Rockefeller Memorial Chapel

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Weekdays at Rockefeller

Rockefeller Chapel is used daily for gatherings of various religious and spiritual communities, and all these events are open to all interested participants. Carillon recitals are given at 12 noon and 5 pm every weekday, with tower tours half -an-hour prior, while the University is in session.

  • Twenty Minutes Still, daily meditation for twenty minutes, takes place every weekday at 8 am throughout the academic year.
  • Samatha meditation takes place on Wednesday evenings at 6 pm and Friday mornings at 8 am.
  • Mindfulness meditation classes take place on Mondays at 1 pm and Wednesday at 3 pm.
  • Restorative Yoga takes place Tuesdays during the academic term at 4:30 pm and again at 5:45 pm in the Chancel.
  • Zen Buddhist meditation and dharma talks take place every Wednesday at 5 pm on the Chancel.
  • Gentle yoga every Thursday at 4 pm in Bond Chapel.
  • Hindu and Muslim students say daily prayers in the Hindu and Muslim prayer rooms in the Interreligious Center.
  • Muslim families gather weekly for adult and children’s educational programs, Thursdays at 4 pm.
  • The Chapel Choir welcomes all to open rehearsals Thursdays at 7 pm, through May 19.

Twenty Minutes Still

A new morning meditation every weekday throughout the academic year. Starting at 8 am and lasting 20 minutes, it offers participants of any religious or spiritual background the opportunity for stillness at the start of the day. No prior meditation experience necessary.

Spirit, mind, and body at Rockefeller and Bond Chapels

Monks at Rockefeller Chapel

Beginning with the weekly organ recital, Tea and Pipes, Tuesday evening offers an opportunity to come for one or more event to center the spirit, mind, and body.

Tea and Pipes takes place at 4:30 pm at Bond Chapel with tea beforehand at 4 pm in Swift Hall. Then at 4:30 pm and at 5:45 pm, Meredith Haggerty offers hour-long restorative yoga sessions – an opportunity to get away from the laptop and into positions that restore the shoulders and other aching parts of bodies, in the healing space of the Chapel. Free to students; $5 donation requested from others.

At 5 pm, the carillon recital takes place. Visitors are welcome to tour the tower at 4:30 pm (a donation of $3 is requested for those without University of Chicago ID; free to those with). On Wednesday at 6 pm, Samatha Buddhist meditation for beginners is offered in the Uncommon room.

New spirit programs at Rockefeller

Sundays (weekly) from January 19 6 PM Rockefeller
A gentle, intensive, and mindful exploration of voice: singing, sighing, rolling, intuiting, wriggling our way to sound! This class explores the use of breath and voice in ways that encourage body awareness, breath work, and release. No experience necessary. Taught by Nadia Chana, PhD student in ethnomusicology, Rockefeller Chapel Choir choral scholar, and co-founder of the Bicycle Opera Project. Nadia is dedicated to vocal exploration and seeks to help people find joy in inhabiting their bodies in the service of healing and finding contentment. A six-week series, until Sunday February 23 (come as you can). Free.

Sunday February 16, 4 pm Rockefeller
Come in out of the cold, lift your mood, and relieve tension. Meredith Haggerty leads a special Sunday evening session of yoga with aromatherapy. Bring a yoga mat if you have one and wear loose, comfortable clothing. No RSVP necessary. Free.