Ayurvedic Herbal Apprenticeship Program

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The Premier Ayurvedic Herbal Medicine Program 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.

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The California College of Ayurveda

Students in the CCA Ayurvedic herb garden

Course Overview

The CCA is proud to be the first Ayurvedic college in the west to provide its own teaching herb garden, home to approximately 80 different species of plant medicines from around the world. While working in the garden under the guidance of our Herbal Director, Brenda Igler, CAS, students study plant identification and cultivation techniques while gaining a deep understanding of the plants used in practice.

During monthly classes, and while working in the College Herbal Dispensary, 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 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 each year and is open to any CCA student/graduate that has completed the Herbalism Module in Ayurvedic Health Counselor 1 (AHC1). 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.


  • Basic plant identification
  • Plant cultivation
  • Introduction to ethnobotany
  • Medicine preparation & administration
  • Plant spirit awareness and connection


Brenda Igler and guest teachers.

Course Dates and Times


Course Location

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

Student Testimonials

I loved it! Such an informative course.


Open to current CCA students or graduates that have completed the Herbalism module in Ayurvedic Health Counselor 1 (AHC1) and who have a desire to gain a deeper understanding of herbalism.

Course Requirements

Garden Time: Mondays from 9:30am – 11:30am, approximately twice a month. Time is spent working in the  Medicine Garden as a group. 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.

Herb Department Time: Students will come and work in the herbalism department 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.

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

Additional Information

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

Please complete the course questionnaire.

Course Credit

Students receive 280 credit hours of study through the college for completion of this course.

Course Fee


* A $570 non-refundable deposit is required for registration. Required books or materials, if noted above, are extra.


Refund Policy

The deposit for workshops & short courses is non-refundable. The Final Balance is due 14 days before the class start date. A student may choose to transfer his/her registration to another class for a fee of $150.00 if done prior to the final balance due date. The ONLY exception to this rule is a documented medical condition. Rarely, for reasons beyond CCA’s control, a short course must be cancelled. If you are registered for a short course that the College cancels, you will receive a full refund of any fees paid. While all efforts will be made to avoid cancellations, the College will accept no liability for student losses that occur beyond deposit or tuition actually paid to the College (e.g., non-refundable airfare, time lost from work, equipment expenses).

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