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Meet Our Team


True healing requires love, connection and the support of your community.  In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, this type of supportive community is called “Sangha”,  which means spiritual family.


Based on these simple principles, the Authentic Tantra™ modality has grown to create a community of practitioners worldwide who are committed to reuniting sexuality and spirituality. We do this in order to heal the collective wounding on this planet.


Our constant aim and purpose is to bring authentic Tantric teachings out into the world with clarity, integrity, compassion, and power.


In the Tantric tradition the word “Dakini” means Female Wisdom Keeper. We are honored to feature these women as true “Wisdom Keepers” and conveyors of these ancient and modern healing practices.


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Devi Ward Erickson

Creator of Authentic Tantra™ and Founder of IATE


Devi Ward is the Creator and Founder of Authentic Tantra™, a Holistic Sexual Healing Modality rooted in the Tibetan Five Element Tantric Teachings.


Devi is an internationally recognized Tantra Expert, Certified Tantric Healer, Certified Reiki Practitioner, and has been teaching meditation and personal growth workshops for over 17 years.


She is an author and Host of Sex is Medicine with Devi Ward Podcast on Itunes and She has been featured as a Tantra and Female Sexuality Expert in countless articles and over 30 different radio and television networks world-wide including Playboy Radio, Men’s Health Magazine, CBS, NBC, Rogers TV and the movie Sexology with Gabrielle Anwar and Catherine Oxenberg.

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Marci Weinstein

Co Founder & Director of The Institute of Authentic Tantra Education


Marci Weinstein is a Certified Authentic Tantra Practitioner and has been teaching and facilitating group workshops on Tantra, Deepening Pleasure and Intimacy and Communication & Connection since 2012. As a Personal Transformation Catalyst, she helps guide others to release what no longer serves them, discover their authentic selves, and expand what’s possible in their lives.


After 20+ years of study and commitment to personal development and self-improvement, Marci is now passionate about sharing the path of self-love, self-acceptance, pleasure, intimacy, and spiritual growth. She has additional background in sexual energetics, authentic relating, NVC (Non-Violent Communication), hypnosis, hands-on healing, and personal coaching.

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Alaina Salks

Co Founder & Director of The Institute of Authentic Tantra Education


Alaina Salks comes to Authentic Tantra with a diverse educational and professional background.  She is a poet, writer and artist, as well as an avid plant enthusiast.  Her love of communication, arts and the natural world imbues her teaching style with grounded, loving, nurturing energy.


Alaina has been a full-time stepmother since 2011, and is well acquainted with the challenges of raising children in a non-traditional family. She understands the difficulty of maintaining a connected emotional and sexual relationship with one’s partner while raising a family in the wake of divorce. She brings this understanding to her work with individuals and couples, who struggle to connect with their partners under challenging circumstances.

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Courtney Garner

Director & Medical Consultant for The Institute of Authentic Tantra Education


Courtney Garner is a passionate instructor who’s positive spirit and genuine compassion, create a welcoming healing space for her students.


Growing up in poverty, a survivor of sexual and mental abuse, she knows firsthand the affects of deep trauma and negative conditioning.  Her own struggles of being sexually repressed and shamed have inspired her to work with men and women who seek help with sexual dysfunction and reuniting mind, body, spirit, and sex!


Another focal point of her instruction is meditation and how transformative it is, especially for those suffering from hyperactive thoughts, anxiety and stress.


Courtney’s personal tantra practice has ushered in a more open, wholesome, and healthier way of thinking and living that she longs to share with the world!

Institute of Authentic Tantra Education Support Staff

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Dr. Christopher Erickson, PHD

Director, Senior Educational Administrator, Dean of Student Affairs.

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Isa Maria, Kauai NVC


NVC Facilitator and Staff Mediator

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Jeffery James Howard, MA. LPC

Somatic Psychotherapist and Staff Counselor