Loukas, whom we thank.
Well known theatre and cinema actress Smaro
Stefanidou and her daughter, dancer/choreographer/yoga
teacher Leda Shantala, decided
to join forces and give flesh to their dream to express in
a single space, different dynamics and cultural currents,
through a variety of artistic offerings, performances, lessons
and workshops. Their wish was and is to combine into this
place, with warmth and care, the cultural experience and
the values of yesterday with today's and tomorrow's tendencies
and aspirations - with the common goal of promoting, lovingly
and responsibly, the cultivation of cultural values.
In the picture: Indira Gandhi (Indian Prime Minister), Melina Merkouri
(actress and former Minister of Culture), Leda Shantala, Smaro Stefanidou
and painter Yannis Tsarouchis
For a detailed description of the
building with pictures and virtual 360 degree tour,
For a short list of what we offer,
just scroll down this page
For a list of our offered lessons,
our weekly lesson plan, go
It is a three-storey
multi-purpose cultural building, of approx. 400 square metres,
five minutes from the "Cholargos" subway station (line 3),
at 35, Tripoleos street, corner with Evoias, in Kato Chlandri.
It was conceived and constructed with the view of hosting many
different events, not only our own but those of other collaborators,
artists and scholars with similar objects of an artistic, spiritual
and healing nature, as well as intercultural exchanges.
The building includes three studios of different sizes, which host
regular lessons and workshops covering a wide range of tehniques,
from dance and yoga to martial arts and alternative healing. The
events are of a nature which strives to bridge different art forms
such as theatre and dance with music, painting, visual arts etc...
We believe that it is very interesting for the lessons to take place
in a place offering theatrical and poetic flair, showcasing the symbolic
and psychic importance of theatre for human soul.
The ground floor studio - with view on a green garden - can
double as a theatre with a capacity of 130 seats, for performances,
concerts, lectures and exhibitions. It is within easy reach for
persons of limited mobility.
To see the building in detail, with numerous pictures and a 360 degree panoramic tour, click HERE
WE AND YOU
and with optimism we have worked intensively, giving attentive
thought as to how a cultural building should be structured today,
in order to meet the corporeal, psychological and spiritual
needs of contemporary human beings - taking, at the same time,
special care to ensure natural lighting while respecting the
We think we give to the public a place
which will embrace and support the dreams and needs of us all.
A focal point of friendship, information, exercise, continuing
education for all ages which will not be limited by the lessons
and worshops but will also be available on other times as a place
for entertainment and of meeting of spiritually-minded people who
share common thoughts, experiences and love. By thus creating a
spiritual family, we shall be able to counter, in the most qualitative
way, the sense of loneliness and helplessness, so that each
one of us shall receive the empowerment he or she needs in the
personal course of their lives.
We would like to address especially
the sensitive social groups such as immigrants, people with special
needs, teenagers and senior citizens. Our goal is the expansion
of mutual understanding and the normalisation of the integration
of foreign citizens and people with special needs into the social
web, as well as providing a healthy activity for young people,
which will act as a prevention against dangerous tendencies
(drugs, criminality etc..)
With a great sense of responsibility,
countless personal sacrifices and great financial cost, we finished
the material part of this great idea which you have brought to
life with your preference, with the trust you show to us and with
your presence. Shantom was born on November 2003 and, thanks to
the continuing support of pupils and friends, it has grown, in
the last years, with an expansion which surpassed our dreams, as
its studios continue to fill up with new friends who bring yet
other friends, showing their love.
All of us together will create new
ways of harmonious coexistence. We will cultivate the ways which
will bring us nearer to the great ideal of bodily health, psychological
calm and love, and ultimately spiritual freedom.
Smaro Stefanidou. Leda
MANY DIFFERENT WAYS - RESPECT TOWARDS HUMANKIND
vision is deeply human. We believe in cultivating the body
and the mind, in the spiritual value of the arts, in the need
to exchange warmth and friendship. Each one of us
is different and unique. Different experiences, different needs,
different tendencies and talents. Shantom is a pair of open
arms for everybody, with the belief that respect for diversity
promotes the recognition of the unity of us all. The founders as
well as all the collaborators and teachers in Shantom, we all
think that there are many ways to cultivate ourselves, and
different "paths", which may bring results, if someone serves
them responsibly and faithfully. We believe that quality of
action is what urges us to inner evolution more than the goals
of the action themselves. How we do something is more important
than what we are doing. Shantom respects the variety of expression.
All teachers and collaborators share this belief and each one
of them, through his or her own lesson or personal service,
strives to touch your soul so that we come nearer. Trust us.
We have the knowledge, the experience and the good will. We
are here to discuss all your issues and help you to select
the lesson that suits you better.
all lessons are offered every year)
raja yoga for men, women and children of all ages
Classical Dance Bharata Natyam
dances: Modern dance, Oriental, African, Argentine Tango, Ancient Greek Dance (Ruby Ginner method), Aerial acrobatic dance
arts: Kung Fu, T'ai Chi Chuan (Yang Style), Fencing
Not ALL of these lessons are offered every year. Please
consult the Weekly Plan.
However, if you are a group of
6 or more people, contact us, we may form a custom
young - for children
Indian dance, theatre play, oriental dance, martial
Older children (after the age of 7) may come in
the adult groups of some lessons such as yoga,
oriental dance, kung fu and capoeira.
Please call us for details.
activities, alternative methods of prevention
and healing, theoretical and practical workshops.
Each season a different selection - please
consult the workshop
program or the page Our
news (in Greek). Otherwise, you might just
give us a call.
Healing and Wellness methodsς
sessions (by appointment): Reflexology,
shiatsu, Rejuvance, aromatherapy massage,
lemphic massage, holistic healing massage,
Thai yoga massage, Indian head and shoulder
bowtech, shiatsu, craniosacral therapy,
creative healing etc... Not all the offered are
done every year. Please consult on a regular
basis the page Our
News (in Greek). Alternatively,
you could sign up for our newsletter, which you
will receive only when we have real news (and
not on a weekly or monthly basis).
page in Greek)
musical and dance performances, themed evenings,
open days, lectures, cultural events. See
the ones which have already taken place here (events
page in Greek). For the next ones, visit regularly
the Our News page (in Greek) or sign up for
to Shantom start page
us ( 210-6717529) or send us an e-mail, for
prices and other info.
Otherwixe, pay us a visit. We will be happy
to meet you and show you the magical world of Shantom