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.
March 25th – December 16th 2022
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 and guest teachers.
March 25th – December 16th 2022
Due to the hands-on nature of this program, it is only offered at our campus in Nevada City, California.
“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.
Students receive 186 credit hours of study through the college for completion of this course.
* A $667 non-refundable application fee is required for registration. Suggested reference materials and some homework supplies are the responsibility of the student to purchase. A reference library will be available for on-site research.
This program is limited to 12 students. Registration is first-come first-serve for anyone who meets admissions requirements.