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 thirty five minute recording provides a clear overview of what the education will be like at the California College of Ayurveda. Dr. Halpern gives an introduction and then answers questions from the students who attended the teleconference. Topics include a description of each program and different formats that they 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 Health Counselor Part 1 (A.H.C.1 )

Ayurveda training program





(600 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.C.1 level of training have up to one year to move forward in their 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.C 1 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 in an interactive format, allowing you to attend from 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 . 





Ayurvedic Workshops and Seminars

Upcoming Workshops with Dr. Marc Halpern 

Ayurvedic Foundations Course

Facebook Live Events

Yoga and Sacred Healing Easter and Passover Symposium

Heal, Balance, and Nourish

5-Day Ayurvedic Cleanse: Purify Your Body, Nourish Your Soul

Classical Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy™ Teacher Training Course

5th Annual Sivananda Ayurveda Conference

Ayurvedic Herbal Apprenticeship Program

Massage and Body Therapy Courses

Panchakarma Specialist Training Course

Yoga Nidra


Refund Policy

The deposit for these short courses is non-refundable. The Final Balance is due 14 days before the class start date. A student may choose to transfer his/her registration to another class for a fee of $150.00 if done prior to the final balance due date. The ONLY exception to this rule is a documented medical condition. Rarely, for reasons beyond CCA’s control, a short course must be cancelled. If you are registered for a short course that the College cancels, 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).

Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist 1: Clinical Theory

Advanced ayurvedic course

Teaching Mary700 hours

 This program is entirely academic and is the pre-requisite for the College's Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist internship program, with a focus on preventative medicine and clinical ayurvedic medicine. This program is also a pre-requisite for the Ayurvedic Doctor Program.

Classes and Curriculum

Students will study the classical and modern interpretations in 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 AHC1 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 internship Ayurveda internship programs. These programs lead to practitioner certification as either an Ayurvedic Health Counselor or Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist.

Overview of the CAS part 1 program.

Dr. Halpern discusses the CAS part 1 program and answers questions about it.

Herbs & Products

The California College of Ayurveda is pleased to offer a full selection of bulk herbs, custom herbal formulations and products to support our practitioners and patients in their health needs.

Bulk Herb Orders

Product List

Graduate/Custom Herb Orders





Ayurvedic Health Counselor Internship

Classes and Curriculum Marc Teaching

Students participate in a 10 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 weekend classes can be attended live in-person or live over the internet.

Ten Day Intensive Curriculum

Monthly Classes



Please see our catalog for current tuition



Ayurvedic Internships

Marc Teaching



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 Counselor. 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  Counselor Internship: 600 hours program hours with total education hours of 1200

Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist Internship: 600 program hours with total education hours of 2500

Scope of Training

Ayurvedic Health Counselor: 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 Counselor: Students must complete AHC1 

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

Off Site:  Students may perform their internships in their own communities through our Field Internship Program


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.



Classical Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy™ Teacher Training Course

marc halpern

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

Yoga Teachers: Take your yoga practice to a whole new level!


Classical Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy™ will transform your life - and your yoga practice - in ways you may not have even realized was possible!


Join Marisa Laursen and Margaret Koblasova in April, 2018 for a journey of a lifetime - CLASSICAL AYURVEDIC YOGA THERAPY™ CERTIFICATION COURSE


This 14-day course will be held at the stunningly beautiful Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat on Paradise Island in the




"This is an essential program for yoga teachers who are looking to deepen their knowledge of yoga and healing." - Michelle Weiss

“I feel like what I was taught before was unskilled compared to what I know now. Our teachers has given us the tools to heal ourselves and the world." - Arati 



In this certification program designed specifically for yoga teachers, participants will learn how to adapt yoga classes toward the specific needs of each individual, including deep instruction on the energetics and 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.


Dates: April 28 — May 11, 2018


Location: Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Paradise Island, Bahamas


Space is limited - register via the Sivananda website today! ~ https://www.sivanandabahamas.org/course/ayurvedic-yoga-therapy-certification-april-2018/




This program qualifies for 120 hours of Yoga Alliance Continuing Education credit.



“The teachers were great. Their knowledge covered a wide spectrum and they were very in tune with each of us.” – Raymond Thouin

“As a yoga teacher, I think this should be a part of every teacher training course.” – Carla Olla 2008



In this amazing hands-on program you will learn:

    • Foundational Ayurvedic Principles & Philosophy
    • Ayurvedic Lifestyle and Psychology
    • Nadi, Chakras & the Five Vayus
    • The 5 Koshas and Healing
    • The 3 Gunas and Healing
    • Prana, Tejas & Ojas and Healing
    • Energetics of Asana and Pranayama
    • Vata, Pitta and Kapha Yoga Asana Classes
    • Pratyahara & Meditation as Healing Tools
    • Introduction to Yoga Nidra

This program is designed exclusively for:

  • Yoga Teachers
  • Yoga Therapists
  • Ayurvedic Practitioners with a background in Yoga

This 13-day residential program provides the skills to:

  • Customize yoga classes to balance the doshas
  • Create unique Ayurvedic Yoga workshops
  • Practice or teach asana, pranayama, kirtan & meditation for healing based on Ayurvedic principles
  • Offer private classes addressing the specific needs of the individual
  • Explore your own Ayurvedic constitution
  • Create and inspire in others, a lifestyle that leads to inner peace and healing


Course graduates will receive a certification from the California College of Ayurveda



“This program consistently offers an experience beyond measure for students and teachers alike. Hearts open, consciousness transforms. Shifts happen on all levels of body, mind and soul. Lifelong relationships form. The beautiful, deeply spiritual ashram environment provides the perfect yogic setting which lovingly supports personal and professional transformation.”~ Marisa Laursen



Marisa Laursen and Margaret Koblasova invite you to join them in the beautiful Bahamas for this deeply transformative course. You will get to experience ashram life while learning classical teachings along with daily yoga classes, delicious vegetarian food, daily meditations, satsang, walks on the beach ~ and more!


Limited space availability - register today! 

https://www.sivanandabahamas.org/course/ayurvedic-yoga-therapycertification- april-2018/



Quotes from Past Participants  

“It is rare to get the opportunity to learn from such authentic, knowledgable teachers who have such a gift for making the wisdom of Ayurveda and Yoga accessible, useful and understandable” - Krystyna Szadkwsi


“Dr. Halpern and Sri Devi (Marisa Laursen) were excellent and the perfect balance of Shiva and Shakti” - Stefani Chan


“This course blew my mind! I had so many a-ha moments that took me years to find answers to” – Reena Parikh


“This was a very good course and I enjoyed both teachers. Every yoga teacher would benefit from taking this course” - Maryam Shironlou


“What a great team. Both Dr. Shiva (Dr. Halpern) and Sri Devi (Marisa Laursen) do an impeccable job making these deep sacred teachings understandable and applicable to daily life." - Krystyna Szadkwsi


"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


“Only the highest praise for both teachers. I couldn’t imagine having more knowledgeable instructors” -  Carin Cundey (Omkari)

"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 AsperyValdes 2008


These are two teachers who very obviously practice what they preach and are coming from a place of calm” - Donna Rixman.


“The teachers were great. Their knowledge covered a wide spectrum and they were very in tune with each of us” – Raymond Thouin

"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


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 Ayurvedic Health Counelor program students are required to have a high school diploma or the equivalent. Students who enroll in the Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist program 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  the Ayurvedic Health Counselor (AHC) program only. Students who take this exam and do well may be exempted from the AHC training program or be asked to take only specific courses in areas of weakness. Others may be required to attend all classes. The fee for the placement examination is $250.00. This fee may be applied toward future classes in the program that need to be completed.

Ayurvedic Doctors with a B.A.M.S. degree from India may take placement exams for both academic levels of our programs. Each examination is $250.00. Candidates who pass both exams will be allowed to enter directly into our 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@ayurvedacollege.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 all programs including internships (non-refundable)


STRF Fee (non-refundable, estimated amount, amount varies by program, California residents/residency programs only, Textbooks, Teaching and Reference material required (without tax or shipping) $0.00

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

Healing Your Life book $12.95
A.H.C.-1 $150.00
C.A.S.-1 $175.00
A.H.C.-2 $50.00
C.A.S.-2 $50.00
Ayurvedic Doctor $75.00

Professional Training Programs Tuition


Ayurvedic Health Counselor-1


Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist-1


Ayurvedic Health Counselor-2, Internship*


Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist-2, Internship* $6,000.00
Ayurvedic Doctor, Internship $6,000.00

Workshop discounts with program enrollment

$100.00 discount


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.




Ragaia Belovarac
CCA Pancha Karma Instructor

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

(530) 292-1822

Monika Joshi

Marisa Laursen
Faculty, California College of Ayurveda

Grass Valley, California

(909) 896-2004

Melanie MacDonald
Certified Massage Therapist
Certified Yoga Therapist
Petaluma, California

Rammohan (Ram) Rao; PhD.
Research Associate Professor-Neuroscience
Faculty-California College of Ayurveda
Editor-Ayurveda Journal of Health

Novato, California 94947
421-San Marin Dr

(415) 717-3968

Dr. Vandana Soni

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

(949) 644-4566

Elana Berman

Los Angeles, CA

(310) 991-9277

Alissa Page

Fort Collins, CO

(970) 310-3896

Tesia Love

Charlotte, NC


Niika Quistgard
International consultations, education,
presentations, and B2B consulting 

New Jersey

(908) 638-8843

Anuradha Thakrar

Bangalore, India

Calling from US: (630) 492-6158
Calling from India: 91.9866.217.471

Alex Fraim
Yoga Instructor
Integrative Health Consulting

Waldkirch, Germany


Ruchira Malhotra


(909) 979-0102

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 Ayurvedic Health Counselor 1 program may be completed in five to six months. The Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist 1 program may also be completed in about an additional six-seven months. Classes are held mid-week and are available in Nevada City (Northern California). Internships are completed in 6 months each. Thus, it takes approximately 2 years to attain the Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist certification.

Weekend Program

The Ayurvedic Health Counselor 1program may be completed in approximately eleven to twelve months meeting one weekend each month. The  The Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist 1 program may be completed in an additional 15 months. Weekend programs are held at our Nevada City location and are broadcast live over the internet.  Internships are completed in 6 months each. Thus, it takes approximately 3 years to attain the Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist certification.

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.
TheAyurvedic Health Counselor 1 program may be completed in approximately one year meeting once a month with the Master Teacher. The Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist 1 program may be completed in approximately one additional year. Internships are completed in 6 months each. Thus, it takes approximately 3 years to become a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist
If a Distance Learning student wants to continue to internship they can apply for field internship. All internships begin their internship with an 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 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:


  • 1.4 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or faster processor (or equivalent)
  • Windows 10, 8.1 (32-bit/64-bit), 8.0 (32-bit/64-bit), Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit)
  • 512 MB of RAM (1 GB recommended)
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 or later, Windows Edge browser, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome

Mac OS

  • 1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo or faster processor
  • 512 MB of RAM (1 GB recommended)
  • Mac OS X 10.8, 10.9, and 10.10
  • Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Google Chrome


  • Ubuntu 14.04; Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6; OpenSuSE 13.1
  • No add-in support for Linux. Users on Linux can attend meetings in the browser.
  • Google Chrome
  • Adobe Flash Player 23.0

What other equipment do I need?

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

USB Headset - This will ensure there is no static or echo to disturb the class

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. Log in as a guest and type your name to enter your class.


Online ayurvedic training for international students

ProgramsDistance Learning

The California College of Ayurveda Distance Learning Program is open to students worldwide. Students can complete AHC1 and CAS1 at a distance. Distance Learning is available up to the beginning of internship, at which time, the student may choose a Field Internship program.

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 each internship all students must attend an in person intensive.  There are no exceptions to this. 


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 online or over the phone.  

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.





Academic Schedule


The class schedule dates below are the start dates for the Ayurvedic Health Counselor 1 program. For students who wish to continue with all programs, studies will culminate in the attainment of an Ayurvedic Doctor certification. See the individual program descriptions for locations and formats for each program.


Full-Time Programs




March 28, 2017

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 

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

February 28, 2017
October 3, 2017
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

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

September 1, 2017

Weekend Programs




March 25, 2017

Saturday & Sunday

12-2pm lunch

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

February 24, 2017

Please note that the priority deadline dates are to secure your space in class upon enrollment completion.

[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.

Ayurvedic Doctor Program

We are pleased to announce the release of our newest program

The Ayurvedic Doctor Program 

This new program is a 600 hour program (3100 total hours) that trains students for a scope of practice that includes the ability to integrate deeper knowledge of Western medicine into the practice of Ayurvedic medicine. Students will be competent to act as a bridge between the two sciences and be able to gain the highest level of understanding of the patient's condition.

Prerequisites: Students must first complete CCA's Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist-2 Internship. Past CCA graduates at the CAS level must also complete the Dermatology module and the Ears, Eyes, Nose and Throat module, which is now available separately via distance learning.

Requirements: Students will complete a minimum of 50 additional patient visits along with a mandatory 6 day intensive and 5 modules that will meet on a monthly basis.

Classes and Curriculum: Students will attend classes while seeing patients during this program. Students will gain additional experience designing and preparing complex herbal formulations for a wide variety of conditions. Off-site students  will perform additional herbal projects to meet the requirements of this aspect of the program.

On-Campus Intensive: This is a 6-day intensive that includes the following:

Pulse Diagnosis: During this 3-day program, students will advance the art of Ayurvedic pulse diagnosis. Students will learn how to perceive the 10 pairs of opposite qualities in the pulse and how to use this information to make treatment more specific. Students will also perform pulse evaluations on the general public providing a quick determination of the prakruti and vikruti of the patient. The location of these may be off campus at different centers within the local community.

Western Diagnostic Testing: During this 3-day intensive, students will learn the value of a wide variety of Western diagnostic tests and how to interpret them from an Ayurvedic perspective. This includes blood tests, urine tests and a wide variety of special tests.

Classes During Program:

Module 1: Pediatrics in Ayurveda / Overview of Surgery in Ayurveda

Module 2: Advanced Western Diagnostics / Case Presentation

Module 3: Geriatrics in Ayurveda / Case Presentations

Module 4: Toxicology / Case Presentations

Module 5: Research Methodology / Case Presentations

Final Exam: Students in the Ayurvedic Doctor program must pass a comprehensive clinical examination upon completion of the program.

Stipends: On-site interns receive a stipend of $60.00 per visit during their internship. Interns who complete their entire internship successfully will have earned a total of $3,000.00. Off-site interns receive the equivalent or greater in patient fees.

Recognition: This program meets the requirements of the National Council on Ayurvedic Education and has been Approved by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. The title "Ayurvedic Doctor" may only be used in accordance with State regulations. All graduates may use the title Ayurvedic Doctor in writing and in teaching.

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

Payment information

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.