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Ayurvedic Herbal Apprenticeship Program


Ayurveda HerbsAyurvedic Herbal Apprenticeship Program (280 hours)

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 the Herbal Director, students study plant identification and cultivation techniques, gaining a deep understanding of the plants they are using 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 9 month program runs from April - December each year and
is open to any CCA student/graduate that has completed Level 1
of the CCA curriculum. Due to the hands on nature of this program,
enrollment is limited to 8 students per course.
Instructors: Brenda Igler and guest teachers/field trips


Ayurvedic Herbal Apprenticeship Pre-requisite

Open to current CCA students or graduates that have completed level 1 of the curriculum and who have a desire to gain a deeper understanding of herbalism.


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

Educational Goals


Basic plant identification

Intro to ethno botany

Medicine preparation/administration

Plant spirit awareness and connection

Educational abilities


Required Classes

All classes are 9am-5pm with a lunch break unless otherwise noted. The CCA reserves the right to adjust the dates/topics of the classes as needed, and will provide as much advanced notice as possible if such a situation should occur.



Additional Requirements

Garden Time: Mondays 9:30-11:30am approximately twice a month-Time is spent working in the ORGANIC INDIA 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 have a set time that they come and work in the department doing a variety pf tasks involved in medicine making. Some of this time will be spent doing research and meditation to gain further knowledge of individual plant medicine. Students will be required to commit to a consistent schedule of EITHER: One full day, bi-weekly OR 1/2 day weekly.

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

Making Herbal Medicine Workshop (MHMW) participation: Participation in the May 2nd-5th workshop as a student, and student teaching during a portion of the November 7th-10th workshop. Students that have already taken the course as part of their curriculum are exempt from the May workshop but will still need to particiapte in student teaching in the November workshop.

Three Ways To Register 

Call the college at 530-478-9100530-478-9100 ext. 202 or toll free at 1-866-541-66991-866-541-6699Ask for Kelly Taylor

Price: $425.00

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  1. Call the College at 530 478-9100 ext 214 or call toll free at 866-541-6699 and speak to our admissions director
  2. E-mail Heidi directly at 
  3. Add to cart below.The tuition for this program is $1,700. There is a $400 Non-refundable deposit to reserve space.



Call the college at 530-478-9100530-478-9100 ext. 202 or toll free at 1-866-541-66991-866-541-6699Ask for Kelly Taylor

Price: $425.00

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Price: $1,700.00

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