Our Team

Marilou Nikolaou

Marilou studied management and communications and worked in related fields for over ten years.
In the course of searching for a more creative way of life, she participated in various arts and crafts seminars, including photography workshops, drawing classes, pottery making and sewing seminars.
In collaboration with artists from different backgrounds, she founded LU Creative Studio, an artistic multiplex where creative workshops, retreats, exhibitions and special events are organized.

Her quest for creativity also lead her to the path of Yoga. She started practicing yoga from an early age with different yoga instructors in Greece and abroad. In 2006 she started working at Shantom, where she also participated in theoretical and practical workshops with Leda Shantala.
In 2010 she received her first Yoga Teacher Training Diploma (RYT 200hr) from Sivananda Vedanta Centre and in 2013 she completed the Advanced Teacher Training Course (RYT 500hr) in Ghyta Yoga School with Michalis Filinis (both centers accredited by the Yoga Alliance International).
Since then she has been practicing Iyengar Yoga with Zoi Gaitanidou in Yoga Summit, while she also continues to enrich her knowledge participating in classes and workshops on different yoga styles with many inspiring teachers (Alessandro Ortona, Ephrat Michelson, Ana Forrest, Angela Farmer, Constantinos Giannetakis).
Over the last 7 years she enjoys organising Yoga Retreats in selected locations, where she seeks to harmonically combine the benefits of Yoga with the calmness offered by nature and the pleasure derived from creativity, in unforgettable journeys of physical, mental and emotional relaxation.

Marilou NikolaouSeminarYoga
Giorgos Tsirigotakis

Giorgos graduated in 2005 from the School of Fine Arts in Athens, with a specialization in painting.
Since then, apart from his personal work, he has been engaged as an Art Director in various cultural events, short film productions and corporate promotional actions.  He has also created wall paintings for corporate and private spaces.
He has participated in various art exhibitions in Greece and abroad.

He is cofounder and actively involved in the setup and operation of LU Creative Studio, where he also teaches drawing and painting classes in small groups or private sessions.

Giorgos TsirigotakisSeminarPainting - Drawing
Nikos Polychronidis

Nikos co-founded the non-profit organization Pangea World Music Center, which aims to cultivate and disseminate various forms of art from around the world in the wider Greek public. After completing a course in modern and traditional percussion in Greece, he participated in many workshops in West Africa, deepening in African percussion and performing alongside famous musicians, including Ponda oBraian, Drissa Conne, Reiner Polak, Harouna Dembele. He is actively engaged in the dissemination of African music culture and teaching and organizing percussion workshops, musical events, and concerts.

Nikos PolychronidisMusic workshops
Daphne Assimakopoulou

Daphne is a dancer, dance teacher, choreographer and musician. She holds a Bachelor (BA) degree in Music (classical piano) and Dance (Bryn Mawr College, USA, 1994) and a Master (MA) degree in Dance Studies and Choreography (Laban Center for Movement and Dance, London, UK,1997). Her passion for West African dance and music inspired her to travel to many places (Guinea, Mali, USA, France, UK, Germany, Italy) to learn from experienced teachers and talented artists in the field. She has studied African dance, song and percussion (doundoun and balafon) with members of Ballets Africains. She recently began training with France Schott Billmann, in ‘Primitive Expression’, a form of Dance Therapy. She has been teaching and performing since 2000 at dance studios, schools, cultural centers and educational/arts festivals throughout Greece. She has taught ‘African Healing Dance’ workshops at the ‘Be-in Festival for the Healing Arts’ in Portugal (2015) and dance classes at ‘Drum in the Sun’ in Koh Panghan, Thailand (2016). Throughout her 18 years of teaching, Daphne has progressively discovered and focused on the healing aspects of African Dance. Her love for this ancient tradition continues to grow along with her wish to share it with people all over the world.

Daphne Assimakopoulou
Christina Stratsiani

Christina graduated in 2010 from the School of Fine Arts in Athens, with a specialization in painting. She continued her studies at the “Facultad de Bellas Artes” in Granada Spain.
Apart from her personal work, she has focused her attention in perfecting the art of Macrame, making extraordinary jewelry that can be found in galleries, museums and selected stores all over in Greece.
She has participated in many exhibitions and art bazaars, while she also teaches various art and craft seminars for children and adults in Athens and Ioannina.

Christina StratsianiSeminar - MacrameMacrame
Lila Kalaboka

Lila studied History of Art in the American College of Greece, where she graduated in 2004. Following her impulse to interpret theory into practice, she continued her studies on the design and creation of handmade jewelry in the Le Arti Orafe School of Florence. She likes to combine techniques and different materials to create unique pieces, always projecting her own style and taste through her work.
She maintains her own art studio in the center of Athens, where apart from her own personal work, she also designs special custom orders.

Lila KalabokaSeminarJewelry making
Evi Skarvelaki

Evi is the motivation factor behind the handmade bags and fashion accessories of the EVISK brand. She studied International Relations in the UK and returned to Athens to work as a journalist for political newspapers. She abandoned her career in journalism, in order to get more involved with her natural talent in crafts and sewing.
After a few years of making jewelry and accessories, she focused on sewing unique handbags that are characterized by a playful nostalgic mood with pop/retro details. Every bag is a unique piece, sometimes influenced from fairy tales and other times from real images of everyday life.  You can find her creations in selected stores and boutiques in Greece and Cyprus.

Evi SkarvelakiSeminarSewing Handbags
Ioanna Vasilakopoulou

Ioanna studied Sociology and Dance, with a specialization in planning and implementing cultural events. She has completed the Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Course (200h &500h RYT) in Ghyta Yoga School. She has participated in various professional workshops on yoga, creative movement, dance, dance movement therapy and tai massage (Greece, UK, New York, Belgium, India). She has worked as a performer and a teacher for movement workshops in Greece and the UK. She has also worked for a few years in the National Hellenic Center of Theatre and Dance. She is currently continuing her postgraduate studies in Cultural Management in the Panteion University of Athens. She teaches yoga, dance and choreology. She is founder of dITTO, performance & visual arts company (ditto.org.gr).

Ioanna VasilakopoulouHatha Yoga - Dance - Tai Massage
Tina Zafirakopoulou

Tina studied Graphic and Media Design at London College of Communication, University of the Arts, where she also completed her postgraduate studies in Photography and Digital Image Processing.  She continued her studies taking specialized courses on photography and moving image at the Universitaet der Kuenste, in Berlin Germany.
Over the last 10 years she has been working as a photographer covering corporate, social and cultural events, in a highly professional, yet fully artistic manner. She has also specialized in Fashion Photography, shooting for catalogs and shows of well-known fashion designers (LAK, THEIA, Manifactura, Just Perfect, Lana Williams etc).

Tina Zafirakopoulou Photographer
Xeni Taze

Xeni studied Photography at the “Likourgos Stavrakos School” in Athens, as well as in the Technical School of Copenhagen. She completed her practice under the guidance of the known photographer Andreas Smaragdis.
Her work experience in advertising agencies, film production companies, municipalities and hotels helped her develop her own personal style. She has participated in team exhibitions (Contemporary European Photography – Museum of Modern Art in Teheran 2002, Le Deglinazioni della gioia – Rome 2009), while she has successfully conducted two personal exhibitions (the pairs of opposites 2005, My Sahara 2003).

Xeni TazeSeminar - Photography
Anna Motou

Anna studied Architecture at the University of Patra and continued her postgraduate studies in Architectural design at the University of Thessaly. She is a member of the Technical Chamber of Greece since 2007. Parallel to her studies and work as an architect, she participated in various theoretical and practical seminars and workshops on photography and image processing. Since 2012 she has been actively involved in the photo coverage of cultural and social events, as well as the shooting of fashion, jewelry and other art objects. Over the last years she fully covers the needs of our studio bringing out the best of our students work and our other activities and excursions in and out of the studio.

Anna MotouArchitect - Photographer
Sophia Vlazaki

Sofia studied Painting and Drawing in Crete and Athens, under the supervision of notable professors, such as Markantonakis, Fotou and Stefos. She graduated from the School of Fine Arts of Wales and she continued her postgraduate studies in drawing at the School of Fine Arts of Wimbledon, illustration at the School of Fine Arts of Plymouth, and scrap booking at the School of Fine Arts of Camberwell. Under the scholarship “Ferdynand Sweig” she conducted research on the subject of scrap booking in Tokyo, Japan. In 2001 she taught painting at Municipality of Chania, in 2004 she started to illustrate books and since 2005 she teaches illustration at the Technical Institute of Athens. She has participated in personal and team exhibitions in Greece, England and Korea. Her work can be found in public and private collections in Greece and abroad.

Sophia VlazakiIllustration