Hi, I’m Devi Ward Erickson

I am proud and honored to be the Founder of the first and only government-accredited school for Tantric Sexual Healing in the world.

(For those of you who don’t know, this is literally a history-making accomplishment!)

What makes this even more impactful is the simple fact that I am here to accomplish it at all! I come from a legacy of trauma and in many ways, I’m lucky to even be alive…

I was born in the U.S. in 1974, the byproduct of an interracial relationship that became “legal” only 5 years before. At the time my parents (my Eastern European mother and African American father) were truly trailblazers, risking their careers and family connections to honor and celebrate the love they felt for one another. In fact, I found out recently that my maternal Grandmother did not want to attend my birth because my mother had married and was having a child (me) with a Black man.

I grew up in a home of domestic violence. I grew up in a world of racial violence. And from a very young age, I experienced sexual violence. Needless to say, all of these experiences were deeply traumatizing and I suffered from undiagnosed CPTSD for most of my life.

As is typical of many trauma survivors, I fluctuated between passive and active suicidal ideation from my early teens until my early 20s, at which time I did engage in self-harm. This experience of suffering is what compelled me to embark upon my journey of self-healing and reclamation.

I was determined to live and to find a way to LIVE IN JOY. I wanted to do more than just survive, I wanted to THRIVE, and thus the journey that brought me to the here and NOW began!

The pathway for me lay in spiritual healing, so I devoted myself to studying all of the typical “New Age” methods that were being provided at that time. Keep in mind this was 1994-ish, and so methods such as Reiki, Massage, Reflexology, etc. were all still newly emerging in North America as alternative healing modalities.

In my quest for healing, I studied herbalism, organic gardening and permaculture, crystal healing, Wicca, and candle magick. I became certified in Reiki and engaged in unsupervised shamanic journeys with plant medicines and psychotropic substances. I was on the cutting edge of “New Age” realization and I was searching for meaning, purpose, and GOD. My journey led me to Hawaii, Sandpoint, Idaho, Washington State, and North Carolina. Ultimately I was searching for inner peace and I initially found it as a monk of the Ishaya Order.

In 1999 I took spiritual vows, devoting my life to spiritual realization, and received the name “Devi” which means “The Divine Mother Goddess, The Resplendent One, and the Goddess of True Knowledge”. I spent almost a decade teaching The Ishayas Ascension in North Carolina, Oregon, Iowa, and then back to Hawaii on the Island of Kauai.

I had gone from Detroit Stripper to Ishaya Monk. The next step along my path lay in becoming a Tibetan Buddhist Tantrika!

In 2007 I was introduced to the Tibetan 5 Element Sexual Tantras and began a 5-year intensive training in Tibetan tantric shamanistic healing methods. I studied and lived with my mentor from 2008-2012. We both practiced and studied under the guidance of our Lama (spiritual teacher) Lama Tashi Dundrup of the Shangpa and Karma Kagyu Lineage.

Unlike many practitioners of Tantra in the West, I did not learn about Tantra from reading a book or going to a weekend workshop. My first and primary training in Tantra was under the auspices of this 1,200-year-old tradition of Tantric Buddhism, which included lineage-based teachings for harnessing sexual energy and using it for healing and spiritual realization.

This style of Tantric practice was (and still is) my spiritual path and in 2008 I took refuge in the Shangpa Kagyu Tradition and received the spiritual name “Palden Lhamo” which means – Glorious Goddess.

The healing I have experienced through using these methods defies description. Since beginning my training in 2007 I have gone from dissociated and dysfunctional to deeply embodied and highly accomplished – both secularly and spiritually.

Since the time of my first introduction to Tibetan 5 Element Tantra, I have become an internationally recognized Tantric Healing Expert, ABS Board Certified Clinical Sexologist, and Certified Tantric Healer. In 2015 I completed a 53-hour Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Advocacy Counselor training and I am currently completing a 1-year training in Traditional Tibetan Medicine with the Tibetan Medicine Education Center.

I have accomplished (111,111 mantra recitations with full visualization) the Vajrayana Tantric practices of; Green Tara, White Chenrezig, White Mahakala, and have accomplishment in Ngundro, Tummo, and Black Mahakala practices amongst others.

I am the author of several printed and ebooks, including “Shake Your Soul Song! A Woman’s Guide to Self Empowerment Through The Art of Self Pleasure”, “Tantra Is Medicine!”, and “3 Tantric Secrets for Extraordinary Sex”.

I am the host of the hit Podcast “Sex is Medicine with Devi Ward”.

I have been featured as a Tantra Expert, Sex Coach, and Sexual Healing Expert in countless articles and over 30 different radio and television networks worldwide including Cosmopolitan Magazine, Ebony Magazine, VH1 Couples Retreat, Playboy Radio, Men’s Health Magazine, CBS, NBC, Rogers TV and the movie Sexology with Gabrielle Anwar and Catherine Oxenberg. I have been a featured Tantra Expert and Keynote presenter at several live events such as; Sex Down South in 2015, The Detroit Women’s Conference in 2014, The California Women’s Conference in 2014, The Vancouver Taboo Show, and The Art of Sacred Sexuality Retreat in Atlanta Georgia to name a few.

Most recently I was awarded the 2021 AASECT Live Web Series Award and was recently featured in VH1 “Couples Retreat” (Episode 5,May 24th, 2021), Ebony Magazine , an article on Well + Good and most recently the Cosmo Bridgerton Article!

On a personal note, I married the man of my dreams (LITERALLY) in November 2016 and after almost 8 years of marriage, we continue to enjoy a passionate, healthy, functional, and stable relationship. After growing up in a home of domestic violence and surviving a lifetime of trauma, the ability to be in a healthy, balanced relationship with an intimate partner is an even greater testament to the healing power of these practices!

Practicing Tibetan 5 Element and Vajrayana sexual and non-sexual Tantra has allowed me to transform the leaden pain of my childhood trauma into the gold that FUELS my mission and purpose in this life.

There are no words to express my deep gratitude and honor for being a conduit for these methods to flow through and INTO this world.

And so, I am honored to share with you this profound path of healing, transformation, and awakening to your TRUE and FULL potential as a human being on this planet. I look forward to working with you and supporting you on your journey.

With Love

Devi Ward Erickson

Secular accomplishments:

ABS Board Certified Clinical Sexologist

Certified Tantric Healer

Certified Meditation Instructor

Certified Reiki Practitioner

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Advocacy Counselor

Founded the first and ONLY government-accredited school for tantric sexual healing in the world

Developed the only tantra curriculum in the world classified as Acupuncture and oriental medicine (CIP Code 51.3302)

My authority to teach and practice Tantra is recognized according to the standards of our 2600-year-old Tantric Tradition.
I teach with the blessing and permission of my root Lama, as is appropriate in authentic traditions of Tantra.
We continue to teach the sexual application of Tibetan 5 Element Tantra with this approval and blessings.

Vajrayana Tantra Accomplishments

The first Westerner to be given permission by a sanctioned Lama of the Shangpa Kagyu Tradition to publicly teach the Tibetan 5 Element Tantric Methods for the purpose of sexual and spiritual healing.

Completed over 50,000 hours of sexual and non-sexual, lineage-based Tantra including Shinay, Diety Yoga Practice, and Tibetan 5 Element Tantra.

Recited 111,111 mantras with visualizations of the following Vajrayana Diety Yoga practices:

– Green Tara
– White Chenrezig
– White Mahakala

Attained recognized accomplishment in Vajrayana Tantra practices of:

– Vajrasattva
– Red Tara + Tummo
– Kurlukulle
– 6-armed Black Mahakala
– 2-armed Bernachen
– Manjushri
– Medicine Buddha
– and all 4 Ngondro components

Ordained monk of the Ishaya Order from 1999-2008.

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