Internationally Recognized Ayurvedic Education in California

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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 Education 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.

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Ayurvedic Education in California - Dr Marc Halpern

The California College of Ayurveda brought the Healing Wisdom of Ayurveda to the West

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

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 receive the most extensive Ayurvedic Education & Training available in the United States.


Our Main Curriculum is Divided into Three Streams:

Ayurvedic Health Counselor

A Solid Foundation in Ayurvedic Theory & Preventative Medicine

An Ayurvedic Health Counselor (AHC) is a specialist in preventative and lifestyle medicine. This important program is the foundation of the practice of ayurvedic medicine and provides you with the tools necessary to support patients in preventing disease and transforming their life toward harmony and health. This program also provides a solid foundation from which to explore the deeper, clinical applications of Ayurveda. More Info »

Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist

Continue Your Studies Learning Clinical Theory and Skills

Becoming a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist (CAS) is the next step in Ayurvedic practice. This intermediate program includes the study of the classical ayurvedic understanding of disease within each system of the body as well as an overview of the Western understanding. At this level, you will gain extensive knowledge of panchakarma and herbal medicine, including herbal formula design, and how to treat existing mild, moderate, or serious diseases. More Info »

Medical Ayurvedic Specialist

The Highest Level of Clinical Training Available

The Medical Ayurvedic Specialist (MAS) has been approved by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. During this advanced program, you will be attending classes as well as seeing patients. You will come away with a deep knowledge of Ayurveda and have the ability to integrate aspects of Western medicine into your practice, allowing you to act as a bridge between the two in order to gain a deep understanding of each patient’s condition. 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

Ayurvedic Massage & Bliss Therapy

Ayurvedic Massage & Bliss TherapyThis 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 »

Yoga Nidra Teacher Training

Yoga Nidra Teacher TrainingLearn to teach Yoga Nidra and help others reach new states of conscious awareness with acute perception of both their physical and subtle bodies. More Info »

Advanced Ayurvedic Body Therapies

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

Panchakarma Specialist

PanchakarmaThis 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 » 

Ayurvedic Herbal Apprenticeship Program

Ayurvedic Herbal Apprenticeship- This program, offered only at our Nevada City campus, teaches students how to take an herb from seed to medicine. More info »

Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy

Ayurvedic Yoga TherapyStudents will learn the classical approach to Yoga Therapy and how the eight limbs of yoga can be utilized in the healing process. There is an emphasis on asana, pranayama, mudras and bandhas. Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy can be adapted to any tradition or style of yoga practice. More Info » 


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