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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.

April 3rd
April 17th (Herb department orientation)
May 1st
June 12th
June 26th
No class in July
August 7th
August 21st
September 25th
October 23rd
November 13th
December 11th


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. 


The CCA is honored to be supported by the incredible herbal company ORGANIC INDIA in extending the availability of the Ayurvedic Herbal Apprenticeship Program via financial assistance opportunities.  The mission of the scholarship program is to provide financial assistance to qualified individuals enrolled in the CCA’s Ayurvedic Herbal Apprenticeship Program by offering 4 potential scholarships, one for the complete tuition of $1700 and three for partial tuition of $800 each.  All scholarships are fulfilled solely by ORGANIC INDIA directly to the CCA on behalf of the awarded recipients.  To learn more about ORGANIC INDIA, shop their website for a wide selection of high quality herbal products or browse their extensive online educational library please visit  ORGANIC INDIA.

Scholarship Application


We will be accepting scholarship applications until March 11, 2015 at 5:00 PM.

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 Enrollment directly at 
  3. Add to cart below.The tuition for this program is $1,700. There is a $450 Non-refundable deposit to reserve space.

Refund Policy

The deposit for this pre-paid seminar/short course is non-refundable or transferable for any reason. Due to the extremely limited class size, students may cancel their enrollment up to 14 days prior to the class start date, and receive a refund of fees paid over the non-refundable deposit amount. Students who cancel their enrollment or withdraw from the program after this date forfeit all moneys paid toward tuition of this program. Rarely, for reasons beyond our control a course or seminar must be canceled. If the College cancels this program, 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). Refunds are processed with 45 days of the cancellation.




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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