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Welcome to the Aurora Stories membership

Personal stories of the most beautiful natural event on the planet & meaningful connection with fellow aurora-lovers

The ethereal beauty of the northern lights will grab you and leave you mesmerised. Be inspired and live that magic every week with Aurora Stories.

You can start the week centred and uplifted through the beauty of nature with personal stories and tips around art, science, landscape and the spirituality of the aurora.

Only £6 or $7.50/month (2 months free if paying annually)

PLUS get a 1 month free trial. Join us now!

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What's Included In The Membership?

1 Aurora Story delivered to your email inbox weekly

2 live Zoom sessions per year

A private Facebook group for community

Meet your guide:

Dr Melanie Windridge

Hi, I'm Melanie!

I help people grow their love of the aurora through stories so that they feel uplifted and connected.

I often say I'm a physicist, speaker, writer... with a taste for adventure.  

I have a PhD in plasma physics and work in fusion energy, but along the way I got very distracted by another type of plasma... the aurora. And you can see why--It's mesmerising!

I also love skiing and snow, so I was attracted to the Arctic. From my first trip to see the northern lights I was hooked, and I came up with an elaborate plan to travel to various Arctic locations and find out about not just the science, but the people, places, landscape and stories of the aurora. 

That all turned into my book, Aurora: In Search of the Northern Lights, published in 2016. 

Since then I've written numerous articles for outlets like Sky at Night, Sunday Times Magazine, Astronomy Now and Forbes, and I started a blog sharing practical tips and stories.

One of the things I’ve enjoyed most is the stories that people have shared with me of their own experiences of seeing or chasing the lights. It is such a beautiful, emotive topic.

So I started Aurora Stories so we can all share the magic of the aurora. We can delve into art, poetry, music, travel, photography, science and any other aspect of the aurora that you desire.

I'm here to help you learn more about the aurora and how you can experience it for yourself, so you too can share the wonder with others.

Join Aurora Stories

You can find out more about me and my other work on my website, www.melaniewindridge.co.uk 

Here's Why You Will Love Aurora Stories

aurora behind a tepee at Blachford Lake Lodge, Canada

It is both inspiring and practical

Are you the kind of person who appreciates nature, art, beauty, science and spirituality?

Do you have an all-round awe for the majesty of our world and the sky above us?

Do you want practical travel tips and location inspiration so you can see the aurora for yourself?

Then Aurora Stories is for you.

You will connect with like-minded souls, including me

You know how good it feels when you're at a party with old friends and you're so comfortable because you just know you have something in common with everyone in the room?

A shared interest, love or experience is what brings us closer. You will meet people here who are like you, and make new deep connections.

people watching aurora together

So join us today!

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Let's Hear What Others Are Saying

Thank you for making this accessible!

"The aurora is fascinating and I can't wait to experience it myself one day. Until then I love learning about it and hearing others' incredible stories. Thank you for making this intriguing and exciting information accessible to us."

Lucia S., Dancer

I love your aurora explanations

"I love your Aurora explanations and actually enjoy your videos on other subjects too, but my favorite are the Aurora. You are truly a great presenter and make it fun to learn more about it."

Charlie S., Customer Service

A new perspective

"Melanie brings a new perspective to the Northern Lights. Dr Windridge is a plasma physicist by profession, so she knows her science; and a mountaineer and adventurer, so she’s familiar with the extreme environments from which the aurorae are often visible. A great read!"

Mike F., Astronomer

Brings to life the beauty of the northern lights

"Aurora Stories brings to life the beauty of the Northern Lights in a tangible and expressive way. It's inspiring to be connected to a community of Aurora enthusiasts to have the opportunity to feel the Northern Lights' joy together."

Jo I., Business Coach

Why am I starting an Aurora Stories membership?

And why should you join me?

I explain in this video

What's the format?

Bright aurora over a snowy landscape
  • Weekly Aurora Stories delivered to your inbox

  • Live virtual events at the start and end of the season* (the first talking about science and aurora predictions for the coming year, the second a creative workshop - each with special guest)

  • Private Facebook Group for inspiration and connection with other like-minded souls 

  • Future trips to see the northern lights together!

  • Opportunity to have your stories and photos featured

  • One month FREE TRIAL

Invest in your inner well-being for less than 25p per day.

Aurora Stories is ONLY £6/month!

(or $7.50)

Try Aurora Stories free

*Virtual events in September and April. Currently Aurora Stories is running on the northern hemisphere aurora season. We do include stories of the southern lights and celebrate them equally, but at the moment we can’t run on two separate seasons. We welcome Aurora Stories members from anywhere in the world, but please note that the pre- and post-season events will be the wrong way round for you and you’ll be getting aurora emails during your summer. Of course, northern hemisphere residents will keep getting aurora emails in the summer too (because we love them so much) but we will probably include some "summer stories" as well, such as noctilucent clouds or interesting optical phenomena. 

What are the stories?

Here are some topic examples

Do you want to find out more about how the northern or southern lights are formed?

Do you want to understand more about why they happen when and where they do?

Do you want to get travel tips and suggestions of how to have the greatest chance of seeing the aurora? Or find out the best places to go to see them?

Do you want to hear about new scientific discoveries relating to the aurora?

Do you want to find out about art and music relating to the aurora?

Do you want to get photography tips for best capturing your own pictures of the aurora when on your travels?

And do you want to hear personal stories of the most beautiful and spectacular natural event on the planet? And even share your own....

Read some sample aurora stories

Aurora at Bamburgh Castle by Moya Gracie

Emerald Freeways by Hamilton Lund

green aurora above snowy fir trees

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