Leadership Coach | Equine Assisted Educator | Executive
I am Chief Operating Officer at the Karuna Happiness Foundation dedicated to unleashing compassion through the world's largest inner child collective. I am also a leadership coach, mother, wife, devotee, equestrian, fundraising guru, and equine guided educator.
I bring twenty years of experience leading teams to raise millions for humanitarian, educational, and spiritual institutions. My expertise includes major donor engagement and cultivation, capital campaign management, strategic planning, governance, and communications. I have extensive experience with Board-level engagement and spent my early career in program administration and foundation relations.
Additionally, I am a TeachingHorse facilitator and co-founder of Herd Spirit, guiding individuals and teams to create sustainable, healthy communities through experiential learning with horses.
Ezra Marrow, Purpose Coach
Whole Being Coaching
Gita partnered with me to co-found Herd Spirit. She is an incredible partner, I couldn't have asked for a better one. Her ability to work along side the horses to help people to gain profound insights and breakthroughs is remarkable. She brings, innate wisdom, insight, experience and knowledge to help the participants achieve their goals. As a life coach, she brings her love, compassion, and dedication to all of her clients. She adept at helping guide them through big changes and towards their amazing future. You would be blessed to be served by her.
Erin Vinacco, Founder
What a powerful experience! Such a gift to spend time with these amazing horses and be guided by Gita. I was really moved by the opportunity to learn to listen and be present in a new way. It was so beautiful to tune into the energy that Zip was reflecting and become more aware of my own energy in a new way as well. Horses can teach us so much! I felt deeply held, cared for and guided by both Gita and Zip and I look forward to another sessions.
Moonrise Hill Medicine
I really look forward to my sessions every week. After each day in the round pen, I feel like another layer I have built around my true self starts to shed and reveal the strength and light I have had all along.
Thank you to Gita Matlock, and all my beautiful brothers and sisters at #AnandaVillage for sharing your serene oasis with my family this weekend! Brandon and Dylan LOVED their Tai Chi instruction while Brandi and I needed the yoga! We’re fully recharged for what’s ahead this week! Wishing EVERYONE a beautiful week and sending out LOVE!
Tracey Edmonds, Mom & Emmy/NAACP #Awardwinning TV/Film Producer #SoulFood #GamesPeoplePlay #EndoftheRoad Sharing tools to LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE: alrightnow.com
Where to Find Me
Ananda Village, a spiritual community & place of pilgrimage in Northern California
I manage the Herd Spirit equine center located in the heart of Ananda Village, a thriving spiritual community for more than fifty years. Nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills of California, Ananda Village is home to more than 200 residents who are deeply committed to their path of Kriya Yoga.
Each year, thousands of visitors come to train in yoga and meditation, enjoy personal retreats at one of Ananda's two retreat centers, or walk amongst the famous gardens of Crystal Hermitage. It's residents also run a yoga-based elementary school, small businesses, and local shops.