Ayurveda Training Programs and Courses

 

 
 
 

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

Mary has been teaching Ayurveda at the College since 1997.

THE SCHOOL

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. 

AYURVEDIC PROGRAMS

AYURVEDIC WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS

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

 

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

Ayurveda training program

 
 
 

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 (599 hours)

This is a very high level foundational 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 certification, providing a deeper foundation from which to practice. 

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 cases studies to reinforce the learning process. 

Students who complete the A.H.E. program (which is Level One of CCA's training program) will receive a certificate of completion.

The program includes: Ayurvedic lifestyle, philosophy, anatomy and physiology, pathology, diagnostics, psychology, nutrition, herbalism, sensory therapies. (for more information, request a catalog)

Prerequisites

High school diploma or equivalent. Students of other recognized Ayurvedic programs in the United States may take a placement examination to determine their competency in Ayurvedic principles and practices. The fee for the placement exam is $250 and can be applied toward classes.

Locations

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

This program is offered in the following formats:  Full-Time and Weekend training, and online ayurvedic training in the Live internet program and distance learning program.
[See other formats]

Tuition

Please see our Ayurveda education catalog.

Students who have completed this program are encouraged to continue with Level 2. Clinical Ayurvedic Theory

 

 

 

 

Ayurvedic Studies Level 2: Clinical Ayurvedic Theory

Advanced ayurvedic course

Teaching Mary605 additional hours
1,204 total hours

 This level of academic training is a prerequisite for our practical, hands-on internships in preventative ayurvedic medicine and clinical ayurvedic medicine leading to practitioner certification as either an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner or a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist.

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. This program includes additional training in diagnostics and panchakarma theory. 

Prerequisites

Students must have successfully completed Level one of our program along with a Western Anatomy and Physiology course.

Grass Valley

Locations

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)

Formats

This program is offered in the following formats: Full-time, Weekend (Nevada City), and online ayurvedic training in the Live internet program and distance learning program.
[See other Formats]

Tuition

Please see our Ayurveda education catalog

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 (C.A.T.) program.

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

Ayurvedic Studies Level 3 and 4: Internships

Marc Teaching

 

Ayurvedic Health Practitioner Internship

442 additional hours

1,646 total hours

Curriculum

This is an internship in preventative medicine. During this six-month internship program, students will conduct a minimum of 50 patient visits for supporting their patient to make a successful transformation toward a harmonious and healthy diet and lifestyle. Interns will gain experience working with diet, herbs, aromatherapy, color therapy, sound and mantra therapy, yoga therapy, and other Ayurvedic and yogic practices.
It is during the internship that students begin to make the transformation from a student to a practitioner. All students attend a 12-day program of intensive seminars while they are in the internship portion of their program. Class curriculum includes case management, patient psychology, documentation and much more. Classes are held in Nevada City and most classes are broadcast live over the internet.
The goal of clinical internship is to introduce and help students to become comfortable in the role of a professional health care provider and to help the intern gain experience in supporting others to create an Ayurvedic lifestyle. This program is for students wishing to go into private practice on their own or within an existing health care clinic.

Prerequisites

Students must complete Level 1 and Level 2 of our programs and have completed a college level Anatomy and Physiology course. Transfer students must first complete a competency examination. 

Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist Internship

345 additional hours

1,991 total hours

Prerequisites

Students must first complete our Ayurvedic Health Practitioner internship in order to qualify to participate in this program.

Curriculum

This is a six-month internship in disease management. Students will conduct a minimum of 50 additional supervised patient visits on patients who present with more serious symptoms and conditions. There are six additional intensive classes during this program. The curriculum focus is on case management.
This outstanding training is the only one of its kind in the United States and will help assure that the graduate is capable and competent to practice Ayurvedic medicine. Residents work under the supervision of Dr. Halpern and his staff. Interns perform patient examinations as well as design and implement appropriate treatment plans using all of the modalities available in the field of Ayurveda. On-site interns design and prepare the herbal medicines for each of their patients in the College's herbal dispensary under the supervision of the Herb Department Director. Off-site interns design the formulations for preparation.

Interns also participate in community outreach and public education programs. The skills gained from these experiences help students to build their practices in the future.

Students gain important experience as they engage in pubic outreach activities such as giving public lectures and participating at health fair booths and activities.

Additional Information

Internship Location

Classes for the Ayurvedic Health Practitioner internship and Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist internship are held at our Nevada City campus. All Nevada City classes are broadcast live over the internet using our live internet classroom technology called Vedaweb™. This allows students to participate in most classes from a distance.

Internship Formats

There are two basic formats. On-site internships are performed in Nevada City. Field-internship can be performed anywhere in the world. Field interns are assigned a clinical supervisor who oversees all patient care. Learn about our online ayurvedic training options

Tuition

Please see our Ayurveda education catalog.

Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist Internship Stipend

The College establishes the fees for clinical services. Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist residents receive a $50-per-visit stipend for each patient visit (both initial and follow-up visits). There is no limit to the number of patient visits a resident may perform. Stipends are not provided for Ayurvedic Health Practitioner internships.

Ayurvedic Workshops/Seminars/Events

 
 

 

 

These are classes and seminars for the general public to support health and well-being. Please join us for these wonderful programs by many gifted teachers.

 

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

 

 
 
 

These are special activities that occurs 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: December 1, 2014 - March 2, 2015

Ayurvedic Lifestyle: A Deep Introduction to Living Ayurveda

  • Date: Sept 26th - Sept 28th, 2014

Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Certification Course

  • Date: Austin, Texas: Sept 13-24, 2014

  • Date: Bahamas: March 19-31, 2015

2nd Annual Sivananda Ayurveda Conference: Ancient Healing for a Modern World

  • Date: January 18-21, 2015

Ayurvedic Herbal Apprenticeship Program

  • Dates:  April 11th through December 5th, 2014

Massage and Body Therapy Courses

Panchakarma Specialist Certification Course

  • Date: Aug 24-28, 2015

  • Date: March 13-17, 2015

  • Date: Sept 17-20, 2015

HEALING YOUR LIFE™ COUNSELOR COURSE

  • Date: Sept. 15-24, 2014 (evenings, no weekends)

    Date: October 10-14, 2014 (daytime, 2 hr lunch)

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

Pre-requisites:

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

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"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.

Curriculum

• 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:

Sept 13-24, 2014 - Ancient Yoga Center Austin, Texas

March 19-31, 2015 - Sivananda Ashram, Bahamas   

Registration for Austin, Texas

Register Now (at 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." -
Marigil
"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

See youtube video presentation of the course  

 

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.

LocationsHerbs

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.

Location

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:

Dec 17, 2014  2-4 pm – Clinical Management of vata, pitta, kapha doshas

 

2nd Annual Sivananda Ayurveda Conference: Ancient Healing for a Modern World.

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 20-24, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

Admissions and Enrollment - Ayurveda courses

Admissions

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 $500.00. 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 $500.00. 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.

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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)  

$ 150.00

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

$ 100.00

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
C.A.T. $ 115.00
A.H.P. $ 25.00

Professional Certification Tuition

 

Level One: Ayurvedic Health Educator Certification

$ 5,000.00

Level Two: Clinical Ayurvedic Theory

$ 5,000.00

Level Three: Ayurvedic Health Practiotioner Internship 

$ 5,000.00

Level Four: Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist Internship $ 4,000.00
Add on Ayurvedic Massage and Body Therapy Certification to any professional Certification $ 650.00
Add on Pancha Karma Specialist Certification to Level Two Certification $ 650.00

 

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.

Contact

 Location

Telephone / Email

Kathi Kimmel, AHP Shaping Up RX (209)329-5859 
http://www.shapingup.info/ 

Jeremy Ann Anderson (Jyotishrii)
CAS., PKS., CMT

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

(530)906-5845
riverundine@hotmail.com
www.consciouslivingcenter.com

Ragaia Belovarac
CAS., PKS
CCA Pancha Karma Instructor

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

ragaia@bluesage-sanctuary.com
www.bluesage-sanctuary.com
530-292-1822

Helene Day

Reno, NV

775-560-9011

Lalita Devi
CAS, PKS

 

lalitadevi@ayhoo.com

Melanie Farmer
CAS

Seattle, WA

yogafarmer@earthlink.com
206-937-2009

Jessica Ferrol
CAS, PKS

35 Robin Hollow Lane
Westerly, RI 02891

401-322-1823
jessferrol@gmail.com

www.communityayurvedicherbalist.com

 

Jean Fisher (AKA Gita Devi)
CAS

Sivananda Yoga Center
1200 Arguello Bvd.
S.F. CA

415-200-7747
fisherjean@yahoo.com
415-200-7747

Jacob Griscom
CAS, CMT 

Peaceful Living Holistic Healthcare Center
Nevada City, CA 95959

530 478-0729
jacob@peacefullivinghhc.com
www.peacefullivinghhc.com

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

530-263-3597
kjadebutterfly@aol.com

Usha Khosla
CAS

Hayward, CA

510-727-9891

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
courtney@dakini-ayurveda.com
www.dakini-ayurveda.com

Marisa Laursen
CAS, PKS

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

909-896-2004
Marisa@ShantiAyurveda.com

Jan Lavelle
CAS, PKS

Mill Valley, Ca

415-383-6570
Janlifschiz@rocketmail.com

Arlene Lazarek
CAS

Auburn, CA

530-823-7800

Rina Liles
CAS

San Diego County, Ca

760-723-2545
rina@yogarina.com

Tiffanae Luke
CAS

231 Mountain View Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

831-431-0881
www.tranquil-ayurveda.com

Amanda J. Lyon 
CAS, PKS

Grass Valley, CA

530-274-9100       
ajoylyon@yahoo.com

Devi Mueller
CAS

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

(562) 884-0927

Barbora Moravkova
CAS

Ayurveda Living
6039 Glen Arms Drive
Oakland, CA 94611

510-301-5163
barbora@ayurvedaliving.com
www.ayurvedaliving.com

Megan Munoz
CAS, PKS

Solace Health Ayurveda
1501 Mariposa St., Suite 318
San Francisco, CA
94107

415.203.6167
meganom@sbcglobal.net

Suteja Navarro
CAS

San Francisco, Ca

Omspring@hotmail.com
http://OmSpring.over-blog.com

Cathy O'Neill (AKA, Durga)
CAS, PKS

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
www.ayurveda-ww.com

Verena Primus-Munyer
CAS

Carmel, CA

verenaprimus@hotmail.com
831-277-4678 Day; 831-625-0337 Eve

Niika Quistgard
CAS

MayaShaki Ayurveda
Kerala, India

908-638-8843 - U.S.
011-91-938 77 27282 - INDIA
niika@mayashakti.com
www.RasaAyurveda.com
www.AyurvedaTrip.com

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

Novato, Ca

rrao2006@gmail.com
415-895-1079

Jackie Reed
CAS, PKS

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

415-455-9578
www.ayurvedaforbalance.com
ayurveda@jps.net

Kirit N. Shah
CAS

Piedmont, Ca

510-653-2076
sakshar@gmail.com
http://www.sakshar.com

Aditya Sharma
CAS

Simi Valley, CA

aditya2@pacbell.net
805-584-9025

Jai Dev Singh
CAS, PKS

Grass Valley, CA

530-575-0753

Dr. Vandana Soni
MD, CAS

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

drsoni@medicalayurveda.com
949-644-4566

Rob Talbert
CAS, CCA Faculty

Jivaka Ayurveda
481 Osgood Ct
Laguna, Beach, CA 92651

rob@jivaka.com
www.jivaka.com
949-497-3134

Tami Wightman
CAS

Sausalito and Santa Cruz, CA

415-717-0448

Richard & Kimberly Ulrich
CAS

Medford, OR

richard@ashlandayurveda.com
541-535-8134

Dianne Zankich
CAS, PKS, LMT

The Herbal Spirit Institute
Santa Barbara

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

Formats of ayurvedic education

Programs

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 (Clinical Ayurvedic Theory 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 (Clinical Ayurvedic Theory 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 (Clinical Ayurvedic Theory 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 twelve 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 2.1.2.72 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:

2 days of Ayurvedic Diagnostics
3 days of Ayurvedic Pulse Diagnosis
4 days of Making Herbal Medicines Lab
2 days of Internship Preparation class
 
Then, during level 4, CAS Internship, students must again attend in person a two-day 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

Marc

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

CLASS BEGINS

LOCATION

PRIORITY DEADLINE

March 31, 2015 

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 
2-5pm

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

 January 30, 2015
October 6, 2015
 
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
9am-12pm

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

August 1, 2015

Weekend Programs

CLASS BEGINS

LOCATION

PRIORITY DEADLINE

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 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.