Ayurveda Training Programs and Courses



Mary Thompson (Ayurvedacharya): A member of our faculty,

Mary has been teaching Ayurveda at the College since 1997.


The California College of Ayurveda (CCA) offers the most comprehensive curriculum in the field of Ayurvedic Medicine in the West. Our mission is to provide the finest education, healthcare and research in the field of Ayurveda. Our program includes four levels of education. We also offer a variety of workshops and seminars for the public, massage practitioners, yoga teachers and advanced seminars for ayurvedic practitioners [learn more about the ayurveda school].

Education Overview with Dr. Marc Halpern

This hour and forty three minute program provides you with a clear overview of what your education will be like at the California College of Ayurveda. Dr. Halpern gives a one hour introduction and then answers questions from the students who attended the teleconference. Topics include a description of the levels of education and different formats that the student can study in. It also includes information about internship and supplemental programs at the college. 



The California College of Ayurveda is a leading training center for massage, spa therapists and Yoga therapists throughout the world. Below is a sample of our most popular workshops.


Ayurvedic Studies Level 1: Ayurvedic Health Educator (A.H.E.)

Ayurveda training program





 (599 hours)

This is a very high level introductory program in Ayurvedic Medicine providing students with a solid foundation from which to explore the deeper applications of Ayurveda. Students who complete this program may continue their studies to become an Ayurvedic practitioner or begin to integrate what they have learned into complementary modalities (including massage therapy and Yoga). Graduates of this program may also choose to conduct  introductory Ayurvedic workshops. This program combines well with our Ayurvedic Massage course and our Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy training course, providing a deeper foundation from which to practice.


Classes and Curriculum

This program is both theoretical and practical. Students will learn the principles of Ayurveda and apply them to their own lives. Living Ayurveda is the best way to learn Ayurveda. Students will also work on extensive case studies to reinforce the learning process.

Students completing the A.H.E. level of training have up to two years to begin Level Two training if they wish to continue their education. After two years, students will need to reapply to become active and take a placement examination in order to test their recall of basic A.H.E. program concepts.


A High School Diploma


This program is offered at our Grass Valley/Nevada City (Northern California) location and is also broadcast live over the internet for viewing anywhere in the world. This program may also be completed through distance learning.

FormatsGrass Valley

Students can attend this course in the classroom, live over the internet, or complete the program through distance learning.


For current tuition, please see our catalog.

Students who have completed this program are encouraged to continue with Level 2. Ayurvedic Practitioner Training (part I)





Ayurvedic Practitioner Training Program- Part I

Advanced ayurvedic course

Teaching Mary605 additional hours
1,204 total hours

 This program is entirely academic and is the pre-requisite for the College's internship programs in preventative medicine and clinical ayurvedic medicine leading to a certificate as an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner and Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist respectively. Practitioner certificate is given upon completion of the internship program.

Classes and Curriculum

Students will study the classical and modern interpretations of the management of each system of the body and related diseases from an Ayurvedic perspective. Students perform projects and work with case studies as part of the learning experience. The program integrates extensive additional study of herbal medicine and practice designing herbal formulations.


Students must first complete Level One and have completed a college-level course in Western Anatomy and Physiology. This course may be completed through CCA, on-line or though a community college.

Grass Valley


This program is offered at our Grass Valley/Nevada City (Northern California) location and is also broadcast live over the internet for viewing anywhere in the world. This program may also be completed through Distance Learning (see Ayurveda Online)


This program is available in the classroom, live over the internet and through distance learning.


Please see the college's catalog for current tuition rates.

Students who have completed this program are encouraged to continue into our level 3 and 4 Ayurveda internship programs. These programs lead to practitioner certification as either an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner or Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist.

Overview of the Level Two (CAT/AHP1) program.

Dr. Halpern discusses the Level Two program and answers questions about it.

Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Classes and Curriculum

Classes and Curriculum Marc Teaching

Students participate in a 10 1/2 day intensive prior to the start of internship. This intensive takes place on-site in Nevada City.  Additional weekend classes take place throughout the internship program on a monthly basis. These classes can be attend live in-person or live over the internet.

Ten and-a-half-Day Intensive Curriculum

Monthly Classes



Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist training is considered advanced practitioner training. As such, interns earn an income during their internship programs.  Students earn at least 50.00 per patient visit allowing interns to earn a minimum of $2500.00 during their internship program.


Please see our catalog for current tuition



Ayurvedic Internships

Marc Teaching


Internships in Ayurvedic Medicine

Internship is the transition from student to practitioner. This is the most important time in a student's learning experience. CCA offers two internships. Each internship is six months in duration. The first internship is in preventative medicine and leads to certification as an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner. The second internship is in disease management and leads to certification as a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist. CCA's internships is a true internship where students are treating members of the local community and learning the skills necessary to become successful in practice. Internships include classes as well as time spent with patients. During the students Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist internship, students receive a minimum 50.00 stipend for each patient visit allowing interns to earn income while being educated.


Ayurvedic Health Practitioner: 418 hours program hours with total education hours of 1622

Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist Internship: 376 program hours with total education hours of 1998

Scope of Training

Ayurvedic Health Practitioner: The student is trained for a scope of practice that focuses on preventative medicine, lifestyle transformation, and the promotion of health and wellness.

Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist: The student is trained for a scope of practice that focuses on the management of disease and the design and management of Pancha Karma programs.  


Ayurvedic Health Practitioner: Students must complete Level One and Level Two of our program.

Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist: Students must first complete the Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Internship.


Please see our catalog for current tuition




Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist Classes and Curriculum

Classes and Curriculum Marc Teaching

Students participate in an intensive prior to the start of internship. The intensive takes place on-site in Nevada City. Additional classes take place throughout the internship and are held two days each month. These classes can be attend live in-person or live over the internet.

Internship Preparation Intensive

Monthly Classes



Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist training is considered advanced practitioner training. As such, interns earn an income during their internship program. Interns earn at least $50.00 per patient visit allowing interns to earn a minimum of $2500.00 during their internship program.

Patient Visit Requirements

Each internship requires the student to complete a minimum of 50 patient visit consultations. Most students exceed the minimum requirements during their six-month program.



Ayurvedic Workshops/Seminars/Events

These are workshops and seminars designed for Ayurvedic practitioners, massage therapists, yoga teachers and other health professionals.



These are special activities that occur at our school and at other locations and includes our annual Celebration of Ayurveda.



Ayurvedic Workshops and Seminars

Upcoming Workshops with Dr. Marc Halpern 

Foundations Course

  • Date: Students may start this course at any time

Anatomy & Physiology Course

  • Date: June 1 - Sept 21, 2015

Ayurvedic Lifestyle: A Deep Introduction to Living Ayurveda

  • Date: September 18th-20th, 2015

Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Certification Course

  • Date: Bahamas: March 10-22, 2016

3rd Annual Sivananda Ayurveda Conference

  • Date: January 25-29, 2016

Ayurvedic Herbal Apprenticeship Program

  • Dates: April 3 - Dec 11, 2015

Massage and Body Therapy Courses

Panchakarma Specialist Training Course

  • Date: Aug 24-28, 2015

  • Date: June 26-29, 2015

  • Date: Sept 16-20, 2015

  • Date: March 24-28, 2016


  • Date: Feb. 3 - April 7, 2015

  • Date: June 22-26, 2015

  • Date: Sept. 7 - Nov. 9, 2015

Ayurvedic Massage and Body Therapy Certification Course

Ayurveda massage (abhyanga), Shirodhara and Svedana Training Course 

Instructor: Ragaia Belovarac and CCA Faculty

This program provides 45 hours of hands-on training in abhyanga (Ayurvedic Massage, one and two practitioner) along with Shirodhara (warm oil treatment over the forehead) and Svedana (Ayurvedic herbal steam therapy). Participants will work in groups of three giving and receiving therapies.

An Ayurvedic Massage and Body Therapist is a specialist who works with massage and other therapies which are individualized to the nature of the person and nature of any imbalances that are present. Ayurvedic Body Therapies are a significant part of the healing process in Ayurvedic medicine and are becoming popular in clinics and health spas around the world.

Abhyanga training


Ayurveda Foundations Course in Ayurveda or enrollment in, or completion of, our Ayurvedic Health Educator Program. Our Foundations course can be completed through distance learning and takes approximately one month to complete. Proof of enrollment or course completion (if other than CCA) required at time of registration.

What Students Say:

"Absolutely loved it. The material is amazing" – Rebekka Fox
"I really enjoyed this program!" – Leah Shankar
"I feel very fortunate to have participated". – Bonnie Kish
"I thoroughly enjoyed every moment" – Micelle Coxon
"Very structured and thoroughly presented in a calm, relaxed and nurturing format. Excellent!" – Linda Martin R.N.
"Excellent Teachers!" – Karly Railsback
"I really felt shifts in my own consciousness and a real deepening of my ayurvedic knowledge" - Farzaneh Kashef

Ayurvedic Course Dates:

Spring March 31- April 4, 2014

Summer July 7-11, 2014

Winter December 2-6, 2013shirodhara training

Course Fee:

Ayurvedic Massage and Body Therapy Training Course: $650.00

Combined enrollment with Foundations Course: $825.00

Combined Enrollment Discount

Enroll in two Massage and/or Body Therapy courses at the same time and receive a 10% discount on both courses. Enroll in three Massage and Body Therapy courses at the same time and receive a 20% discount on each course. Enroll in 4 or more courses and receive a 25% discount on each course. Enrollment is complete when registration forms are returned signed and deposit payment for all courses is made. This offer excludes Foundations and Panchakarma Specialist Certification courses (Foundations special with a Body Therapy Course still applies). Discount will not include new programs added after registration has been completed.



Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Certification Course

marc halpern

"Yoga becomes a powerful therapeutic tool when the principles of Ayurveda are properly applied to it"
~ Dr. Marc Halpern

Course Description

This 12 day residential training program is designed specifically for yoga teachers and is taught directly by Dr. Marc Halpern and Marisa Laursen (this program is 13 days when taught at the Sivananda Ashram, Bahamas). Participants will learn how to adapt yoga classes toward the specific needs of each individual, including deep instruction in the use of asana, pranayama, chanting and meditation for healing purposes based upon ayurvedic principles. In addition to learning how to apply this knowledge to others, this program also provides an opportunity for a personal journey within, allowing you to explore your own ayurvedic constitution and create a lifestyle that leads to inner peace and healing. Course graduates will receive a certificate from the California College of Ayurveda.

All Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy certification courses qualify for Yoga Alliance Continuing Education credits.


• Fundamental principles of ayurveda (Philosophy, five element theory, doshic theory)
• Basic diagnostic skills to determine constitution and imbalances
• Ayurvedic and Yogic Psychology
• Raja yoga from the perspective of health and healing
• The energetics of asana
• Pranayama for balancing the doshas
• Yoga nidra and the healing proces
• Karma yoga and the healing process


Course Dates & Locations:

March 10-22, 2016 - Sivananda Ashram, Bahamas   



Quotes from Past Participants

"The course gave new depth and meaning to yoga practice which I have been doing for 36 years." - Joanne Lutz, MSW.,LICSW.
"This was more than an Ayurvedic Certification Course, it was a personal journey that will forever affect how I approach all of life. This class put a lot together for me." -
Ashley Wayman
"I found this course to be inspiring and motivating" -
Glenna Jordan
"Dr. Halpern was so clear, concise and easy to follow." -
Shakti (Jackie Ader)
"This was a remarkable spiritual as well as educational journey" -
Shakti (Jackie Ader)
"As a yoga teacher of 8 years, this course was the answer to my prayer. Not only did it open my eyes to professional growth but it exceeded every expectation I had about growing personally and spiritually." -
Kimberly Freesh
"The quintessential experience of integrating body, mind and spirit. I loved the experience." -
Isha McCaskey
"It was a deeply spiritual yet very practical experience." -
Eileen Crone
"What I liked best about the course was the amount of information presented and the precision with which it was delivered." -
Lilavata Papa
What I liked best was how clearly Dr. Halpern explained such complex concepts." -
Avry Budka 2008
"The course is exactly what I was hoping for." -
Karen Zamzow D.C. 2008
"As a yoga teacher, I think this should be a part of every teacher training course." -
Carla Olla 2008
"Every yoga teacher will want to have this in their background" -
Christianne Valdes 2008
"This course brought a new depth to my knowledge of the asanas and my practice which I can't wait to share with my students back home." -
Susannah Gust 2008
"I pretty much loved everything. This was a well thought out course and the presentation was easy to follow." -
Ivy Berruca
"It was presented in such a clear way, it is amazing how much I actually retained." -
Ivy Berruca
"Everything was perfect." -
Norah Nasturas
I highly recommend it to anyone whatever their previous experience is." -
Carin Cundey (Omkari)
"It was exceptional from beginning to end." -
Terry Suess
"The course was so great I can't even think of something negative." -
"Great, enlightening and very inspiring." -
Verane Pina (Jyoti)
"The flow was perfect." -
Lorna Mauney-Brodek (Mohini)
" This is an essential program for yoga teachers who are looking to deepen their knowledge of yoga and healing." -
Michelle Weiss, Vinyasa Teacher, Canada program.
"Dr. Siva (Halpern) is a God-send." -
Clement Lam (Shankara) - Canada
"I feel like what I taught before was unskilled compared to what I know now. Our teacher has given us the tools to heal ourselves and the world." -
Arati - Canada
". Dr. Halpern is knowledgeable, clear and experienced. He has a wonderful way of taking a vast amount of information and making it very accessible." -
Saraswati, Canada
"Dr. Halpern has a great intuitive understanding of where everyone is coming from on their journey." -
Rachel Persaud (Radha)
"Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy has opened up a whole new potential for healing and self-discovery in my teaching and in my personal practice." -
Ronnie Joe Grooms (Narayana), Staff at the San Francisco Sivananda Center - Canada Program
"Dr. Halpern is very informed, experienced, passionate and uplifting. This was an amazing learning experience!" -
Ashley Lawrence - Canada
"This course for me was like a big bouquet of wildflowers, rich of diversity, colors and scents which filled all of my senses and enlightened my path." -
Marie France (Sivapriya) - Canada

Ayurvedic Herbal Training Apprenticeship

Ayurveda HerbsAyurveda Herbs Certificate Program (280 hours)

This program is a wonderful opportunity to increase your herbal knowledge and plant intuition through meditation and practice. This is a hands-on program where you will develop an intimate relationship with the plants. Students will become proficient in the making of many herbal preparations and will have the experience of herb cultivation and processing from start to finish. The graduates of this apprenticeship program will be fully prepared and proficient in creating their own herbal pharmacy as a part of their clinical Ayurvedic practice.  These students will have the highest herbal training offered to any CCA graduates.  Upon completion of all requirements students will receive a certificate of completion. 

Instructors: Brenda Igler and CCA staff.

Ayurvedic Herbal Training Course Requirements

Open to current CCA students or graduates who have a desire to gain a deeper understanding of herbalism. Each class limited to 8 students.


This program is only offered at our Northern California location in Nevada City.

Ayurvedic Course Tuition

The tuition for this program is $1,650.


$400 Non-refundable deposit to reserve space.


Panchakarma Training Certification Course (PKS)


Advanced Ayurveda and Panchakarma course 

Tuition - $650
Aug 25-29, 2014

Once each year the College offers its five-day, 45-hour Panchakarma Specialist training (PKS). This advanced program is only open to students who have completed the Ayurvedic Massage and Body Therapy training program and who are enrolled in, or a graduate of, the Ayurvedic Health Practitioner or Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist training programs. While students learn all about panchakarma and pancha karma clinical management in the A.H.P. and C.A.S. programs, this special seminar training program is almost entirely hands-on. Students fine-tune their practices of abhyanga (Ayurvedic massage), shirodara, svedana (herbal steam treatment), learn how to perform basti (enema) and nasya treatments and discuss issues related to the daily practice of panchakarma.

Requirementspanchakarma training

Students may register and attend this program at any time. However, certifications are only given to students who have completed their Ayurvedic Health Practitioner certification as clinical case management experience is a requisite for competency. If a student attends this program before completing the Ayurvedic Health Practitioner certification the Panchakarma Specialist certificate will be withheld until all studies are completed.


This program is offered at our Nevada City campus.


Special Events and Self-Healing

Prospective Student Teleconferences 

with Dr. Marc Halpern

Dr. Halpern now hosts topic teleconferences that offer a wonderful opportunity for prospective students as well as current students and graduates to hear informative lectures on a variety of Ayurvedic topics.  These lectures are also recorded and available within 24 hours after the session concludes.  Questions may be submitted to Dr. Halpern via email following the lecture.  To register for any of the following dates/times, please email our Admissions Director Heidi Wingo at Heidi@ayurvedacollege.com

Dates & Times:

April 15, 2015 2-4pm - Building Ojas
June 10, 2015 10am-12pm - Herbalism
December 2, 2015 2-4pm - Balancing the Three Doshas


3rd Annual Sivananda Ayurveda Conference

Ayurveda is the traditional system of healing from India and awareness of its importance and power as a healing art is growing world-wide. We are very pleased to present a group of the  top teachers in the field, individuals who have helped to inspire awareness of this knowledge and have educated tens of  thousands of individuals world-wide through their lectures, workshops and writings. Join us for a week of inspired teachings about health and well-being as these teachers explore the healing of the body and the healing of the mind.

Date: Jan 25-29, 2016






Admissions and Enrollment - Ayurveda courses


The California College of Ayurveda accepts a limited number of students into each of its classes. Applications are accepted throughout the year. Individuals who submit their applications by the priority application deadline receive special consideration for admission into the class of their choice. When a class has been filled, students will be added to a waiting list for the next class.

Admissions Prerequisites and Other Program Requirements

Prior to entering our Level-one: Ayurvedic Health Educator program students are required to have a high school diploma or the equivalent. Students who enroll in Level-two must have completed a college-level anatomy and physiology course.

All anatomy and physiology classes must include the following subjects: digestive system, respiratory system, urinary system, cardiovascular system, female reproductive system, nervous system, musculoskeletal system and the endocrine system. Please check with the Enrollment Department to see if a class will meet our requirement.

Students should submit a copy of their transcript or similar documentation to the College. This requirement is waived for licensed health care practitioners (M.D., D.C., N.D., L.Ac., R.N.), upon documentation of the license. If you have not completed a college level anatomy and physiology course, please contact the college to learn the options that are available to you.

Non-Discrimination Policy

All applicants are considered equally. CCA does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, nationality, or disability in its admissions process.

Credits for Previous Ayurvedic Study

Students of other recognized Ayurvedic programs in the United States may take a placement examination to determine their competency in Ayurvedic principles and practices. This examination covers topics in level-one only. Students who take this exam and do well may be exempted from the first level of our training program or be asked to take only specific courses in areas of weakness. Others may be required to attend all first-level classes. The fee for the placement examination is $250.00. This fee may be applied toward future classes.

Ayurvedic Doctors with a B.A.M.S. degree from India may take placement exams for both level one and level two of our program). Each examination is $250.00. Candidates who pass both exams will be allowed to enter directly into our Level-Three internship programs.

To take an advanced placement exam, a student must first apply and submit evidence of prior ayurvedic training. Please contact the College for further information.





Frequently Asked Questions about Enrollment


1. Why should I choose the California College of Ayurveda for my Ayurvedic education?

Standards: CCA has the highest academic and clinical standards in the West. Our students are well known to be the finest trained in North America. Candle

Success: Because of the clarity, focus and excellence of CCA's educational process, CCA has graduated the most successful practitioners in the country.

Making Medicines: CCA offers the most extensive herbal training in the country. Our program is one of the few in the United States where residents and interns have the opportunity to make each and every medicine they prescribe to their patients and participate in a special herbal apprenticeship program taking herbs from seed to medicine.

Internship: While most internships at other schools still only include observing a teacher seeing patients or performing consultation on other students, CCA’s professional internship program includes both observation and working directly with patients. CCA is also the only school in the country in which C.A.S. interns are paid while they are in school for the work they do. This builds self-esteem and confidence as you go into practice.

Residency: CCA is the only school in the country to offer an advanced paid residency program in disease management.

Cohesive Program: The program at CCA has been refined over an 18-year period. Every facet of CCA's training program is designed to coordinate a student's learning experience. Rather than provide students with seminar teachers who do not coordinate with each other, CCA's teaching staff is a completely integrated unit, meeting regularly, and working together to assure a cohesive learning experience.

Excellence in Teaching Staff: Teachers at CCA are hand-picked by Dr. Halpern for their knowledge, their ability to communicate clearly, and their ability to teach in an organized manner. All teachers also go through special “teacher training” to assure competency in the classroom. Each teacher has also developed important insights into the knowledge and brings these insights into the learning experience of the student. Perhaps most importantly, our faculty is living the principles of Ayurveda every day. 

State and National Standards: Dr. Marc Halpern was instrumental in developing the currently accepted national guidelines for ayurvedic practitioner education and is leading the effort to raise those standards nationwide. Your education at CCA exceeds current guidelines and prepares you for the future of Ayurveda in the United States.

Classroom Hours: CCA offers more classroom hours of training in pure ayurvedic knowledge than any other major school in the United States.  

Post-Graduate Study in India: Students who graduate from the California College of Ayurveda have several opportunities to participate in training programs and internships in India. CCA has a relationship with several Ayurvedic doctors and hospitals in India where interns can participate in apprenticeships. 

Traditional, "Authentic" Ayurvedic Education: CCA is committed to helping students understand the complete science of Ayurveda as it was articulated thousands of years ago by the ancient teachers. This knowledge is contained in three major and three minor texts of Ayurveda written between 1500 B.C. and 1500 A.D.  The curriculum at CCA helps to bring this ancient wisdom to you in a modern and easily understandable format.


2. Where did the titles "Ayurvedic Health Practitioner" and "Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist" originate?

 Dr. Marc Halpern developed the title of Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist (C.A.S.) in 1995 for graduates of the California College of Ayurveda who have achieved the school's highest level of training in both health promotion and disease management. The C.A.S. title has become recognized as the highest standard of clinical ayurvedic education offered in the United States. The title Ayurvedic Health Practitioner (A.H.P.) was introduced in 2007 by CCA to recognize our graduates specializing in preventative Ayurvedic medicine.


3. Can my work at CCA help me to receive a Master's degree in Ayurveda?

Yes. The California College of Ayurveda has a memorandum of understanding with Hindu University of America. Students who wish to receive a Master’s Degree may apply their credits of study at CCA toward a Master’s degree. Students who wish to receive their Master's degree in Ayurveda need to complete at least our A.H.P. program to apply. Hindu University then requires that students complete a course in Hinduism and Sanskrit through their university along with a final research thesis paper or two additional electives. All additional course work can be completed through their distance learning program. Please note that in the United States, a Master’s degree does not afford any additional practice rights. The Master’s Degree program is administered by Hindu University of America.













How to Apply to Receive Ayurvedic Training

How to Apply

Enrollment FAQ | Admissions | Tuitions and Financial Aid | Graduate Referral List

Online Application

Thank you for taking the time to complete the Application for Admission online. It is essential that you supply all requested information.

If you have questions or comments about applying for enrollment please contact: enrollments@ayruvedacollege.com

There is a $150.00 application fee and payment is required at the time an application is submitted. Payments are accepted online or Call 1 530 478-9100 X 0 to pay by credit card. If you do not wish to pay online, please print the application and mail it to the college with a check to CCA 700 Zion Street, Nevada City, CA 95959.                                                                                                       




Paper application

Send the completed Application for Admission form with the application fee of $150, payable to the California College of Ayurveda, 700 Zion Street, Nevada City, CA 95959. The application processing fee is non-refundable.

If you would like more information on the programs, you are welcome to schedule a time to speak with our enrollment specialist.  Please call the front desk reception to schedule at  866-541-6699 ext. 0 or  530-478-9100 ext. 0.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Below is a brief description of our tuition and financial aid programs. For a complete description, please download or order our catalog

Tuition and Fees

Application Processing Fee (non-refundable)


Registration Fee for A.H.E., A.H.P.1, A.H.P.2 & C.A.S.


STRF Fee (non-refundable, estimated amount, amount varies by program, California residents/residency programs only) $2.50

Textbooks, Teaching & Reference material required (without tax or shipping)

A.H.E. $125.00
A.H.P.-Part 1: Academic $115.00
A.H.P.-Part 2: Preventative Medicine Internship $25.00

Professional Training Programs Tuition


Level One: Ayurvedic Health Educator


Level Two: Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, Part 1: Academic


Level Three: Ayurvedic Health Practiotioner, Part 2: Internship


Level Four: Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist Internship $4,300.00
Add on Ayurvedic Massage and Body Therapy Training Course to any professional Training $700.00
Add on Pancha Karma Specialist Training Course to Level Two $700.00
Add on Healing Your Life™ Counselor Training to Level One $700.00


In-House Financing and Scholarship information

The California College of Ayurveda offers in-house financing to allow students to make low monthly payments. From time to time the College needs office assistance at our Nevada City campus. We give priority consideration to current students for these positions. To be considered, include your resume and indicate an interest when you send in your application. Students who qualify for vocational training or vocational rehabilitation funds may apply to their local or regional programs for financing. For students unable to take advantage of these options, the College also offers the Dhanvantari Scholarship Program, a need-based partial scholarship available to a limited number of students. Contact our Financial Aid Department for more information. Programs are generally enrolled in and paid for separately; however, we do also offer the option of making combined payments in advance for special discounts.

For information about monthly tuition payment plans: Please download or order our catalog. Click Here





Speak to a Graduate


Talk to a graduate about their experience at the California College of Ayurveda.
The following graduates have given permission to be contacted by prospective students and are happy to answer questions and reflect on the educational process at the CCA. Many are in private practice and see patients as well.



Telephone / Email

Kathi Kimmel, AHP Shaping Up RX (209)329-5859 

Jeremy Ann Anderson (Jyotishrii)

Annapurna Ayurveda
Truckee, Ca
Conscious Living Rejuvenation Center
Reno, NV


Ragaia Belovarac
CCA Pancha Karma Instructor

Blue Sage Sanctuary
P.O. Box 2135,
Nevada City, CA 95959


Helene Day

Reno, NV


Lalita Devi



Melanie Farmer

Seattle, WA


Jessica Ferrol

35 Robin Hollow Lane
Westerly, RI 02891




Jean Fisher (AKA Gita Devi)

Sivananda Yoga Center
1200 Arguello Bvd.


Jacob Griscom

Peaceful Living Holistic Healthcare Center
Nevada City, CA 95959

530 478-0729

Sariya Kaltman
C.A.S., P.K.S.
Integrated Wellness Coach
Ayurvedic Life Coach
Quantum Biofeedback Practioner

The Soma Sanctuary
Ashville, NC and Los Angeles, Ca


Usha Khosla

Hayward, CA


Courtney LaCava
M.A., C.A.S., P.K.S., C.M.T.

Ayurvedic Practitioner & Certified Yoga Instructor
Dakini Ayurveda
San Francisco, California
(415) 509-7055

Marisa Laursen

Shanti Ayurveda
13751 Roswell Avenue, Suite E
Chino, CA 91710


Jan Lavelle

Mill Valley, Ca


Arlene Lazarek

Auburn, CA


Rina Liles

San Diego County, Ca


Tiffanae Luke

231 Mountain View Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95062


Amanda J. Lyon 

Grass Valley, CA


Devi Mueller

Patterns For Living
909 Electric Avenue, Suite 302A
Seal Beach, CA  90740

(562) 884-0927

Barbora Moravkova

Ayurveda Living
6039 Glen Arms Drive
Oakland, CA 94611


Megan Munoz

Solace Health Ayurveda
1501 Mariposa St., Suite 318
San Francisco, CA


Suteja Navarro

San Francisco, Ca


Cathy O'Neill (AKA, Durga)

Ayurveda - Wellness Within
Ayurvedic consultations, massage and
pancha karma therapies in Truckee, Tahoe,
Reno and the Sierra Valley region. 

Tel. 530-993-6048
Fax. 530-993-6020

Verena Primus-Munyer

Carmel, CA

831-277-4678 Day; 831-625-0337 Eve

Niika Quistgard

MayaShaki Ayurveda
Kerala, India

908-638-8843 - U.S.
011-91-938 77 27282 - INDIA

Rammohan (Ram) Rao
C.A.S., CCA Faculty, PhD

Novato, Ca


Jackie Reed

Maui Herbs; an Ayurveda Healing Center
2395 South Kihei Road, Unit 121B
Kihei, Maui, HI 96753 

Tel (808) 879-9920. 

Debra Riordan
CAS, CCA Faculty

San Rafael, Ca


Kirit N. Shah

Piedmont, Ca


Aditya Sharma

Simi Valley, CA


Jai Dev Singh

Grass Valley, CA


Dr. Vandana Soni

Medical Ayurveda Rejuvanation Center
Newport Center
363 San Miguel Drive, Suite 190
Newport Beach, CA. 92660


Rob Talbert
CAS, CCA Faculty

Jivaka Ayurveda
481 Osgood Ct
Laguna, Beach, CA 92651


Tami Wightman

Sausalito and Santa Cruz, CA


Richard & Kimberly Ulrich

Medford, OR


Dianne Zankich

The Herbal Spirit Institute
Santa Barbara

805-962-9921 office
805-636-0534 cell

Formats of ayurvedic education


The California College of Ayurveda recognizes that a variety of educational formats are needed to meet the needs of differing student situations. The College offers students the opportunity to study Ayurveda at a distance and receive the same credit toward all certifications.

Full-Time Program

The Level 1 (Ayurvedic Health Educator program) may be completed in five to six months. The Level 2 (Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, Part 1 program) may be completed in about an additional six-seven months. Classes are held mid-week and are available in Nevada City (Northern California). Level 3 and 4 internships are completed in 6 months each. Thus, it takes approximately 2 years to attain the highest level of certification and become a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist.

Weekend Program

The Level 1 (Ayurvedic Health Educator program) may be completed in approximately eleven to twelve months meeting one weekend each month. The Level 2 (Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, Part 1 program) may be completed in an additional 13 - 14 months. Weekend programs are held at our Nevada City location and are broadcast live over the internet. Level 3 and 4 internships are completed in 6 months each. Thus, it takes approximately 3 years to attain the highest level of certification and become a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist.

Live Internet

All classes (weekend and full time) held in Nevada City are broadcast live over the internet using Vedaweb™ technology. This format enables students to be fully participating members of the class – to see and be seen by the instructor, to ask questions, to view class materials, to participate in class discussions – all in real time. This format is ideal for students who live at a distance but who still want to be a part of the classroom community. [Frequently Asked Questions]

Distance Learning Program The College's Distance Learning Program is a revolutionary program that integrates home schooling, classroom education and a one-to-one relationship with a Master Teacher who guides the students’ education. Distance Learning is available up to the beginning of internship and continues at that time in the form of field-internship and live-internet classes. At that time, the student joins with interns from the classroom program.
The Level 1 (Ayurvedic Health Educator program) may be completed in approximately one year meeting once a month with the Master Teacher. The Level 2 (Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, Part 1 program) may be completed in approximately one additional year. Level 3 and 4 internships are completed in 6 months each. Thus, it takes approximately 3 years to attain the highest level of certification and become a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist
If a Distance Learning student wants to continue to internship level 3, AHP they can apply for field internship. Ayurvedic Health Practitioners kick off their internship with a ten day Intensive in Nevada City at the College with an instructor in a small group study session in order to gain hands-on experience in diagnostics and participate in group discussions. The College can assist students in making local housing arrangements. The fees and credits for each level of the training program are the same as in the classroom programs. 

The College's Distance Learning Program is the preferred format for our international students looking for online ayurveda training

Educational Formats of the Ayurvedic Programs at CCA

Dr. Halpern discusses the various educational formats offered at CCA, such as Classroom, Vedaweb(TM) (live over the internet) and Distance Learning. The talk is followed by a Q&A session.


Ayurveda training online in the distance Learning



Ayurveda training in the Distance Learning Program

ProgramsAt CCA we recognize that not everyone has the ability to put their life on hold, pick up the family, and move to California. This is especially true for international students. With our Distance Learning Program, those limitations no longer have to hold you back from fulfilling your dreams of becoming an Ayurvedic Health Educator or Ayurvedic Health Practitioner.

What makes our Distance Learning Program the Gold Standard in Ayurvedic Education?

  • One of the reasons the CCA’s Distance Learning program is so successful is that it is a highly structured program.  This is not a loosely-administered, open-ended program that students may or may not complete.  Completion rates are very high because the CCA maintains the highest standards of education for this program.  Students in the Distance Learning program are held to the same standards as students in the classroom, and will merge with our classroom students during the internship program.

Monthly conferences with your own personal instructor to keep you motivated, connected, and on target to reach your goals.
The CCA Distance Learning Program combines the best of home schooling, mentorship, and classroom education.
Limited space in the program ensures a premium education strengthening your confidence and ability to succeed while enriching your life of healing others.
Monthly start dates let you control your schedule and enjoy a program that fits your life.
• Certificate presentation at each level of completion lets the world know you are an expert in your field.
•Full graduation ceremony for Level 2 graduates shares your accomplishments with friends and family recognizing your success.

We invite you to join us and become a certified Ayurvedic Health Educator or Practitioner in the comfort of your home.
Let us show you how it is possible to support your family while still having time to enjoy them.


VedaWeb FAQ Online Ayurveda Training - Frequently Asked Questions

The California College of Ayurveda is pleased to offer
VedaWeb Program access!

In order to help you better understand our VedaWeb classroom, please read the following:

What can I expect in the VedaWeb classroom?Veda Web

The VedaWeb classroom is intended to provide you with virtually the same experience as our students in the classroom.  This is NOT a distance learning program--this is live, in the classroom.  The teacher will be able to see you and you will be able to see the teacher. You'll also see all presentation materials and be able to ask questions just like any other student in the class.

What type of internet connection do I need?

You must have a broadband connection (DSL, cable or satellite).  Dial-up is just too slow.  Wireless can be used, but it may be unreliable.

What type of computer do I need?

You can use either a PC or Mac to join the VedaWeb Classroom.  The technical requirements vary depending on the type of computer:

PC Computer
Microsoft Windows 2000, XP, or Vista
Intel x86 (Pentium 400 MHz +) or compatible processor
32 MB RAM (64 MB recommended)
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or later, Mozilla 1.6 or later, Netscape Communicator 7.x, Firefox 1.0 or later
JavaScript and cookies enabled on the Web browser
MAC Computer
Mac OS 10.4 
Flip4Mac or higher
QuickTime Player 7.2 or higher
Safari 2.0 or Firefox 2.0

What other equipment do I need?

TelephoneThe audio portion of the meeting will be conducted via telephone conference call.  You will be provided with a telephone number and access code to join in the conference.  Long distance charges will be applied to your phone bill.  It is preferable you use a land line and a headset when you join the audio conference.  Mobile and cordless phones may pick up static.  Speakerphones are not permitted as the interference from them is significant.

Webcam - You will need to have a webcam attached to your computer.  Be sure to plug in your camera before opening the meeting software.

How do I access the VedaWeb classroom?

Once you are enrolled in a class, an invitation to attend will be sent via email.  A new email will be sent for each class.  There will be a link in the email that takes you to the classroom.  The email will also contain the password for your class.   You will be required to enter your name and email address in order to enter the classroom.  The email will provide you with the telephone number for the audio portion of the class.  The phone number is also displayed as you enter the VedaWeb Classroom.


Online ayurvedic training for international students

ProgramsDistance Learning

The California College of Ayurveda Distance Learning Program is open to students worldwide. Students can complete the first two levels of the program through distance learning. Distance Learning is available up to the beginning of internship, at which time, the student may choose a Field Internship program and receive certification as an Ayurvedic Practitioner. Please note that all Distance Learning students must participate in a one-day Diagnostics program over live internet.

Live Internet Classes

The California College of Ayurveda broadcasts its full-time and weekend programs live over the internet using Vedaweb™ technology. International students may attend these classes however time zone differences can make attendance difficult.

Internship Preparation Intensive

At the beginning of level 3, AHP Internship, all students must attend in person a 12-day program with a break in the middle. The following curriculum is covered:

 Ayurvedic Diagnostics
Ayurvedic Pulse Diagnosis
Internship Preparation class
Then, during level 4, CAS Internship, students must again attend in person an intensive in advanced pulse diagnosis and small business management.


Visa Information

Because of the structure of the educational programs at the California College of Ayurveda, international students cannot receive a special student visa to stay in our country and study for an extended period of time. International students should apply for a regular tourist visa. Please note the California College of Ayurveda does not check the immigration status of our students. You will not be required to show a visa to attend classes.

We can not assist students in obtaining a visa.  All visas must be obtained from an American embassy or consulate.  For more information refer to Department of State Website.  For embassy and consulate locations, refer to http://www.usembassy.gov/

Other Information

Payments - All payments for the programs can be made by credit card or bank transfers.  Please note that a $20 charge will be added for all bank transfers.

Language – All classes are taught in English.  All textbooks are in English and all exams are giving in English.  The College does not provide ESL training.

Transfers – It is possible for you to transfer to one of the College’s classroom programs at any time.

Communication with Master Teacher – Master Teachers who are assigned to international students all have the ability to communicate with the student using Skype or Windows Live Messenger.





2015 Academic Schedule


The class schedule dates below are the start dates for the Level One: Ayurvedic Health Educator Program. For students who wish to continue with all three levels, their studies will culminate in the attainment of a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist certification. See the individual program descriptions for locations and formats for each level.


Full-Time Programs




March 31, 2015 

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 

CCA - Class Room & VedaWeb
700 Zion St.
Nevada City, CA 95959

 January 30, 2015
October 6, 2015
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

CCA - Class Room & VedaWeb
700 Zion St.
Nevada City, CA 95959

August 1, 2015

Weekend Programs




March 7, 2015 Saturday & Sunday
8am-6pm          12-2pm lunch

CCA - Class Room & VedaWeb
700 Zion St.
Nevada City, CA 95959

January 5, 2015

Please note that the priority deadline dates are to secure your space in the class should enrollment numbers reach the maximum.

[1] Distance learning students may begin their program on the first  or fifteenth of every month.

[2] The California College of Ayurveda's administrative offices, staff, and student services are located in Nevada City/Grass Valley, CA. The CCA is an academic institution and is not affiliated with any one spiritual group or organization.


Master's Degree in Ayurveda

  The California College of Ayurveda has a memorandum of understanding with Hindu University of America. Students who wish to receive a Master’s Degree in Ayurveda may apply their credits of study at CCA toward a Master’s degree. Students who wish to receive their Master's degree in Ayurveda need to complete at least our Ayurvedic practitioner program to apply. Hindu University then requires that students complete a course in Hinduism and Sanskrit through their university along with a final research thesis paper or two additional electives. All additional course work can be completed through their distance learning program. Please note that in the United States, a Master’s degree does not afford any additional practice rights. Please note that the Master’s Degree program is administered by Hindu University of America.