About Me

Coach | Equine Facilitator | Author

I am a leadership coach, equine facilitator, speaker, writer, co-founder of Herd Spirit, yogi, mother, wife, and friend. I am a student of life and a teacher of choice.


Where have I learned my craft?


My single heart passion has always been helping people. How I manage to do that has changed through the decades.


I began as a nonprofit manager and fundraiser, aligning people and resources to fulfill mission's that inspired me. I worked for humanitarian agencies, organizations empowering underserved youth, and spiritual organizations. I led teams and raised millions of dollars that helped people in myriad ways. After twenty years in the field, I found myself stuck. My life story was on repeat and I recognized a need for change.

I knew that I needed to level up my direct experience in order to unlock my potential. I had grown so much, but there were blind spots and they were holding me back.


It was then that horses entered my world. They invited me to face my fears and empower myself. In doing so, they gave me the direct experience I needed to offer greater impact in helping people.

Along the way, my sources of inspiration and training include the yoga master Paramhansa Yogananda, my herd of horses, my mentor in equine facilitation Ezra Marrow, my spiritual community Ananda and its founder Swami Kriyananda, and trail blazers of connection and growth like Brene Brown, Glennon Doyle, Anita Moorjani, Steve Chandler, Linda Kohanav, Mark Rashid, Warwick Schiller, and countless others who have opened my mind and heart to my innate wisdom. 

If you want the street creds, here they are: 

  • I am a EAHAE certified equine assisted educator in HorseDream's corporate leadership model.

  • I am a certified meditation and yoga instructor.

  • I earned a Masters in Nonprofit Administration from USF and a Bachelors in International Studies and Political Science from Pepperdine University.

  • I worked for twenty years in management roles raising millions of dollars for notable nonprofit organizations in the fields of humanitarian aid, education, and spirituality. 

  • I am a mother of two young children.

  • I am an entrepreneur and co-founder of Herd Spirit, offering equine learning retreats and classes.

  • I manage the Herd Spirit equine center based in Ananda Village.

  • I trained, showed, and rode ponies as a young person.

  • Today, I study natural horsemanship with several superb trainers.  

  • I am an author with regular publications in AlrightNow.com and ThriveGlobal.com.


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
Conscious Families

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.


Julia, Owner
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

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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.

14618 Tyler Foote Road
Nevada City, CA 95959 USA