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Your Joy is Our Mission!
We are an Auckland-based social enterprise built on the belief that each of us is here to live to the fullest. Fuelled by the power of arts and creativity, mindfulness, and psychology, we create unique immersive and interactive events (eg, Silent Disco Citywalk), placemaking activations, run creative workshops, share engaging stories that inspire people to be authentic, feel more joy, inspiration, and love in the present moment.
We believe in the transformative and healing power that Papaya Stories brings to individuals and diverse communities.
Papaya fruit is great for health & wellbeing, it is full of colour and positivity. It has a tropical Pacifica influence that we connect and explore in our work. Look at Papaya closely and you will see that it is full of tiny seeds. Each human is like a seed full of potential ready to blossom. But at times in order to unleash our full potential we need a helping hand, awakening moment, kind guidance or inspiring real life story. Papaya Stories plants the seeds of inspiration into every human being to remind each person about its incredible extraordinary nature and potential.
We work with governmental agencies, like-minded organisations, businesses, communities and individuals that support our vision and keen to facilitate a positive change within the community. We are based in Auckland, New Zealand, but available for national and international collaborations, partnerships and projects.
If you are interested in our services, keen to work with us on a project or just want to throw a party and celebrate Flamingoes, get in touch with us via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 022 438 78 06
Papaya Stories is founded by Yana Kirakovskaya (aka Yana Papaya), Mental Health Advocate, Arts Practitioner, Community Activator and Speaker. Scroll down to learn more about Papaya Stories team.
Check out the interviews, stories about Papaya Stories on our Media page.
Founder / Writer / Creative Director / Public Speaker
Photographer / Illustrator / Photo Editor
Dancer, Choreographer, Events Assistant