What Does Ollin Mean?

 Ollin in an ancient Nahuatl language translate to movement or movement of the earth. Ollin is derived from "yollotl,"meaning heart, and "yolistli," meaning life; to move now with whole heart, strength, and courage.

On the Mexica Sunstone, Ollin is a day of the purified heart, signifying those moments where human beings may perceive what they are becoming. It is also symbolized with the four cardinal directions which form the foundation of Mesoamerican spirituality and cosmology.  

Pronounced "ALL-IN", Ollin workshops, festivals, events, and services stive to be accessible for all peoples regardless of any social determinant of health. Ollin is about celebrating life, community spirit and building connection.


The mission is to develop meaningful sessions, workshops, events, and arts projects that reflect inclusion, diversity, unity, equity and community engagement in Kingston/Katarokwi and with Mother Earth.

Through drumming, singing, dancing, creative arts, and more, Ollin is striving to establish an inclusive arts and culture organization that connect to community with authenticity, compassion, and meaning. Celebrating life, self-expression, and creativity in community,


The vision it to one day have a community centre focused on arts, culture, health and wellness which will ideally allow for a traditional temazcal in Kingston, Ontario. 

Temazcal is a traditional ancient pre-hispanic purification that Mexica (Aztec), Maya, and other cultures use for ritual and healing purposes for various generations. Temazcal comes from the ancient Nahuatl language means “house of heat” or “steam bath” which is for spiritual and health reasons.

The temazcal is usually a small round stone or mud structure that symbolizes the circle of life and womb of  Mother Earth.

Acknowledgement of Traditional Land

 We would like to acknowledge this  sacred land on which Ollin operates. It has been a site of human  activity for over 15,000 years. When the first Europeans began to arrive in Southern Ontario in the early 1600’s, the north shore of Lake Ontario and the area originally known as Katarokwi (Kingston) had continued to be a shifting home between the Huron-Wendat Peoples and the Five Nations/St. Lawrence Iroquois. In the Mohawk language, the name Katarokwi means a place where there is clay or where the limestone is, and is defined by two rivers, the Cataraqui River and the St. Lawrence River, while Lake Ontario ecologically marks the region. The French translation of the Algonquin use of the term Cataracoui, means great meeting place.

Today, the meeting place of Kingston is still the home to many  Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have  the opportunity to work in the community, on this territory.

Credit :  Kingston First Peoples: Purposeful Dialogues. Relationship Building: Phase 1. Dr. Terri-Lynn Brennan (2015)

AODA Statement

Ollin is committed to  treating all people in a way that allows them to maintain their dignity  and independence. We believe in integration and equal opportunity. We  are committed to meeting the needs of people with varying abilities in a  timely manner, and will do so by striving to prevent and remove any barriers to  accessibility and meeting accessibility requirements under the  Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).