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About

Papaya Stories is a hub of inspiration.

Papaya Stories is an international project founded by Yana Papaya.

Papaya Stories represents an online storytelling website and events entertainment platform. We write and feature real, life-changing stories about ordinary people with extraordinary lives, passions and dreams, to show that each of us is already extraordinary when we start the life from within. Our stories have the philosophical and psychological feel that inspire people to be true to themselves, not afraid to get out of comfort zone, break stereotypes and live to the fullest. We are a team of social archaeologists who dig for real gold – wisdom, depth, truth in everyday conversations and dialogues with people we meet. 

We also bring and connect diverse people through a lens engaging, interactive, out of the box and meaningful events and activations. By organising bespoke events we let everyone shine with potential, express themselves freely, improve mental and physical health across communities, share the joy and spread love. Our events include  Flashmobs & Surprises, Workshops and Talks, Engaging and Interactive Events including Silent Disco CityWalks.  

We are a community of like-minded people who see Life as a potential for personal growth despite any life circumstances and traumas. We believe in the healing and transformative power of stories and events that connect us from within and let us play, engage, explore, improvise, experiment and be free.

We are based in Auckland, New Zealand, available for national and international gigs, workshops, collaborations and partnerships. For all media, commercial, sponsorship inquiries, please email at papayastories@gmail.com to discuss it further.

Check out the interviews, stories about the world of Papaya Stories on our Media page.

We stand for Authenticity. Creativity. Community. Diversity. Honesty. Integrity. Self-Acceptance. Self-development. Self-Love. Wellbeing. Unity. Click here to check out our A-Z Values Index.

Yana Papaya

Founder / Writer / Arts Practitioner / Public Speaker

Yana Papaya

Katherine Brook

Photographer / Illustrator / Photo Editor

Katherine Brook

Maryana Kirakovskaya

Editor

Maryana Kirakovskaya

Vladimir Barabanov

Photographer

Vladimir Barabanov

Rina Patel

Publishing Editor

Rina Patel

Dasha Cherniavskaia

Contributor

Dasha Cherniavskaia

We’re always looking for new stories about amazing people, if you know of anyone and would like to put them forward please do get in contact with us.