Ayurvedic Herbal Apprenticeship Program


Ayurveda HerbsAyurvedic Herbal Apprenticeship Program (280 hours)

The CCA is proud to be the first Ayurvedic College in the west to provide its own teaching herb garden, home to approximately 80 different species of plant medicines from around the world. While working in the garden under the guidance of the Herbal Director, students study plant identification and cultivation techniques, gaining a deep understanding of the plants they are using in practice. During monthly classes, and while working in the College Herbal Dispensary, students receive the highest level of training in the United States in Ayurvedic herbal medicine making and administration. Beyond cultivation and medicine making techniques, classes also cover topics such as flower essences, herbal first aid kits, body care products and the use of plant medicine in art as a form of subtle body healing. Guest teachers and local herb identification walks further enhance the education in this program.
This 9 month program runs from April - December each year and
is open to any CCA student/graduate that has completed the Herbalism Module in the first academic program. Due to the hands on nature of this program, enrollment is limited to 12 students per course.
Instructors: Brenda Igler and guest teachers/field trips


Ayurvedic Herbal Apprenticeship Pre-requisite

Open to current CCA students or graduates that have completed the Herbalism module in the first academic program and who have a desire to gain a deeper understanding of herbalism.


Due to the hands on nature of this program it is only offered at our campus in Nevada City, California.

Educational Goals

Basic plant identification
Intro to ethno botany
Medicine preparation/administration
Plant spirit awareness and connection

 Required Classes

All classes are 9am-5pm with a lunch break unless otherwise noted by the instructor. The CCA reserves the right to adjust the dates/topics of the classes as needed, and will provide as much advanced notice as possible if such a situation should occur.


Class Dates 2018

Fridays on Campus 9am-5pm:
April 6th (Mandatory class/overlap with AMBT not allowed)
April 9th (Mandatory MONDAY class/orientation)
May 4th
June 8th
June 29th
August 3rd
August 24th
September 7th
October 5th
November 9th
December 14th
CCA reserves right to adjust schedule during the program.


Additional Requirements

Garden Time: Mondays 9:30-11:30am approximately twice a month-Time is spent working in the ORGANIC INDIA Medicine Garden as a group. This time will incorporate plant management through various stages; including planting, maintenance, harvesting and garden winterization. Additionally there will be time spent identifying the various species in the garden.

Herb Department time: Students will come and work in the department doing a variety pf tasks involved in medicine making. Some of this time will be spent doing research and meditation to gain further knowledge of individual plant medicine.

Homework/Research: Home projects / research will be assigned relative to class topic, to be submitted by the next class for credit. 


The CCA is honored to be supported by the incredible herbal company ORGANIC INDIA in extending the availability of the Ayurvedic Herbal Apprenticeship Program via financial assistance opportunities.  The mission of the scholarship program is to provide financial assistance to qualified individuals enrolled in the CCA’s Ayurvedic Herbal Apprenticeship Program by offering 2 potential scholarships, for the value of $1,000 each.  All scholarships are fulfilled solely by ORGANIC INDIA directly to the CCA on behalf of the awarded recipients.  To learn more about ORGANIC INDIA, to shop their website for a wide selection of high quality herbal products, or to browse their extensive online educational library, please visit  ORGANIC INDIA

Click here for Scholarship Application

General Enrollment will open March 7, 2018

You may enroll through any of the following options:

Call the college at 530-478-9100530-478-9100 ext. 202 or toll free at 1-866-541-66991-866-541-6699Ask for Kelly Taylor

Price: $425.00

- See more at: http://www.ayurvedacollege.com/programs/workshop/anatomy-physiology-course#sthash.CTCRik7x.dpuf

  1. Call the College at 530 478-9100 ext 221 or call toll free at 866-541-6699 and speak to Chris Carpenter
  2. E-mail Chris Carpenter directly at chris@ayurvedacollege.com 
  3. The tuition for this program is $1,900. There is a $570 Non-refundable deposit to reserve space. Registration will be on a first come first serve basis for anyone who meets admissions requirements, once enrollment opens.

Refund Policy

The deposit for this pre-paid seminar/short course is non-refundable or transferable for any reason. Due to the extremely limited class size, students may cancel their enrollment up to 14 days prior to the class start date, and receive a refund of fees paid over the non-refundable deposit amount. Students who cancel their enrollment or withdraw from the program after this date forfeit all moneys paid toward tuition of this program. Rarely, for reasons beyond our control a course or seminar must be canceled. If the College cancels this program, you will receive a full refund of any fees paid. While all efforts will be made to avoid cancellations, the College will accept no liability for student losses that occur beyond deposit or tuition actually paid to the College (e.g., non-refundable airfare, time lost from work, equipment expenses). Refunds are processed with 45 days of the cancellation.



Call the college at 530-478-9100530-478-9100 ext. 202 or toll free at 1-866-541-66991-866-541-6699Ask for Kelly Taylor

Price: $425.00

- See more at: http://www.ayurvedacollege.com/programs/workshop/anatomy-physiology-course#sthash.rJEUbZKB.dpuf 


Price: $1,900.00

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