Houston Oldland – Teacher

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.”
– Shunryu Suzuki


Over the past decade I have started on the path to teach and give back to the community I live in. Sounds lofty, I know, but I’m a storyteller at heart. I grew up on the East Coast with my energies focused on the Arts and ventured South to New Orleans to have a grand old time. In 2005 Mother Nature decided it was time for me to move on with a huge storm that blew me out to the Pacific North West. I landed here in Portland. I connected to this new world and found a path in Eastern Medicine. This drew me closer to the outdoors.

I didn’t set out to be a teacher. As a kid I wanted to be a “Pirate!” One fine day, here in Portland, a friend asked me if I wanted to dress up as a pirate and join their “Crew.” Of course I said “NO! That’s just silly” but the kid in me thought better so I joined the crew. Over the years I have learned to listen to that kid and develop the storyteller in myself.

I approach education with that “kid” in mind. I open my ears and eyes, along with the hope that I can shut out the everyday routine and impart these experiences to the students.