Internationally Recognized Ayurvedic Education in California

Classroom-based and Online Certification Programs

We’re excited you’re exploring studies in Ayurveda!

Ayurveda is growing throughout the world as societies look for holistic, natural ways to stay healthy and manage chronic diseases. The California College of Ayurveda was the first college to offer a professional training program in Ayurvedic medicine outside of India. Our program began in 1995.

The California College of Ayurveda (CCA) offers the most comprehensive curriculum in the field of Ayurvedic Medicine in the United States. As the first and longest-running state-approved Ayurvedic educational program in California, CCA is the premier destination for individuals seeking to make a difference in the world through a career in restoring the natural balance of body, mind and spirit with the wisdom of Ayurveda.

CCA brought the Healing Wisdom of Ayurveda to the West

Our founder, Dr. Marc Halpern, is a Western pioneer of Ayurvedic Medicine.

He is also a Founding Director of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association and the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine.

Ayurveda Academic Programs in California

At the California College of Ayurveda, you will receive the most extensive training available in the United States. Our main curriculum is divided into three levels:

  • Level I: Ayurvedic Health Education Certification
  • This program includes training in all of the fundamental principles of Ayurvedic medicine. More info

  • Level II: Clinical Ayurvedic Theory
  • This program takes Level One training much deeper as you explore diseases associated with each of the systems of the body. Students study both the Ayurvedic and Western interpretations of disease. More info

  • Level III: Internships
  • There are two internship programs. The first is a 6 month internship in preventative medicine leading to certification as an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner. The second is a 12 month internship (additional 6 months) in disease management leading to a certification as a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist. More info

Quality Education is the Foundation of Preparation

In addition to providing students with training in the fundamental principles and practices of Ayurveda, our students study disease management and receive the clinical training necessary to become successful in practice.

Workshops & Intensives in California

In addition to our main curriculum, we offer a variety of seminars and workshops.

Ayurvedic Massage & Bliss Therapy

This is hands on training taught in a 5 day intensive format. You will learn Abhyanga (ayurvedic massage), Shirodhara (oil treatment), and Svedana (herbal steam treatment). [More info]

Advanced Ayurvedic Body Therapies

These workshops provide a variety of training in techniques that include marma therapy, facials, and dough dams. [More info]

Panchakarma Specialist

This program is only open to students in Level II or beyond of our training programs. Panchakarma is the purification practices associated with Ayurveda. [More info]

Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist

Yoga and Ayurveda are integrally related. This certification program integrates the two sciences revealing how to utilize yoga in the healing process. This program is designed as advanced training for yoga teachers and ayurvedic practitioners. [More info]

Ayurvedic Herbal Apprenticeship Program

This program, offered only at our Nevada City campus, teaches students how to take an herb from seed to medicine. [More info]

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