Tantric principles are universally designed to heal on the level of the body, mind, and spirit. They catalyze massive transformation in the individual and are a comprehensive healing program for all humans.
In the past, Tantric teachings were often divided and instructed in binary terms. The Institute of Authentic Tantra Education Team realized that this method of approach did not serve the greatest good as it left out the thousands of people who did not fall within the binary framework.
In 2018 the team began strategizing ways to convert their programs to best serve all people. In 2019 we changed our certification textbooks and curriculums to gender-neutral language that more accurately reflects the scope of the human experience.
As we move forward in the world, we will continually evaluate our programs and texts to be inclusive. This is a slow, but important, process and we are committed to serving all people.
The content is delivered in 13 one-hour personal coaching sessions over the span of 4 months.
Each session builds upon the last and the program is designed to lead you step- by- step through a profound personal healing journey.
Our instructors are trained to teach to the student and their individual needs. This means that the Tantra Mastery program is uniquely designed to meet the needs of each unique student.
The Tantra Mastery Program is the prerequisite for the 11-month Authentic Tantra Certification Training Program. This 13-session training sets you up perfectly for certification by giving you an extended opportunity to experience the power and efficacy of the Authentic Tantra modality in your own life.
The Certification program will then guide you through the process of deepening your knowledge and developing your expertise in teaching these methods to others, making you an even more effective and embodied Tantra Coach.
Moving on to Certification is not a requirement for this program!
*Please note ~ Each session is tailored specifically to your unique needs for healing. Therefore, content of sessions may vary from this description based upon the unique needs of each client.
What is Tantra & where does it come from?
The 4 Pillars of Authentic Tantra and how they work
Setting Goals/Desires for the program
Using the Tibetan 5 Elements as medicine
Intro to Tantric Meditation for Healing
Tibetan Healing Practices for Mind, Body and Spirit – Fire Element
Pelvic Floor Breathing
(optional) Taoist Yoga Practices
Tibetan Healing Practices for Mind, Body and Spirit – Earth Element
Ocean Breath for healing trauma and expanding pleasure
Orgasmic Awareness Practice
(Lingam Owners) 4 stages of Sexual Mastery
Tibetan Healing Practices for Mind, Body and Spirit – Space Element
Creating Sacred Space with the 5 elements
The 4 forms of pleasure
Discovering your 10 spot
Pleasure Journal for self-love and appreciation
Tibetan Air element practice for activating your creative power.
(YONI OWNERS) Understanding the anatomy of the Yoni and arousal
(YONI OWNERS) Erogenous Zones of the Vulva and Vagina
(LINGAM OWNERS) Understanding Lingam anatomy and Internal Erectile Tissue
(LINGAM OWNERS) The Eastern science and healing benefits of semen retention
(LINGAM OWNERS) The practice of semen retention
Tibetan Water element practice for pacifying anger
Somatic Healing for all people
Sacred Self Pleasure + Healing Massage
Harnessing your sexual energy for healing and transformation with the Tibetan Five Element Sexual Yogas
Sexual and non-sexual practice
Taoist Pelvic Floor Toning
5 Core pelvic movements for somatic healing
NVC – as self-inquiry & partner communication
Connecting with feelings and needs
5 principles of sexual communication
Tantric Union Breathing for Partners
Catch up and Review
Integrating Tantra into life
Follow-up (after 4-week break)
Additional Reading and Support
Below you will find a list of our instructors including a short bio.
Once you choose your preferred instructor please note this on your application.
Karen Craig, B.Msc., J.D., is co-owner of Live Heal Thrive Retreats™ and Explore the Art of Tantra™, along with her husband, Brion E. Craig, B.Msc. Through individual and group coaching and workshops, as well as through fun, powerful and transformative global retreats, they help men, women and ouples rediscover their power, authenticity and capacity for deep connection, intimacy and love. Karen is a Certified Metaphysical Practitioner, Certified Authentic Tantra® Educator and Practitioner, as well as a Certified Sexologist.
While in college, during which she received a B.A. degree in political science, Karen began her self-study and practice in various metaphysical modalities, including acupressure, aromatherapy, reflexology and massage therapy. After college, she went on to law school and earned her Juris Doctor degree. Following graduation, she became a trial attorney and later a Judge. Her interest and study of Tantra began in the 1990’s, when she was introduced to Tantra through books authored by Margot Annand. She completed her formal Tantra training and certification from the Institute of Authentic Tantra® Education, where she is now on the teaching staff as a Tantra Mastery instructor. She holds a second bachelor’s degree in Metaphysical Science and is currently working toward her Ph.D. in Holistic Counseling, with a second concentration in Relationship Dynamics. Karen has also completed training in Trauma Treatment from the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine and is a trained ho’oponopono practitioner. Her approach to practice is to utilize an array of modalities based on ancient wisdom and indigenous practices, combined with cutting edge approaches, to guide individuals and couples on their journey to experiencing wholeness and pleasure in all areas of life.
Karen is also the proud mother of a son and daughter, as well as three stepsons with her husband Brion.
Brion Craig, B.Msc., is co-owner of Live Heal Thrive Retreats™ and Explore the Art of Tantra™, along with his wife, Karen Craig, B.Msc. Through individual and group coaching and workshops, as well as through fun, powerful and transformative global retreats, they help men, women and couples rediscover their power, authenticity and capacity for deep connection, intimacy and love. Brion is an Ordained Metaphysical Minister, Certified Metaphysical Practitioner, Certified Authentic Tantra® Practitioner, as well as a Certified Sexologist.
Brion began his self-study and practice in various metaphysical and spiritual modalities in 2010. He completed his formal Tantra training and certification from the Institute of Authentic Tantra® Education, where he is now on the teaching staff as a Tantra Mastery instructor.
Brion also holds a bachelor’s degree in Metaphysical Science and is currently working toward his Doctor of Philosophy, Ph.D., specializing in Transpersonal Counseling. He has also owned and operated his own IT business for over 20 years.
Brion is also the proud father of three sons, as well as a bonus son and daughter with his wife Karen.
As a former nun, oncology nurse, holistic health coach and energy medicine practitioner, I never imagined I would become a Certified Authentic Tantra® Practitioner and Sexologist! However, it’s a perfect fit!!
I am passionate about raising pleasure consciousness in the world; about supporting the healing and transformation needed to re-unite our sexuality with our spirituality. I know personally the emotional, physical and mental trauma this “disconnect” can create in one’s life.
I have also experienced firsthand the profound healing and transformation Authentic Tantra® offers. Working with individuals, couples and groups, I weave the Emotion Code and Body Code (an energy medicine modality) into my Authentic Tantra® coaching sessions, enhancing and personalizing this already profound work even more.
*Please Note: Candice is on a leave of absence and not currently accepting new Tantra Mastery students.
Candice Anitra (she/they) has a BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and is a Certified Authentic Tantra® Practitioner, Tantra Mastery Instructor, and an ACS Certified Sexologist, currently based outside of New York City in the Lower Hudson Valley. After years as a left-of-soul alien pop singer-songwriter and educator, more recent roles in counseling, sexology and tantra intersect around topics of sensation and pleasure cultivation, through somatic healing. These newer pathways have helped Candice navigate ancestral and lived trauma in a Black body, a theme that has been ever present in Candice’s work. As a Tantra Mastery Instructor, Candice is able to incorporate this sensibility while tenderly holding space for those new to the modality.
The experience of Candice’s voice and singular vibration foster healing; a warm, dynamic, creative and humorous singer, dancer, and facilitator, Candice curates live one-of-a-kind speaking engagements, performances, and one-on-one online coaching sessions with people of all gender identities, sexual orientations, body types, ages, and relationship configurations. Candice is dedicated to unlearning and dismantling anti-Blackness and systems of oppression and to working with those ready to weave the creative life force energy that is their sexuality with their spirituality and daily ways of being.
Ahmane’ Glover lives on the edge of intense creative energy. She craves passion, joy and limitless possibilities for personal and communal wellness. When the world says, “give up,” the rhythm of her life says, “create change!” She is a spoken word artist, cultural organizer, tantrika, sexologist and holistic trauma informed facilitator of healing committed to creating innovative strategies to heal social division and ignite social change. Her sacred mission is to activate the power of the arts for communal healing and liberatory movements.
As an Authentic Tantra Practitioner, she embodies the ancient Shangpa Kagyu lineage based wisdom that has been passed on to her by the brilliant Authentic Tantra® teachers.
I don’t know about you, but I spent a lot of my life looking for love in all and I mean all the wrong places like sex, drugs, rock and roll, self-help books and various religions. There was a hole in my soul I was always looking to fill, usually unsuccessfully.
In November of 1987 I found relief in 12 step recovery programs and discovered there is a Power greater than myself that helped to fill the hole most of the time. But something was still missing…I was looking for permission and a way to integrate spirituality and sexuality unapologetically.
Many years later I attended a sacred sexuality retreat where I met my now mentor Devi Ward Erikson, Founder and Owner of the Institute of Authentic Tantra Education®, who presented a snippet of Authentic Tantra® to the retreat attendees and my mind was forever blown. Devi introduced us to the Tibetan 5 Element Sexual Healing modality that blends mind, body, spirit and sex, spiritually and sexually through linage based practices and I knew I was finally home.
My gift is the ability to help you connect with that place within you where no harm has ever come…your Infinite Self.
I have great success with those individuals who want to transform, heal and grow into the spiritual and fully sexual being they were meant to be. Come on home to yourself.
Sequieta Whitfield, B.A. is a Certified Authentic Tantra Practitioner®, Tantra Mastery Instructor, Certified Sexologist and Certified Life Coach. Sequieta has retired from a career in law enforcement, has a background in substance abuse counseling, community theater/dance and stand up comedy. Sequieta is based in San Diego, Ca and available to teach locally and virtually.
I majored in Business Administration Management, as well as background in somatic healing bodywork, dance, art, and BDSM/Kink. Current studies include 300 hours certification in Foundations of Tibetan Medicine and Board Certification in Somatic Sex Education/Sexological Bodywork.
As a survivor of sexual abuse, I bring my own experiences as well as working with others who have experienced trauma, to share, guide and heal to become balanced and awakened in the body, mind, spirit and sex. My work and experience is a reflection of my continued healing journey. This is about connecting with the heart center to reignite true authentic nature and creative expression. My specialties include working with those who have experienced: sexual abuse/trauma, those looking to explore sexuality, and those with disabilities and mental health. I enjoy spreading awareness in sexual education, helping to restore pleasure & sensation, & bringing focus & awareness back to the body.
“Learning about Tantra with Devi has been an amazing journey for me and my partner. I came from a place of not knowing and possibly a fear based idea of what tantra really means due to the wrong publicity it gets.
Devi taught me to look at my body and my sex life from a very spiritual and connected way. I learned to honor my feelings, including my sexual feelings enabling me to discover a higher level of connection with self and my lover.
I also learned to bring balance to different areas of my life because ‘tantra’ is about balancing your energy through practices that allow you to feel more human and more connected.
I feel more confident, happier and definitely more open about expressing myself. The connection with my partner is amazing now!!! Our lovemaking is very spiritual now. You will be amazed to learn that simply knowing how to breath can enhance the experience and your life so much more.”
“Becoming certified with the Institute of Authentic Tantra was the most extraordinary experience of my life. The wisdom and growth this program gifts to you is not only life changing, but is forever. I have learned to be more present, aware, and empowered throughout life, from the simplest day-to-day activities to the deepest sexual and emotional experiences with both myself and others.
While becoming certified, I overcame obstacles I didn’t even know existed and learned to deeply love myself, my sexuality, and the world around me. The institute’s instructors are true embodiments of support, compassion, and wisdom, and are truly a testament to the power this lineage and program holds. I’d like to say that I don’t even recognize the person I’ve become in comparison to who I was before the certification. However, this program has allowed me to see that love, bliss, and growth is who we truly are and always have been, and has gifted me the tools to access this beauty.
I learned more about my body than formal education ever provided and connected to spirituality in ways I never thought I would. As much as this program’s deep and profound experiences are found in the practices, much of it also comes from the light and fun friendships you gain along the way, ones that will certainly last a lifetime! I have never felt more of a sense of home than in this certification program. It is pure love and has truly been the most incredible experience of my life. I am eternally grateful and in awe at this medicine’s power and look forward to living life everyday with Authentic Tantra. I can’t recommend The Institute of Authentic Tantra enough for the most authentic, holistic, and very real medicine for healing.”
“Ahmane’ has been such a joy to journey with as a mentor. I knew it was extremely important for me to work with a woman of color who is deeply connected and could support me in healing my blocks with sexuality as a woman of color and healing my ancestral line.
Ahmane’ held such a sacred space that allowed me to go in-depth with my patterns and unravel the truth that was previously never given the space to be heard and seen with such compassion. She has reminded me to speak my truth and express my sexual wisdom.
I feel more in my power and am so grateful for Tibetan Tantra and the gift of learning from this sacred lineage.”
Authentic Tibetan Tantric practices to enrich your physical, emotional & mental health
Sacred self-pleasure practices for healing and reclaiming your full orgasmic potential
Non-violent communication for connecting with your innermost Self and transforming judgments into allies
Practices for deepening self-love and connection
Shame-free sexual communication
Pelvic Floor Exercises and Tantric Movement
(LINGAM OWNERS) Control Ejaculation, heal Premature Ejaculation and Erectile Dysfunction
Plus, extra learning materials: videos, textbooks and more!
Over 13 hours of personalized, one-on-one coaching with one of our senior instructors in which you will be guided step-by-step through the process of using the 4 Pillars of Authentic Tantra to awaken, heal, and reveal your true human potential.
Ongoing guidance and support necessary for removing your “blocks to bliss” and uncovering your orgasmic essence!
12 months access to your online learning vault containing supplemental video content
(Yoni Owners) Shake Your Soul Song Book by Devi Ward (paperback) or (Lingam Owners) The Tao of Health, Sex, and Longevity by Daniel Reid
Recordings of each Session and Guided Meditation Recordings
We can honestly state that this is the most effective and transformational Tantra Coaching Program available.
If you are looking for a program that takes you DEEP and gives you highly effective tools for transforming the “lead” of suffering into the gold of self-realization, THIS. IS. IT!
Every graduate of this program has reported profound healing in heart, mind, and body, an awakening of orgasmic sensation, and a deepening of connection with themselves and their intimate partners.
Each of our Tantra Mastery Coaches has been hand-picked by Devi Ward Erickson, has had literally hundreds of hours of Tantric training, and are some of the most qualified Certified Tantra Practitioners in North America today.
*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.