Ayurvedic Herbal Apprenticeship Program

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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.

Program Details

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 Program Dates

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.

Program Credit

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

Program Fee

$2,000 – Includes a $250 non-refundable deposit required for registration.

Available Discount

Enroll in any two or more Workshops at the same time and receive a 15% discount on your chosen workshops. Any transferring and cancellation of registration voids discount. The discount will not include new programs added after registration has been completed.

For questions about your enrollment, please contact Conted@ayurvedacollege.com.

Additional Information

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