About Us

How We Got Started

Ariadni is a young woman from Greek mythology. She helped the youth Theseus survive the test in the labyrinth and the encounter with the bloodthirsty Minotaur and find his way out of the labyrinth with the help of a spun red thread

Ursula Zednicek, Managing Director visited Lesvos for the first time in 2006 and “fell in love” with the island. She dealt intensively with the history, the customs, the nature and the many unique sights.

She is learning Greek as well as Greek dances. Over the years, she developed a deep bond with the country and its people and is familiar with the effects of the 2010 financial crisis, the 2015 refugee crisis and the 2020 corona crisis.

Wherever possible, she tried to support what ultimately led to the creation of the Ariadni organization.

Melanie Principaal & Jeroen Koster, co-founders lived on Lesvos for more than 10 years and, like the locals, were economically affected by the effects of the financial crisis and the refugee crisis.  Both children were born here.The family has been living in Holland since 2016, but they have never lost their bond and support „from afar“.

The founders met on Lesvos in 2008.

Our Mission

Ariadni Lesvos brings people of all backgrounds together and develops their common strength through education and networking

Ariadni believes that climate change, poverty, declining democracy, and the other major issues of our times should bring people together, no matter where they come from.

Only by bridging communities and working together can we find solutions and develop our collective resilience.

Education – Environment – Empowerment

Our Projects

Together with our partners Hoffnung lebenShredUpShowerPowerSolingen hilftwadi and our partner inside the camp – the Moria White Helmets – holistic, networked concepts for the education and empowerment of people on the island considering the most pressing issues of our time.

Breakfast Events

A cultural exchange at Ariadni House over a rich, tasty and healthy breakfast.

Cooking and Baking Events

Culinary trips around the world to connect, cook, enjoy and feast together.


Breathtaking views, unique landscapes and diverse nature await you.  Explore the island of Lesvos!

Green Mythelini

Environmental protection starts at home. With me.

Language Lessons

Communication is a key to understanding and good cooperation.

Melina Women's Space

Melina offers undisturbed time for individual and group activities.

Refugee Self-Organization

Empowering residents of the camp using their skills and knowledge to address their own needs.

Traditional Craftsmanship

Let’s revive traditional, sustainable and eco-friendly craftsmanship.

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