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. Pronounced "ALL-IN", Ollin workshops, events, and services are for all peoples regardless of any social determinant of health. Ollin is about celebrating life, community spirit and connection.
The mission is to develop meaningful sessions, workshops, events, and arts projects that reflect inclusion, diversity, equity and community engagement in Kingston.
Through drumming, singing, dancing, creative arts, and more, Ollin is striving to establish an arts and culture organization that connect to community with authenticity, compassion, and meaning.
The vision it to one day have an arts and culture centre that will 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.
Grounded in her Mexican heritage and ancestry, Yessica is passionate about traditional healing practices of Mexico such as the power of massage, herbs, smudging, drumming, art, singing, dancing, earthing, and community. Also inspired from teachings from travels across the Hawai'i, Mexico, and Canada in drumming, dancing, arts, and traditional healing, Yessica incorporates her passions in unique dynamic ways.
Yessica has taught dance, drumming, creative arts, and English as a second language in Mexico, and has additional experience with artisan bread making in Mexico and Canada. Yessica currently facilitates dance/music sessions at Providence Manor through the H'Art Centre and has been provided supportive end of life care in the community since 2014 in addition to performing, facilitating workshops, running events, and booking private appointments.
Yessica has studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design University for Drawing and Painting, St. Lawrence College for General Arts and Science, and at the Bachelors of Science in Nursing Program through St. Lawrence College/Laurentian University, and Casa De La Cultura Sahuayo, Michoacan, Mexico.
She has had clinical experience with various populations at St. Mary's of the Lake Hospital (Geriatrics, Palliative Care), Bath Correctional Institution (Regional Treatment Centre), Providence Care Hospital (Seniors Mental Health), Kingston General Hospital (General Medicine, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Neurology). Hotel Dieu (Urology, ENT).
She has served on executive of the Kingston National Indigenous Peoples Day, Kingston Latino Association, Gerontological Nurses Association, Mental Health Nurses Interest Group, Palliatiative Care Nurses Interest Group, Registered Nurses Association of Ontario and Artist in Residence at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning from 2015-2018.
Yessica is the 2017 Mayor's Arts Champion Award Winner of the City of Kingston for philanthropy and arts in the community, Global PeaceRun Award for community peace, Drum Nation drum making award winner, and awarded/recognized for standing up against stigma of mental health and speaking up for refugee healthcare.
Certified in Creative Facilitation, Therapeutic Touch, Reiki, Colour Therapy, Zumba, Power of the Drum, Non-Violent Intervention Training, Grief and Bereavement Facilitation, Palliative Care, and more. Yessica has learned a great deal from traditional healers of Mexico, Jamaica, and Africa and incorporates education, passions, and her experiences from Canada, Mexico, and Hawai'i to work with various groups and populations such as kids, youth, seniors, families, people with varying dis/abilities, individuals with addictions and mental health issues, and end of life care.
Yessica has been serving the community with arts, cultural, and holistic wellness services in many facets for all ages, abilities, genders, and cultures.
Ex: Meditation, mindfulness, special events, teaching, talks, soundscapes, global drum circles, creative arts, Tahitian dance, Latin American dance, movement medicine, folkloric and indigenous Mexican cultural awareness, traditional healing, and supportive end of life care.
Examples of some communities that Yessica has serviced for team building, wellness, education, community engagement and more:
City of Kingston, Ongwanada Community Centre, H'Art Centre, Extend-A-Family, Girls Inc, Tett Centre, Ontario Government, Bank of Montreal, Parkinsons Society, St. Mary's of the Lake Hospital, Providence Care Hospital, St. Lawrence College, Janati Yoga, Samatva Yoga, Queen's University, Military Family Resource Centre, and many more.
In addition, serving private clients with a variety of integrative health modalities.
Grateful for the partnership with the wonderful Canadian Mental Health Associaiton at Unit #11 in the building of 400 Elliot Avenue, Kingston, Ontario.
Available for booking Yessica Rivera Belsham of Ollin for classes, businesses, organizations, groups for team building, wellness, and fun groups at the CMHA.
Ongoing events/services are offered in this wonderful space throughout the year. Check out our calendar or sign up for our newsletter for updates.
Yessica Rivera Belsham is the founder and artistic director of:
The Annual Dia de los Muertos Kingston Festival : Mexican tradition of Day of the Dead: A community celebration of life honouring ancestors, loved ones. This Celebration takes place on the first Sunday of November.
Annual Earth Day Kingston Celebration: A community celebration and horouing of earth and the heart beat of Mother Earth on April 22nd.
Kingston Drum Circle: Since 2014 this Weekly Sunday All Nations community drum circle open to the public and welcoming of all people, all drums, all percussion from around the world. Gathering and raising community spirit and cathartic self-expression with drumming, dancing, singing, and creating.
Various other events are offered throughout the year such as Soundscapes, Meditations, Paint Nights, Drum Lessons, Creative Arts, and much more.
Ollin also works in partnership with other organizations and events such as:
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