Animal Love

Equine-Guided Workshops

Unlock Your True Potential in Partnership with Horses

Your life is at a crossroads, but which path will you take?


You want to step into your full power and potential, but don't know how.

You crave time in nature and with animals.


You're looking for a way to break old habit patterns once and for all.

You long to step out and create a fulfilling career.

You desire to Live YOUR Gift into the world:

You Hold the Reins

You have all the answers you seek and all the capabilities you desire.


We empower you to uncover your innate wisdom, power, and love and become the driver of your life.


We facilitate direct experiences of your true nature and potential through the partnership of horse and human.

What's Included

  • On-site experiential learning with horses 

  • Expertise of your equine guides

  • Vegetarian lunches and snacks

  • Materials and handouts to take home and continue the work 

  • BONUS: Two optional follow-up Zoom sessions with your group to support your change

  • Accommodations (we can provide a list of options)

  • Meals outside workshop hours 

  • Transportation to/from Ananda Village

What's Not Included

The Gifts

  • Discover your gifts

  • Let go of what holds you back

  • Experience conscious partnership with the horse

  • Enliven your spiritual practice with the wisdom of the horse

  • Learn the language of nature

  • Immerse in spiritual community

  • Be empowered to Live your Gift

Why It Works

  • Horses mirror our inner state of being, bringing to life our intuition.

  • As prey animals who have thrived in cooperative community (the herd) for millennia, they have much to teach us about leadership, harmony, and communication.

  • This retreat offers a safe container to explore your self, what beliefs and values shape your world, and what to pay attention to.

  • You will experience the healing power of horses in body, mind, and spirit

How It Works

We combine the discipline of equine accelerated learning with yogic exercises to create an experiential journey of transformation. Through guided group and individual practices, insights, and reflections offered by horses, facilitators, and participants, you will:​

  • Bring light to the unconscious thought patterns, habits, and beliefs that hold you back

  • Discover the right questions to ask

  • Experience alignment inside and out 

  • Transform your life through an embodied experience of truth, clarity, and love


"Both Ezra and Gita are super tuned in and knowledgeable and great coaches."

"The Herd Spirit retreat was such a profound, enlightening experience. It helped to bring greater clarity and awareness into my life and to empower myself to understand that I can make continuous choices in who I want to be and become."

"I really enjoy that there is a male and female facilitator. I think this balanced the group dynamics really well."

"If you want to stumble upon your own Self, or aspects that are hidden from your view, I highly recommend attending a workshop with Ezra and Gita. I'm in awe and I'm grateful for this experience."

"The work is powerful and life-changing. The physicality of it really cements the lessons in my being."

Meet The Team


Ezra Marrow

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Ezra brings more than 25 years as a coach and mentor. He is an originator in the field of equine guided learning, horsemanship trainer, and facilitator to Herd Spirit's programs. He is a spiritual cowboy, catalyzing change for clients and students alike.


Gita Matlock

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Gita is a coach and equine facilitator, offering her insights into purpose, passion, manifestation, and empathy into her work with clients and participants at Herd Spirit. 

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Ananda Village, a spiritual community & place of pilgrimage in Northern California

14618 Tyler Foote Rd
Nevada City, CA 95959

The Herd Spirit equine center is 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.

Herd Spirit clients and program participants are invited to book their own accommodations at one of Ananda's two world-class spiritual retreat centers or one of the many other options available in the area.

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Before I even started on this journey, I told Gita that it sounded amazing and terrifying.

Now that I’m on the other side, I can say without hesitation that it was, is, amazing and terrifying. I wasn’t ready, but I did it anyway. I was willing. And everyone that was there was willing with me.

I made the choice to show up, to be open, clear, honest, to soak in as much as possible.

What I didn’t know before going was how much I was going to set down, burn to the ground, and release back to the world.

And the most important part of it all: the horses. I’ve done so much “work” over the last few years, but it wasn’t until Nasim, Zip, and Chi looked me in the eyes and said, “Nope. Not yet. Try again.” There was absolutely no BS-ing them. I couldn’t BS myself…

I would choose Herd Spirit again in a heartbeat. For myself, my friends, for my husband (who’s going next month), for anybody that I care about. Anybody that I wish to live a little bit lighter…

Jennifer B.