Devi Ward Erickson

Creator & Founder of Authentic Tantra


Devi is an internationally recognized Tantra Expert, Certified Tantric Healer, Certified Reiki Practitioner, Certified Meditation Instructor, practicing Tibetan Buddhist and Tantric Dakini of the Shangpa Kagyu Lineage.


She is the author of “Shake Your Soul Song! A Woman’s Guide to Self Empowerment Through The Art of Self Pleasure” and the Host of Sex is Medicine with Devi Ward Podcast on ITunes and


Devi has been teaching meditation and personal growth workshops since 2000. She was a monk of the Ishaya Order from 1999-2007, and has been a Tibetan Tantric Practitioner under the guidance of Lama Tashi Dundrup since 2007. She has been practicing and teaching Non-Violent communication as a personal growth practice since 2005.


As a survivor of sexual abuse Devi provides down-to-earth experience-based insight into using Meditation, Tantra, and ‘pleasure as medicine’ for healing. Her personal journey from Stripper- to Monk- to Tantrika enables her to call upon her own experience of profound life transformation through Tantra and sexual healing.


Devi 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 and Rogers TV.


Devi has been a featured and Keynote presenter at several live events, and was the Keynote speaker at Sex Down South in 2015, The Detroit Women’s Conference in 2014, The California Women’s Conference in 2014, The Vancouver Taboo Show, and most recently presented at The Art of Sacred Sexuality Retreat in Atlanta Georgia.


Devi continues to be a featured presenter for numerous online relationship and sexuality summits.

Marthe Schneider

Co Founder and Co Developer of Authentic Tantra™


Marthe Schneider has a background in dance and Physiotherapy.  After finishing 4 years of Dance Studies she did her physiotherapy training in Norway.  Since her authorization in 2009 her main interest has been in the areas of psychological health and women’s health.


In 2011 she designed and implemented the Physiotherapy in Women’s Health course as a part of the physiotherapy education program at Ahfad University for Women in Omdurman, Sudan.


In 2013 she completed her specialty training in the holistic physiotherapy treatment method named Norwegian Psychomotor Physiotherapy. In her clinical work Marthe helps people who suffer from the consequences of various types of trauma, and in particular traumas related to sexuality and genital pain conditions.


She is the co-founder of Tibetan Tantra Inc. and runs the Authentic Tantra Certification Training together with Devi Ward. Along with her teaching and clinical practice, she is writing her Master’s Thesis in the fields of Psychological and Sexual Health at Oslo University College in Norway.

Marci Weinstein

Co Developer of Authentic Tantra™ and Teacher Trainer


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. After experiencing her own personal healing, growth and empowerment as a participant in the Authentic Tantra Certification Program in 2015, she is now dedicated to sharing this powerful program with others so they too can experience greater freedom, joy, connection and pleasure in their lives and relationships.


Marci continues her Dharma study and practice under the direction of Lama Tashi. She is a devoted Dakini who finds her greatest joy in providing loving and compassionate service for others along their personal path.


Marci lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada where she’s also the co-owner of Glow Spa for the past 15 years.

Alaina Salks

Co Developer of Authentic Tantra™ and Teacher Trainer


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.


After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts from the University of Pittsburgh, Alaina joined the US Forest Service as a ranger in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in the White Mountains of California. For two years she walked among the world’s oldest trees.


In her decades long journey of spiritual exploration, she studied nonviolent communication, yoga and Vipassana meditation, but was ultimately led to practice Tantra and Vajrayana Buddhism. Through practicing Authentic Tantra, she has seen incredible transformation and growth in herself and her students. She lives with her husband and stepdaughters in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Courtney Gardner

Co Developer of Authentic Tantra™ and Tantra Mastery Coach


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!