Our Faculty

The Institute of Authentic Tantra Education is a trauma-informed, anti-racist organization. We believe that unresolved trauma is one of the biggest obstacles to accessing and embodying our true human nature of bliss, equanimity, openness, clarity, and joy.

Unresolved trauma lies at the core of, and feeds into, all the 5 root poisons of human emotion; anger, attachment, pride, jealousy, and ignorance. If the trauma is not addressed and corrected, the 5 root poisons remain intact and continue to poison the body, speech, and mind.

White supremacy culture is TRAUMATIC for all beings on this planet, particularly for people of color, who are subjected to the emotional, spiritual, psychological, and physical violence of this system every day of our lives.

Lineage-based Tantra is the antidote to trauma. We as practitioners and healers MUST recognize and acknowledge the traumatic impact that these systems of violence and oppression have on all of us, in order to be truly effective and integrous carriers of this potent medicine.


A. It is mandatory that all Faculty of IATE attend and complete a Board-approved anti-racism training before working with incoming students.

B. Additionally, all Directors, Founders, Shareholders, and Faculty of IATE have attended and completed The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond’s 3-day, “Undoing Racism” Training and subsequent half-day “Debrief”.

C. Additionally, the Founders, Directors, and Faculty continue to dismantle Internalized Racial Oppression via ongoing, somatically based, anti-racism training.

D. Each of the Directors has taken refuge in the Shangpa and Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Tantric Buddhism and continues to study and practice Tibetan Tantric Buddhism under the guidance of our Root Lama, Lama Tashi Dundrup of the Kauai Dharma Center. (Find out more about Lama Tashi here!)

A householder and Tantric Yogi, Lama Tashi has supported and sanctioned our use of authentic Tibetan Tantric healing methods, combined with contemporary cutting-edge knowledge about sexuality, trauma, and holistic healing, in order to create effective methods for addressing the root causes of illness and suffering in our modern world.

Our mission and purpose is to bring these authentic and lineage-based Tantric healing methods out into the world with clarity, integrity, compassion, and power – in accordance with the needs and requirements of the world we currently occupy.

We are deeply honored to work with all of you who resonate with this mission and purpose. Thank you.

Scroll down to find out more about our Teaching Team!

  • All
  • Tantra Mastery Instructors
  • Certification Instructors

Devi Ward Erickson

Founder of IATE and the Authentic Tantra® Holistic Healing modality

Dr. Chris Erickson

ABS Certified Clinical Sexologist, Senior Instructor and Senior Educational Administrator

Alaina Salks

Senior Instructor and Certification Program Manager

Karen Craig

Senior Certification Instructor and Director of Tantra Mastery Program

Brion Craig

Certification and Tantra Mastery Instructor, Marketing Director

Laurie McCracken

Senior Certification Instructor and IATE Community Outreach Director for BC Interior

Ahmane’ Glover

Certification and Tantra Mastery Instructor

Sequieta Whitfield

Certification Instructor, Student Sangha Support Liason, Retreat Manager, Administrative Manager

Lucia Vasquez

Tantra Mastery Instructor, Trauma Informed Certified Authentic Tantra® Practitioner, ACS Board Certified Sexologist, Certified Therapeutic Art Life Coach

Nicole Winston

Tantra Mastery Instructor, Authentic Tantra® Practitioner + Integrative Wellness Practitioner

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*The Tantra Mastery Training Program does not require approval by the registrar of the private Training Institute Branch (PTIB). As such, the registrar did not review this program.