The Institute of Authentic Tantra Education is the first and only government-accredited professional training institute using the Tibetan Five Element Tantric practices for holistic sexual healing. We are also the ONLY Tantra training Institute in the Western world that provides students with a pathway to obtaining a Master’s Degree and/or Ph.D. in authentic, lineage-based Tantra from a globally accredited university.
The Tantric methods presented by IATE are rooted in the Tibetan Five Element Tantric teachings, which are ancient shamanistic techniques from the Tibetan and Bon traditions, designed to balance, enrich and heal the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual body – from inside out. These lineage-based healing methods are combined with cutting-edge somatic science and Taoist sexual yoga methods to provide a comprehensive and holistic approach to sexuality, healing, and using “pleasure as medicine”.
These epistemological orientations place value on the student’s lived experience over intellectual dissociation and draw upon the insights and experiences of the marginalized to foster positive change towards greater recognition and respect for the humanity of all.
The Institute of Authentic Tantra Education was founded in 2017 by Devi Ward Erickson as a natural outgrowth of her personal coaching work under the brands "Devi Ward Tantra" and "Tibetan Tantra" (2012-2016). Devi's vision was to establish a government accredited Tantra training institute qualified to offer professional credentials in the field of modern, western tantra. Alaina Salks and Dr. Chris Erickson are also registered Co-Founders and shareholders of IATE.
The Institute received formal accreditation from the Private Training Institutions Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training of BC, Canada on September 26th, 2019, becoming the world’s first and only government-accredited “tantra school”.
The American Board of Sexology has recognized IATE as an accredited training institution in the field of sexology and graduates of IATE are eligible for the additional credential of ABS Board Certified Sexologist.
On March 14th, 2023, IATE entered into a formal partnership with Ubiquity University to provide the coursework for a Graduate Degree in Authentic Tantra.
In this day and age, sexuality is the cause of tremendous pain and suffering. As practicing Vajrayana Buddhists we believe the need for authentic instruction in how to approach sexual connection with mindfulness and how to utilize sexual energy for healing and spiritual growth becomes more vital with each passing day. We believe it is imperative that spiritual teachers and teachings address the critical role that sexuality plays in being a healthy, whole, and integrated human being.
The Tibetan Five Element Tantric Teachings give us a guidebook for approaching sexuality from a standpoint of mindfulness and presence and offer us concrete tools for harnessing our sexual energy and using it skillfully.
We are grateful for the blessings of our Lama which allow us to share these authentic tantric healing methods in a way that is appropriate and supportive for those walking a more secular path of Vajrayana Tantra
Learn how to use ‘Tantra as Medicine’ with the Tibetan Five Element Practices!