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Papaya Stories is a hub of inspiration.

Papaya Stories is an international project founded by Yana Papaya.

Papaya Stories are full of inspiration. You ask why? Papaya is a yummy tropical fruit that is not too sweet, sour and bitter. It represents a perfect balance of flavour and taste. Taste in arts, creativity, relationships with people and your lifestyle. Papaya fruit is full of seeds. In our terms, each seed represents the personal story we are sharing. So by sharing our stories, we are planting the seeds of inspiration within you.

Papaya Stories represents an online storytelling project where we feature real, life-changing stories about inspiring people, their life journey and passions, fears and dreams. These people are true to themselves, are not afraid to get out of comfort zone, break stereotypes and live to the fullest. Our stories have the philosophical and psychological feel. We are a team of social archeologists who dig for real gold – wisdom, depth, truth in everyday conversations and dialogues with people we meet. We encourage the society and community to think outside of the box, be curious, discover and embrace their authenticity, integrity, self-awareness and never give up on living to the fullest with an open heart and mind.

We also talk about unique and cool events, lifestyle trends, thought-provoking ideas. We run Thinking Out Loud podcasts. We listen carefully, initiative interactions and Big Conversations.

We create a space (online and offline) that knows no judgment, labels, and masks. We like to keep it real. We like to keep it simple and talk about Life as it is, with all greys in between. Together with you, our stories and events we learn what it truly means to practice self-love and self-acceptance that everyone talks about these days.

We connect various people through a lens of storytelling and engaging, fun and meaningful events. By organising bespoke events we let everyone shine with potential, express themselves freely, improve mental and physical health across communities, share joy and spread love. Our events include (but not limited to) Flashmobs & Surprises, Workshops and Talks, Engaging and Interactive Events including Silent Disco CityWalks.  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 a community of like-minded people who sees life as a potential for personal growth despite any life circumstances. We are based in Auckland, New Zealand, available for national and international gigs, parties, workshops, seminars, collaborations and partnerships. For all media, events and commercial, sponsorship inquiries, please email at papayastories@gmail.com to discuss it further.

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 / Campaigner / Events Organiser / 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.