Below is a list of our upcoming classes and events! For questions and inquiries please email us at:




Crystal Valley Red Tent of Central NY

Saturday at 2 PM - 5 PM
at Faces of Astarte
407 Canal Place, Little Falls, NY

The Tale of the Lindwyrm

This months topic will be the symbolism of the snake or serpent through history and as well as how it pertains to us as individuals both personally and as a global community. Lisa Fazio will offer a retelling of the Tale of the Lindwyrm as told to her by the British storyteller Martin Shaw during the recent "Age of the Serpent" event she attended in Brooklyn. A Lindwrym is a mythical creature that is part human and part snake and is an old Norwegian story that has traveled the world and taken many versions through its journeys.

We will also discuss Snake Medicine as it acts a healing force of nature and how the ancient roots of the snake as part of human evolution and consciousness.

Per usual wear red! Bring song, poem, prayers and a dish to share. Love donations appreciated.

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***Art Credit: HJ Ford





Herbal Hoedown

Medicinal Plant Walk

Join Folk Herbalist, Lisa Fazio of Many Roots Earth Center as we identify local medicinal plants, explore their uses as food, medicine, and as allies for community empowerment and resilience. Our medicine plants are a part of our “social field” that extends our community beyond merely human contacts and relations into daily as well as lifelong and intergenerational interactions with the more than human world. We will discuss current thoughts on how to orient our relationships with invasive, naturalized, and native plants along with the tenets ethical harvesting, conservation, and restoration.





Crystal Valley Red Tent @ Many Roots Earth Center


April 1, 2017 2-6PM

Hosted and facilitated by Lisa Fazio

Together we will explore dreaming as a tool for self-awareness. Even if you don't remember your night dreams, everyone has them! We will discuss methods to promote dream recall, what dreams are, and where they come from, perhaps demystifying our night journeys(not too much :D) to make our dreamtime a more accessible source of insight.

Symbols and imagery in dreams are unique to the individual and arise from the landscape of our unconscious that, when we connect with, can reveal great inner and outer truths.

Bring a notebook and pen, a recent dream if you have one, a yoga mat if you have one, and a pillow or blanket.

Why are we renaming the Mohawk Valley the Crystal Valley? There are a couple of reasons. The most obvious is the abundance of quartz crystals known as Herkimer Diamonds that are found within the dolestone here. These crystals are the most valued of quartz and known worldwide as a sacred healing gem. Our gorgeous, green valley is a mecca for quartz miners who come from all corners of the Earth every year to collect it.

These clear, bright, "attunement stones" were also believed to be highly revered by the First Nations. The Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) that at one time widely inhabited the Mohawk Valley and New York State were a confederacy of six nations. One of these nations, the Kahnien'keha:ka (Mohawk People), pronounced, Ga-nia-gay-ha-ga, or The People of the Flint were the Keepers of the Eastern Door and lived in the Mohawk Valley and it's surrounding hills. Interestingly, flint is a form of quartz and the flint we think of as being used to make tools and weapons is not in great abundance here. There are no flint quarries or archeological evidence of specific flint mining. And, according to Dean R. Snow, historical anthropologist, "...the flint (or more properly chert) sources in Mohawk country were not particularly sought after. More important were the clear quartz crystals now called Herkimer Diamonds, which could be quarried in a few local mines and abound on Mohawk village sites. These were highly valued by Iroquois and other nations. Kanyenke was more likely "Place of the Crystals." Crystals were symbolically imporant as amulets of success, health, and long life, artifacts more likely to inspire a name than a second-rate chert. The Mohawks were the main suppliers of quartz crystals up to 1614."

So here we are, in the Valley of Crystals! Please join us! This is a free event! Donations accepted but not required! 




Herbal First Aid

During these changing times of uncertainty, grounding ourselves in some practical skills can empower us as individuals and as a community.

Learn the basics of Herbal First Aid with Lisa Fazio Herbalist, Herbal Street Medic, and certified Wilderness First Responder and Dorothy Connor, RN and a member of the American Holistic Nursing Association (AHNA). We will discuss herbal remedies, bandaging, splints, ace wraps, and so on for minor injuries and acute illnesses including wound cleaning, strains and sprains, infections, stress, shock, and how to know when it’s time to go to the ER or call for higher definitive care. We will give examples of what are the best herbal preparations to have in your first aid kit and medicine cabinet as well as herbs for traveling and to bring along hiking and camping in the wilderness. We will also briefly discuss some post-disaster nutrition, health and healing strategies.

This class is appropriate for any level of herbal student from beginner on up!

Topics we will cover:

Types of preparations and their shelf life: teas, tinctures, salves, powders,etc




Sprains and Strains

How to stop bleeding

Dressing wounds


Making splints

Insect Bites






Location: Many Roots Earth Center

2739 Newport Rd. Poland, NY 13431

Sliding Scale Cost: $50-75

If this is still cost prohibitive for you please let us know and we'll work something out!


Earth Day Wild Plant Walk

in the Mohawk Valley

April 22,1-2pm

Our plant walk will take us along the Mohawk River(canal area) in Little Falls for Earth Day! Meet at Faces of Astarte, 407 Canal Place, Little Falls, NY  and our guide will be Lisa Fazio, the Kuyahoora Radicle, Herbalist and Plant Whisperer from Many Roots Earth Center in Newport, NY. 

We'll wander the water's edge and get to know some of our local wild Spring medicinal and edible weedy wonders. We will discuss the difference between native and naturalized plants, conservation, and how to form a relationship with the many green wonders of the Mohawk Valley by learning their names and favorite places to grow and thrive. This walk will be about an hour long and will offer tips for plant id, time to take photos, and ask questions as well as share your own personal local plant knowledge. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring a journal if you'd like to take notes!

This plant walk is by donation! 








Postponed! To Be Rescheduled for Fall!

Herbs for Children and Babies

at Many Roots Earth Center with Lisa Fazio

2739 Newport Rd. Newport, NY

Saturday, June 10, 2017


Lisa's work as an herbalist began with using herbal remedies with her own children. In this class we will cover a comprehensive range of herbal and nutritional remedies for dealing with common childhood ailments. We will discuss the different types of preparations that are most suitable for using with kids, where to buy ingredients or already made preparations, as well as dosages and safety. Kids can be tricky to get to "take their medicine" so we'll offer some secrets and sneakiness to get your child to take herbs. We will also make a simple calendula salve that can be used for anything from cuts, scrapes, chapped lips and diaper rash.

Topics will include:

  • teething
  • diaper rash
  • colic
  • colds and flus
  • ear infections
  • exzema and other rashes
  • food allergies
  • fever
  • stomach bugs

Cost: Sliding Scale~$35-80



Private Lessons


$180 ~4 hours divided up by the hour or used all at once

For any level of herbal enthusiast from beginner to practitioner who would like private mentorship based on your individual needs and time constraints. Topics include any aspect of herbal medicine from starting an herbal business, herbal home remedy making, basic anatomy, botany, plant ID, or any other skill set that you would like to grow and deepen into. This is a great opportunity to go over case studies and receive direction and guidance for working with family and friends or as a complement to another healing modality. Please email or call to inquire:

lisa@hawthornehillherbs or 315-845-1562

These class are offered on a limited basis and time slots will be scheduled on a "first-come/first serve" basis.