Ayurvedic Herbal Apprenticeship Program

Request Info

Ayurvedic Herbal Apprenticeship Program

The Premier Ayurvedic Herbal Apprenticeship in the United States

Identify over 80 species of plant medicines from around the world, their cultivation techniques, medicine & flower essence making, herbal first aid kits & body care products, and how to use plant medicine for subtle body healing.

Next Program Start Date

Friday April 5th, 2024


The California College of Ayurveda

CCA - Ayurvedic Herbal Apprenticeship


The CCA is proud to be the first Ayurvedic college in the west to provide its own teaching herb garden, home to over 80 different species of plant medicines from around the world. While working in the garden under the guidance of our Director of Herbalism, Dr. Brenda Krulikowski, students study plant identification and cultivation techniques while deepening their connection to the plants used in practice.

During monthly classes, and while working in the College Herbal Pharmacy, 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 tinctures, 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 nine-month program runs from April – December and is open to any CCA student/graduate that has completed the Herbalism Module in Principles of Ayurvedic Medicine (PAM). Classes are typically held one or two days each month for the duration of the program. Due to the hands-on nature of this program, enrollment is limited to 12 students per course.


Classes: Special topic classes are held on Friday’s, typically 1-2 times per month on campus.

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

Garden: Garden hours are spent together on Mondays from 9:30am – 11:30am, typically 1-2 times a month on campus. 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.

Herbal Pharmacy: Students will work in person in the Herbal Pharmacy alongside our team of technicians doing a variety of tasks involved in medicine making. Some of this time will be spent doing research and meditation to gain further knowledge of individual plant medicine.


Open to current CCA students or graduates that have completed the Herbalism module in Principles of Ayurvedic Medicine(PAM) and who have a desire to gain a deeper understanding of herbalism.


Dr Brenda Krulikowski

Dr. Brenda Krulikowski, M.A.S., C.A.S., P.K.S., Director of Herbalism, faculty and a Medical Ayurvedic Specialist at the California College of Ayurveda. As the director of the college’s herbal pharmacy, she is committed to sustainability and offering only the highest quality medicines to the practitioners and their patients.  Part of the CCA faculty, Dr. Krulikowski teaches Advanced Pathology, Advanced Herbalism, Women’s Health 1 & 2 in the Clinical Ayurvedic Medicines course; and co teaches the Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist internship.  For over 15 years Dr. Krulikowski has been running the 9-month Herbal Apprenticeship program at the CCA, guiding students to gain confidence in both cultivation and preparation of a wide variety of medicines.  As part of the apprenticeship program, she manages a herbal teaching garden with over 85 medicinal plants from around the world.  Dr. Krulikowski brings her rich knowledge base to the students with humor and a deep reverence for the plants. Clinically she holds Medical Ayurvedic Specialist, Marma Therapist and Panchakarma Specialist certifications and has spent time in India studying to deepen her knowledge in women’s health and herbalism.  In practice Dr. Krulikowski’s specialty is working with women’s health, and she is passionately dedicated to supporting her patients healing on all levels – mind, body and spirit.

AHAP Dates for 2024

Friday Classes:

April 5th
April 19th
May 3rd
May 17th
June 21st
July 26th
August 23rd
October 11th
November 22nd
December 6th

Monday Garden:

May 6th
May 20th
June 10th
July 1st
July 29th
August 26th
September 30th
October 28th
December 2nd


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

Student Testimonials

“The Herbal Apprenticeship Program has given me confidence in my herb formulations.  I created one yesterday and it all came together including the math, I was amazed.  Also it is a great place to connect with other students.” Moki W.

“The Herbal Apprenticeship Program has been an inclusive and uplifting immersion into plants and herbal medicine.  It encouraged my growth in Ayurveda and fostered my love of plant medicine forever.  Thank you for this most magnificent journey!!”
Velina H.


Additional Information

This program is limited to 12 students. Registration is first-come first-serve for anyone who meets admissions requirements.


Students receive 186 credit hours of study through the college for completion of this course.


$2,000 – Price includes a $250 non-refundable required registration fee.

Available Discounts

Sign up for 2 workshops and receive a 15% discount off of both. Sign up for 3 or more workshops and receive 20% off each workshop. Any transferring or cancellation of registration voids all discounts.  To register and receive your discounts, please contact Samantha at conted@ayurvedacollege.com or book an appointment to meet with her in the form below.

Book an Appointment with our Continuing Education Advisor Samantha



About The California College of Ayurveda & Refund Policy 

About The California College of Ayurveda

About CCA

California College of Ayurveda (CCA) is a state-approved school registered with the State of California. Registration means we have met certain minimum standards imposed by the state for registered schools on the basis of our written application to the state. This agreement is legally binding when sent to the College over the internet and payment of the deposit is made. These actions indicate that you have been given reasonable time to read and understand this agreement and the Refund Policy listed below, that you agree to your rights and responsibilities, and that you have seen a brochure or announcement describing the seminar or course that you plan to attend and information about the College.

Any questions or problems concerning CCA which have not been satisfactorily answered or resolved by the school should be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, Department of Consumer Affairs, 2535 Capitol Oaks Avenue, SUITE 400, Sacramento, CA 95833, (888) 370-7589 bppe@dca.ca.gov. This institution is not required to participate in the State of California Student Tuition Recovery Fund for this seminar program.

Refund Policy

Refund Policy

You have the right to cancel the enrollment agreement for this course of instruction, including books, materials and related goods or supplies, and obtain a refund. The institution, for all students, without penalty or obligation, shall refund 100 percent of the amount paid for institutional charges, less reasonable application and registration fees not to exceed two hundred and fifty dollars ($250) if the notice of cancellation is made prior to or on the first day of instruction or by the seventh day after the date of enrollment, whichever is later.

How to Register

If you are registering for the Ayurvedic Herbal Apprenticeship program,
please click the Apply Now button below.

If you are registering for 2 or more workshops, please contact
Samantha at Conted@ayurvedacollege.com to register and receive your discount.

You can also contact her via phone: +1-530-478-9100 Ext. 227
or toll free (USA only) at +1-866-541-6699.
Or Book an Appointment: Go to Booking Form