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Laura Horton-Ludwig

Come home to the life you long for: Spiritual guidance, coaching, and healing for sensitive souls ready to reclaim their power, sparkle, and joy


About Laura

Hi there! I’m Laura Horton-Ludwig, a spiritual director, life coach, and shamanic practitioner.

I’d love to help you partner with your wise, tender soul to build a life that feels more joyful, meaningful, and authentic. A life that really feels like you–like the home you always longed for.

Yes, really!

I know, this might sound like the same old personal-growth blah-blah-blah you’ve heard a million times before.

I get it. There are too many people out there promising stuff like that. They make it sound so easy. But it’s actually really, really hard.

Because, deep down, you know that to really make things better in your life, you’re going to have to get right to the core of your old, old wounds and all the ways you’ve tried to keep yourself safe in the world.

And that feels so scary. Maybe it’s not worth it? After all, life is sort of working right now.

Only, when you stop and check in with yourself, you know something’s off.

For a long time, you’ve been living with a big gap between who you are on the inside and the way you’re living your outer life.

This goes way back. You’ve always felt you were different from most people. As a child, you were more emotional, more creative, more caught up in your daydreams of fantasy worlds. You got teased for being too weird and intense.

So you learned to hide your true self. And for a long time, it helped.

But now, years later, that old pattern has made it hard for you to be honest with your loved ones when something they’ve done has hurt you. You worry that if you tell them how you really feel, they’ll be upset with you, maybe judge you for being “too sensitive.”

Maybe you even feel shy just letting people know about the nerdy, quirky things that make you happy–like browsing oracle card decks online, or rewatching the old BBC Brother Cadfael mysteries for the third time, or taking personality-type quizzes and devouring those follow-up posts on “the top 10 things you wish people understood about (your type).”

So you keep yourself hidden, even from the people who love you the most.
And that dynamic holds you back from the deeper layers of intimacy you crave.

On a practical level, it also keeps you stuck tolerating all sorts of things that drive you up the wall and drain your energy every day– from the little things, like when you’re irritated that your partner’s taking a long time to put the laundry away, but you keep talking yourself out of saying anything,

to the really big things,
like staying in a job you hate because making a change just seems so overwhelming and impractical.

But that’s just the way it is, right?
Except, that way leaves you feeling..

* Chronically misunderstood, resentful, resigned, and sad
* Burned out
* Exhausted, overwhelmed, and depleted

I know, change isn’t easy.

Maybe your family made it very clear to you which career paths or kinds of partners would be acceptable. You did what they wanted…but now you’re feeling trapped and stuck and miserable.

Or maybe you know what it’s like to be in a family where addiction or abuse was the norm. You learned how to stay safe by keeping yourself small, quiet, and hidden. Even now that you’re out of that situation, it is so hard to shake those old patterns.

And maybe there are big, practical reasons why change would be really hard. Money, for example. Especially if you’ve got family depending on you, you can’t just quit your job and move to Bali. Whatever you do, you still need to keep paying the bills each month.

Still…you haven’t given up hope that maybe it could be different.
Maybe somehow you could finally come into your own, and live the life you’ve been longing for.

This is not trendy coach-speak. I’m deadly serious here. And I truly believe this is 100% possible for you.

I offer three flavors of coaching:

1. Spiritually grounded life coaching:
A safe, playful space for you to explore what would really bring you joy, what’s getting in the way, and how you want to move forward.

2. Shamanic coaching for transformation:
It’s like what I just described in #1, only we’ll add in shamanic journeying, so you can gain deeper insights into what’s really going on.

3. Creating Your Next Chapter:
This one is different! It’s a highly structured one-on-one program to give you intensive support for making a major life change.

If this resonates with you, I invite you to set up a free call with me to explore what you’re looking for and how I might be able to help. (My practice is entirely remote, so we can work together no matter where you are.)

When we talk, we’ll get to explore how things are going with you right now. You’ll be able to experience what it’s like to work with me, and ask any questions on your mind. I’ll also invite you to share whatever you’re comfortable with about what’s happening in your life, any challenges you’re facing, and what you’re hoping for from me.

Most of the time, talking with you will give me enough information that I’ll be able to suggest a rough plan for working together right on the spot. If needed, I can follow up by email with more details.

You are welcome to take your time deciding if you’d like to move forward. Think about it, check in with your gut, and ask me any follow-up questions. If the fit feels good, it would be my honor to partner with you to support your flourishing.

But, there is no commitment or obligation. Whether we decide to work together or not, my goal is for you to find greater clarity and hope about your situation, your needs, and what will help you right now. I look forward to talking with you soon!

  • Virginia, United States
  • Board-Certified Coach
  • Graduate, Two-Year Spiritual Direction Training, Haden Institute
  • M.Div., Meadville Lombard Theological School
  • White-level certificate, Foundation for Shamanic Studies
Who I Help
  • Intuitive, empathic, and/or highly sensitive people (HSP)
  • People of diverse sexual & gender orientations (I'm an ally)
  • Spiritual seekers, including "spiritual but not religious" folks