Deb Matlock has spent the majority of her adult life working as a professional environmental educator and naturalist, a shamanic practitioner and an animal communicator. She mentors and teaches students at Prescott College and assists people and animals through spiritual coaching and shamanic-style journey work. She is also dedicated to exploring her own spiritual connection to life. Deb has passionately refined her natural ability to experience shamanic –style journeys, communicate with animals, and act as a spiritually focused life coach.
Deb’s deep love of the natural world and all living beings has led to, and informed, her work as an animal shamanic practitioner, animal communicator, educator, and behavior consultant.
Deb’s first best friend, a dog named Jenny, set her on the path she’s on to this day. Formally training her first dog at 14, she now has more than 30 years’ experience learning with and from companion animals. Deb’s commitment to education not only led her to pursue a PhD involving multi-species communication but also led to her continued intensive study of positive, humane animal training and behavior both privately and with local animal trainers. She brings her lifelong practice of shamanic-style journey work to her interactions with animals and is a strong proponent of communicating across species’ boundaries. She has completed training in Pet Loss Companioning from the International College of Canine Studies and is currently pursuing animal hospice training with ICCS as well. Additionally she received her Animal Reiki Certification from the Misha May Foundation.
Today, Deb volunteers her time and services with local and regional animal rescues, including Summit Dog Rescue, where she is the Education Coordinator and a member of the behavior consulting team and Bailey’s Corner Sanctuary where she volunteers her animal communication services.
Additionally, through Wild Rhythms, LLC, Deb provides personalized, transformative educational programs and offers shamanic-style coaching, support and nature communication mentoring for individuals and groups seeking to develop their spiritual connection with the earth and their ability to communicate with animals and the natural world.
Her environmental and humane education work includes teaching in the field, offering professional trainings and presentations and conducting research on the connections of spirituality, animism, and empathy to environmental education. Her research has been presented nationally and internationally and continues to be a strong focus. She has vast experience designing programming and evaluating curriculum and is a past President of the Board of Directors for the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education.
Deb holds a Master of Arts degree from Prescott College in Environmental Education. She has studied extensively with Chris Davidson of Ancientways Center for Shamanic Training and is also a certified Life Coach with the Coach Training Alliance. Additionally, Deb is a Wilderness First Responder thru the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS.
Deb is pursuing a PhD in Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England focusing on multi-species perspectives, environmental education and ecological identity. She is a member of the Society of Shamanic Practitioners, The Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education, The Association of Professional Dog Trainers, The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and the Association of Professional Humane Educators.
Deb’s personal mission is to help others explore the wildness within themselves as well as their love and connection to the amazing world around us. She is dedicated to working in service of a compassionate, humane and connected world.
For more information, please see Deb’s general website or Deb’s LinkedIn page.
Special thanks to Golden Circle Photography for the above photo.